When you’re new to wearing hairpieces, finding the right way to wear your own hair underneath your wig can be a little confusing and daunting. The good news is that there is no right way! As long as you’re comfortable and your wig is sitting flat without any bumps or raises, you’re good to go.
To help you figure out what’s right for you, we’ve rounded up three no-skills-required styles for you to wear your wig all-day, every day with the confidence and comfort you deserve! Now, folks, I’m gonna be honest. I’m the resident lazy girl when it comes to wigs. So, if you’re like me and you don’t like spending a lot of time on your hair (that’s what the wig is for, right?) then you will love these easy-peasy styles and wig application tips.
Style One: Braids
This is the only style in this series that requires some minimal skill because you will be doing a basic three-strand braid. If you don’t know how to braid, there are loads of tutorials around the internet, or you can keep scrolling for our other basic styles below.
First, you’ll want to brush through your hair and remove any tangles. Then, part your hair down the middle into two sections. With the first section, divide the hair equally into three parts and, holding the hair taught, braid them tightly together. When the braid is complete, take the braid and wrap it firmly around the bottom of your head where the nape of your neck begins, toward the opposite side the braid is on. Use a bobby pin to secure the braid. It should be sitting flush against the back of your head. If it’s too loose, unpin it and pull it a bit tighter. It should be comfortable and not cause any pulling or irritation.
Repeat the same process with the second second of hair, braiding it and pinning it to the opposite side of your head. The braids should cross over slightly, making an X shape.
Once that is complete, you can put on your favorite wig grip or just rock your wig as is!
Style Two: Twists
For this style, you’ll first want to brush through your hair and divide it into two parts. Take one part and begin twisting the hair around itself, starting from the top and twisting downward, creating a small rope. I like to twist the hair in the direction away from my face, but the style can work either way. The most important part is making sure the twist is nice and taut, with none of the hairs loose or moving apart from one another.
Once you have twisted this section of hair, hold the bottom of the twist firmly and place it diagonally across the back of your head toward the opposite temple. Secure the twist with a bobby pin. The twist should be sitting flush against the back of the head, but not so tightly that it’s causing you discomfort.
Repeat this process on the second section of hair and secure it with a bobby pin toward the opposite temple, crossing over the original twist. The twists should be placed over one another, creating an X shape.
Once you’ve completed and secured your twists, you can place your favorite wig grip on and you’re ready for your wig!
Style Three: Low Bun
To prepare your hair for your low bun style, brush the hair through and smooth it back into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Once you’ve gotten rid of any tangles and laid down any flyaways, hold the ponytail firmly.
Take a hair tie and wrap the ponytail around itself until you create a small bun. Secure with the hair tie. You can use whatever method you typically use to create the bun, but the objective is to make the bun as small and tight as possible so that it will not be visible when your wig is on, or create any bumps.
Once you’ve secured your low bun, you can place your wig grip so that it wraps around underneath the bun, or you can even place it over to flatten the bun against your head further and create a smooth silhouette for your wig.
Wig Application Basic Tips & Tricks
As your resident wig-wearing lazy girl, here are some tips and tricks for how I put on my wig and achieve a natural looking parting and hairline with minimal effort.
First, make sure your wig grip is properly in place. If you’re wearing a lace top wig, you should take a moment to make sure your parting will be aligned with the parting on your grip, should it have one like mine does. Next, take a Q-tip and a bit of rubbing alcohol, or a more gentle cleanser as needed, and clean the area of skin around your hairline where the lace of the wig will be placed. This is so the area will be free of grease or makeup and the wig glue will adhere better to your skin.
Once the area around your hairline is cleaned, place a pea-sized amount of your favorite wig glue on the other end of the Q-tip and spread it across the desired area. Use more or less as needed. Wait a few minutes for the glue to get tacky before applying your wig.
If you have a lace-top wig, you can take a moment here while you’re waiting for your wig glue to get tacky to create your natural parting. Take a light powder or concealer in a shade similar or slightly lighter than your skin tone and brush it lightly along the inside of your lace top, where your parting is. This will help reduce any visibility of the lace grid or your own hair underneath.
Once your wig glue is no longer wet and just tacky to the touch, you’re ready to put on your wig. Carefully place your wig on by tipping your head over and pulling your piece gently onto your head like a hat. Flip your head back and adjust the hairline so that the lace is placed against the glue and the hairline and parting are sitting where you would like them. Never adjust your wig by the lace or wefts, always use the ear tabs to avoid any damage to your piece.
Gently press the lace of the wig into the glue until it’s sitting flush against your skin, then take a soft headband or head scarf and wrap it around the lace area to keep it laying flat as it dries. Check the drying time on your wig glue, but I usually wait 10-20 minutes before removing the headband.
Once your wig glue is dry, remove the headband and very gently play around with the hairline and pull the hair upwards to give it a little volume. You can use a little product here, like a light gel for some hold, or even a hot comb, if you like a really voluminous hairline. I personally don’t mind a more natural, soft look, so I just use my hands to maneuver the hairline to where I like it.
And that’s it! You’re ready to rock your wig out in the real world!
Figuring out how you like to style and wear your wig is a process and there’s no one right way for everyone. What works for someone like me with thinner hair, might need to be modified for someone with thicker hair. Hopefully, with our beginner’s guide, you feel a few steps closer to finding what’s perfect for you.
How do you like to prepare your own hair for wearing your wig? What are your tips and tricks for a flawless wig application? Let us know in the comments below!
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