How to wear your hair under a wig

So you’re thinking about buying a wig, but you’re worried about how to wear your own hair underneath. It’s a very valid question – how do I prevent my own hair from being obvious?
There are many different ways to prepare the hair. We want you to get the most out of your wig and to feel comfortable with your new look.
The methods listed below are for all types of hair. It’s best to experiment with different methods and see which ones work best for you.

We advise you to use a wig cap, they come in nylon or mesh cotton, there is a bamboo version made from a mix of bamboo and viscose. A wig cap helps to keep your hair in place and create a smoother base for your wig to sit. You can edge out any fine hairs from the hairline using a comb. As you may prefer to have fine hairs blend in with the hairline. However if you do not have hair you can skip this step, as they may irritate your scalp.

Pin Curls

Big pin curls method:-

Make 6 big pin curls, section the hair off, 1 at the crown of the head, 2 at the sides on the temples, 1 in the centre at the nape of the neck, 2 on each side at the nape.

Alternatively you can take smaller sections and do pin curls all over the head.
Securing with 2 or more bobby/kirby pins.

Small pin curls method:-

1. Take a section of hair and wrap around your index and middle finger.
2. Hold the ends with your thumb to hold in place.
3. Remove your fingers and manipulate the curl to lie flat, then with bobby/kirby pins secure the curl in a criss-cross pattern. If you need more pins that’s fine, as long as it is comfortable and not bulky.
4. Place a wig cap over your prepared hair ready to put on your wig.

The wraparound

The wraparound method:-

1. Do a big pin curl at the crown of the head.
2. Separate the rest of the hair into 4 sections. 2 at the front and 2 at the back.
3. Twist each section on itself, and pin so you can work each section at a time.
4. Take a bottom section, wrap the hair around at the side of the pin curl. In a swirl style.
5. Secure with bobby/kirby pins as you go, as flat as possible.
6. Take the other sections and repeat, wrapping the remaining 3 sections in a swirl style, and securing with bobby/kirby pins as you go.
7. Place a wig cap over your prepared hair ready to put on your wig.

The aim is to wrap the hair in sections around the main pin curl at the crown of the head. So the hair looks like a large flattened bun.

Gripping

Gripping method:-

1. Twist the front sections into some pin curls, or simply secure hair away from the forehead with bobby/kirby pins or toupee clips.
2. Comb the bulk of the hair to the nape of the neck, and pin down any loose ends.
3. Place the wig cap over your prepared head ready to put on your wig.

This method works best with short hair.

Braids/ plaits

Braiding/ plaiting method:-

1. Section the hair in two, down the centre from hairline to nape of the neck.
2. Comb the hair away from the face, keeping the hair as flat as possible to the scalp and then get 3 sections of hair and braid/plait.
3. Repeat this on the other side.
4. With each of the two braids/plaits, take one and attach it to the head along the nape of the neck around the circumference/ crown of the head, securing with bobby pins as you go. Keeping the hair as flat as possible.
5. Repeat on the other side.
6. Place a wig cap over your prepared hair ready to put on your wig.

This method works best for longer hair.

If you have any questions or would like to share your own methods, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How to secure a wig & prevent headaches

Problems like headaches can arise from wig straps being fixed too tightly around the circumference of your head. Causing too much pressure that can cause headaches.
To find the correct measurements of your own head. Use a dressmakers (cloth) tape to measure your head.
Take your cloth tape and measure from the front hairline to just above the ears, to the nape of the neck, and back around to the front hairline – this will measure your heads circumference.

Once you have your measurements you can turn the wig inside out, place the tape measure around the circumference of the wig cap to see where your measurement lands on the wig loops (at the nape of the neck). Try not to over stretch the straps.

How to make a wig more secure.

Glues

A wig glue is applied to the hairline to ensure your wig stays in place, some come waterproof as well, which can provide extra security and confidence if you’re out and you get caught in the rain. Glues come in all different strengths and a wig glue remover is advised to ensure you remove all traces of glue from your head and the wig.

Tapes

Double sided wig tapes, also known as toupee tape, can be cut to the shape you require, and applied to the hairline area, behind the ears and nape of the neck, according to the wearer. Apply where you need that extra support. They come in waterproof varieties as well. The tape needs to be in contact with the skin in order for the wig to adhere to the head.

Wig Grip Headbands

These headbands come as silicone or velvety fabrics. Velvety fabric bands come with velcro fastening to secure the band to fit your head accordingly. These are kinder to heads that may experience pressure, as Its purpose is to secure your wig and distribute its weight and pressure evenly, keeping your wig in place.

The silicone variety is just a band that stretches to fit the circumference of your head. Be warned as some can be quite tight as they come as a band. A brand called “The Wig Fix” has received excellent reviews online. Materials suit different individuals, what’s best comes down to personal preference.

Combs, pins and clips

Small wig combs and toupee clips can be sewn into the wig cap to add extra support around the inside circumference of the wig cap. Or a quick and inexpensive fix, bobby pins can be used to make a wig more secure around the wig cap if you have hair under the wig to grip onto.

It’s advised to always take your wig off, when it’s convenient to let your head breathe and have a rest. And of course, do not to sleep in your wig

Always follow manufactures instructions when using products.

If you have any questions or would like to tell us your own experiences, please feel free to contact us.

How to put on a wig & trimming lace front wigs

If you have hair, please refer to our “How to wear your hair under a wig” guide.

Once you have prepared your head, we can now put on that new head of hair.

Hard front wigs

Hold the wig with two hands at the hairline. Hold the wig up behind your head, place the front of the wig in line with your own natural hairline. Then just pull down the sides and secure around the nape of the neck. Using the adjustable straps to secure. Fringes can be parted, side-swept or trimmed accordingly to suit the wearer.

Alternatively you can hold the wig at the nape (where the straps are) with two hands, bend your head forward and pull the wig over your head. Then bring your head upwards. Adjust the wig to your hairline and secure using the adjustable straps. Fringes can be parted, side-swept or trimmed accordingly to suit the wearer.

If using glues, tapes or wig grip bands, press the edges of the wig securely down.
When you feel comfortable about the position and security of your wig:- style, accessorise, as you please, and you’re good to go.

Lace front wigs

For lace front wigs, you will have to trim the lace. This only needs to be done the first time you use your wig. To trim the lace, put the wig on your head. Lace fronts come with 2-3 hair grips sewn in the cap, secure these just under your wig cap. Clip the wig hair gently back, so you can see the hairline clearly. We advise to trim the lace, as you are wearing the wig, because you want to follow and mimic your own natural hairline.

With small scissors (nail scissors are ideal) cut small amounts of lace at a time to avoid accidentally cutting too much. Leave a little bit of lace along the wig hairline, for extra support if using glue. If you have natural baby hairs along your hairline, with a tail comb run the tail end just under the edge, and pull some hairs out from under the wig. Or an eyebrow brush can be used to brush out baby hairs. This will create a more natural look.

If using glues, tapes or wig grip bands, press the edges of the wig securely down.
When you feel comfortable about the position and security of your wig:- style, accessorise, as you please, and you’re good to go.

Hair brushes & combs for wigs

How do I brush my wig?
When your wig has been out all day or night, it will require a brush just to remove any knots and tangles, and keep it in good shape.

Never brush or comb a wet wig as synthetic hair is weaker when wet.
Always detangle a wig first.
When detangling, always start from the ends and work your way up towards the roots, gentle as you go, to avoid tugging or breakage.
Never use a nylon bristle brush, nylon fibers can be too harsh on synthetic fibers and may create more static.

For curly styles a wide tooth comb is recommended or simply using your fingers, as brushing will brush out the shape of the curls into fluffy waves.
If you have to brush the curls, you can manipulate those curls with your fingers to separate them or twist around your fingers so they fall into the curly shape they were. But remember only brush a curly wig at your own risk.

Wide Tooth Comb
A large wide tooth comb is good for all kinds of styles to keep you looking groomed, always starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top. Being gentle and careful not to tug at the hair to avoid breakage.

The Steel/metal Bristle Brush
A metal prong brush has steel or metal bristles that are smoother and kinder to synthetic wig fibres.They also come in anti-static varieties.

The Loop Brush
A loop brush is just like a hair brush, however the bristles are looped, this design is made to avoid pulling the wefts in the cap and to avoid snagging the lace. The looped bristles can brush through the lengths to smooth the hair.

The Tangle Teezer
This specially designed two-tiered teeth brush, detangles hair easily with minimum breakage or damage. Suitable for all lengths and types of styles. But use it with caution on curls! These are advertised to use on wet hair, but please please remember this is not the case for synthetic hair! Always detangle your wig first before washing.

If you have any questions or would like to share your own methods, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Washing a synthetic wig

Does your wig need a refresh? Is it feeling a little flat, or a bit fuzzy? Sometimes a wash is necessary, even with a synthetic wig. Here’s how we do it!

YOU WILL NEED:
A wide tooth comb, or specialised wig brush
A bowl, or a sink if you prefer
Wig shampoo/conditioner of your choice
A clean towel

To start, take your comb and working from the bottom of the wig to the top, gently brush out any tangles in your wig, until it’s brushed through. Never brush a wet wig, it’s important to get rid of knots before the wig gets wet.

Fill your bowl or sink with water. The water temperature depends on what you want for your wig, cold water will help maintain the shape of the wig, although it’s never guaranteed to hold a style once it has been washed. So for instance, if you have a curly wig and you’d like it to keep the shape, we recommend cold water. Warm water may soften the synthetic fibres slightly, so would relax the style the wig has been set in. This shouldn’t make any difference to a straight wig. Never use hot water to wash a wig, synthetic hair is very different to human hair, and may get damaged beyond repair if the water is too hot.

Pour a little shampoo into the water and swoosh it around, the same as if you were adding a little bubble bath. Short wigs don’t require as much shampoo as long wigs, don’t make the water too soapy as it’ll be harder to rinse out. Gently submerge your wig in the water, and swish the soapy water through it by slowly moving it from side to side. The aim is to get the soapy water through the cap and hairs without creating any tangles. You can make a gentle scrunching motion down the length of the wig and the cap if the wig needs a good wash.

Remove the wig and pour the soapy water away. Rinse the wig through with cold water until you can feel you have rinsed all the soap from it. You can do this by submerging it in a bowl of clean water, but running it under the tap will ensure the soap is rinsed better. At this stage, if you have a wig conditioner you want to use, apply this to the wig and leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Squeeze any excess water gently from the wig starting at the cap and moving down. Then lay the damp wig on your towel, and use the dry towel to press any moisture you can out, being careful not to tangle it.

Be careful when drying a wig. We recommend drying wigs by laying them flat. If the wig is stretched over a wig head to dry, this could cause the cap to stretch and become loose. Also, if the wig is hanging on a head to dry, you are more likely to lose any style left in it (like curls) due to the hair being heavy while wet.

Once your wig is completely dry, take your wide tooth comb or special wig brush, and brush any knots out, starting in small sections from the bottom up.

This should leave you with a refreshed wig! Ready to wear again with confidence.

Heat styling a synthetic wig

It’s easy to get sick of the same style, even with wigs. Sometimes, you’re just obsessed with the colour but wish you could have some big, bouncy curls or some pretty waves instead of the sleek look it came with.
The good news is, all Lush Wigs are heat resistant, meaning they can be styled with a heat tool safely up to 180°C (356°F). This is a low setting on most hair tools, and if the hair tool you have doesn’t have adjustable temperature we don’t recommend you use it to style synthetic hair.

The trick to styling synthetic hair is to let the style cool after you’ve curled or straightened it. Synthetic hair works differently to human hair, in that it needs to cool down and “set” into the shape it has been moulded to in order to hold the style.

Section the wig off into manageable pieces, so you can focus on the pieces you are styling one at a time. If you’re creating curls, once you have wrapped the hair around the tool and released it, pin it into a curl using a bobby pin or clip until the hair cools completely.

Tips

  • NEVER style your synthetic wig when it’s wet. Always make sure the hair is thoroughly dry before using any styling tools, the heat will warp the hair or cause it to burn.
  • We recommend trying a small part of the underneath of the wig with the heat tool first, just in case your heat styler is hotter than you think. If something goes wrong, you can adjust the styler before you go any further.
  • Adding a little heat protecting spray to your wig can give it some extra defence against damage.
  • For a softer look, gently brush out curls once they have completely cooled.

Please note that this is always done at the customers own risk. Returns cannot be accepted should any damage occur due to customer styling.

Storage Tips

We advise to store your wig in the plastic storage bag it was delivered in. We advise against storing your wig on a mannequin head as this can stretch the wig if stored like this for a considerable amount of time. Wig stands are a good alternative.

Dying a synthetic wig (at your own risk)

We regularly get emails asking us whether it’s OK to dye one of our wigs. We usually reply to these with a “well we wouldn’t recommend it…” but we know there is a way that has been proven to work, and has been endorsed by our own customers, so we thought we would tell you how it’s done!

**DISCLAIMER: Lush Wigs cannot be held responsible for a ruined wig, we don’t recommend you try this, it’s always better to buy a wig in the colour you’d like, however if you have an old wig you aren’t afraid to completely ruin if the process doesn’t work, this could be worth a try!**

You’ll need:

A light coloured wig that is heat resistant (all Lush Wigs are) – one of our light blondes is most likely to take dye, never try and put colour into a wig that already has colour in it. It will just ruin the wig.

Fabric dye – look into a brand that others have used on wigs, this differs worldwide. NEVER USE REGULAR HAIR DYE ON SYNTHETIC HAIR – it will melt!

A large pot – big enough to stir the wig around in with plenty of room for all the hair. If the hair is crammed in, you might not get even colour coverage.
Put some old clothes on just in case!

Put your pot on the stove, and fill with enough water to completely cover your wig. Bring this water to the boil, then drop in your dye. You can control the colour at this stage, the more colour you add, the darker it’ll come out. If you want a washed out/pastel vibe, just a little will do.
As the water reaches boiling, run your wig under a tap to get it wet, this helps the dye take properly. Take the boiling pot off the heat, and put your wig in the water. Give it a mix around with a wooden spoon to make sure the colour gets to all the strands of hair. The longer it is in the water, the more of the colour it’ll take in. If you’ve made your water quite coloured and you only want a tint, take it out fairly quickly. It’s important that you keep an eye on the wig during this part, as it will determine how it looks, so remember not to leave it in too long if you don’t want an intense colour.
Once the wig looks the right colour, remove it from the water and rinse it under the cold tap. Do this until the water runs clear, like you would with regular hair dye. You can then lay your wig out and leave it to air dry.

This process is risky, factors like how well your wig has been looked after, the quality of fabric dye used etc. can all have an effect on the outcome, so please be careful, and as we said above, don’t do this on a wig you aren’t OK with potentially ruining. Having said that, it’s a great way to revive old styles you don’t wear anymore, and the boiling water can smooth out old synthetic hair, if your wig was styled in curls when you boiled it though, these curls will not still be present after it dries. This process removes any style the wig had been set into.

Have fun – if you do try it, good luck!

What kind of fibre is used in our wigs?

All of our wigs (unless stated) use a high temperature synthetic fibre that can be heated to 180°C (356°F). This is the lowest setting on most hair tools. Please check your tools specifications before styling your wig.

Wig parting types

Our wigs come in different parting styles as follows…

Skin top
Skin Top partings have a light coloured piece sewn into the cap to mimic a scalp. The hair is punched into this piece to give the effect of a real hair parting!

Closure

Our Closure top wigs are finished with a top piece that forms a circular crown.

Lace

Our Lace Front wigs are sewn on to a lace cap to give the ultimate in realistic hairline and parting. Most of our Lace Front wigs have no defined parting and are able to be customised and parted wherever you’d like.

Wig sizes

All our wigs will fit the majority of head sizes. They all come with an adjustable head cap.
If you are unsure and would like to double check, get in touch with your head size and wig preference and we’ll measure it up for you.

Wig photo information

All of our wigs are as pictured on the models.
Some models choose to further style the wigs. Blunt fringes usually come longer so that the exact length can be cut to suit.

In most cases you can view customers wearing the styles via our Instagram hashtags. Use #lushwigs followed by the name of the wig. For example: #lushwigsredsea.  This may help you in deciding whether the colour is what you are looking for.

Please be aware that the colours may look slightly different in person due to your device screen settings, or Instagram filters. Contact our customer service team if you’d like an exact colour match, and one of us will send you a picture so you can confirm the shade.

All photographs are credited and must not be copied or used elsewhere without the express permission of each person involved (Model, Photographer, Lush Wigs).