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? Nobody wants their wig sitting inches off their head because of a bun or a pony that won’t allow it to sit flat. Let’s face it, it’d look like a helmet, and we are trying to serve glamour!

Here are a few top tricks we’ve learned for hair of all lengths:

Pin Curls
This one takes a little while, but is well worth it. The flatter the curls, the better the wig will sit, and this method is suitable for mid to long hair. Take the hair in small sections and wrap around the index and middle finger, then bend away from you and pin to the head using a criss cross of bobby pins. Repeat all over the head, and then cover with a wig cap for maximum flattening!
This is particularly good if you are off to an event or need that hair to stay tamed all day.

Pin Back
A less fussy version of the above for those with short or very thin hair, just twist the front sections into some pin curls, and then slick or flatten the bulk of the hair at the back and pin against the scalp. The ensures the front still has the staying power of the pin curl but less time consuming as your hair doesn’t need to be as flattened.

Slicked and loose!
This is my go-to, and perfect for those with short to mid length hair, or very thin hair like me.
Slick the front of the hair back with a comb and a little water. Make sure to slick back everything around the front, above and then behind the ears. Grab a wig cap and hold open to catch the lengths of the hair and then pull forward until it covers up to your hairline. Check the hairline at the back for any loose hairs and tuck them in.
This method is also great for people prone to headaches from stress or tightness on the hair.

These are our top methods, do you wear yours differently? We’d love to know!

How to put on your wig

If you have hair, you may want to sweep it up into a wig cap. 

Hold your wig at the nape of the neck and pull it on to your head, with the front of the wig positioned above your eyebrows. Slowly pull down until it sits just in front of your natural hairline on your forehead. If it feels a little loose, you can use the straps inside to adjust the size so it sits more comfortably. When you feel good about the position and security of your wig, you can start to tuck in any stray hairs and arrange the fringe if it has one.

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 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 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).

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.

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 0f 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 the lowest 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.

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!

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.

My wig is causing headaches

Problems like head aches are rare but can arise from the straps being fixed to tightly around the circumference of your head and causing to much pressure. And after some time can result in a headache.

To find the correct measurements of you own head, use a dressmakers (cloth) tape to measure
your head.

Take your cloth tape and measure from your front hairline to just above the ears, to where your neck bends, 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.

You may also want to try a grip head band. These come in silicone or material products, and differ in price from affordable to expensive. But are relatively made with the same materials.
This is a headband that is placed under your wig. Its purpose is to secure your wig and distribute its weight and pressure evenly, helping to relieve headaches and keep your wig in place.
The silicone variety offer a cooler experience, but different materials suit different individuals, whats best can come down to personal preference.

Double sided wig tapes can be beneficial, but these are used to target the front hairline area.

Another option is wig glue which can sound a little daunting, but can be applied to ensure your wig stays in place, some come waterproof as well. Tapes and glues can be a good alternative to material grip head bands for securing your wig in warmer climates, however silicone bands are cooler.

Its good practice to always take your wig off, when its convenient to let your head breath and
have a rest. And of course, not to sleep in your wig!