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How to wear your hair under a wig

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. A wig cap helps to keep your hair in place and create a smoother base for your wig to sit. You can brush out any fine hairs from the hairline using a lash wand. 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.

Braids/plaits 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 2 sections of hair and braid/plait.
3. With the two braids/plaits, take one each and crisscross them over. And attach them to the head along the nape of the neck. Securing with bobby pins as you go. Keeping the braids as flat as possible.
4. Place a wig cap over your prepared hair ready to put on your wig.

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 method

1. Take a section of hair at the crown of the head. Wrap around into a pin curl.
2. Separate the rest of the hair into 4 sections. 2 at the front and 2 at the back.
3. Starting with one section at the back, take the hair and wrap it around at the side of the hair that forms the pin curl at the crown of the head. Adding pins as you go.
4. Repeat with the other three sections wrapping the hair around, like a cinnamon swirl.
5. Place a wig cap over your prepared hair ready to put on your wig.

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.

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

How to put on a wig & trimming lace front wigs

For full heads of hair, please refer to our,
How to wear your hair under a wig in the FAQ. Before putting your wig on.

Hard front wigs
These come with a full wig construction cap and have hairs sewn onto wefts that form the cap. They come as fringeless and with fringes.
These are more popular for styles with bangs (fringes) as the bangs cover the hairline, and the fringe frames the face.

1. Hold the wig at the nape (where the straps are) with two hands.
2. Bend your head forward and pull the wig over your head.
3. Adjust the wig to your hairline and line up the ear tabs to your ears.
4. Secure using the adjustable straps.

NOTE: If you measure the circumference of your head, and have your size. Turn the wig inside-out, and place the measuring tape around the circumference. Where your size is on the tape will give you a guide on where to fix the straps. This can be easier than hooking them in while its on your head.

If using glues, tapes or wig grip bands, press the edges of the wig securely down.
Once you feel comfortable with the position of your wig, and it feels secure.
Mission accomplished.

Lace front wigs
Lace front wigs come with extra lace along the hairline. This is to achieve a realistic hairline, where strands of hair are sewn into the lace. There are 2 methods we advise when trimming lace fronts.

Method 1
1. 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.
2. Line up the hairline to where your own would normally be.
3. Clip the wig hair gently back, so you can see the hairline clearly.
4. With small scissors (nail scissors are ideal) start at the centre of your forehead.
Cutting upwards vertically towards the hairline, and then trim horizontally across the
hairline. Trimming lace little by little to avoid accidentally cutting too much.

Method 2
Alternatively you can cut the lace without wearing it.
1. Closely trim the lace along the hairline of the wig.

NOTE: try the wig on in between trimming to see how it suits.

You can leave a line of lace at about half of a centimetre.
Or if you prefer, cut closer to the hairline, and trim around the ears.
You can cut into the lace with hair on, as each strand is sewn into each tiny hole of lace.
Just be careful to not cut into the wig construction cap. The lace covers a good area, and this would be hard to do, But always be careful as you trim.

If you have 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.
NOTE: You can use makeup to blend in the hairline and parting to match your skin tone.

If using glues, tapes or wig grip bands, press the edges of the wig securely down.
You can tie a headband just around the head to keep the wig in place as the glue sets.
Once you feel comfortable with the position of your wig, and it feels secure.
Mission accomplished.

How to secure a wig

Wearing a wig is not always as easy as it seems. Some people are able to quickly prep the hair and put the wig on, with just some minor adjustments and their ready to face the day.

But sometimes some extra help is needed to provide you with the security to wear a wig with confidence. To ensure you are getting the most from your wig, here are some tips to wear your wig right.

Measure your head

1. 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.
If you’re wearing a lace front wig with a parting. These also come with lace sections to line up with the lace, so no band shows through the lace front.

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 non-adjustable band.
There advantages are that they have a cooling effect.

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.

Note: It’s advised to always take your wig off, when it’s convenient to let your head breathe and have a rest.

Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using products.

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

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?
Do you think it’s come to the end of its days?
NO WAY!

Washing your wig depends on how often you wear it.
Synthetic fibres absorb pollution the same way human hair does, we recommend you wash your wig every 5-10 wears.

NOTE:- Washing everyday will just shorten the lifespan of the wig.

It is strongly advised to use a special wig shampoo and conditioner, as human hair products can be to harsh on synthetic hair. A baby shampoo can be used as a alternative as these are very gentle. We have seen a tip about conditioning a wig with fabric softener, but we strongly advise against this! As these to can be too harsh for synthetic wigs.

You will need:
A wide tooth comb, wig brush such as a loop bristle or metal brush with round ended pins.
A bowl, or a sink for water.
Wig shampoo and conditioner.
Wig Leave in conditioner.
A clean towel.

Detangling and preparing the hair
1. First you will need to remove any tangles and knots from the wig. Use a wide toothed comb or metal/loop specialised brush, starting from the ends of the hair, brush in a downward motion. Finishing at the roots.

NOTE: Never comb or brush a wet wig as this causes breakage!

2. Add tepid water to the bowl. Tepid water is advised as this will help hold the style.
Hot water may reduce the definition of curls or waves.

NOTE: Never use very hot/boiling water as this could melt the fibers and cause breakage!

Shampooing
3. Add a small amount of shampoo, to the water and mix into the water. Immerse the wig into the water, leave to soak for a few minutes. Use gentle squeezing actions to loosen dirt and debris, you can use a soft toothbrush along the circumference of the wig to help to remove glue, or tape residue.

NOTE: Never wring out the wig, as this may cause breakage to the cap and hair.

4. Next rinse the wig in cold water to remove any soapy residue.
Fill the bowl with cold water or rinse under a running tap. Rinse by gently squeezing the wig, do this until the water runs clear.

5. Squeeze excess water out of the wig with your hands.
Then place the wig on a towel, fold the dry towel over the wig to absorb any excess water.

Conditioning
6. Add a small amount of conditioner, work it through the hair and leave for a few minutes. Then repeat the rinsing process.

NOTE: Leave in conditioner sprays, work wonders on synthetic hair. Providing moisture, they are excellent for wigs, in between washes to help detangle and reduce static.

Drying
7. Next step is to dry the wig, it’s best to place the wig on a headstand, this allows the air to move freely through the style and dry quicker.

NOTE: Do not dry a wig on a mannequin head, as this may stretch the construction cap when wet. And never put on a radiator, as they will be too hot.

You can use a hairdryer BUT as for longer styles they may become tangled. When using a hairdryer it must be on the low setting for heat. Ideally with an air concentrator fixed to the nozzle for better control.

Once your wig is completely dry, wear as it is or style the wig as you please, see How to heat style a synthetic wig in the FAQ’s

Heat styling a synthetic wig

Wigs are a blessing when it comes to no fuss hair, with a style that’s set to perfection. However that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with different looks. Sometimes, you just love the colour but wish you could have some big, bouncy curls or 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 140°C (284°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.

How to prepare synthetic hair for heat styling
The synthetic fibers in our wigs, need to be protected. To prolong the life and condition of the fibers. We recommend a leave in conditioner and heat protection spray for synthetic hair. These are sprayed and combed through the hair before applying heat.

NOTE:- Be careful to not apply these products and heat directly to the roots of the wig, as these factors can cause the synthetic hair to loosen away from the construction cap. As with your own scalp treat this area with care.

Note:- Many are available for human and synthetic hair, meaning you don’t have to double up on products for each. And some leave in conditioners act as a heat protector, so always check the label.

Styling accessories
If you’re using a polystyrene or canvas wig head to style your wig, its handy to use a couple of dressmakers pins, insert two at the front, but be careful with lace front wigs as we don’t want to damage the lace, so apply pins further back. And a couple at the nape of the neck. To keep the wig in place as you style it.

Curling irons, wave wands and tongs.
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.
If you want looser curls, just hold the curl in your hand as it cools for a softer wave.

Flat irons
Fancy straight hair for a change. Our curly and wavy wigs have been transformed into sleek looks, with the use of a straightening iron. Just run the iron throughout the hair to smooth and create a sleek finish.

Hair Dryers
When using a hairdryer it must be on the lowest setting for heat. Ideally with an air concentrator fixed to the nozzle for better control. You can pin curl, braid or do the classic blow out, for sleek styles. Apply heat with the hairdryer to set the style, and allow to cool.

Steaming
A hand held steamer can be used to set styles for synthetic hair. And are excellent for reviving and conditioning a wig.
Pin curls, metal rollers, pin waves, or combing a wig straight while applying steam, and then leaving to cool overnight, will set any style.

NOTE:- Metal combs, brushes and rollers are ​used as they are smoother for synthetic hair.
NOTE:- When using heated hair tools NEVER EXCEED 140.C / 284.F

Please take a look at our instagram page and enter the name of your wig along with @lushwigs to see what others have done with the styles for further inspiration.

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

Storage Tips

We advise you to store your wig in the cardboard box it came 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 140°C (284°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 models and customers.
Some 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 used.
In all cases please reference the mannequin photos for the best colour match available.

Contact our customer service team if you’d like further images 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/customer, Photographer, Lush Wigs).