July 2, 2021

How to Secure a Wig When You Dance

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This is a guide on how to secure your wig when you dance.

I am Lori, a wigs enthusiast and I love dancing. Salsa, ballroom, Tango. And I have a lot of friends who are professional dancers and beautiful drag queens. Very often, they need to perform with a wig.

Over the years, I’ve gathered valuable experience regarding how to secure a wig for dancers.

In this article, I will share the top three ways of securing your wig on the dance floor or stage. All these methods work pretty well for me, and I hope you will find them helpful too.

Sounds good? Keep reading!

Top 3 Ways to Secure Your Wig When You Dance

Here are the top three ways and detailed steps for holding your wigs firmly on your head when you dance.

Method 1: Wig Grip or Wig Cap

Using a wig grip or a wig cap is the best method to secure your wig when you dance. It is perfect for all people with natural hair under the wig and those without hair. In fact, I often use a wig grip as a temporary solution to make my wig smaller.

This method works very well if you have short or thin hair. Besides, the installation of a wig grip or wig cap is super easy.

When you dance, you will sweat a lot, so try to go for a wig grip or cap made with breathable material. Also, pick a product that comes with an adjustable strap, so you can easily tighten your wigs a bit when you dance.

Detailed Steps

Step 1: Secure all the hair on your head. For instance, flatten flyaway hairs on your head using gel or hairspray.

Step 2: Place the wig grip on top of your hairline. If you are using a wig cap, just put it on from the front to back. Then, adjust the size with the Velcro strap at the back.

Step 3: Put on your wig, adjust the position on the grip; start with the front part of your wig first, then the side and bottom.

Step 4: Shake or move your head side to side to make sure that your wig is secure. If the wig cap or grip is too loose, remove the wig and repeat the steps.

Method 2: Wig Tape

Wig Tape is a double-sided tape that can hold your wig on your head firmly when you dance. If you are longing for some chill dancing like mild ballroom, salsa, and belly dance with your partners, wig tape should be good enough.

Try to purchase a wig tape that comes with a no-sweat liner; it’s easier to apply and more comfortable.

Detailed Steps

Step 1: Rub a cotton ball soaked in alcohol along your hairline to clean the skin and remove oil or dirt, so the tape can stick better.

Step 2: Use a new cotton ball to protect your skin against the tape, and apply a thin layer of liquid aid to the skin below the hairline. Make sure you do this if you have sensitive skin or if you sweat a lot.

Step 3: Cut the tape into several small pieces, so it’s easier to stick them on the skin next to your hairlines; try to leave no space between each tape section. Begin at the front of your head and move to the nape of your neck.

Step 4: Remove the top layer of the tape (it’s easier if you do this with a tweezer). Place the front of the wig over the tapes, and make sure all the wig tapes are covered. Press firmly to apply pressure on the wigs and tape to secure them further.

Method 3: Wig Glue

Wig glue is a highly secure method that you can use to hold your wig when dancing. If you love something that involves many movements, Hip-Hops, pole dance, and choreography. Wig glue is probably your best option.

Just be very careful that you do not apply the glue to your edges. Besides, choose carefully if you have sensitive skin, some of the wig glues in the current market are suitable for sensitive skin while some are not.

Tips: Make sure you remove all the wig glue every time you take off your wig for protecting your hairline.

Detailed Steps

Step 1: Clean the skin with alcohol to remove all dirt, makeup, or oil.

Step 2: Use a cotton swab to apply a thin layer of wig glue on your hairline (depending on different products’ instructions, sometimes, you may need to let them dry a bit before putting on the wigs).

Step 3: Put on your wigs according to this sequence: head first, then the side, and finally the back. 

Step 4: Gently press your wigs for around a few minutes so it’s more secure on your head.


Here are quick answers to some questions related to securing a wig when dancing. 

How do Drag Queens Keep Their Wigs on?

Most drag queens use a combination of wig caps and wig glues to keep their wigs on. If they need to dance and swing a lot, they may also use some heavy-duty wig tapes.

How to Secure a Wig with Short Hair?

If you have short hair, the easiest way to secure your wig would be to wear a wig grip or wig cap with adjustable straps. Sometimes, the combs on the wig cap may not work so well on short hair, so you may need to use wig tape to provide extra adhesive.

Bottom Line

Finding the best way to secure the wigs when we dance is very important because it allows us to swing and move freely on the stage. These three methods worked really well for my friends and me.

Do you wear wigs too when you dance? How do you keep them from slipping off? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!


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