How to Secure a Wig

Wearing wigs for special occasions, certain events, or even every day, can automatically change your look in an instant. However, making sure that your wig is securely installed is another task at hand.

My name is Lauren, and I have been a hairstylist for over several years. When it comes to securing your wigs, I know all the right tools and tricks to keep your wigs from slipping.

There are many methods, but I will go over the best ones that can even be used by beginners.

Check out some of the methods that I have personally tested and choose the best one for you.

Keep reading to learn more!

3 Best Ways to Secure A Wig

Here are my top methods for how to secure your wigs.

Method 1: Wig Grip Headband

Now, to secure your wig quickly and easily, you can try the wig grip headband method that is the best for beginners. Here are the tools you will need:

  • Wig Grip Headband
  • Bobby Pins
  • Elastic hair tie
  • Wig Cap

Wig grip headbands are great for protecting your edges and also preventing your wig from slipping. Follow these steps to ensure a secure fit:

Step 1: If your hair is long or thick, you can pin it up with bobby pins or just wear a wig cap.

Step 2: Take your wig grip and secure it firmly around your hairline, fastening the velcro in the back.

Step 3: Now, put on your wig. Make sure you are covering the wig grip here.

Step 4: Use additional bobby pins to cover the wig grip closer to the ears.

You can also use the combs provided with your wig if you have them, and that’s it! You have just secured your wig using the wig grip headband method.

Method 2: Wig Tape

The wig tape method offers another beginner-friendly way to secure your wigs and can save you time when it comes to installing your wig. You can use a skin-toned wig cap or mesh one of your choices to protect your hair. This is what you will need:

  • Wig tape
  • A spandex wig cap
  • Scissors

Prep

Before applying the wig tape, ensure that the area and skin are clean from oils, dirt, or debris. You can use a toner or an alcohol-soaked pad to clean the skin and hairline. Now, follow these steps:

Step 1: Cut as many wig tape strips as you need to securely cover the areas you need to secure.

Step 2: After you have put on your wig cap, peel one side of the wig tape and place it along your hairline in the areas that you want to secure.

Step 3: When you are ready to put on your wig, gently remove the other side of the tape, peeling away as you avoid touching the tape because it will be very sticky.

Step 4: Place your wig in position, gently applying pressure on where the tape is.

Style your wig as needed here and you’re done! You have secured your wig using the wig tape method.

Method 3: Wig Glue

The wig glue method is probably the most popular and advanced method for securing wigs because of the length of time you can wear your wigs for. You can use this method as a beginner too, just make sure to take your time. Here is what you will need:

  • Wig glue
  • Pins
  • A spandex wig cap

Prep

Before applying the wig glue, ensure that the area and skin are clean from oils, dirt, or debris. You can use a toner or an alcohol-soaked pad to clean the skin and hairline. After you have prepped, follow these steps:

Step 1: Put on your wig cap to protect your hair or pin your hair up and back.

Step 2: Apply a good amount of glue along the hairline, not too much and not too little.

Step 3: Allow the glue to dry a bit and become tacky before applying your wig.

Step 4: Gently apply the wig to your scalp, slowly and carefully, working from the back towards the front.

Step 5: Make sure the wig is properly aligned before pressing it firmly down.

Step 6: Pressing the hair down onto the glue, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to properly dry.

Once the adhesive has completely dried, you can style your wig as necessary. You have secured your wig using the wig glue method. 

If you want to make sure your wig stays on your head firmly, you may consider of combining both methods, I have helped many clients to secure their wigs using glue and tapes before they go partying and dancing.

FAQs

Here are some common questions that you should know when it comes to securing a wig.

What Method is Best for Hair Loss or Thinning Hair?

If you are suffering from hair loss or have thinning hair, I would definitely recommend the wig grip headband method for you.

This method works great for protecting weak edges and thinning hairlines while making it gentle enough to wear for those with sensitive scalps.

The only downside to the wig grip headband method is that with time, the elastic can start to overstretch and you will need to replace your wig grip headband. Other than that, this method is ideal for those suffering from hair loss and thinning hair.

How to Remove Wig Tapes and Wig Glues?

The best way to remove your wig tapes and wig glues would be to use a solvent or alcohol-based adhesive remover.

Using a cotton ball, soak it in the remover and dab it along your hairline on the tape or glue to loosen the adhesion.

Gently lift your wig, not forcefully, until it easily comes off. Use additional remover for any leftover bits or sticky residue.

What Glue is Best?

There are so many wig glues that can offer many advantages for the purposes you need. You need to consider how long you will wear the wig for to help sort out your best options.

Does water-resistant or sweatproof make a difference to you? Lifestyle, as well as climate, will also help to narrow down the best options for you.

There are many choices of glues out there and some are better than others. Check out this article on the 4 Best Wig Glues to help you narrow down your search.

Wrap Up

Securing a wig provides great benefits that will give you confidence and reassurance that your wig isn’t going anywhere. Knowing the best methods that will work for you and your hair type is key to getting the best security for your wigs. 

Whether you wear lace wigs and frontals short-term or long-term, having it stay in place will have you looking your best.

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