A Beginner’s Guide to Wearing Wigs

MARCH 23, 2023

For the novice wig-wearer, taking that first step into a new look can be daunting. That's why we've put together this guide to help you get started. We’ll share the basics when it comes to choosing and caring for your new hair.


Cap size

Wigs come in petite, average and large sizes. The first step in picking out a wig is measuring your head for one. Check out our guide on how to measure for a wig. A proper fit ensures comfort and prevents damage to the cap as well. 


Wigs come in several different fibers– regular synthetic, heat friendly synthetic, human hair and human hair/synthetic blend. Which fiber you choose will depend on your lifestyle and budget. 

Regular synthetic wigs 

Regular synthetic wigs tend to be the most popular choice for first-timers and they’re the most budget-friendly. They hold their style and are usually the easiest to care for. They last around 4-6 months with daily wear and proper care. 

Heat friendly synthetic wigs

Heat friendly synthetic wigs are great for all the same reasons as regular synthetics, except they have the added benefit of optional styling with hot tools. They can withstand temperatures up to 275° Fahrenheit. They do tend to frizz faster and require slightly more maintenance than regular synthetics, putting their lifespan around 2-3 months.

Human hair wigs 

Human hair wigs look and feel the most natural, but they do come with a price tag. They can also last up to a year or longer depending on care and frequency of wear. They provide the ultimate stylability but also require the most maintenance.

Human hair/synthetic blend wigs

Human hair/synthetic blend wigs are the best of both worlds. They land in the middle as far as price and longevity, while offering the ability to heat style like human hair. These blends also look incredibly natural.

Cap Design

Wigs also come in a range of cap designs from fully wefted up to 100% hand-tied. The more hand-tied features a wig has, the more natural it will be. These are the most common types you’ll come across:

Basic Cap

Basic Caps are the first ever to hit the wig market, this design is fully wefted and will be the least expensive. They’ll have “permatease” at the base of the cap to help disguise the wefts, which also provides more volume to the style.

Lace front

Lace front wigs with lace fronts can be fully or partially wefted as well as 100% hand-tied. Usually made of ready-to-wear, welded lace or unfinished swiss lace that requires customization, they provide a natural-looking hairline because each fiber or hair is individually tied onto the lace.

Monofilament top

Monofilament top is type of cap design gives the illusion of hair growing from your scalp and allows you to part your wig in any direction. It’s often combined with a lace front but not always– many styles with bangs will have a polyurethane strip at the front of the cap where you can use wig tape.

100% hand-tied

100% hand-tied is the most luxurious and realistic of all designs, this cap is usually the most expensive but well worth it. Every fiber or hair is hand tied onto the cap, including the lace front, allowing the most natural movement and appearance of scalp no matter how you wear your hair. 

Color & Style

Wigs come in pixies, bobs and long, flowy locks. Curly or straight, fringe or no fringe, rooted or highlighted…the options are practically endless! When you’re first starting out, you may like to try a style and color that most closely resembles your natural hair. On our website, you can shop by color and by hairstyle in order to narrow down your options. Browse best-sellers and read customer reviews to find out which styles and colors are most popular according to fellow wig wearers.

Wearing your wig

Making sure you put your wig on properly and prepping your hair or scalp underneath it is crucial to how it’ll fit and feel. 
  • If you have medium to longer lengths of hair that you’ll need to tuck under your wig, pin your hair tightly to your head with bobby pins and wear a wig liner/cap. If you have short hair or no hair at all, you can go sans-wig liner, but you might still like to wear one for comfort especially if you have sensitive skin. 

  • For added security you can use wig tape or a roll-on liquid adhesive like It Stays.

  • Once your head is prepped, put your wig on as shown here.

  • Only adjust your wig using the ear tabs and nape so as to not cause damage to more delicate areas of the cap

Care & Styling

How you care for your wig plays a huge role in how long it’ll last and the kind of experience you’ll have with it.
We hope this information makes you feel more prepared to dive into the world of wigs head on and with confidence. We’re also here to help every step of the way!

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