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Does My Wig Fit Right?

Posted on November 25 2019

The fit of your wig is an essential part of your daily comfort. A well-fitting wig can make you feel so confident! How do you know though if your wig fits right? If you try on an ill-fitting shirt or pants, it’s obvious from how it feels and looks. There aren’t clear signs a wig doesn’t fit, right? Luckily, there actually are signs of an ill-fitting wig. 

Proper Wig Fit

First, before anything else, you need to learn your wig size. If don’t know your wig size, it’s easy to find out. You will only need a soft measuring tape. With the measuring tape, find the circumference of your head. You'll want to start with the nape of your neck and end at your hairline. If you’d prefer a visual demonstration of this, watch the video below:

Once you have a measurement, you can determine your wig size. Wigs come in three sizes: petite, average, and large. If your head measured between 20 and 21.5 inches, you need a petite size. For measurements between 21.5 and 22.5 inches, go for an average size. A large wig would fit a head circumference of 22.5 to 23 inches. 

With your wig size in mind, you can find the best wig for you. Shop our petite wigs here, our average size wigs are here, and our large wigs here. Often, styles will come in more than one size!

How To Put On A Wig

After receiving your wig, you can now check the fit of the piece in person. Really, the size is a jumping-off point. A large in one brand may be too big, while another brand’s large is just right. You aren’t bound to a specific size. It’s all about what you’re comfortable in.

Put on your wig and take a good look in the mirror. Move your head around a little. Natural movements, like a nod or a head shake, are good things to try. Take note of how the wig feels on your head.

Your Wig Is Too Small If... 

Here are some signs your wig is too small. If the wig slides back on your head and reveals your scalp or hairline, it’s too small. If the wig has a lace front, check it out. If it’s rolling under instead of lying flat, you need a bigger wig. Likewise, if your wig has a monofilament top, it should lay flat too. If the monofilament cap sticks up like a point on the top of your head, that’s a symptom of a wig that’s too small. Lastly, if it’s too tight, it’s obviously too small. If it squeezes your temples or pulls your biological hair, it’s too tight.

Your Wig Is Too Big If... 

A wig can be too big, of course. What signs point to a too large wig? If you move your head and the wig slides along with it, you need a smaller wig. If the ear tabs gap up and you can see your biological hair under them, your wig is too big. Check the hairline or the lace front. Is there any wrinkling or buckling at the front of the wig? If yes, get a smaller wig.

Adjusting Wig Straps 

If you catch any of these problems, try adjusting the wig using the straps in your wig cap. This will usually solve any minor fit problems. For example, if your wig is only a tiny bit loose, a tightening of the straps can help.

If the fit issue is not fixed by adjusting the straps, another wig size is in order. For best results, move up or down in wig size. Watch the video below for visual assistance on recognizing whether your wig is too small, too big, or just right!


  • The Wig Experts: February 17, 2020

    Hi Carole,

    We have forwarded your info and comment to our Client Care Representatives who will reach out to you with more info.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Carole watt: February 17, 2020

    I have been buying the same wig since 2013
    R6/28H coppery mink But this last one I received is just not right , seems like the hair on the side just doesn’t lay down in front of the ears, and NO it’s not the ear tabs….the hair just sticks out…all I can say is HELP

  • catherine dunham: February 03, 2020

    i have a average heaad.

  • The Wig Experts: January 31, 2020

    Hi Lynn,

    In the “How To Measure Your Head For Wigs” video, the model is wearing Mila by Jon Renau in color 12FS8. You can see more of Mila here:

    In the “Does My Wig Fit Properly?” video, the model is wearing Beguile by Raquel Welch in color R3025S. You can see more of Beguile here:

    - The Wig Experts

  • Lynn: January 31, 2020

    What wig and colour is the model wearing?

  • The Wig Experts: December 16, 2019

    Hi Lolo,

    You can start your return for your order at !

    Be sure to have your order number on hand, which looks like #W2-123456.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Lolo Ayala: December 16, 2019


    I just received from you this wig:

    Deep SWISS, CHILLI-V P4/27/30

    This is not the size and color I wanted.

    Please give me return instructions.


    Lolo Ayala


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