Proper Wig Fit

Does My Wig Fit Right?

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!


Dear Rosalie,

Thanks for contacting Beauty and Hair!

Per your measurements, you are a large size cap.

Please be advised most styles will feature an adjustable strap that allows adjustment up to .5 inches which means this average/large size cap is worth trying out.

For your convenience, we have left a link below to access all styles offered in your cap size.


We hope this was helpful.

The Wig Experts

Hi Karen,

Thanks for reaching out!

We know sourcing the perfect size can be challenging and recommend considering a 100% hand tied cap which will promote a more comfortable fit overall especially ear to ear.

Please click the link below to access all 100% hand tied units offered in a large cap size.


The Wig Experts

Hi Emma,

Thank you for providing us with your measurements. Based on the measurements provided we would recommend trying a hand-tied large style. An average/large piece would also work as they measure 22.5 inches This size is half an inch bigger than an average cap size. Here are some links to styles that are average/large in size.


The Wig Experts

Hi Michele,

Unfortunately, Wavy Day is not offered in a large cap, and based on your measurements we would recommend a large cap. We have provided a link below with wavy styles in a large cap:


Please let us know if you need further assistance.

The Wig Experts

I bought a wavy day by Rachel Welch. My measurements are circumference 22.5, ear to ear 14, and front to back 14.5. It feels tight. I’m not sure if it comes in large.

Michele Watkins

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