How To Wear A Wig With Long Hair: Secrets Revealed!

January 10th, 2024

Anyone can wear a wig. Some people wear them to conceal hair loss while others wear them to make a fashion statement. Whichever the case, a wig is an essential part of your outfit. However, for those who still have their natural hair, trying to fit all that hair under a wig cap can be a frustrating venture, especially if you have long tresses. You want the wig to look natural, but it seems difficult when you have hair peeking out, your wig is sliding off, or a lump of your own hair seems to be bubbling from underneath the cap. So what can you do? Luckily, there are ways to keep your hair tucked nicely under your wig without fear of being noticed or your wig falling off. Hopefully this blog can be a useful guide to help you learn tips and tricks on how to wear a wig with long hair.  

How to Wear a Wig with Long Hair: Preparing Your Hair & Wig

When choosing a wig, you need to make sure you have the right size. (If you have thick hair, you may need to get a larger cap to ensure all the hair stays in place.) Remember, it does not matter if you have short hair or long hair. An ill-fitting wig will not be comfortable to wear or easy to keep your hair tucked up in. Check out our video where Roxie shows you how to measure your head for a wig. 
Once you have the right-sized wig, now you can begin preparing your hair for wig application. It’s important to have clean hair before wearing your wig. Make sure you have properly washed and dried your hair before you apply your wig. Wearing a wig with clean hair helps keep your wig clean and helps prevent your hair from drying out. 
Once you have clean and dry hair, be sure to brush out your hair. Make sure there are no tangles or knots. Otherwise, your hair will be hard to braid later if it’s full of tangles. Once your hair is all brushed out and tangle free, now you can begin the process for wig application.
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How to Wear a Wig with Long Hair: Step-by-Step Wig Application Process 

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Step 1: Gathering Necessary Tools and Accessories

To begin preparing your hair for the wig, first, gather these tools and accessories:  
  • Comb to help section your hair

  • Elastic Bands for securing your braids.

  • Bobby Pins for pinning the braids into your hair.

  • Wig Cap for protecting your hair

  • Wig to give yourself a new look.

Step 2: Creating a Secure Base: Braiding & Pinning Hair

The first thing you will want to do in order to provide a seamless transition from hair to wig is braid your hair. By braiding your hair into two different sections, you can better hide your long hair underneath. (If you have thick hair, you may need to braid your hair in four sections). The braids help to disperse the bulk of your hair evenly so that you don’t have one whole lump of hair piled in the back of your wig. Because, trust us girl, you will be able to see it!
Please note: When you braid your hair, make sure it’s not too tight. Tight braids can pull on the hairline and cause breakage and hair loss. 
When you look up ways on how to wear a wig with long hair, you may have seen the ponytail method. This technique works better if you have thin hair. The key is to make sure your hair is as flat against the skull as possible to eliminate lumps. 
Wrap and Pin
Once you have your hair braided (make sure your hair is also dry before doing this!), you can wrap the braids around your head. Make sure to space them out so that they aren’t all in one place. If you decide to use less than four braids, just lift them up and have them meet at the top of your head. And if you want a quick up-do with one braid, simply wrap the braid in the back into a swirl shape.
Then all you have to do is use good old reliable bobby pins to hold the braids down. You may need a handful of these if you have particularly thick hair. This method can be used even if you are wearing pixie wigs!

Step 3: Applying a Wig Cap for Added Comfort

Next, you will want to put on your wig cap. Wig caps can either be mesh, nylon, or cotton material. To put the cap on, just open it up and pull it over your head, starting at the nape. Then, pull it up towards the forehead. You can secure the cap with a couple more bobby pins if you want!

Step 4: Placing and Adjusting the Wig Properly

All that’s left to do now is pop on your wig and be glamorous! It can be a short wig, long wig, or a colorful one!
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Anyway you want it, your long hair is sure to be secure by following these few steps. For maximum security, you can add wig glue to the side and top of your face near your hairline and ears. And make it a lace front for that all-natural facade!
Now that you know how to wear a wig with long hair, you are ready to set out on your wig journey and wear any style you want! 

FAQs: How to Wear a Wig with Long Hair

Can I wear a wig if I have very long hair?

Yes! You’ll need to braid your hair into two or more sections and tuck it under a wig cap. Make sure your hair is flat against the head to keep the wig from bubbling. 

How do I know if a wig will fit securely?

There are a couple things you can do to make sure your wig fits securely. If your wig has these features, you can use the adjustable tabs or velcro closures to customize the fit. You can also use wig tape or adhesive to keep your wig in place. You can even take bobby pins and pin the wig to your hair. Your wig should never feel too tight or too loose. If your wig is slipping, that means it's not tight enough.

Will wearing a wig damage my natural hair?

No. Overall, wigs will not damage your natural hair. There are some things you can do, too, to help keep your scalp and hair healthy while you wear a wig. 

  • Have a Regular Hair Care Routine - make sure you have clean and dry hair before putting on your wig. Having oily hair can make your scalp feel damp if your wig gets hot. This can create moisture, which is unhealthy for your hair and could make your wig smelly. 

  • Increase the gap between your hair and wig - Wearing a wig cap or liner can help protect your hair from sweat build up and any friction between your hair and the wig that can cause discomfort.

  • Choose the Right Wig Size - It is important to have the correct size wig. A wig that is too tight may pull on your hair, which can cause hair thinning and balding.

  • Avoid Creating Tension On Your Scalp - When you braid your hair, avoid creating tight braids. This can create tension on the scalp and pull on the hairline. The tight braids can lead to hair breakage and loss. 

  • Give Your Hair a Break - It’s important to let your scalp breathe. If you want to keep your head covered, try other options like head wraps or hats.