How to Put On a Wig

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When you first receive your wig, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the whole concept of having to wear a wig let alone figuring out how to put it on. It can be a scary journey however there’s no need to worry, you’re not alone. At Joseph’s Wigs, we completely understand your confusion and are here to remove any stress you may have when wearing your wig, especially for the first time; we’ll lead you through the process so you can feel at ease.

Your Step-by-Step Guide

A parcel comes in the post, you open up the box, you see your wig neatly presented – now what?

If you can relate, you’re in the perfect place. Don’t panic, on this page we’ll show you how to put on your wig correctly, so you feel comfortable and can wear it with confidence. This process is a great starting point for those wearing a wig for the first time however as you get more experienced you may come to find different ways of putting on and wearing your wig that work best for you.

By following a few simple steps you’ll have your wig on and looking great in no time. So let’s begin...

What You’ll Need:

Please note: If your wig comes with a hair net in the box, this is simply to protect the wig and isn’t to be worn.

How to Wear a Wig Video


How to Put on Your Wig Cap

There are many views on whether a wig cap is necessary or not. On one hand, wig caps can aid a more secure fit, help to keep natural hair under control under the wig, and ensure better hygiene standards, however they can sometimes fall off, depending on how much your wig is moved throughout the day and depending on the shape of your head. Wearing a wig cap is purely down to personal preference and that’s why it’s always good to experiment and see what feels best on you. If you don’t want to wear a wig cap, skip to step 7.


  1. Prepare your wig cap.

If you have long hair, start by tying it into a low ponytail or bunches so it’s easy to hide and tuck away. Stretch out the wig cap and position it in your hands so it’s ready to be worn.

Lady holding a wig cap


  1. Anchor the front of the wig cap on your forehead.

The inside of the wig cap should be placed just above your eyebrows to keep it in position, then take the back of the wig cap over your head, right down to the nape of your neck.

Lady anchoring wig cap on forehead


  1. Tuck your hair under the wig cap so that it’s not visible. 

If you have natural hair, to begin with, make sure it’s tucked away under the wig cap to avoid it being seen when wearing your wig.

Lady tucking excess hair into her wig cap


  1. Tuck excess hair underneath the wig cap at the back.

This step applies if you have long hair, ensure your ponytail is pushed under the wig cap.

Lady tucking excess hair underneath wig cap at the back


  1. Push the front of your wig cap back until it meets your natural hairline.

Lady pushing wig cap back to natural hair line


  1. Ensure the sides of the wig cap are tucked behind your ears.

Lady tucking wig cap behind her ears



Putting on Your Wig


  1. Find the wig label. 

This helps to differentiate the front and back of the wig. The label sits at the back of the wig.

Lady finding the label on her wig


  1. Find the ear points on the wig cap construction.

Before putting the wig on, grab onto the ear points on the side of the cap construction and position the label at the top.

Lady finding the ear points on her wig


  1. Anchor the front of the wig on your forehead, just above your eyebrows.

Lady anchoring the wig on her forehead before putting the wig on


  1. Pull the wig over your head.

Lady positioning the wig over her head


  1. Flip the hair back.

Once the wig is on your head, the parting should form naturally.

Lady flipping the wig over her head


  1. Toggle and align the ear points to position the wig. 

Gently pull both ear points to position the wig until it feels comfortable on your head. The ear points should align with one another and sit near your ears.

Lady aligning the wig ear points to position the wig securely on her head


  1. Hold the top of the wig and pull the back of the wig down to the nape of your neck.

With one hand, firmly hold the top of the wig in place and, with the other hand, pull the back of the wig down so the wig fits your whole head securely. Do the same for both sides.

The front of the wig should sit on your hairline, roughly 3 fingers away from your eyebrows.

Lady holding the top of the wig and pulling the back of the wig down to the nape of her neck


  1. Gently brush the wig and style to your preference.

Using the correct styling products for your wig, style it to your liking. For synthetic fibre wigs, use a proper metal wig brush, for human hair wigs use any normal brush but avoid metal brushes as this can cause damage to the human hair.

Lady gently brushing her wig with a synthetic fibre wig metal brush


  1. Ta-da, the wig is on! 

That’s it, you look beautiful with your new wig.

Lady wearing synthetic fibre wig from Ellen Wille

Get in Touch with Joseph’s Wigs

Still in need of further guidance? Get in touch today, we’re here to support you with everything you need when wearing your wig.

If there’s anything else on your mind, Joseph’s Wigs are more than happy to chat. Call us on 020 8648 5541 or email and we can discuss any concerns/queries you may have.