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Might seem pretty simple, yeah? You just… put it on. But if your wig slides around, seems to lift up in the back, falls sideways, or just plain doesn’t want to go on, following this five-step tutorial should help all those little problems.
This is gonna be slightly pic-heavy because, as always, I am much better at showing than telling.
1. Put on a wig cap.
What’s a wig cap????? It’s a thing you wear under a wig to keep your hair contained — even if it’s short like mine, or shorter— and to give the wig (and pins) something to grip onto.
I use mesh open-top wig caps. I prefer these because a) the mesh allows something to stick the pins through later, and b) because the open top allows you to put it on properly.
To put it on, pull it the whole way over your head and down, so you’re wearing it like a necklace.
Pardon my Egbert teeth.
Then pull the top back up over your face.
Adjust the elastic so it’s at your hairline, carefully pop your ears out, and voila, your hair is pulled up and out of the way, and no fighting with gravity to keep it contained!
If you have sideburns, they probably are going to pop back out, like mine did. If they’re going to get in the way, you may want to shave them. Or you can elect to ignore it, like I am.
2. Put on your contacts (if applicable), then your makeup.
It’s important to do it in this order so you’re not fighting around eyeliner only to get tear tracks streaming down your perfect makeup job. Better to just deal with the slightly-more-sensitive nature of your eyes while applying the makeup, than have to redo it later.
Don’t forget about your ears and neck! And boys, don’t forget: we need makeup too! You don’t want to look blotchy or shiny on camera.
Tip: I tend to pin the collar of my shirt down while applying makeup, so if any spills, it’s on the inside, where it won’t be seen. I’m not worrying about that for the tutorial though because it’s just a demonstration.
3. Put on the back end of your wig first.
Hold it above your head and look up into it to make sure it’s lined up properly. Then hook the back end under your skull.
When you do this, that gives the back something to anchor it and keep it in shape while you pull the front into place.
4. Pull the front end up over your hairline, and adjust to fit.
You want it to sit just in front of your natural hairline, so that if the wig cap loosens over the day and anything peeks out, it still won’t show.
The back will come displaced a little bit during this, so you should stretch it back down into place below the hairline on your neck. Adjust it behind your ears too.
The back of a wig is designed to stretch — it’s made of elastic, after all — so even if it’s highly stylized in the back, it should still have some give to it. If it doesn’t fit, or if you have to pull it uncomfortably, looks like your wig is the wrong size and you may have to start all over.
Tip: Before styling your wig in the first place, pad your wigform with newspapers to make it the same measurements as your actual head. This way, you can stretch the wig to dimensions you know will fit once you put it on. (I discovered this the hard way because I secretly have a colossal head.)
5. Pin the wig in place in any areas where it might come loose.
The the main strategic areas are the back of your neck and above your ears, but you should basically put pins wherever the wig might slip around.
You can do this invisibly by sticking the pins up from under the wig and bringing them back down through, catching some of the wig’s mesh in the hook of the pin. Just the same, it’s a good idea to use pins roughly the same color as your wig; you can’t see them, but I’m using gold ones.
I use bobby pins because I’m clumsy and dyslexic, so hairpins tend to really really hate me. Whichever you’re using, stick them through the mesh of the wig cap, and down into your hair. I don’t have pictures of this process because I only have two hands, but the final result is:
Now put on the rest of your costume and have fun!