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Putting On a Wig Cap Over Your Hair : An Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Are wigs your thing? Maybe you're considering trying one out to switch up your look or deal with hair loss. Whatever the reason, before you dive into the wig world, it's really important to learn how to wear one correctly, ensuring both your hair and scalp stay happy and healthy.

One crucial step is using a wig cap over your hair. It helps secure and maintain your wig in place and maintains your natural hair's well-being. If you've got long hair and want to wear a wig cap, this guide is tailor-made for you.

Steps to Effortlessly Apply a Wig Cap Over Your Hair

Let's walk through the process of smoothly placing a wig cap over your hair.

Step 1: Gather Your Gear

Before you dive in, gather these essentials:

  • Wig cap (nude or a shade matching your scalp)
  • Bobby pins or hair clips
  • Comb or brush
  • Mirror

Also before starting this process, make sure that your hair is clean- washed and conditioned. This will make the wig cap wearing experience even better for you and reduce any discomfort that might occur due to dirty and oily hair and scalp.

Step 2: Get Your Hair Ready

Start with clean, dry hair. Run a comb or brush through it to tame any tangles. For those with long locks, consider a low ponytail or braid to keep everything neat. We recommend going for a braid because when you put your hair into a braid, they are neatly tucked together and do not tangle or knot. Also, they’ll stay securely in place without messing with your wig cap or the wig hair. 

Step 3: Tame Your Tresses

Long hair? No problem. Gather it into a low ponytail at your neck's nape and secure it with a hair elastic. This keeps your hair from creating unnecessary bulk under the wig cap. You can also braid your hair for added comfort, braiding helps keep your hair in place and completely tangle-free.

Step 4: Time for the Wig Cap

Let's get that wig cap on like a pro:

  • Hold the wig cap with both hands, positioning the open end at your forehead.
  • Gently stretch the cap over your head, making sure it covers your whole scalp and hairline.
  • Adjust the cap for a snug and comfy fit. Pull it down to cover your hairline and neck's nape.



Step 5: Keeping It Secure

To stop your wig cap from wandering off, let's secure it:

  • Insert bobby pins or hair clips around the cap's edges, attaching it to your natural hair.
  • Begin at your forehead and work your way around to the sides and back.
  • Aim for a snug hold, not too tight. Too many pins might mean discomfort, so be judicious.

Step 6: Fine-Tuning the Cap

Stand in front of a mirror and iron out any kinks or folds in the wig cap. We're aiming for a seamless base for your wig. You can also adjust it as per your comfort, a comfortable fit will ensure that your wig sits right.

Step 7: It's Wig Time

With the wig cap snugly on, let's slip on that wig:

  • Take your wig and comb it gently to remove any tangles.
  • Grab your wig by its sides, the label facing backward.
  • Gently tilt your head forward and position the wig's front above your forehead and along your hairline.
  • Slide the wig over the cap, making sure its front hairline matches your natural one.
  • Once the wig is in place, use your fingers to adjust it. Ensure it's centered and comfy.


Step 8: Locking It In

Most wigs come with adjustable straps or hooks that help secure the wig better. Let's secure that wig:

  • Hold the tabs or straps at the wig's back.
  • Tighten or loosen the straps as needed.
  • Fasten the hooks or tabs, making your wig feel cozy.

Step 9: Let's Style

Your wig's securely in place, now the next step is actually the fun one - styling!

A wig brush or comb will help shape the wig's hair. Be gentle to avoid stressing the cap. Remove all tangles gently and brush your hair to make them smooth. You can then go ahead and style your wig using a hair straightener or a curler, you can even try out some amazing hairstyles if you want.

Step 10: Final Touches

Stand before the mirror, checking your wig from different angles. If all looks good, you're set to flaunt your fab new style!


Wearing a wig cap is a crucial step to ensure your wig looks and feels fantastic. With this step-by-step guide, you can create a comfortable and secure foundation for your wig, making it appear natural and feel snug.

Wearing a wig cap also keeps your natural hair safe and protected from excessive sweat and itching. With a bit of practice, switching up your hairstyles and rocking your wigs will become second nature.

  1. Can I skip wearing a wig cap with my wig?
    Wearing a wig cap helps create a smoother base, keeps your hair in place, and prevents friction discomfort. You can wear your wig without a wig cap also, but it is better if you use a wig cap, it’s for your own comfort.

  2. How tight should a wig cap be?
    The cap should fit snugly but not uncomfortably tight. Cover your scalp and hairline while maintaining comfort. Check and get the right size for your head.

  3. Can I use a wig cap with any type of wig?
    Absolutely! Whether synthetic or human hair, a wig cap creates a comfortable base for any wig type. You can wear a wig cap under any wig and it will elevate your comfort as well as the fit of the wig.

  4. How can I adjust a wig cap once it's on?
    Slide the wig cap into place and iron out any wrinkles in front of a mirror. Aim for a seamless base for your wig. Using your fingers, adjust and slide the wig cap to achieve a comfortable fit.

  5. How do I secure the wig cap?
    Bobby pins or hair clips work wonders with wig caps. Attach them around the cap's edges to your natural hair, ensuring a secure yet comfortable hold.