How to Adjust a Wig

by Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor

How to Adjust a Wig. To successfully wear a wig, you must adjust your hairpiece to fit your head snugly and with correct placement. A loose wig will slide out of place and possibly cause embarrassment. A tight wig can cause discomfort and leave unflattering lines on your skin. You can learn to adjust a wig properly in just a few steps.

Step 1

Find the adjustment hooks on the back of the wig, near the section that sits by the nape of your neck. Look for at least two small hooks similar in size and shape to bra hooks. Hook them into the most outward settings on your wig, causing it to be its largest size.

Step 2

Try on the wig by flipping it upside down in front of you. Lower your head into the wig, and flip the two up together. Insert a finger between the edge of the wig cap and your head. If the wig feels loose--in most cases it will--remove it and move the wig hooks inward a notch for a tighter fit.

Step 3

Continue in this fashion until the wig feels quite snug but not tight on your head. Move your head from side to side, forward and back while looking in a mirror. The wig must not slide out of place or feel uncomfortably tight.

Step 4

Adjust the wig placement so the inner cap falls over your temples. Pull the inner cap downward on both sides of your head, at the same time. Next, pull downward on the front and back sections of the inner cap--again, at the same time. This process eliminates a "floppy" top section.

Step 5

Stand back and look carefully in a mirror. Observe the bangs (if any) for straightness, and be sure the bottom of the wig falls evenly. Use a large hand mirror to see the back of the wig to ensure the hair is still in place; particularly after brushing.

Tips

  • Some wigs use Velcro instead of hooks. With this small exception, adjustment techniques are the same.