How to Glue a Toupee

by Rose Kivi ; Updated September 28, 2017

A properly glued toupee looks natural and stays put.


An adhesive is used to hold a toupee in place. Adhesives come in liquid form or tape form, and both types work well. Which one to use is a matter of preference. A toupee that is correctly applied will look natural and stay on throughout the day without any problems if you use this method.

Clean your scalp with rubbing alcohol or witch hazel to remove natural body oils. Use witch hazel if you have dry or sensitive skin. Cleaning your scalp removes excess body oils that can prevent the toupee from sticking well to the skin.

Apply liquid toupee adhesive or toupee tape around the edges of the inside of the toupee (see Resources below). To apply liquid toupee adhesive, use an applicator brush to apply a thin layer of the adhesive to the edges of the toupee. Place a towel down under the toupee to prevent the adhesive from getting on counters. To apply toupee tape, press the tape down around the edges of the toupee and smooth the tape down. Make sure that the tape does not stick out past the edges of the toupee. Once the tape is securely in place, remove the protective backing from the tape.

Hold the toupee over your head to find the place where the toupee should sit.

Press the toupee down on your scalp so that it will stay in place.

Style the toupee as desired.


  • Read the manufacturer's directions for the liquid toupee adhesive or the toupee tape to get an idea of how often reapplication is needed. Reapply the adhesive or tape when the toupee no longer holds in place well. Wipe the scalp with rubbing alcohol or witch hazel to remove the liquid adhesive or tape residue after you take off your toupee. Apply aloe vera gel to the scalp after you remove your toupee if you notice skin dryness or irritation. Water-based adhesives are recommended for sensitive skin.

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About the Author

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.