How to Make a Straight Wig Curly

by Maryeya Thompson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use curlers to turn a straight wig curly.

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Synthetic wigs are made of plastic strings that are heated to extend the length of hair. The manufacturers bend the plastic to create curls and waves. Using curlers and low heat is a simple way to curl wigs without paying for more wigs and allows you to make hairstyles to fit your style.

Place a dry wig on top of the wig head. Using a wig head makes applying curlers and brushing the hair easier.

Brush hair with a metal bristle brush. Brushing the hair removes tangles and lint and makes tighter curls.

Wrap strips of hair around curlers. Start with at least 2 inches of hair or expand the width depending on how big you want your curls to be. A smaller width of hair creates smaller and tighter curls and a wider width of hair creates larger and loose curls. Begin at the ends of the hair and wrap the hair around the curler until the curler reaches close to the scalp. Wrap hair tightly around the curler.

Secure hair with a wig pin. Push the pin into hair through the curler.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all the hair is wrapped in curlers.

Blow dry hair to set the curls. Blow dry hair on the lowest setting to avoid burning hair. Blow dry for 10 to 30 minutes or until the hair is warm to the touch. The length of time may vary.

Remove the curlers from the hair and style.


  • Store the wig on the wig head when it is not in use to keep the curls fresh. Carefully remove curlers from the hair to keep the curls in and avoid tangles. Keep wig hair fresh by cleaning with wig shampoo twice a month. Use regular wig moisturizer to keep hair from frizzing and for longer life.

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About the Author

Turning a beloved hobby into a career, Maryeya Thompson has engaged readers with creative stories for over 15 years. Honing her skills at Cleveland State University, Thompson earned her bachelor's degree in English. Her work has appeared in the "Plain Dealer," "Parenting Magazine" and "Cleveland Scene."