How to Make a Straight Wig Curly

Hemera Technologies/ Images

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.

dummy image by Vladimirs Koskins from

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.

yellow hair curlers image by robert mobley from

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.

Curlers image by Mykola Velychko from

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

dry image by musk from

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.