How to Shrink a Wig

by Mimi Bullock ; Updated September 28, 2017

Try on your wig before making a purchase to ensure the best fit.

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Unless your wig is part of a clown's costume, you want it to fit snugly and appear natural when you wear it. If you purchase a wig that is slightly large you may need to shrink it to achieve a good fit. In some cases, you may able to tighten the wig cap by adjusting the band or by washing the wig a certain way. For the best possible fit, measure your head before you purchase a wig, and buy a hairpiece that closely matches your measurements.

Items you will need

  • Comfort liner
  • Warm water
  • Towel
  • Wig stand
Step 1

Look inside the wig for an adjustable strap. Many lace wigs have adjustable straps that allow you to tighten or loosen the fit.

Step 2

Pull on the strap to cinch the wig and make it shrink.

Step 3

Place the wig on your head to test the fit. Remove the wig and adjust the strap until you get the look you want.

Step 4

Wrap your head with a comfort liner. Liners add volume to the head's circumference and may help a loose wig fit better. Put on your wig, adjusting it for fit.

Step 5

Soak the wig in clean, warm water for an hour to shrink it slightly. Remove the wig from the water and roll it gently in a towel. Allow the wig to air dry, placing it on a wig stand for shaping.


  • Take your wig to a professional wig shop for additional adjustment.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.