Installing a Wig

How to install a wig (for beginners or experienced individuals).
Depending on the type of wig you purchase, there are several options for installation. There are lace front wigs, full lace, 360 lace, and Ready to Wear wigs, all with different benefits. Before you go at the installation on your own, make sure you check out our wig installation guide, which will help you cut a lace front wig, secure it, install it, and choose the best wig to get a natural look that will last.
Step 1: Prep Your Hair
Create 8 to 10 cornrows by combing your hair back. This will allow your hair to lie flat under the wig, preventing any lumps or bumps on your head.
Step 2: Apply A Stocking Cap
To protect your hair from any gel or glue that is used to secure the wig, it's best to use a nude-colored cap that is close to the color of your complexion. If you can't find one, you can use a light-colored cap and apply foundation to tint it to match your skin tone. Put the cap on, making sure it's laid a little over your hairline. An alternative method is to pull the cap down over your ears and cut holes for them. Another way is to pull the cap down below your ears and cut holes for them.
Next, use freeze spray for wigs to "melt" the cap. Spray it along the perimeter of the cap where it sits on top of your hairline. Once the spray is dry (about five minutes — if you’re impatient, use a blow dryer), cut the wig cap along the hairline. This will create a bald look if done properly. Then, apply your choice of adhesive hold along the perimeter of your hairline (lace glue, wig tape, or holding gel) and allow each coat to dry completely. The drying time depends on the glue you use, but at least five minutes is a good minimum. It's recommended to apply two to three coats.

Once your cap is secure, it’s time to apply the wig. This part can be a bit tricky, but attention to detail and a steady hand will help. Make sure the glue you applied is dry but tacky to the touch, and put the wig on with the lace part laying right on top of your hairline. Position it in a way that looks natural and feels comfortable. Then, secure it with an elastic band or wig strip, and leave the band on for 10-20 minutes before beginning to cut the lace off.When cutting the lace off the wig, go slowly and move in jagged motions to imitate the imperfections of a natural hairline. It’s best to use small scissors or even an eyebrow-shaving tool. If you’re new to wig installation, you may find it helpful to watch tutorials on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok, like the one below.
Step 4: StyleNow the fun part is styling. You can style the rest of the hair while the elastic band is still tied around your hairline to make the best use of time.
After some styling, brushing, curling, and even straightening if you wish, you’re left with a completely different hairstyle than you started with.