HOW TO STYLE A WIG
Wig styling is important to keep your wig looking at its best and wig styles require as much care and attention as your natural hair. How to style wigs comes down to personal preference and what makes you look great and feel comfortable. When you are styling your wig, you don’t need to obsess about keeping every flyaway hair firmly in place as an imperfect style is what makes natural hair so beautiful. From wig styling products to the types of wigs to style, learn how to style a human hair wig here!
Tools You Will Need When Styling a Wig
- A wide-tooth comb
- A paddle brush
- Sulfate-free shampoo
- Small fabric scissors
- Hair-cutting scissors
- A curling iron or wand
- Foundation (makeup) or Lace Tint
When using these items, be gentle when styling and remember the method used to create the wig. Stands of hair are looped through the lace to create a realistic look. Mistreating the wig can pull the hair from the wig and create bald spots.
First,use a detangling brush to smooth out any knots and tangles. Pro tip: Start from the ends and move your way up while brushing. This’ll make sure that you don’t end up with tons of breakage.
Next you'll apply a light leave-in conditioner (to increase moisture levels) and a heat protectant spray (to protect your wig from heat damage). If you want to use as few products as possible, I recommend looking for a two-in-one product that’ll hydrate and protect. If your wig is wavy or curly, I suggest using a curl-enhancing leave-in product, then either letting the product air-dry or using a blow-dryer and diffuser on low heat. This’ll help you get some well-defined texture.
Never style a human hair wig while wet. This can damage the construction of the wig and reduce its durability. Since you are using a human hair wig, you have the option of using a blow dryer to minimize drying time. Just make sure the hair dryer is set to medium or low heat to prevent heat damage.
The best blow-drying techniques include:
- Section off hair into two layers - Clip the layer at the top of the wig and secure it to the crown, leaving the bottom layer exposed.
- Begin drying the bottom layer - Point the nozzle of the blow dryer downward while using the brush to hold the hair taut.
- Unclip the top layer and combine it into the bottom layer.
- Blow-dry the top layer using the same technique used for the bottom layer.
How to Style a Human Hair Wig?
Lace front wigs will allow you manipulate the hair only in front of the wig. This means you can create a part anywhere along the front of the wig where the lace is sewn onto the structure. It’s good to start your styling by deciding where you would like to section the wig to create a natural-looking part.
A key factor to consider before you cut the wig is how you plan to install it. Will you use glue or other methods to install the wig, and what looks best with your natural hairline? You may opt to purchase a ready-to-wear lace wig. These wigs will require less work to create a natural look out of the packaging.
Some wigs will require you to apply makeup foundation to the lace to best mimic your scalp and may require you to pluck hair to create a part that appears natural. Not all parts are the same. When you naturally part your hair, think about the width of your part and the density of hair along the part. You will also need to adjust the lace that will follow your hairline along the front of the wig.
Place the wig on your head and adjust it, outline where you would like to cut the lace from the front of the wig with an eyeliner pencil, and remove the extra lace with a small pair of scissors you can easily maneuver. Remember that you can always cut more off, but you cannot add it back once you remove it.
When it comes to styling a wig, you have the freedom to practice all kinds of looks. Try your wig in different styles. Curling and blow-drying techniques can be practiced on all other types of wigs to ensure you have the skills to prolong your wigs lifespan.