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31 Aug 2012 - 12:2390243
Wig Help? Anyone?! *Long Hair* + *Wig Newb*
Please help me. I am about to brutally murder my wig. It's laughing at me, smirking as I brush it out after failing to fit it properly. I swear it's alive.
... You can probably tell I'm in a state.

So, I'm in serious need of some advice! I have been cursed with long, mad curly blonde locks (think Taylor Swift) that seem to be impossible to fit under a wig. I've tried pinning them on top of my head, I've tried pinning them in a bun at my neck, but none of this works. The wig fits fine with my hair in a low ponytail - only of course you see the blonde peeking through the brown.
I'm considering saturating my hair in hair gel and carefully flattening it on top of my head to keep it in place (that usually works) but until I do that, do you guys have any advice for fitting long + thick hair into wigs? *grovelling*


31 Aug 2012 - 13:0090245
I have long hair which is fairly thick, I find straightening my own hair with moose first, tying into a ponytail using a thin hair band, then using hair clips to clip different strands down works well, use a big one and then mini ones. With your hair pinned put one fishnet wig cap on, then on top of that a 'tights' material wig cap. With your hair flatter, fully pinned and with two wig caps you should be able to fit it under a wig.


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31 Aug 2012 - 13:4390248
My friend has really tight curls too, but she normally scrapes her hair quite tight into a ponytail and pins it like mad to keep it down. If she has time though, she straightens it, which is probably a good option for you to start with. Perhaps you could then braid it? I normally tie my hair back, pin back my fringe onto the top of my head, and then pin my ponytail to my head, either up the back onto the top, or either side of my head.

It looks silly, but all the slide pins actually give the wig something to hold onto to, reducing the chances of it slipping


31 Aug 2012 - 13:4490249
I have, like, Helena Bonham Carter mad hair, which is an absolute nightmare for wigs. I feel ya, sister! xD

I generally get around it by brushing it out and pin-curling it tightly to my scalp: You take about an inch's worth of hair, wrap it around two fingers all the way up and skewer it with hairpins in an X shape. Then I layer wig caps: One mesh one, to keep everything flat, and one fishnet one, for friction between the cap and the inside of the wig to hold it on. I've found it's a pretty good method for holding it all tight.

Hope you find something that works for you!


31 Aug 2012 - 15:1490255
I don't really know much about that since I have short hair but I hope this video helps , It talks about wigs about 5 minutes into it but they seem to cover the issue pretty well ^_^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dh2ByphSC8&feature=related


31 Aug 2012 - 15:5290256
Quote Raye-chan:
I have long hair which is fairly thick, I find straightening my own hair with moose first, tying into a ponytail using a thin hair band, then using hair clips to clip different strands down works well, use a big one and then mini ones. With your hair pinned put one fishnet wig cap on, then on top of that a 'tights' material wig cap. With your hair flatter, fully pinned and with two wig caps you should be able to fit it under a wig.

Thanks for replying! Ordered some more wig caps much appreciated!


31 Aug 2012 - 15:5390257
Quote Ewonka:
I don't really know much about that since I have short hair but I hope this video helps , It talks about wigs about 5 minutes into it but they seem to cover the issue pretty well ^_^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dh2ByphSC8&feature=related

Good ol' twinfools Haha thanks so much!


31 Aug 2012 - 16:0390258
Quote CaptainAmelia:
I have, like, Helena Bonham Carter mad hair, which is an absolute nightmare for wigs. I feel ya, sister! xD

I generally get around it by brushing it out and pin-curling it tightly to my scalp: You take about an inch's worth of hair, wrap it around two fingers all the way up and skewer it with hairpins in an X shape. Then I layer wig caps: One mesh one, to keep everything flat, and one fishnet one, for friction between the cap and the inside of the wig to hold it on. I've found it's a pretty good method for holding it all tight.

Hope you find something that works for you!

I can't thank you enough for this advice! xD This really helps :'


31 Aug 2012 - 16:0790259
Quote Sammykins:
My friend has really tight curls too, but she normally scrapes her hair quite tight into a ponytail and pins it like mad to keep it down. If she has time though, she straightens it, which is probably a good option for you to start with. Perhaps you could then braid it? I normally tie my hair back, pin back my fringe onto the top of my head, and then pin my ponytail to my head, either up the back onto the top, or either side of my head.

It looks silly, but all the slide pins actually give the wig something to hold onto to, reducing the chances of it slipping

Hmm, okay, I'm going to try this too! Thanks for replying


01 Sep 2012 - 00:1690281
Everyone has come up with really good options but I want to give another option. I have hair long enough to almost sit on so I know all about stuffing that stuff under tiny wigs. I am lucky though in that my hair is relatively straight on its own.

But what I do is divide my hair into two bigtails and plait/braid them. I only put a hairband at the bottom so there not so stiff and a Pin them to the back of my head. I find attatching them to the back of my head/top of my neck area works best as wigs naturally are designed to stretch in this area. When I put braids on top of my head it makes the wig sit lumpy, so try and aim for the back. Unfortunatly I cannot find a picture to describe what I mean but I hope that helps

Also as mentioned it is easier with a wig cap and there are two main types of wig caps so find the one you like best. I prefer the skin colour ones that remind me of beige tights. They are good for hiding your hair colour. There are also net type ones. These are good for be able to pin the wig to your head which you don't get with the other type of wig cap. But as I like the idea of wearing two wig caps that someone mentioned - you get the best of both then

From experience I have never found the bun method to work for me because it ends up making my head look super bulky and stretches the wig to make it look like I have a weird bullet head

As for fringe, I have a quite a long fringe because I wear wigs a lot for cosplay so it was easier to keep it longer but what I do is pull all the fringe pieces forward twist them together and then pull them back to pin on the top of my head.

Overall with this technique I rarely use any products. I used to when I first started out but not so much now as I'm confident the hair will hold its own.

Another tip though that hasn't been mentioned is if your wearing a wig colour thats drastically different from your own for example I have brown hair naturally but I was wearing a very short white wig that was so unforgiving - I had such a tiny space to fit all my hair in XS But I used a white eyeliner pencil to colour in certain parts of my own hair, namely the the tuffty bits by the ears as they often poke out. Yes it's a bit of a pain to do and then when you take your wig off you look strange because you've coloured your hair in but it can look really effective if your wearing a short wig But as I mentioned I didn't do this when I first started wearing wigs this was something that I only started doing a year or so ago.

But your doing the right thing, playing around with your hair before hand. Also where did you buy your wig from? I've been wearing wigs for a while now and sometimes I get ones that don't fit my head because I bought them on eBay and there one size fits all was made for smaller heads. Also on the back of most wigs you will see little clips. If the wig is too big for your head you can make it smaller by attaching these clips to loops inside the wig Making it tighter can sometimes make it pull on your head more (I only have one wig that does this mind) and it means you might not be able to wear it for very long before it aches but that's just a heads up.

The last thing I'll mention is wig clips. Frederica_La_Noir swears by these and sews them into most of the wigs she owns. I am only just starting to use them but there little clips that you sew directly into the wig. Then when you put the wig on it's an extra set of clips that you just clip the wig to your head. If placed in under the front of the wig they are extremely good at prevent slipping at the front.

Oh and one last thing. When putting wigs on it's much easier to but them on from back to front. What I mean by this it your put your hands in the wig then bring it up behind you put the pony/plaits which ever option you choose into the wig and then pull the front on. I find when putting it on the other way, so fringe/front first then pulling down, your'll be forever pushing pieces of hair in from the back.

But good luck and happy wig wearing


01 Sep 2012 - 13:3290308
Quote gaming_goddess:
Everyone has come up with really good options but I want to give another option. I have hair long enough to almost sit on so I know all about stuffing that stuff under tiny wigs. I am lucky though in that my hair is relatively straight on its own.

But what I do is divide my hair into two bigtails and plait/braid them. I only put a hairband at the bottom so there not so stiff and a Pin them to the back of my head. I find attatching them to the back of my head/top of my neck area works best as wigs naturally are designed to stretch in this area. When I put braids on top of my head it makes the wig sit lumpy, so try and aim for the back. Unfortunatly I cannot find a picture to describe what I mean but I hope that helps

Also as mentioned it is easier with a wig cap and there are two main types of wig caps so find the one you like best. I prefer the skin colour ones that remind me of beige tights. They are good for hiding your hair colour. There are also net type ones. These are good for be able to pin the wig to your head which you don't get with the other type of wig cap. But as I like the idea of wearing two wig caps that someone mentioned - you get the best of both then

From experience I have never found the bun method to work for me because it ends up making my head look super bulky and stretches the wig to make it look like I have a weird bullet head

As for fringe, I have a quite a long fringe because I wear wigs a lot for cosplay so it was easier to keep it longer but what I do is pull all the fringe pieces forward twist them together and then pull them back to pin on the top of my head.

Overall with this technique I rarely use any products. I used to when I first started out but not so much now as I'm confident the hair will hold its own.

Another tip though that hasn't been mentioned is if your wearing a wig colour thats drastically different from your own for example I have brown hair naturally but I was wearing a very short white wig that was so unforgiving - I had such a tiny space to fit all my hair in XS But I used a white eyeliner pencil to colour in certain parts of my own hair, namely the the tuffty bits by the ears as they often poke out. Yes it's a bit of a pain to do and then when you take your wig off you look strange because you've coloured your hair in but it can look really effective if your wearing a short wig But as I mentioned I didn't do this when I first started wearing wigs this was something that I only started doing a year or so ago.

But your doing the right thing, playing around with your hair before hand. Also where did you buy your wig from? I've been wearing wigs for a while now and sometimes I get ones that don't fit my head because I bought them on eBay and there one size fits all was made for smaller heads. Also on the back of most wigs you will see little clips. If the wig is too big for your head you can make it smaller by attaching these clips to loops inside the wig Making it tighter can sometimes make it pull on your head more (I only have one wig that does this mind) and it means you might not be able to wear it for very long before it aches but that's just a heads up.

The last thing I'll mention is wig clips. Frederica_La_Noir swears by these and sews them into most of the wigs she owns. I am only just starting to use them but there little clips that you sew directly into the wig. Then when you put the wig on it's an extra set of clips that you just clip the wig to your head. If placed in under the front of the wig they are extremely good at prevent slipping at the front.

Oh and one last thing. When putting wigs on it's much easier to but them on from back to front. What I mean by this it your put your hands in the wig then bring it up behind you put the pony/plaits which ever option you choose into the wig and then pull the front on. I find when putting it on the other way, so fringe/front first then pulling down, your'll be forever pushing pieces of hair in from the back.

But good luck and happy wig wearing

Wow, thanks for all this advice! I bought the wig from Amazon, and I'm really happy with it, just... my hair DX
I find it harder pulling the wig on from the back, but I'll give it another go with my hair how you mentioned Thanks a mill!


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