Guide - Buying and Working with Wigs


Pulling a wig into a low ponytail is not an issue, it is simply done as with normal hair. However, for a high one, it takes a lot of patience and isn’t possible with certain wigs.

You’ll certainly need a wig form or someone’s head – or wear your wig and get someone else to do it. Wig forms tend to be smaller than real heads, and styles like ponytails affect the mesh of a wig. It may make the wig too small for you. Be sure to stretch and pin the wig as fully as possible over the wig form, or pad out the wig form (newspaper works well) until it is closer to your head measurement. Particularly bear this in mind if you have long and/or thick hair to fit under the wig as well.

You put in a ponytail as with real hair, but it takes a lot of effort to get it neat. It’s very important to start with a thick wig. Using a short wig is best because you have less hair to worry about keeping neat, and shorter wigs tend to be the thickest as well. Once the short wig is in a ponytail, you can then use extensions or a fall to create a longer ponytail.

The main technique is to use a hairdryer to coax the wefts into going in the right direction. As they are intended to hang downwards, you're forcing them against their natural design.

Mesh at the sides and back of the wig may end up visible, so sew in extra wefts if necessary, but if you use a short, thick wig as I suggested, then you're unlikely to need to add any wefts if you carefully take the time to ease the wefts into going in the right direction. It's a time-consuming process, but effective.

As I said, once the short wig is in a ponytail, you can extend it as necessary. Should the style involve a tie or something to hide the join between the wig and where the ponytail begins, then you can use the stubbing method as described above for buns. With a stub in place, wrap a wide weft around the stub, sewing and/or gluing it in place as you go. Where there is no helpful tie to hide the join, doing the same technique but with the wefts "right sides together" against the stub and then using a hairdryer to bring the fibre over may work. Or again, the same technique, but with extensions poked through the wig mesh to hide the join. Creating or buying a separate ponytail fall and then carefully adding it to the wig may also work.

Wigs in high ponytails are more awkward to wear as the weight of the ponytail pulls the wig backwards. This is where pinning or sewing combs into a wig is recommended for wearing it. The best advice is to carefully position the ponytail as you’re styling the wig – keep trying it on and testing out what feels comfortable. A ponytail balanced almost on the top of your head should support the weight better, whereas one right at the back of your head is more likely to be difficult to wear, so experimenting with placement is important.

pony tail 1

[Base wig, Angela from CosWorx]
pony tail 3

[After pulled into ponytail]

pony tail 2

[After pulled into ponytail]

pony tail 4

[With extensions added]

Simple Method

A simplified ponytail method which is possible with long wigs, is to first put the wig in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, and then fasten it higher up to create the effect of a high ponytail.

In this case I partially braided the wig to keep it neat:

cheat pony 1

I then threaded a ribbon through the wig mesh, and used it to tie the ponytail in place into a higher position:

cheat pony 2

The loose hair conceals the structure underneath:

cheat pony 3

And creates a simple, and mostly effective high ponytail effect:

cheat pony 4

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