There are all different kinds of wigs and each comes with its own set of rules for how to wear it. Whether a lace front, glue-in, or sew-in, we’ve got you covered on all things wigs. We went straight to the experts, of course. Monaè Everett (celeb hairstylist and author) and Luki and Barney (founders of Truffle Pig Wigs) shared their expert tips on each type of wig and how to wear them. Scroll below for the advice on wig-wearing you didn’t know you needed!
How to Wear Sew-In Wigs
The Best Sew-In Wigs
“I love sewing on wigs,” Monaè tells us. “It’s an easy way to try out a new look without committing. I love that you can braid down your hair and wear it as a protective style.”
Monaè’s go-to wigs are Hair Peace Pro’s Wigstentions for straight and wavy textures. “I love their variety of lengths and colors. I always feel like I can morph myself or my clients into a completely different look. Big Chop Hair wigs are a huge part of my pro kit for curly and coily hair textures. I love adding their U-Part wigs to create styles that no one would ever guess are extensions. The texture match is unreal.”
How to Style a Sew-In Wig
Before applying a wig, Monaè will shampoo and condition the client’s hair and then add a leave in conditioner and heat protectant before blow drying the hair. “Next, I create the best cornrow pattern for the desired style. Sometimes all of the hair is cornrowed down, other times some of the hair is left out to blend in with the wig. I then add the wig on top and sew around the perimeter of the head. I sew the wig to the outer cornrow. Then, I sew at least once across the center of the wig to keep it secure to the head.”
“Then the fun begins,” she exclaims. “I style the wig for the desired look. Whether it’s big voluminous curls or a half-up style, I love sewing in wigs to achieve photo-worthy styles on my celebrity clientele.”
To keep hair looking fresh in your sleep, Monaè recommends tying up your hair at night with a satin bonnet or scarf to help the hair avoid tangles. “Feel free to shampoo your wig as often as you normally shampoo your hair. You can shampoo the wig while you are wearing it or you can remove it and reapply later,” she says.
How to Wear Lace Front Wigs
Lace Front Wig Prep
Luki and Barney explain how to make a lace front look believable. “Some synthetic lace front wigs come with extremely hard hairlines, so your first step would be plucking in a more natural hairline with tweezers. Creating a more blended hairline around the face will trick everyone into believing this double-stacked pink crimp is all-natural.
Before wearing your lace front wig for the first time, trim the lace from ear to ear with scissors/razor leaving the 1cm lip from the hairline all the way around. Try not to cut too close to the hairline as this can compromise the structure of the lace, especially if choosing to use spirit gum to secure. We suggest holding the wig with one hand from the inside and slowly cutting the lace with the other hand. We always provide a standard wig cap which will help with grip and prevent breakage and thinning of your natural hair underneath,” they say.
How to Secure Your Lace Front Wig
Truffle Pig Wigs are beloved by drag artists, and their next advice is particularly useful if you find yourself wearing the wigs on stage. “If your performance isn’t too choreography heavy, we suggest using Wig/Toupee Tape at each ear and a silicon headband to secure your wig in place. For added security, always use hair grips to attach the wig to your wig cap, especially around the kitchen. A lot of drag artists like to use face tape, for the ultimate snatched look- so remember to attach your face tape tabs after your wig cap.”
“For those who require an ultra-secure adhesion as many drag artists do whilst performing, spirit gum can be used around the hairline. Always clean residual glue off the lace after every usage, to keep the style looking as pristine as possible. Rub inside the lace softly with 90% alcohol/spirit gum remover to break down glue buildup,” the duo shares.
Caring for Your Lace Front Wig
“Remember, also storing your wigs correctly when not in use is hugely important to maintaining the structure and style. We suggest keeping your wig on a wig head in a hairnet and duckbill clips when not in use, to minimize tangling. You can carefully brush the underneath of your wig to remove tangles and spray buildup, if your style has brushable ends. If there are flyaways, use an old toothbrush with a small amount of pomade on to smooth those down. To ensure longevity, always try to lift from inside the wig cap structure. Remember to spray your wig with hairspray before and after every use,” Luki and Barney note.
How to Wear Glueless Wigs
Truffle Pig Wigs works with primarily synthetic lace and hard front units, with human hair on request. “Our favorite wigs to use are the gorgeous Hows Your Head Wigs. They are an industry standard for high-quality lace and hard fronts. Hard front wigs are sometimes created using cheaper, less dense fibers and were previously poorly regarded in terms of drag. But they are actually a super useful, quick-change choice for drag artists. Hows Your Head Wigs have formulated an incredible line of hard fronts with the same high-quality fibers and density as their lace front styles. This has allowed us to branch out into using hard fronts as an option too. Especially if the chosen wig style has no visible, exposed hairline, using a hard front or glueless unit cuts down on valuable time and allows the performer to change their wig styles throughout the night (and saves on dreaded lace cleaning),” they note.