How to Style a Wig: Tips for Synthetic Wigs, Cosplay Wigs, Human Hair Wigs, etc

Whether human hair or synthetic, it is no longer a secret that wigs are popular today. And one should know how to style a wig.

While synthetic wigs were seen as low-quality options, many customers and stylists are now drawn to them because of their advancements and affordability.

Apart from having endless protective styling options, wigs help cover natural hair, thus, protecting them from damage. Regardless of the type of wig styles, however, you will need to master the art of manipulation to have a natural look, which varies from coloring to plucking, styling, and cutting.

Thus, this article provides guidelines on how to style wigs in different ways.

How to Style a Wig

Not all wigs are created the same. Keeping this in mind, the most common way to manipulate a wig to fit your face is by either cutting it into shape or fluffing the curls.

While there are different ways to style a wig, the most crucial starting point is identifying the proper styling tools.

These include:

  • A wide-tooth comb
  • Tweezers
  • Paddle brush
  • Fabric scissors
  • Curling iron
  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Lace tint or foundation

With the above tools, the steps below illustrate how to style a wig.

Step 1: Wash the wig

The first step to styling a wig is to wash it. Do this using a sulfate-free shampoo or conditioners that are specifically meant for hair wigs.

You should avoid using cleansing products with harsh ingredients because they can damage the hair integrity or quality of the wig.

Step 2: Detangling the wig

After cleaning your wig, detangle the wig using a paddle brush or a wide-tooth brush to create a perfect hairdo.

To do this correctly, behind the process from the end of the hair, and move up to the wig's crown. Ensure that every section does not have any knots. Use a steady hand to avoid pulling out the hair strands.

Step 3: Dry the wig

Never style a wig while wet because this can damage its construction or reduce its durability.

You can use a hairdryer set at low to medium heat to dry the wig.

The best drying technique should include: sectioning off the wig into two layers; begin the drying process from the bottom, combining the top layer with the bottom layer, and blow-drying the top layer.

Step 4: Style it

Once the wig is clean and dry, the next step is to style it to create a natural look. Sectioning the wig will depend on the type, whether it is lace-front or 360-lace.

A 360-lace will enable you to section your frontal's perimeter and get ponytail styles. However, full-lace can easily be styled into up-dos and create cornrows, plaits, and braids.

How to Style a Cosplay Wig

Cosplay wigs bring out your intended character to life. Most of these wigs are of high quality intended for extended wear. Here is a simple guide on how to style a cosplay wig.

Step 1: Put on the wig

To put on a cosplay wig, slide it over your head using both hands. Let the back of your hands face one another, and the fingers are inside the wig to slide it easily over the cap.

Make sure that the scalp line of the wig is against the forehead. Tilt your head forward as you stretch the wig down the cap.

Step 2: Pull the wig to cover your wig cap

To ensure that the wig is worn correctly, pull it down until the wig cap's back is appropriately covered.

The wig will accommodate any extra hair and sit just below the natural hairline. The ear tags should lay in an even line with the temples.

Step 3: Use bobby pins to hold the wig

To secure the wig in place, use bobby pins, which are usually closed. Begin piercing the pins through the wig, the cap, and the natural hair beneath.

You can use at least ten pins to secure the wig. The more pins you use, the more stable the wig will be.

Step 4: Style the wig

Once the wig is firmly secured, you can use any styling you like.

A simple way of styling is brushing the wig down. Spray the wig using a preferred texture spray, then finger comb the layers into parts to separate them.

You can then bring the parts to a point and apply a spiking gel at the ends to hold the wig into shape so that you can look more kawaii.

How to Style a Synthetic Wig

Synthetic wigs also require little upkeep because they are the easiest to maintain. Most of them can be worn right after purchase and require minimal styling due to the pre-styled feature.

To style this type of wig, you will need several items, including a wide-tooth comb, a towel, a wig shampoo, a leave-in conditioner, a plastic wig stand, t-pins, water in a spray bottle, and a blow dryer.

Below is a simple guide on how to style a synthetic wig.

Step 1: Wash and dry the wig

Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair fibres in your wig, then wash and spritz it using a leave-in conditioner. Use a towel to blot the wig to try and then leave it to air dry.

If the wig has a top feature or a monofilament part, use a wide-tooth comb to position it while still wet. This will ensure that cowlicked or scrunched areas disappear.

Step 2: Style the wig

Once the wig is dry, pin it on a canvas or Styrofoam wig head. Styling ensures that all the sections of the wig rightly mimics the shape of your head.

To style a short synthetic wig, you will need to rub the wig knots using your fingers and direct them backward for equal volume and height. When you need an edgy look, use a shaping cream to hold the style longer.

For a relaxed manner, comb the wig bangs towards the forehead front.

When styling a longer synthetic wig, you will first part the wig into your desired style by spraying some water on it and using a wide-tooth comb to create sections.

Next, use a low heat blow dryer to dry the wig's roots until it holds the desired position. To detangle, use the comb to brush out the lengths of your hair.

How to Style a Human Hair Wig

Human hair wigs always feel great because of their natural look. They help wearers to achieve a beautiful natural hairstyle that lasts longer.

Here are the steps on how to style a human hair wig.

Step 1: Cut the lace

After you have worn the wig, use a good pair of scissors to cut any excess laces hanging on the forehead.

On both front and sides of the wig, cut out a quarter-inch of the lace.

Step 2: Pin the hair to avoid loose

Clip your hair using large hair clips to prevent any stray hairs from being cut accidentally.

Since the forehead is always visible, cut the lace back to the hairline.

Step 3: Define the parting

Using a fine comb, create parts on the side of the hair, then blow dry it to establish a parting definition.

Once the wig is dry, continue combing it to create a need parting and make a clear separation.

Step 4: Style the hair

If you need to create styles such as perm rod and roller sets, wet styling is the best option.

Apply lotion and styling foam on the damp hair to smoothen it. You can then use a hairdryer to complete the styling. Allow the wig to dry naturally.

Step 5: Spray the wig

Use a shinning spray to enhance the look of the wig. Spray some in your hands and rub-down the hair for a pleasant smell and a shiny look.

How to Style a Lace Front Wig

Lace front wigs are usually natural-looking and can be styled as normal human hair. If you want to style this type of wig, all you need is learn how to bleach the knots, wear the wig, and cut it into your preferred style.

Here is how to style a lace front wig.

Step 1: Style your baby hair

Once you wear the wig, use a comb to brush the baby hairs forward. Since the hairs are of different lengths, you can use a toothbrush to pull the hairs to the front.

Meanwhile, tie the rest of the wig back using a headband or a hair tie. Spray the baby hairs with hairspray to keep them in place and to give them a sleek look.

Step 2: Create up-dos

Although lace front wigs may look natural, at the back, they may appear like a wig. While putting a ponytail in, keep half of the hair down to cover your neck nape.

Brush your hair into the hair tie and separate it into two sections, parted in the middle.

Split the wig into two parts and braid it into French braids.

Step 3: Use heat tools to style

Dry the wig using a hairdryer then use a heat tool to run over sections of the hair. You can use flat irons to straighten the wig into a defined style or get a new cut.

You may also use a flat iron to create waves and increase volume.


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