For women who wear wigs daily, there is always a choice before putting on a wig, should I wear a wig cap under a wig? If you have been wearing wig caps, then you might be wondering if I use the correct way to wear my wig cap, if you have never been wearing a wig cap, you may wondering if should I try to wear a wig cap.
Well, there is. You will find the answer after reading this article.
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Wearing a wig cap is useful while wearing wigs. Aside from keeping your natural hair in place, they help to make the wig lie flat on the head. How you wear a wig cap will determine the appearance of the wig and the impact on your natural hair.
If you want to understand how a wig cap affects your wig and hair, then this post is for you.
Alright, let's get started.
What Is A Wig Cap?
A wig cap is an accessory designed to keep your hair in place. It follows the shape of the head and provides comfort for ladies. There are different types and varieties of a wig cap. But they all are easy to manipulate and do the job.
Should I Wear A Wig Cap?
It's possible to wear a wig without a wig cap. So, you may or may not wear a wig cap. However, there are quite a lot of benefits to wearing a wig cap. (Just a few cons). Let's see these benefits:
Benefits of Wearing A Wig Cap
1. To Keep Your Wig Secure
A wig cap helps to keep your wig secured. You can move freely knowing fully that your hair won't turn or keep sliding. It does not matter if you have long or short hair. Wearing a wig cap helps to keep your wig in place. It also applies if you are experiencing hair loss or you are bald.
2. Your Hairline becomes Invisible
When you do not have a wig cap on, it's possible to have your hairline out. But you won’t want that to happen. Wearing a wig cap leaves that out of the question. Your hairline will be neatly tucked under the wig cap while it protects your hair to the fullest.
3. To Avoid Your Hair Sticking Out at the Back
Another benefit of wearing a wig cap is that it keeps your hair from sticking out. While having your hair out without one on is possible, that won't be the case with a wig cap. You'll look neat and presentable.
4. Provides Comfort
You can create comfort by wearing a wig cap. This should be helpful if you have a sensitive scalp. It will offer you comfort and protect your scalp from irritation.
Another form of protection it gives is for your natural hair. It preserves your hair and does not cause any damage.
5. Helps Against Itching
Do you experience hair itching when you have a wig on? Try wearing a wig cap under your wig. It can comfort your hair and serve as protection.
You should also oil your natural hair before wearing anything. Oiling your scalp is a way to fight against itching.
6. Avoid Bumps
Wig caps make your hair look smooth and prevent creating bumps beneath the wig. Some people wear about two wig caps to achieve that ‘smooth’ look.
While it's not bad, you can do away with one. The trick will be to tidy your hair. (More explanation in the steps).
7. It Covers Your Sideburns
Sideburns are hard to deal with and hide under a wig. However, with a wig cap, it becomes simple. You can keep them secured without any trouble. Get your cap and slide them in. You want to make sure to get them under the cap properly.
Thus, if you are not sure about using a wig cap, these benefits confirm why you should use it.
Now, how do you wear a wig cap? Check out the steps in the next section.
Steps To Putting On A Wig Cap
Wearing a wig cap isn't good enough, but wearing it correctly is the goal. These steps should teach you how you can do that.
Step 1: Get your Tools Ready
You will need some tools when putting on your wig cap. They are:
● Wig Cap (Mesh, Nylon)
● Bobby Pins
● Hair Bands (Optional)
● Scalp Protector Spray (Optional)
● Gel (Optional)
● Concealer Stick (Optional)
Be sure to wash and oil your hair before wearing a wig cap and a wig. It will be a good experience if you care for your scalp.
Step 2: Brush your Hair
Make your hair smooth by brushing it. You want to avoid having tangles while you prepare your hair. So, brush your hair a few times.
Step 3: Braid Your Hair (or Not)
Braid and secure: For long hair, to achieve a smooth look, divide your hair into two portions and use hair bands to hold each of them securely. Braid each section ponytail to the tip. You'll need some hair bands for the tip as well to keep them from losing.
Do Cornrow: Another braid you can go for is cornrows. Cornrows are protective styles that are sleek on your scalp. Since they are flat, you should have no issue with bumps after wearing your wig. They work very well whether you have long or short natural hair.
The cornrows are quite easy to plait. Divide your hair into different rows. Take each and twist steadily till you reach the back. You can also visit a hair salon to have a professional stylist make them for you. It's your choice. Or
Secure with hair pins: Divide your hair into two sections. With some bobby pins, clip both sides down. You want to make sure they are secured. So use as many bobby pins as you like.
Step 4: Secure Your Braids to Your Scalp
If you made some braids, have them secured. This is to avoid them sticking out or creating bumps after you wear the wig. Use some bobby pins to hold the braids down. Make sure none is sticking out as you do this step.
If you made the ponytail braids, wrap them around your head before clipping them with some Bobby pins. Do not make them too tight or too loose.
Another option is to put them in a bun. It will be good if your hair is short or medium length. That's because they won't stick out.
Step 5: Apply Scalp Protector Spray
This step is for those who have an itchy scalp. If you are prone to irritation, get a scalp protector for your hair. You'll want to spray some all over your head to prevent itchiness and irritation.
It's easy to purchase a scalp protector spray at any supermarket. Let it dry before moving to the next step. (20 to 30 minutes should get it dry).
Step 6: Gel Your Hairline
While this is optional, gelling your hair is a way to keep your hairline down or areas that stick out. Get some gel on a brush and apply it to your hair.
You want to look out for areas that stick out at times. These are areas like the back of your hair.
Step 7: Wear Your Wig Cap
After you've gotten your hair flat, it's time to put on the wig cap.
For caps without a hole on the top
1) Stretch the wig cap and put your two hands in.
2) Place the wig cap on your head to cover the back of your hair and your hairline.
3) Cover each part of your hair well. These are areas like your hairline, the back of your hair, your ear area, and so on.
4) Properly adjust the wig so it's snug and fitted.
For caps with a hole on the top
1) Put it over your head. Take it to your neck, like you would wear a top.
2) Pull up over your face and get all areas in.
3) Remember to get your ears out so you don't have your wig cap covering them.
4) Keep your sideburns in place with some gel.
5) Pin the cap close with some Bobby pins available.
Step 8: Get Your Sideburns in
If your sideburns are out, secure them below the wig cap carefully. You can use some gel on them. Then, apply a concealer stick on the areas that can't go in so they blend with the color of your wig.
Step 9: Secure Further
Go ahead and secure the wig cap with some Bobby pins. Although, you can skip this part if the wig cap fits perfectly. The bobby pins help to secure the wig cap and prevent it from moving.
You can use the bobby pins to secure at the edges and in front of your head. They'll firmly hold the wig cap in place.
Once that is done, you're ready to put on your wig!
Things to Consider Before Choosing a Wig Cap
For your wig cap options, consider the following:
- The type of wig cap you want
There are different types of wig caps. Know which of the varieties you want.
- The wig cap fabric
Some wig caps are made from cotton—others nylon, and so on. The nylon ones will be a nice choice if you have a sensitive scalp. So, choose carefully.
- Wig cap color
There are black and nude wig cap colors you can buy. Know what color you want and go for that.
- Get a wig cap in your skin tone
Buying a wig cap that suits your skin tone saves you stress. You can easily work with it without the need to blend into your skin tone.
There are numerous ways to put on a wig cap. However, we hope you can wear it correctly. If you follow the steps we've listed, you should have your hair neatly tucked in, and a flat wig cap on.
Let us know how it turned out in the comment section below.