How to Make Your Wig Look Real

Many people wearing wigs for the first time worry that their wig will not look real and that others will know they are wearing a wig. However, this is not the case if you are buying a high quality wig, have the proper fit and take the time to care for your wig properly. Here are our top expert tips for making your wig look natural and real.


Fit: Ensure that your wig fits properly

When a wig is ill-fitting, it can move around on the head or pop up in the back. This will not only be uncomfortable, but it will not look natural. Real hair does not move in this way. Our Wig Buying Guide features step-by-step instructions for measuring your head. Once you have your head measurements, you can shop for a wig in either a petite, average or large size depending on your measurements.

If you purchase your wig and find that the fit isn't quite comfortable or slips slightly, you can try wearing a wig gripper or cushion gel headband underneath to help create a comfortable barrier between your head and the wig cap that will also keep it from sliding back.


Cut: Have Your Wig Trimmed by a Stylist

Just like with your natural hair, you can have a professional stylist trim your wig to create a look that best compliments your face shape. This will give you a unique, customized look that frames your face perfectly, which will make the style appear more natural. Thinning in strategic areas to compliment your face shape is also a good option. For the best results, have your stylist trim the wig while you are wearing it.


Accessories: Wear Accessories as You Would in Your Own Hair

Adding a bright scarf or headband to your wig can help it appear as if you are just accessorizing your natural hair. Strategically placing a headband or scarf around the front of the wig cap can also help to keep any of the wig cap from showing around the edges of the wig and help to keep the wig more securely in place on the head.


Hair Fibers

You may feel as if your wig is more like your own hair if you select a wig that can be heat styled.  While you cannot use heated styling tools on regular synthetic wigs, you can use them on human hair wigs and heat friendly synthetic wigs. These fibers allow you to create a variety of looks. Changing up your look from day to day can help give the illusion that you are styling natural hair. Try experimenting with curling irons and hot rollers to give your wig body and curl, or use a flat iron to create a straight style.

Consideration must be given to buying the highest quality product that you can afford. The hair fibers on budget wigs will be of lower quality, have a different hair texture and generally will not look as real as a higher end product.


Construction: Select a wig with premium construction features

The type of wig cap that your wig features can make a big difference in how natural it looks. A wig with a monofilament cap will give the illusion of hair growth directly from the scalp and also allow the hair to be parted in multiple directions to give you styling versatility. Hand tied wigs allow for an even more natural look because the hairs are individually tied to the wig cap, allowing the hair to move more like your own hair would. 

 A lace front wig cap gives you a nearly invisible looking hair line and allows you to wear the hair pushed back away from the face or behind the ears without the base of the wig showing. Choosing a wig with any one of these features will ensure a more natural look, while a wig with two or three of these features will look even more realistic.

When shopping for a natural looking wig, look closely at the construction. The details make a difference.


Care: Follow manufacturer instructions when caring for your wig

Ensuring that your wig is properly cared for will help to extend the life of your wig and keep it looking natural and healthy looking for as long as possible. A wig that is not properly cared for can become frayed, frizzy and damaged, leading to an unnatural appearance. Using improper care products can result in permanent product build up on the hairpiece. Only use shampoo, conditioner and styling products made specifically for synthetic wigs, and only use combs and brushes created for wigs. Storing wigs on a wig stand or on a tall, cylindrical object like a can of hairspray when not wearing it will help the wig cap maintain it's shape and keep your wig fitting correctly. 

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11 thoughts on “How to Make Your Wig Look Real”

  • Roxane Sculthorpe
    Roxane Sculthorpe December 20, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I am confused. Various wig sites give different answers or comments regarding the same question. . Regarding heat resistant synthetic wigs. Other sites comment that the heat resistant syns do not last as long as the high quality “regular” synthetics. Your site claims they are better (???).

    • Danielle Yates

      It is true that heat friendly synthetic wigs will not last as long. However, they do tend to have less of a shine. Some people find this more natural looking. I hope this helps!

  • Pam

    Have read many tips but none address those who wear eyewear. Are there any considerations if you wear glasses? Difficulties? Comfort? Also no pictures of models wearing glasses. Could you please addresss the above?

  • Betsy

    I would also love some tips about wearing eyeglasses with a wig. I have some difficulty with fitting the bows of my glasses along my ears when the edge of my wig cap AND the tabs of my wig are in the same spot. Adding my glasses makes the wig stand further out from my scalp above my ears than looks natural to me, so I often have to fuss with it and keep pulling strands of hair on the underside of my wig forward to cover the gap. I would like to hear if there are any solutions to this problem.

  • Teresa

    I wear glasses all day at work
    I position the arms of the glasses on my ears. The wig tabs are over the arms at this point so I just take the tabs and tuck them in between the arms and my face. It gives a smooth effect

  • Nancy

    I did not regrow much hair after 2 rounds (6 treatments) since 2001. Would like a good quality wig. Large sized. Mostly white with brown shading or gray. Any suggestions. I love in Winston Salem , NC. ?? Closest shop ???

  • j.madelyn

    why worry what people think, if it gives us confidence do it

  • Gail Mattinhly

    I have found that most Hair Stylists do not know how to trim or thin out your wig. I have been to two and they want to cut it like it’s my real hair nit the right way. I would love to order a wig but have no know one to thin it out. Only wig shops know how to to thin a wig.

    • Danielle Yates

      Thank you for your comment, Gail. Budget price wigs (those under $75 or so) almost always need to be thinned to look their best. This is a hidden expense to selecting a lower cost hairpiece. It may seem counter intuitive, but a lower cost wig will have more hair than a premium quality wig. With lower priced wigs, the wig maker does not thin the wig out or refine the cut (which is one reason they are able to sell the wig at a cheaper price). A higher quality wig will generally not need to be thinned. The wig maker has already refined the style. If you want to have a few touch ups done here and there, you certainly can. But you generally would not need to have wefts of hair removed. With these types of wigs, your hair stylists are actually correct. You would want to have them cut the wig and thin it out while you are wearing it...just like your own hair. This way, the wig is trimmed to frame your individual features. We generally recommend that you take the wig to your own stylist because (hopefully) you are already happy with the way they cut your hair.

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