In order to achieve a flawless, natural-looking wig install, and to protect your natural hair, it’s imperative to choose the right method to hide your hair under your unit. But with all of the options available, it can be difficult to select the right one. If you want to know how to best hide your natural hair under your unit for a smooth, flat base, we’ve got you covered.
In this article, we’ll not only look at the top ways to hide your natural hair, but we’ll go over the pros and cons of each and share some videos demonstrating how to do them at home. Let’s get right into it!
5 Ways to Hide Hair Under A Wig
How you wear your hair under a wig depends on your individual preferences, but ideally, you want a style that keeps your hair flat and protected while making your wig application as easy as one-two-three! Ready to learn more? Here are six great ways to hide your natural hair for your new wig application.
Cornrows are one of the most popular ways to wear your hair under a wig because they keep your hair perfectly flat and smooth. They work perfectly with virtually all types of wigs and can be done on most hair lengths. Not only that, but they’re long-lasting; you can expect yours to stay intact for up to a month.
Most people do around 7 to 10 cornrows that start at the front of their head and end at the nape of their neck.
Need a guide to practice? Watch this video.
Want to know if this is the method for you? Here are some of the pros and cons of wearing cornrows underneath your wig.
Cornrows are excellent for long-term wig applications, especially those that require glue or another adhesive.
This style requires very little, if any, maintenance over the course of a month.
It creates a flat, even surface that keeps your wig looking natural. It’s especially good for lace front wigs that feature a middle, side, or deep side part.
This method may be a challenging style for beginners or people who aren’t good at braiding.
Cornrowing your hair too tightly can cause scalp irritation, breakage, and traction alopecia.
Cornrows can be time-consuming to install, depending on the length of your hair.
Straight-back cornrows don’t work very well for curved part wigs.
Flat twists are a non-braider’s dream. They allow you to tuck your natural hair away without any complicated braids or parting techniques. Depending on the length and thickness of your natural hair, flat twists can be bulky. So, if your hair is super thick and long, it's best to pair your flat twists with a wig that has a ton of volume and length. As long as you care for them properly, you can keep your flat twists in for up to four weeks!
Watch this flat twist video tutorial to learn how to do your own flat twists.
Still undecided? Here are some disadvantages and advantages of wearing your hair in flat twists.
Twists are one of the easiest hairstyles to do.
You can wear flat twists with or without a wig.
Flat-twists are gentle on your hair and don’t cause as much breakage as tight braids.
When you take your flat twists out, you’ll have a well-defined twist-out.
Depending on how they’re styled, flat twists can be bulky and leave your wig looking lumpy and unnatural.
Flat-twists are prone to tangles, which can lead to damage. They can also make the take-down process difficult and time-consuming.
Don’t know how to braid? Braidless Cornrows give you all of the benefits of cornrows without any of advanced braiding skills. This method uses small rubber bands to keep your hair flush against your scalp, creating a fairly flat base for all types of wigs.
Here’s a video tutorial which shows you how to do braidless cornrows step-by-step.
Are you thinking about giving braidless cornrows a try? Before you do, here are some pros and cons to help you decide.
This method is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know how to cornrow.
Box Braids don’t take a lot of time to complete.
The rubber bands you use to create the rows can damage your hair and cause breakage if you use too much tension.
Braidless cornrows don’t lay as flat as traditional cornrows and are more likely to come undone.
Three-strand braids and Plait Combo (For Long Curly Hair)
This easy-to-do style is so cute that you probably won’t want to cover it with your wig! It’s an excellent way to flatten long or voluminous hair. While some of your hair is braided straight back, the ends of your hair are braided and wrapped around your head to create a halo.
Learn how to do the braids and plait comb by watching this video tutorial.
Though this method is perfect for some, it won’t work for everyone. Here are some things to consider before choosing this style.
This method is extremely simple, even for complete beginners.
You’ll have a defined braid-out once you remove the braids and plaits.
The style is cute enough to wear on its own.
The finished result will be a little bulkier than alternatives (like cornrows).
Because all of your hair is piled onto your head, this style can cause you to overheat.
Low buns are foolproof – anyone can do them. If you can throw your hair into a ponytail, you’re already halfway there! Low buns keep the top and sides of your hair completely flat, making for a super sleek wig application. This method works best on short hair.
Want to know more about this style? Here are some of the pros and cons of wearing a low bun under a wig.
Low buns don’t require any braiding or styling skills.
This method only takes a few minutes to finish.
This style won’t give you flat results on extremely long or thick hair.
Buns don’t protect your hair as well as other styles.
Buns don’t last long, so you’ll have to redo them any time you want to wear a wig.
Stick to Your Routine
When trying to decide which method to use, narrow down your decision by considering things like how much time you’re willing to spend, your skill level, how long you want the style to last, and the type of wig you want to wear. You’ll likely have to play around with a few different methods until you find the one that works best for you. We hope this article has answered all your questions and provided you with all the information you were looking for.