In the last few years, headband wigs have exploded into popularity, and it's no wonder why! They’re inexpensive, easy to apply, and can give you a beautiful style in under 5 minutes. If you want to know how to put on a headband wig, this article is for you! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
What are Headband Wigs?
A headband wig is a type of half wig with a fabric headband attached to the hairline. The rest of the wig is made of wefts that have been sewn onto a thin layer of elastic fabric. Most headband wigs have built-in wig combs and a velcro band that helps keep the wig in place. Like other wig types, headband wigs come in various lengths, thicknesses, textures, and colors.
Here’s How to Put on A Headband Wig
Now that you know a little bit about headband wigs, it’s time to dive into how to apply them. Follow these easy steps to install your headband wig flawlessly.
Step 1: Pick Your Headband Wig
Step 2: Flatten Your Natural Hair
Step 3: Decide How You Want to Style Your Edges
Step 4: Put on A Wig Cap
Step 5: Anchor the Rear Wig Clip to The Back Of Your Head
Step 6: Pull the Headband Wig Over Your Head
Step 7: Adjust Your Headband
Step 8: Move Your Head from Side to Side
Step 9: Style Your Hair
Pick Your Headband Wig
Headband wigs come in all different lengths, colors, and textures, so you’ve got a lot of choices. Choose a wig that’s close to your natural texture if you want a realistic look. That way, it’ll seamlessly blend into any hair you leave out.
Flatten Your Natural Hair
Gather your natural hair and secure it so it lays flat under your wig. Some of the most popular ways to wear your hair under a wig are pulling it into a low bun or cornrowing it from front to back. Once you’ve pulled your hair back, use a hair tie or bobby pin to tuck the length of your hair into a small bun at your nape. To find out more about how to flatten your hair for a headband wig, check out our in-depth guide!
Decide How You Want to Style Your Edges
Headband wigs give you the choice to tuck in your edges or wear them out. If you wish to have your edges out, go ahead and style them. You can slick them down with hair gel or moisturize them with your favorite hair cream.
Put on A Wig Stocking Cap
After your hair is secured, put on a wig stocking cap. Wig caps help anchor your wig in place and provide an extra layer of protection against friction. They also smooth out lumps and bumps created by your braids. If you plan on wearing your edges out, pull your wig cap further back so they remain exposed.
Anchor the Rear Wig Clip to The Back Of Your Head
Open the velcro strap and bring the wig up to your head. Place the wig comb at the back of the wig against the middle of the back of your head and anchor it in place. That way, you can line with the wig up and make sure everything lays symmetrically.
Pull the Headband Wig Over Your Head
Starting from the back, pull the headband wig onto your head. Roll the wig upwards towards the front of your head and adjust the headband to lay where you want it to. Fasten the velcro band at the back of the wig to make sure it sits snugly against your head. Then, slide the wig combs into your hair to anchor the wig in place.
Adjust Your Headband
After putting on your wig, you may need to adjust the band to ensure your edges show the way you prefer. You can roll the headband back, so it’s less noticeable or pull it up to cover your hair entirely. You can also cover the attached headband with a different headband or scarf.
Move Your Head from Side to Side
The last thing you want is for your wig to come off while you’re out and about. Once you’ve finished applying your wig, move your head around to ensure it is fully secured. Readjust the band and wig clips as needed so that your wig will stay put.
Style Your Hair
After your wig is on and secured, the last step is to style it! You can wear your headband wig however you prefer; just be mindful of the wefts showing in the back. Furthermore, make sure your wig is made from a heat-safe material before using hot tools to style it.
When to Use A Headband Wig
Headband wigs are an excellent addition to any wig collection. But we understand if you’re a little hesitant. Here are some of the best times to wear a headband wig.
You’re trying to give your edges a break - Headband wigs don’t require any tape, gels, or glues to hold them in place. That means they’re an excellent way to give your edges a break from the stress wig adhesives put on them. You can also pull the headband over your edges to protect them from styling-related damage.
You want to save money - Headband wigs allow you to try a new style without breaking the bank. They are almost exclusively machine sewn, making them much more affordable than other, more intricately designed wigs.
You want to try something new - One of the best times to try a headband wig is when you’re looking for a change from your usual routine. Whether you’re new to wearing wigs or a pro, headband wigs can be a fun and practical alternative.
It’s hot and humid - Headbang wigs are one of the most sweatproof options for wig-wearing. You don't have to worry about sweating out your gel or glue, and the headband material can even help wick away sweat.
You’re new to wigs - If you’re new to applying wigs, headband wigs make for an easy introduction to the art of wig wearing. There are no adhesives to worry about, and you can have as much or as little of your natural hair out as you prefer.
You’re looking for a protective style - Like other wigs, headband wigs leave most of your hair covered and out of sight. That means you won’t have to style your natural hair as much or as often, which cuts down on the amount of damage you experience.
When you’re in a rush - Headband wigs can be a quick alternative to other types of wigs. You don’t have to spend much time styling your natural hair, and there won’t be any time spent waiting for adhesives to dry.
What Are the Downsides of Wearing a Headband Wig?
Now that you know the benefits of headband wigs, we’d like to share some of the downsides. That way, you can have a balanced perspective while deciding if they’re a good fit for you.
They may damage your hairline - Any wig that’s too tight can create friction that damages your fragile strands. When a headband wig doesn’t fit well, it can cause breakage and hair loss.
They are not as versatile as other wigs - Headband wigs don’t have a hairline, so you won’t be able to part them freely. Additionally, the hair wefts on a headband wig face backward. That means you might not be able to achieve styles that require the hair to be pushed forward.
They aren’t as breathable - The material headband wigs are made of isn’t as breathable as other wig types. If you’re concerned about overheating, choose a wig made from a breathable material, like lace.
Whether you like them short and curly or sleek and long, headband wigs are a quick and easy way to get a beautiful ‘do. We hope this article has shown you how to apply them and given you some insight into what makes them work so well. Make sure you keep one or two headband wigs in your wig collection so you’re always ready to slay the day!