How to measure your head for a wig

How To Measure Your Head For A Wig (To Get A Perfect Fit)

Your Guide to a Perfect Fitting Wig

Imagine this: You find the perfect human hair wig online, you order it, then as you are trying it on- it does not fit!

I'm sure at least some of you have experienced this before. You are so excited to get your hands on a brand new wig, and then your wig is either too big or too small!

Your wig cap should fit snugly and comfortably, especially if you plan on wearing your wig for extended periods.

Knowing your head measurements before you order or make a wig is the difference between a slay and a disaster.

A wig that fits your head correctly is the key to a flawless look. If it's your first time wearing a wig, you may want to buy two sizes to be on the safe side.

Quick Note: All the human hair wigs on Private Label are a medium sized cap unless otherwise specified.

Keep the one that fits your head, and now that you know your correct size, picking out wigs will be a breeze!

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Prep Your Hair for Sizing

Again, I can't stress how important it is for your wig to fit correctly.

I don't want for you to buy a beautiful glueless wig then it doesn't fit you.

The mistake many make when measuring is not prepping hair by braiding or molding it down.

Taking the proper steps before measuring helps with accurate sizing. If your hair is long, put it into a low pony or braid cornrows straight back to ensure flatness.

If you have short hair, mold your hair down and apply a wig to flatten even more. Once your hair is prepped, proceed to measure your head.

If you do not have time to style your hair for head measurements, part your hair.

While there are better ways to measure, this method will still get the job done.

Parting your hair moves excess hair out of the way and allows you to measure closer to the scalp. Measure your head size by taking the following measurements.

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Wig Cap Sizes:

  • CHILD: (18." - 19.5" Circumference), (12.5" Ear to Ear), (12" Front to Back)
  • AVERAGE: (21.5" - 22.5" Circumference), (13.5" Ear to Ear), (14" Front to Back)
  • PETITE: (20." - 21.5" Circumference), (13" Ear to Ear), (13.25" Front to Back)
  • LARGE: (22.5" - 23.5" Circumference), (14" Ear to Ear), (15.5" Front to Back)

Remember, the sizing is a guideline. All companies and manufacturers have their sizing system. There are many simple techniques to make your wig feel more secure on your head.

Ways to Measure Head

Start with the circumference.

This measures the distance around your hairline.

Using a fabric tape measure, start at the front center of your hairline, bring the tape around to your nape, and back up to your hairline.

Mark where the tape ends, and use the chart above to see what size you are.

Ear to Ear

Start the tape at one ear, bring it across your hairline, and stop at the other ear. Refer to the chart above.

This measurement is the most important one. If you are not sure your size, based on the other numbers, always go by your ear-to-ear measurements.

Forehead to Nape

For the forehead-to-nape measurements, create a middle part while dividing your hair into two halves.

Start the part at the front of your hairline and stop at the nape. Guide the measuring tape along your part to measure. Mark this as well.

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Measuring For Custom Made Wigs

There is no worse feeling than creating a gorgeous wig, and have it not fit your head.

If you are making a wig on a wig head, having the correct measurements is key for a great fit.

Draw a rough sketch of your hairline and nape perimeter. Use your measurements and the tape to mark out the distance on your wig head or wig block; the circumference, ear to ear, and forehead to nap.

Measure your head and then put a cap on the wig head, carefully making sure that it is a right fit, and pin it down.

The Styrofoam wig heads usually measure 21 to 22 inches around. You can also add height or width the head up with masking tape.

The most important measurements are the circumference and ear to ear measurements. If the circumference is too tight, it will loosen up over time.

You can always purchase a wig cap with the adjustable straps if you are worried about taking your measurements.

Perfect Fit Feeling

Hopefully, this video has been helpful, and you now confidently know how to measure your head correctly.

Remember, your wig should fit comfortably with your natural hairline, a few inches above your eyebrows, and the back should come down to the nape of your neck.

A wig will only look natural if it is the right size, check custom wigs to get it perfect, and hopefully, this post will help you find your size! Let us know in the comments.

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