Winning with Wig Caps
Wigs can be worn for switching up styles or as a protective style.
There are very definite times when you might have to wear a wig – maybe you’re an actor, someone who had just lost your hair because of a disease, or personal preference. They save time and provide convenience.
Whatever those reasons are for wearing a wig, you must be familiar with a handy tool called a wig cap. There are several kinds of wig caps on the market, each one with their traits; like providing multi-directional parting, breathable material, providing a great comfort to hair underneath, etc.
Some wig caps have pros and cons, so before purchasing the right wig cap, you need to find one that fits your needs.
Benefits of Wig Caps
Wig caps are essential for protecting your natural hair or scalp by placing it over your head before wearing your wig.
Reliable wig caps must be able to keep the natural hair as flat as possible without tearing.
The wig caps come in colors such as black and a fleshly nude color.
Ever experience itchiness from wearing a wig?
A wig cap can help with that.
Do you get hot or start to sweat while wearing a wig? Mesh, breathable wig cap can help to prevent your scalp from being heated by the warm air that is between the wig cap and the wig itself.
If you are making your wigs, the correct wig cap can help with the customization of your wig.
Wig Cap Application
Regardless of the several types of wig caps, gathering all the hair underneath it before putting on a wig cap can be tricky.
Unless the natural hair is very short, there will probably be at least a few stray hairs that you will need to tuck away. Style the hair underneath in cornrows or a slicked bun that is flat.
A rat tail comb with a long handle can be used to slide the stray hair into the cap.
Position the wig cap at the front where your natural hairline is. Pull the wig cap over your hair, and stretch the cap over your head until it is secure at your nape. Adjust the sides of the wig cap so that it is behind your ears.
If you have long or thick hair, slightly dampen it for easier control. The wig cap should feel secure but not too tight.
Make sure that your hair underneath is not showing, and the fit is to your liking.
Place the wig on top of the cap, and you are ready to slay the day away!
Types of Wig Caps
There a different types of caps out there for different types of wigs. Let’s get into them!
Domes caps are commonly used for quick weaves or worn under wigs, but you can also use this to make your wig.
The dome cap has a thick band that helps the wig stay in place. This cap is thicker than the nylon wig cap and has a spandex material.
For people that have thick hair, this cap is perfect for flattening the hair.
A dome cap can help hide thick hair, so it will not show or poke out from underneath the wig.
This cap is perfect for making a wig! This cap is common with sew-in styles; you will sew the extensions on the cap instead of your hair.
Having the extensions sewn on the cap can alleviate the weight of the hair as well.
The weaving cap has a mesh material (small holes) that has adjustable straps for a custom fitting. The perforated material allows for a barrier in between the weave extensions and the hair underneath.
The material also helps the extensions to dry faster after washing the hair.
U-Part Wig Cap
Making a U-Part wig allows you to leave your hair out in the front.
Most of the U-Part caps comes with adjustable straps, and the material is stretchable mesh material. You can buy this with a middle part, or side part.
The cap usually comes in available in a standard size and has adjustable straps in the back. Extensions can be sewn or glued to cap and place a lace closure on the top.
These caps are breathable and durable.
Japanese Swim Cap
These are lightweight mesh caps with a thick band.
The mesh material lets the hair breath underneath and helps to dry quickly if washed. The Japanese swim cap works well for making wigs, and if you have a closure that you want to attach to the top.
While these caps do not come with adjustable straps or combs, you can buy the combs and sew them into the cap if needed.
This wig cap is ideal for those creating their wigs rather than those just wanting to catch their hair in a net.
Wig Cap Cleaning
The best steps of cleaning a wig cap are usually hand washing and air drying.
You will be able to reuse a sturdy mesh or cotton cap if it still holds its shape.
Nylon wig caps are inexpensive and often come in packs of two; these will probably not last many washes before they stretch and become unusable.
Where Can I Buy Wig Caps?
You can locate these wig caps at your local beauty supply store or online.
Wig caps are just as important when it comes to proper fit, comfort, and durability. Your specific needs, the type of wig style, and longevity should determine your wig cap choice.
The purpose of a wig cap is to be the base layer for your wig and the groundwork for a look that will stay firmly in place.
Wearing a wig cap also helps to preserve the cleanliness of the wig, as it parts the wig from the scalp and hair.
Is a Wig Cap for Me?
While wearing a wig cap is essential, it is also a personal choice.
Our advice is to help you decide on what you are comfortable with doing.