everything you need to know about wig caps

Wig Caps

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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 one, 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.

All have their pros and cons, so before purchasing, you need to find one that fits your needs.


Wig caps are essential for protecting your natural hair or scalp by placing it over your head before wearing your wig.

Reliable ones must be able to keep the natural hair as flat as possible without tearing.

Wig caps come in colors such as black and a fleshly nude color.

blonde wig with wig cap

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.


Regardless of the several types of wig caps, gathering all the hair underneath it before putting on one 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 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!

Different types of Wig Caps

There are different types of caps out there for different types of wigs. Let’s get into them!

Wig Cap

This consists of nylon or cotton fabric.

It is meant to be worn under wigs to flatten the braids underneath.

It is not ideal for sew-ins, quick weaves, or making wigs; the material is not sturdy enough to hold the weight of extensions.

Wig Cap Example

Dome Cap for Wigs

Domes caps are commonly used for quick weaves or worn under wigs, but you can also use this to make your wig.

It 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.

dome cap

Weaving Cap

This 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.

weaving wig cap

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 U-Part 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.

They are breathable and durable.

U-part wig cap

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 works well for making wigs, and if you have a closure that you want to attach to the top.

While they do not come with adjustable straps or combs, you can buy the combs and sew them into the cap if needed.

This cap is ideal for those creating their wigs rather than those just wanting to catch their hair in a net.

Japanese wig cap


The best steps for 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 To Purchase?

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 one 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.

Should I Buy One?

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.

About Leigh Jones

My name is Leigh, I am born and raised in Mississippi. I enjoy blogging and creating content to showcase my creativeness and personality. My goal is to inspire and motivate women.

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16 thoughts on “Wig Caps

  1. Alia says:

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    The Japanese swim cap and the dome cap are my favorites for wig making. The Japanese swim cap is just more breathable but they both give me great results

    1. Shamira says:

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      I’ve never used the Japanese swim cap, do you use an adjustable strap or combs with this cap?

  2. Kara Shipp says:

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    I haven’t worn wig caps in awhile but when I did I had to make sure they weren’t too tight on my head and wasn’t glued directly on my hair. I love the nets they put on my hair when I get ready for my sew-ins because, to me, it ensures that my real hair that’s braided won’t come loose. My hair braided up is always my major concern because since I have done the BIG CHOP my hair hasn’t grown as fast as I want it to so I would always want something to protect it.

  3. Shonte Perry says:

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    Wig Caps can be beneficial and detrimental to our hair. You have the dome cap, net weaving cap, and monofilament caps. Of all listed the net and monofilament caps are recommended for you to use because they are designed to help your hair breathe. Wig caps can be expensive but the better designed like net and mono can get pricey. With the mono, they are normally used for making wigs so you can have the freeway parting. However, you must remember you pay for what you get but you don’t want to gamble with your hair. Then there are the little cheap caps that they give you in your local hair store to try on wigs, those are not good for your hair. Ex. My mom started wearing wigs using those cheap caps and it smothered her hair out. I’m talking about you would’ve thought she had cancer. So I told her mom your scalp has to breathe she then switched to the net dome cap and her hair is growing back. It matters and then when choosing a wig cap you must consider the size, so it’s best to take head measurements. Ex. I made my first wig with the $1.99 beauty store cap but I got a small because I assumed my head was small. I sewed the hair and very excited because it came out great. Put the wig on and EPIC FAIL it slid right off because it was too small. I was so disappointed. A lot of people prefer not to use wigs caps and that’s okay I wouldn’t advise it because the friction from taking the wig on and off can damage your hair. For those that use wig glue that direct contact can hurt as well. So, choose wisely. #wigcapsmatter

  4. Brittney Worthy says:

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    The weaving cap is my absolute favorite. From the versatility to the access you have to your scalp. I mainly use this over my braids for a sew in but can definitely be used to make a wig. This cap keeps your braids secure through washing and styling but still allows you to scratch and moisturizer your scalp. Then if you weave mainly to the net there’s less tension on your hair. With a good foundation and weaving net, you can’t go wrong.

  5. Kali says:

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    My go to is a ventilated cap! It’s so much better for me when making wigs as I use a sewing machine for my wigs and it is also great for my wig wearers who like to scratch or feel their scalp! I’m all for breathability especially if you are someone who sews down the perimeter. I’m not the biggest fan of a dome cap for hot weather but the spandex helps to keep the cap on your head which will eliminate the need for a band on your wig! It really is all about preference. Due to my natural hair status, I love the air being about to get in and the ability to oil my scalp and put some conditioner on it if I sew the wig down on my head! So for me… it’s ventilated for the win!

  6. Lataea Monroe says:

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    The type of cap that I use depends on the type of wig unit that I’m making. I use the weaving cap for leave frontal wig units because it has the adjustable straps & it allows you to wear the unit with or without glue if the proper specific measurements are made and applied properly. I use the done caps for the leave closure wig units because it gives it a more snug fit & can stretch comfortably to fit your head. As far as sew-ins I use a netted cap to ensure that the braids remain tight and its less tension on the natural hair since its primarily being sewn on the net & not the hair. It allows the hair to breathe & also keeps the hair intact during in been shampooing/weave maintenance. The goal is to protect the hair while looking good.

  7. Adrienne Alexander says:

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    I enjoy using the weaving cap. The scalp is easily accessible. When sewing no need to sew down, just cut the band after sew in is complete.

  8. Glynisha Williams says:

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    When making braided wigs I use the dome cap. I love using the dome cap because it is sturdy and holds the braids that I pretty much sew on the cap very well. When I first begin I put the dome cap on a 22cm dome head, and I sew down whatever closure I’m going to use. Whether that be a 13×4 frontal(Easily achieve a natural look while protecting your natural hair! Lace Frontal is available in 13″x4″and 13×6″ which both extend from ear to ear. This frontal are expertly crafted with a low density, which prevents that “wiggy” look). A 360 frontal (Essentially a 360 Lace Frontal is a lace headband with hair on it. It recreates the hairline around the entire perimeter of your head so that you can wear ponytails etc with you sew in). Or a 4×4 closure(ventilated in either lace, swiss lace, or a silk base made to imitate the scalp and give full protection to your hair). After this, I install the braids to the hair which takes most of the time when creating a braided wig. After the braids are installed I dip the braids in boiling hot water to create smooth ends. I put mousse all over the braids to get rid of the extra freezies and give the wig a more neat look. When shipping my braided wigs I add a few extra things in the box just to surprise my client. But one of the main things I add is elastic bands. An elastic band will secure any wig cap. It will give the wig a more comfortable fit, and it gives the client comfort that it won’t be coming off. I believe that wigs have ultimately changed the hair industry because it gives us versatility in just minutes.

  9. Marcy says:

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    Love ❤️ me some slayed Custom Units!

    So after wearing extensions of different origins/ patterns for my years, only to realize not only my edges were going, but also the middle of my head as well. Yes, alopecia took over so I decided no more weaves wig is it for me. I started to watch a lot of YouTube videos where I have learned the art of making different types of custom wigs. Currently, I own 2 mannequin heads a 22 cm for the average head size and a 23.5 cm for people like my best friend with a bigger head. I personally love the Dome caps whether the regular type or the Mesh ones, they tend to provide a better grip and firmness. After gathering all my wig making essentials (bundles, closure/Frontals, needles, T-Pins, thread) and of course my mannequin head, and stand.
    The first thing I start with is the closure or frontal by sewing it on the dome cap whether on the 22cm mannequin head or the 23.5cm. I usually make all my wigs with a closure or frontal whether it be a 4×4 Closure a 13×4 frontal, or a 360 frontal. These give your wig a natural look as well as protects your hair and edges.

    I personally love the 4×4 closures these usually come in Swiss lace, or a silk base made to imitate the scalp and give full protection to your hair.
    The Lace Frontal is also very nice comes in 13″x4″ which extend from ear to ear. There’s also the 360 lace frontal that goes around the entire perimeter of your head so that you can put your hair up in ponytail style. So now that you have chosen the closure or frontal, start sewing it down by using your T-pins to hold it in place for perfect sewing. Preventing any bulge once The Closure or frontal is out the way you can begin sewing your extensions at the nape of the dome cap starting with the longest length working your way up until complete. Make sure to cut the mesh dome carefully from under the closure for the perfect look. My secret for a perfectly slayed wig is to add small wig combs or elastic band which makes it more secure and gives the wig a very comfortable fit. So if you were scared of wearing a wig thinking it would fall off worry no more. Start enjoying the versatility of wearing different styles every day. As this is a rapidly emerging hair industry.

  10. Sha'Keisha says:

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    My go-to wig cap has got to be the dome cap. The spandex dome cap to be exact, either the closed kind or mesh. The dome cap to me just gives the ultimate secured fit and your wig will be oh so flat. I usually attach an elastic band onto my wigs for extra security but during the beginning weeks of wearing your unit, you really don’t need one. I love the fact that dome caps are universal, like a one size type deal. You have regular then extra large. For smaller-average sized heads which is roughly 21.5″-22.5″, I would use the regular sized dome caps and for larger heads (>22.5″) I would use the extra large caps. The cap is stretchy and designed to fit snug so no matter your head size, either of the two would be sure to give you a sturdy fit. Not to mention, the elastic band is a plus. The first thing I always do is to sew down the closure or frontal, then fill in with the bundles. I usually bleach the knots on the lace and then use my purple shampoo to get rid of the brassy color. This will have your lace looking like scalp. No need to apply makeup on your lace or use an extra wig cap underneath. The mesh dome caps are just as good because the mesh allows your head to breathe while wearing your unit (because wearing a wig all day can make you hot, especially in the summertime). I usually use either kind and they both give me awesome results. I like a natural, flat look and the dome caps give me just that. Makes it look like a sew in but nope sis! I take this mane off every night, lol. Just make sure not to sew through the elastic band within the cap & you should be good.

    I use dome caps for all of my units: u-part units, lace closure, and frontal units. I’ve tried making wigs with the mesh, adjustable straps and I did not like the fit whatsoever. It just didn’t give me that feeling of security and you know you have to secure the wig, honey!

    1. Sha'Keisha says:

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      Side Note: Also, I tend to stay away from attaching combs to any of my units. Combs can lead to breakage and the sole purpose of a wig unit is for the ultimate protective styling. No need to put extra stress and strain on your hair from wig combs.

  11. Catt says:

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    OK…I have long wavy hair to my butt and need a wig cap for a short 50’s style bob wig for performance soon……PLEASE I need a recommendation for the best breathable wig cap for my hair…thanks, Catt

  12. Alexis says:

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    How many times can you wear a wig cap?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      Hey there, it depends on which one you have. They typically last about 2 weeks of wear.

  13. Jenifer says:

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    I love this thread. Doing research on wig making, I’m about to start learning this craft and the best advice I’ve gotten this far has been in this thread. Thank you so much for writing the blog post and thank you everyone for your comments. I am extremely artistic. I own a brow and beauty bar (Plush Brows and Beauty) and I’m looking to add unique, quality products to my store as well as high price point services. The dome caps seems to be everyone’s favorite as well as mine speaking from a client point of view. If anyone has any other suggestions or recommendations as I embark on this journey I would greatly appreciate it. Thank y’all again.

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