How to Pin Your Hair, Wig Cap and Wig – Tutorial

Have you ever had that issue where your hair starts slipping and peeking out from under your wig? Or you feel your wig cap slipping backwards into oblivion? Or your wig just keeps shifting and moving around? Well here’s how to pin your problems away!

– This is how my hair and make up professor taught me how to put up hair and secure a wig. There may be other methods or preferences but this is how I learned. –

Sadly, this tutorial will only work if you have enough hair to do pin curls with so if you have a boyish/short haircut this will not work for you.

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All you need are:

  • Bobby pins (try and use ones that are thinner, no unnecessary bulk)
  • U pins
  • Wig cap
  • Wig

To start off I put in my contacts for the character I want to be. (These happen to prescription and colored so I wouldn’t have to fuss with glasses and have them be in the way.)

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Begin by sectioning off the front part of your hair. You want to keep it in the 1″ range for width. This is only for the front part of your hair. Everything else can be clipped back while you work on this area.

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Begin by sectioning off the front part of your hair. You want to keep it in the 1″ range for width. This is only for the front part of your hair. Everything else can be clipped back while you work on this area.

Grab a section of hair and place two fingers in the middle of the section you grab.
Grab a section of hair and place two fingers in the middle of the section you grab.

Wrap the hair around your two fingers keeping it as flat as possible (like a ribbon). Dont twist the hair.
Wrap the hair around your two fingers keeping it as flat as possible (like a ribbon). Dont twist the hair.

Continue wrapping, pull your fingers out and hold in place while pinning.
Continue wrapping, pull your fingers out and hold in place while pinning.

Use two bobby pins and pin them in a X position like so. Make sure the open end of the pins in facing back towards the crown of your head.
Use two bobby pins and pin them in a X position like so. Make sure the open end of the pins in facing back towards the crown of your head.

Continue making pin curls across your head.
Continue making pin curls across your head.

You should do about 3 pincurls across the forehead.
You should do about 3 pincurls across the forehead.

Then one on each side at the temple.
Then one on each side at the temple.

The average amount of pincurls should be about 5 but if your hair is thicker doing 6 is perfectly fine too. You just dont want to overload the pins with too much hair.
The average amount of pincurls should be about 5 but if your hair is thicker doing 6 is perfectly fine too. You just dont want to overload the pins with too much hair.

With the front done, go ahead and section off the lower back portion of your hair with the remainder clipped out of the way.
With the front done, go ahead and section off the lower back portion of your hair with the remainder clipped out of the way.

Divide it into two parts.
Divide it into two parts.

And do a pincurl on each half.
Do a pincurl with the first section of hair.

And do the other side.
And then do the other side.

Go ahead and take that remaining portion of hair and lay it as flat as possible against the head. Make sure you fill up the space as evenly possible to keep your hair looking "head shaped" and not like a "light blub." Then pin the hell out of it.  It helps to split the hair into two parts and kind of criss-cross it when laying it down at first.
Go ahead and take that remaining portion of hair and lay it as flat as possible against the head. Make sure you fill up the space as evenly possible to keep your hair looking “head shaped” and not like a “light blub.” Then pin the hell out of it.
It helps to split the hair into two parts and kind of criss-cross it when laying it down at first.

(Mine is a bit messy because I ran out of bobby pins so I had to make due with like 4)

Fully pinned up before the wig cap.
Fully pinned up before the wig cap.

Fully pinned up before the wig cap.
Fully pinned up before the wig cap.

Fully pinned up before the wig cap.
Fully pinned up before the wig cap.

Fully pinned up before the wig cap.
Fully pinned up before the wig cap.

Fully pinned up before the wig cap.
Fully pinned up before the wig cap.

Now go ahead and grab your wig cap.
Now go ahead and grab your wig cap.

When you have your wig cap on leave about 1/2 of your actual hairline showing. This is especially when you'll be wearing a lace front wig since you wont want the wig cap to show through the lace.
When you have your wig cap on leave about 1/2″ of your actual hairline showing. This is especially when you’ll be wearing a lace front wig since you wont want the wig cap to show through the lace.

(I took this picture later when I was taking pins out so the wig cap it is technically NOT in the proper place for the rest of the photos in this tutorial when you’re going to wear a lacefront. My bad. However, if you’re using a non-lace front wig, having the wig cap back isnt as important.

This is a U pin. (Or at least that's the name I know it by) As you can see it is different from a regular bobby pin. These are what you should be using when working with wigs.
This is a U pin. (Or at least that’s the name I know it by)
As you can see it is different from a regular bobby pin. These are what you should be using when working with wigs.

Take your first pin and angle it away from the your crown of your head, and pierce through your wig cap.
Take your first pin and angle it away from the your crown of your head, and pierce through your wig cap.

Once you pierce the wig cap, flip the pin over and tuck it into the pincurl underneath.
Once you pierce the wig cap, flip the pin over and tuck it into the pincurl underneath.

(Mine isn't centered but) You can see the "U" part of the pin on the surface but the rest is imbedded into the hair underneath.
(Mine isn’t centered on my head but) You can see the “U” part of the pin on the surface with the rest of it imbedded into the hair underneath.

Go ahead and place at least another 2 U pins along the front edge. You can do 1 for each pincurl you have underneath but it should not be necessary.
Go ahead and place at least another 2 U pins along the front edge. You can do 1 for each pincurl you have underneath if you want added security but it is not necessary.

Don't forget to place a U pin in each pincurl at the base of your skull.
Don’t forget to place a U pin in each pincurl at the base of your skull. You can see them poking out a little bit here. Make sure the points of the pins are always pointing to the crown of your head.

If you have excess to your wig cap and it bugs you, you can go ahead and pin this down as well.
If you have excess to your wig cap and it bugs you, you can go ahead and pin this down as well.

Go ahead and fold the excess part of the wig cap down and place a U pin in.
Go ahead and fold the excess part of the wig cap down and place a U pin in.

And again make sure the pointy end of the pin is towards the crown of your head.
And again make sure the pointy end of the pin is towards the crown of your head.

Kinda looks funny but as long as it's flat and secured it can look a little funny.
Kinda looks funny but as long as it’s flat and secured it can look a little funny.

Now at this point your wig cap is fully secured.

If you are wearing a lacefront wig, remember your wig cap edge should be about 1/2″ back on your forehead, showing your actual hair line. This will stop your wig cap from showing through the lace. Before putting on your wig you can go ahead and put some blush along your hair line. It’ll help create the shadow you get from hair coming out of your scalp and make the hair line more believable.

-NOT PICTURED-

When putting on your wig, start at the front (your forehead) and pull it backwards over your head. You should never really pull the wig forward. If it gets pulled too far back (your hairline is too exposed), go ahead and take it off and try again.

~If you have a friend to help you out that’s a bonus. Go ahead and place your index fingers pointed upwards towards the sky at your temples. When your friend places the wig over your head you use your index fingers to catch the front part of the wig as they pull it back. This also helps stop the wig from being pulled too far back.~

Just like how you secured your wig cap with the U pins, you’re going to do that again but through the actual wig this time. The placement of the U pins is the exact same, with them imbedded into the pincurls underneath. With lace front wigs, make sure you have the U pins go through the foundation of the wig and not the more delicate lace in the front.

Now enjoy your secured wig!
Now enjoy your secured wig!

-NOT PICTURED-

For removal: Take out the two U pins in the back at the base of your skull. Now remember how I said don’t pull your wig forward? That’s kind of what your gonna do now. Grab the wig of the wig at the base and pull forwards towards your forehead. Don’t worry about the U pins at the front holding the wig down. If they are pointed towards the crown of your head like they should be, when pulling the wig forwards they should easily slip/pull right out. It is the same thing with the removal of your wig cap.

I hope this helps and if you need any clarification or help don’t be afraid to ask!

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