Tips for wearing wigs

It’s normal to worry about how to wear a wig if you have hair loss. You may have concerns about wearing it in public, keeping it in place or how it will feel.

There are a few ways to help keep your wig in place, including:

  • special double-sided tape or clips 
  • wearing clothes that don’t need to be pulled over your head, such as shirts and cardigans
  • wearing a hat or a scarf over the wig during windy weather.

You may find it helpful to wear your wig around family and friends at first. This can help you feel more confident about your new look.

If the wig irritates your scalp, try wearing a protective liner. You can usually buy these from wig suppliers. It is important to avoid strong heat sources whether you have a natural or synthetic wig.

Keeping your wig in place

One of the most common worries people have about wearing a wig is how to keep it in place. There are various ways of making sure that your wig is secure.

Although a well-fitting wig should stay in place on its own, you may feel happier using an extra type of attachment such as double-sided tape. Wig specialists have hypoallergenic tape that doesn’t irritate the skin. The tape is attached to the underside of the wig and gives a secure but comfortable bond. Surgical spirit can be used to remove any leftover adhesive.

If your skin is very sensitive due to your cancer treatment, you can ask your doctor or specialist nurse which tape you can use and whether it’s okay to use surgical spirit.

If you still have some of your own hair, or if it’s growing back, it may be possible to keep your wig in place by using special clips in various hair colours. These clips can also be used to attach a hairpiece. The wig specialist can advise you which would be the most appropriate method of keeping your wig or hairpiece in place.

A simple way to check your wig or hairpiece is securely in place is to bend over and shake your head.

If you’re going outside on a windy day, you may want to wear a hat or scarf as well. If you’re shopping and know that you will be trying on clothes or if you’re going to see the doctor for an examination, it’s a good idea to wear something that is easy to slip off, such as a cardigan or shirt, rather than something that goes over your head and may pull your wig off.

Wearing your wig in public for the first time

When you wear your wig in public for the first time you may want to wear it when you’re with people you know well.

This can help you feel more confident and gives you the chance to gradually prepare yourself for wearing the wig with people you don’t know.

Protecting your scalp

The lining of the wig can irritate the scalp, so it may be helpful to wear a thin, cotton wig liner underneath. These are usually available from wig suppliers. However, they can make a wig move around, so you may need to experiment to find out what works best for you.

Remember that your scalp may sweat more when you wear a wig, so you’ll need to wash the wig regularly.

Safety when wearing a wig

Take care not to expose your wig to a flame, for example from a candle or gas cooker, as real hair will frizz and synthetic hair can melt. Even the heat released when opening an oven door can make the hair frizzy. Don’t use the highest heat setting on your hairdryer as this can also melt the hair.

Back to Dealing with hair loss

Wigs and hair pieces

Wigs and hairpieces can help you cope with hair loss. There are lots of types of wigs and hairpieces available.

Hats and scarves

Hats and scarves are popular ways of covering up hair loss. There are lots of different options.

When your hair grows back

As your hair grows back, you may find that it has changed. It’s important to care for your new hair.


TONI&GUY salons provide specialist hair care and advice for people affected by cancer.