How To Make Sure Your Wig Fits Every Time

Marquetta Breslin  by Marquetta Breslin • October 23, 2019

Laying a proper foundation is vital to achieving the correct size for your wig. For your foundation to lay flat and smooth, you have to measure your head correctly. You must make sure that the hair underneath is braided down or slicked back during the measuring process and before you apply the lace wig. Doing so creates a seamless, more natural look.

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– Hey, it's Marquetta Breslin, and I'm back with another video. So in this video, I'm going to be answering a question that I get all the time. And it's about how to make sure your wig fits properly every time. And really, the answer can be both for the consumer, and for the person that is installing the wig if it's not the consumer. So, I'm just gonna start by sharing a story with you. So, I'm at my salon. A lot of people don't know that I use to have a brick-and-mortar salon. It was a private salon where a lot of people who suffered from hair loss would come because it was private. And that's where I would do my thing. So, I had a young lady come in one day. And she just could not understand why her wig was so big, and it was big. Her circumference, I believe, was somewhere around a 21-21 1/2. But the wig was about a 22-23. Okay, so that's a lot. That's a big difference. So, I begin to sit her down, and ask her some questions. And one of the questions that I asked her was, how were your measurements taken? What happened? Take me through the process. Because I was tryin' to understand what this stylist did. And the first thing she says is, “I go in, I sit down. “My sew-in is still in. “And she takes “up the measuring tape.” And I go, “What?” “So she didn't remove your sew-in, “and like, it just, wow, why?” So here's the thing, if you're gonna take measurements with the full sew-in in, you better put that wig over that full sew-in, too. Because… However you take the measurements for the wig, for the mold, for cap, for whatever it is you wanna do, that is the the same way that hair needs to be prepared for the fitting and for the wearer of the wig. Her hair should not have been in a sew-in. Her hair should have been prepared either cornrowed down, or whatever she was gonna do, so that when the wig came in it would actually fit. That sew-in created too much bulk. So to put this into a different perspective, or a different light. Let's say you're starting from scratch. I have several of my students who make wigs from scratch, from the ground up, and they don't use anything pre-made. But this goes for pre-made pieces, too. If you're gonna order a piece, you still need to make sure that that hair is prepared properly underneath, the same way it's gonna be worn when the actual finished product is worn. So, let's say you have a client. And you're gonna make a full lace wig for this client. They come in, you take their measurements, and make their mold. Now, the mold that I'm talkin' about is with the tape, and Saran wrap, and you're doin' your thing, and you're drawing it all out, and all of that stuff, right. So they come in, and you get to work. But the way you prep that hair, let's say you just decide to slick it back, I'm just gonna slick it back. And then you take the mold, you take the measurements. And then they come back in for you to fit the cap, to make sure that the cap that you've constructed, fits them properly. When they come back in for that cap fitting, and let's say this time, you're like, “Mmm, instead of slicking you back, “I'm just gonna do some pin curls.” Then you put that cap on, guess what? That cap is not going to fit, because the hair that's slicked back, is is tight to the, usually, it's tight to the scalp. When you pin curl that hair it's going to create a little bit of bulk. So that cap, that you just created, based off of what you did the first time, is now going to be too small, because you have bulk. Alright? So, you just have to make sure that if you slick that hair down for the mold and the measurements, you slick it down for the cap fitting. And you slick it down for the wearer of the wig, as well. Now, is the hair gonna grow? Of course, the hair's gonna grow. You can't stop that. But in essence, you wanna make sure that whatever you do for that first thing, which is should not be with the sew-in in, Cornrows, braids. Well, cornrows yes. But I mean, I'm not gonna take my measurements for a wig, with all this hair. Okay. You just don't do that. Alright, so you wanna make sure that whatever you decide to do, for that mold and measurements, you do the same thing throughout the entire process, to ensure the wig fits properly, every single time. Alright. So, that's it. It's simple, easy. You'd be surprised how many people don't understand that. Alright, I wanna thank you so much for watching this video. And I'll talk to you soon.

Marquetta Breslin

Marquetta Breslin

Marquetta Breslin is the creator of Million Dollar Stylist, Lace Wig Training System, Fully Booked, and many others. While she is known for her knowledge and wisdom passed on to other beauty professionals, she teaches her practical and inspirational lessons to people around the world on how to better their lives, their businesses, and themselves. Be notified on new articles, news, and events by subscribing to Marquetta's Daily Journal.

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