My wigs always ride up in the back – HELP!

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From a YouTube question:

My wigs always ride up in the back!  How do you prevent this? 

A lot of different things can cause this problem, from slippery hair to the shape of your head.

One very common issue that many people rarely consider: the wig may actually be too big for you!  Usually, when the wigs ride up, people assume this means that the wig is too small . . . when the opposite is often true!

The most important first step to figuring out what the heck is going on is to take ALL of your wig measurements.  Once you have those handy, compare them to this chart we provide about the average size ranges for those measurements.  If the front-to-back measurement or the nape measurement is dramatically larger or smaller than the average range, then that could actually be the root of your problem!

The truth is: 

You have to experiment with this to find a solution that works for you!  The solution often depends on the wig, its size and its cap construction, your biohair, and your head shape. 

Here are some of the things you can experiment with to secure your wig:

  • The hair UNDERNEATH your cap shouldn’t be super-smooth at the nape.  Ideally, you want to give the edge of the wig something to hold onto, if possible.  One way to handle this is to try using a different kind of wig cap.  If you use fishnet, try nylon, or vice versa.  Another thing that might be helpful is the use of bobby pins at the nape in a criss-cross pattern.  This is a simple, inexpensive little trick that can help give your wig a little extra traction at the nape.
  • If you DO NOT have any hair at the nape, then you may sincerely want to consider experimenting with grips!  You were the person these were really created for!  Gel grips are light and cool.  Velvet lace grips are nice as well, though they tend to be hotter and heavier than gel grips.  The nice thing about these, though, is that they are soft and tend to have human hair sewn into the front to integrate into your existing wig collection, instantly turning any non-lace front wig into a lace front wig.  Both kinds of grips can help loosey-goosey wigs fit a little better.  They prevent bunching at the nape as well as slippage at the front of the cap.
  • Make sure that you are ordering the right cap size!  It shouldn’t be a shocker that your wig doesn’t lie correctly if your wig isn’t the right size.
  • If you have a lot of biohair (or long biohair) that you are trying to conceal under your cap, you may have a lot of issues with wig slippage, too!  The trick here is to make sure that your hair is in a bun that is tied flatly and as close to 2” – 4” above the base of your nape as possible.  Secure it with bobby pins to make sure it is FLAT before applying your wig cap.  You may even need to purchase wigs in a cap size up (such as a large or average-large cap size) to accommodate your hair, depending on how much you have.  The best way to know is to restrain your hair, apply a wig cap, and take your measurements . . . ALL your measurements!  🙂
  • If you have a wig with monofilament or lace features AND you have profound hair loss (i.e. no hair) in specific areas, you can use wig tape to secure your wig.  The blue wig tape is for lace fronts; the red tape is for monofilament tops.  These tapes DO NOT work on felt or fabric parts of a wig, but can be used on Swiss lace, monofilament, and polyurethane.  Your skin should be smooth, clean, and dry where the tape is applied, or else it will not stick.
  • When all else fails, AND you have enough strong hair to anchor them to, you can always use clips sewn into your cap to secure your wig.  We recommend using small pressure-sensitive clips (such as the ones we sell at CysterWigs).  We advise sewing one at the nape, one at each ear tab, and perhaps one at the front hair line.  If you have a lace front, sewing two at the nape, one at each ear tab, and using lace tape (as outlined in one of the paragraphs above) at the front in lieu of a clip might be a better approach!

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  1. Ann
    July 7, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    This is very helpful, I would love to hear what helps to keep a standard wig cap on at the hairline, is there any tape that exists for that?

    • July 7, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      Hi there Ann! Thank you for commenting!

      I would recommend an item like a wig grip for most wigs including standard caps because they would work if you have bio hair or not. The red tape would work better for someone without biohair on cap interiors and wigs with polyurethane. The blue tape we have is for lace fronts and monofilament.

      I hope this helps.

      Please let us know in the CCHD if you have any further questions. 🙂

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      Thank you for choosing CysterWigs, and have a lovely day!

  2. Nick
    December 3, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Okay of a guy chimes in? I wear a wig for historical reenactment purposes, and it too used to slide back on my head, both with and without a wig cap. Then I did this: I simply rolled the front edge of the wig cap back about a half inch, put the wig on – and it stayed! No more sliding backwards and no idea why this would work but it does. Maybe the rolled edge gives the cap something to grab onto. I haven’t done cartwheels yet though…..

    • December 4, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      That’s an amazing tip Nick! Is there anything special about the wig cap you use like grips?

      Thank you for sharing!

  3. Patsy Haskins
    April 5, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    My wigs were slipping and riding up in the back so I researched and started making my own Velvet wig grips for myself and others. They work so well you cannot shake your wig off and they stay put all the way around. The velvet has a nap that grips your own hair or head and grips the wig also. I started making mine in all colors as per the wig I might be wearing. Purchase a wig grip you won’t be disappointed.

    • April 8, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      I love my wig grip too! I never thought to make my own but now that you mention it, it seems like a super easy DIY. Awesome, thanks!!

      • April 8, 2019 / 10:58 pm

        Gina, somewhat easy to make but velvet has a mind of its own. The right colors are hard to find, good luck in making yourself one or more. If you sew you can figure it out….Patsy

    • Lisa D12
      April 16, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      Hey Patsy…where can I purchase one of your velvet wig grips?

      • April 17, 2019 / 5:44 pm

        Since you ask, I sell my wig grips on my Etsy Site. My shop there is called “SewInventive” I make several colors to match either the scalp or wig color. Please take a look……Patsy

    • Donna Jackson
      May 11, 2019 / 11:28 pm

      I bought a velvet wig grip band from Amazon. Works great when I first apply it. But my head is more flat in the back and it rides up, causing my wig to ride up.

      • May 13, 2019 / 5:30 pm

        Thanks for sharing Donna! Sharing our own experiences truly helps!

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