How to Measure Your Head for a Wig
Wigs come in a variety of sizes. From petite wigs to average and large wigs, The Wig Company offers cap sizes to fit every head. But, how do you know which one is the right fit for you? Easy. Follow our simple step by step guide below and learn how to measure your head for your new wig.
STEP 1: Start by pulling your hair up and away from your face and securing it with a hair band or clip. If your hair is short, try using a cloth head band to hold your hair back.
STEP 2: Using a flexible tape measure, lay the tape around the back of your head touching the base of your skull at a point where the wig will end and pull it forward just above your ears. Position the end of the tape at the mid-point of your front hairline. This will measure your head’s circumference. Write your measurement down.
STEP 3: Using a flexible tape measure, position the end of the tape just above one ear. Pull it across the top of your head, stopping at the top of your other ear. Hold the tape measure firmly in the spot above your ear and check the measurement. This will measure your ear to ear distance. Write your measurement down.
STEP 4: If your hair is up then let your hair down. Using a flexible tape measure, position the end of the tape in the center of your forehead. Pull the tape measure gently down the center of your head until you reach the nape of your neck. Hold the tape measure firmly in the spot where it meets your nape and check the measurement. This will measure your front to back distance. Write your measurement down.
STEP 5: Once you have your head measurements, reference the numbers in the size chart to find the wig cap size that's right for you.
Find your Perfect Fit
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It's important to consider your body frame and volume of your natural hair to ensure accuracy in size selection.
If you have a petite body frame and a full head of hair with moderate length, you are probably 'Petite'. If you have thick, longer hair, go up a size.
If you have a medium body frame and a full head of hair with moderate length, you are probably 'Average'. If you have thick, longer hair, go up a size. If you have sparse, thin, or no hair, go down a size.
If you have a larger body frame, your head circumference exceeds 22½", and you have a full head of hair with moderate length, you are probably 'Large'. If you have sparse, thin, or no hair, go down a size.
The Wig Company also offers a few select styles in 'half sizes'.
Mini-petite: the circumference and depth are approximately ¼" to ½" smaller than Petite
Petite/Average: the circumference and depth are approximately ¼" to ½" larger than Petite
Average/Large: the circumference and depth are approximately ½" larger than Average
Each full-cap wig comes with adjustment features (Velcro or soft buckle sizing tabs) inside the wig cap, that can expand or contract up to 1" in circumference, ensuring maximum comfort. For more information about fitting your wig, read our definitive post, How to Put on a Wig.
The way your wig fits your head is very important. A good, comfortable fit is necessary, especially when wearing a wig for an extended amount of time. If you are a first-time wig wearer, you may want to order two different sizes to try and keep the one that fits best. The Wig Company offers free returns on all eligible exclusive brands. Once you discover your favorite size (located on the size label inside most wig caps), be sure to write it down so you can reference it the next time you order a wig. Then watch the The Wig Company’s Quick and Easy Hairstyles videos and you’ll be heading out the door in style!
Hello Dot – In order to get the correct size you would need to measure the circumference of your head in inches. Once you do that please let us know your measurement and we will help you with selecting the correct size for you. Thanks!
I have no hair large head can I order a averge-large
Hello Evy – Here is a link to our petite size, mid-length, curly wigs: https://www.thewigcompany.com/collections/wigs?filter.v.option.size=PETITE&filter.p.m.netsuite.length=mid+length
I’m a senior with a petite head looking for partial gray and black or brown hair with medium length wavy or curly.i hope you can help me. I have alipeasha.
Hello Hannah – Here is a link to our average size wigs: https://www.thewigcompany.com/collections/wigs?filter.v.option.size=AVERAGE
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