12 Tips To Make Synthetic Wigs Look Real

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How To Make Synthetic Wigs Look Real

Synthetic wigs are an excellent way to get a full head and lengthy hair.

However, many people may worry about their wig looking realistic. Besides, wearing a wig comfortably would need more practice. 

In this article, you will learn some tips to make synthetic wigs look real.

Here you go!

Tip 1: Wig Type

You need to look for a lace front wig. It can mimic a natural hairline and make the frontal hair look like they are growing from your head. 

Also, select a wig with a monofilament top as they too give an illusion of natural hair for the wig’s part.

The cap provides a natural scalp look, thus allowing free movement of the wig hair. This way, part the synthetic hair anywhere you want.

lace front wigs

Tip 2: Measure Your Head

Having the correct size wig for your head will give you a natural look and make you more comfortable.

To know your wig size:

Step 1: Take a measuring tape, clear your hair from your forehead, then start at the center of your hairline. 

Step 2: Wrap the tape on the sides behind your ears to the nape of your neck. 

Step 3: Do so around the head till the tape meets the other end. This will be the circumference of your head. 

Step 4: Measure 2-3 times to ensure the measurements are consistent each time. 

Most people are Average (A), with measurements between 21.5-22.5 inches. Anything below 21.5 inches counts as Petite (P), and over 22.5 inches are Large (L).

Tip 3: Brush Your Hair

You need to brush synthetic wigs before wearing them to eliminate tangles and knots. 

Brush the wig gently, beginning from bottom to top.

You need to use a synthetic wig brush when detangling. Avoid a regular hairbrush as it will stretch and rip off the fibers, thus ruining the wig.

Brush Your Hair

Tip 4: Hairline

Consider cutting the lace so that it blends with your natural hairline. Line up the wig properly with the hairline; otherwise, it will look like a helmet.

To line up the wig well, begin by placing the wig on your forehead, above the eyebrows. Then slide the wig over the head to the nape of your neck.

Finally, adjust the wig forward towards your natural hairline, then secure the straps.

Before wearing the wig, pick out a few strands on the frontal part to avoid a blocky look.

Tip 5: Haircut

A synthetic wig is sometimes used for cosplay and is usually too long to look like natural hair. You might want to give such wigs a nice cut using a razor or scissors. This way, you will get rid of the jagged edges and layers.

But, it is best to take the wig to a professional stylist for trimming to avoid damaging it. Also, consider thinning out a thick wig, since such thickness will make it look fake.

Tip 6: The Part

Use tweezers to pluck out hair strands to make the part look more natural. You can also use a small pair of scissors to trim some strands along the part to look like new growth.

Start by placing the wig on a wig head, then stabilize it using pins. Tweeze the center to widen the space and make it clean. Ensure you do not over tweeze the part as it will look bald.

Note: Do not pull the hair because the lace can easily rip off.

part your hair

Tip 7: Rooted Wig

Rooted wigs usually have a darker color at the root that complements your bio hair. Generally, bio hair is unlikely to have only one color unless it is naturally very dark. Thus, a wig with one flat color would look fake. [1]

If you can’t find a rooted wig, create roots using matte eyeshadows, brow powders, root sprays, or dry shampoos. 

Or, you can ask your stylist to highlight your wig or give it lowlights with two shades lighter than the wig’s base color.

Tip 8: Apply Powder

Use a little powder or concealer to blend the hair. Use a small angled brush to apply concealer along the entire length of the wig parting. Then set the part with powder and blend.

The color gradient should match your skin tone or be slightly lighter to make it look like a natural scalp. Do the same for the entire hairline to cover the boundary where the lace and knots meet the skin.

The powder can also get rid of the plastic-y shine that is present on most synthetic wigs.

Otherwise, if a wig is too shiny, it will appear fake. Be careful not to apply too much powder, as the wig will look dull.

Tip 9: Baby Hair

A natural hairline has many tiny strands not present on a synthetic wig. You need to create these wisps on a wig to make it look natural.

To get baby hairs on a wig, separate a small section on the front of the wig. Straighten it lightly with a flatiron, then trim. It is best to cut the hair one or two inches away from your face when the wig is on.

If you have long baby hairs, lay them down together with those of the wig to achieve a perfect illusion.

Tip 10: Flat Iron

Place the wig on a wig head and use a flat iron to lay it flat, as synthetic wigs are prone to bumps. Smoothening can eliminate kink curls, especially when taken out of the box.

Only use hot tools on a heat-friendly synthetic wig to avoid burning the plastic fibers. Make sure you limit the heat to under 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip 11: Wig Cap

Wear a wig cap for the wig to fit well and look realistic on your head. It ensures that the wig does not form bumps at the top of your head.

Before putting on a wig cap, section the hair according to the parting on your wig. Then French plait it into a tight and flat braid.

Next, wear your wig cap and tuck the braids carefully. Now put on the wig and secure it with the straps. You can also apply bobby pins to hold the wig to the cap.

Wig Cap

Tip 12: Replace Your Wig

Wigs do lose their quality over time. A synthetic wig, for instance, can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. When this period is over, you should consider replacing it.

You need to get a high-quality wig for a more realistic look. The best in plastic fiber synthetic hair are Toyokalon, Modacrylic, and Kanekalon.


This article guides you through a plan of action to make your synthetic wigs look real. Ensure you follow these tips closely to get the best results. Likewise, you can consider getting quality wigs to boost your confidence.

Author: Charity Nasike


Charity Nasike is a passionate wig wearer and basically has diverse knowledge related to wigs' care and maintenance. When she's not writing, she's either in the kitchen trying out new recipes or on social media advising fellow ladies tricks to apply on their wigs.

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2 thoughts on “12 Tips To Make Synthetic Wigs Look Real”

  1. Hello,

    I used to be a big wig proponent myself so I can recognize myself in this article! I really enjoyed your advice and I wish I knew some of them earlier…I didn’t really care much about baby hair on my wig, but I never forgot the hair cap. I’ve always figured out that it protected your hair. Also, a synthetic wig is awesome when you can’t afford a natural wig for the time being.

  2. Wigs have become an important fashion detail for women. When choosing a wig, one should take into account the demands of maintenance as well as individual circumstances in everyday life. The longer the wigs are, the more time is required for maintenance, and the material the wig is made of is also very important.

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