Can You Cut Your Wig?

Have you ever bought a wig, but when it arrives and you put it on, it doesn’t quite give you the image you pictured in your mind? Or maybe you just want a fresh new look on an old wig? Whatever your reasons may be, cutting the wig will probably be the first thought that comes to your mind. 

When it comes to cutting wigs, the real question becomes how exactly can I cut a wig? If you have ever thought about cutting your wigs, then you’re not alone there, most women ask themselves this same question while some even go-ahead to try and cut the wig, but end up damaging the wig. 

Hence, if you ever need to cut your wig, whether it’s for a new look or the wig isn’t just what you ordered, you’ll need to know exactly how to cut a wig successfully. Luckily for you, today’s article is centred on how to cut your wig. After going through this article, you’ll no longer have to worry when it comes to cutting your wig. Read on!

How to cut your wig 

Cutting off a wig is much easier said than done. If not done properly you may end up damaging the wig. Hence, we recommend that you know more about cutting wigs before you begin. 

There are 3 basic methods of cutting wigs which include; trimming the length, cutting wigs on bangs, and adding layers to the wig. It is important to note that once your wig is cut, there is no going back. A wig will not grow back after being cut. So make sure you’re ready before cutting your cut. 

1. How to Trim the length of your hair

  • Step 1: Pin your wig on a wig stand. Make use of several T-pins along the lace line, and place a few more near each ear to help secure the wig on the stand. If the wig is full-lace, then place the pins near the hairline. If it’s a lace-front wig, place the pins within the lace line. Ensure that the wig stand is straight and not at an angle to avoid any accidental asymmetrical haircut.
  • Step 2: Comb or brush the wig gently to remove any tangles. Ensure that no tangles or sections of the hair that are twisted or not falling where they should. Now is the time to think about the length you want your wig to be.
  • Step 3: Start trimming from the back of the wig and work in small sections. Move your fingers down the wig until you reach where you want the wig to be. Do not hold the wig in a bunch, instead hold the wig so it’ll be flat between your middle and index fingers.
  • Step 4: Cut the wig at a 45° angle, and take care to not cut your fingers while doing it. Make use of good hair-cutting scissors to cut the wig, trimming it across the entire length of your fingers. Make small even snips to avoid any form of accident. Cutting the wig at a 45° angle helps make the hair look more natural than a straight blunt cut.
  • Step 5: Ensure that the entirety of the wig is trimmed and all the ends are of the same length. When you want to move to a new section of the wig, use some of the hair from an already cut area to help guide the trimming. And remember, you can always make your wig shorter, not longer, so trim with care.
  • Step 6: Check thoroughly and snip off any loose long hair you may have missed during the trimming process. Check the ends of the wig for any long scraggly hair you may have missed and snip them off to clean the wig. Also, check the length of the wig and ensure that all sides are even.

2. How to add layers to your wig

  • Step 1: Place your wig on a wig stand. Use several T-pins in the lace line and in front of the ears to secure the wig on the stand.
  • Step 2: Ensure that the front section of the hair in front of the ears is clipped to hold them back. Clip the front section of the wig in front of the ear to ensure it doesn’t accidentally get cut while layering the back section.
  • Step 3: Choose where you want the layers to fall. Separate the top and bottom layers of the wig. Leave the bottom layer of the wig. Now decide how long or short you want the layers to be. 
  • Step 4: Now pin the top section of the wig, so you can work on the middle section. Make use of hair clips to gather the top section of the wig, so you’ll be left with the bottom and middle sections hanging down.
  • Step 5: Hold small sections of the hair between your middle and index fingers. Now place your middle and index fingers at the length you want the first layer of the wig hair to be. Then cut upwards at an angle of 45° towards your fingers.
  • Step 6: Repeat the layering process on the top layer of the wig hair.
  • Step 7: Remove the hair clips from the wig and brush the wig hair thoroughly. Start thinking about how you want the layers to frame your face.
  • Step 8: Cut the hair that frames the face first to create an outline. You can start framing from the ear section, that way the shortest sections are still long enough to be styled.
  • Step 9: Now layer the top and middle section of the wig hair. Remember to cut the front layer of the wig hair at a downward angle.

3. How to cut bangs on your wig 

  • Step1: Put on your wig hair and place a Bobby pin in the hair at the preferred length. Your wig stand may not have the same shape as your head, hence, try the wig on first.
  • Step 2: Now place your wig on a wig stand and pin it in place. Make use of T-pins to secure the wig in front of the ears, and the lace line. For extra security, you can place a pin through the crown of the wig.
  • Step3: Gently brush the section of the wig you want to use to create your bangs. Make sure you detangle the wig hair thoroughly before you start cutting.
  • Step4: Observe the location of the bobby pin, then position the wig hair between your middle and index fingers at that length. Using good scissors, cut upwards at a 45° angle towards your fingers to create the edge of your bangs.
  • Step 5: Make use of the already cut section as a guide to make cuts in other sections. Do not rush the process, so you don’t make uneven cuts.
  • Step 6: After cutting your bangs, comb the bangs gently to see if they are even across. You can try the wig on to see if there’s a need for any adjustments.
  • Step 7: Use good scissors to trim any long hairs you may have missed during the initial cuts. Remember to do it carefully.

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