Size Matters! Master Measuring Your Head for Your New Human Hair Wig
Finding a human hair wig that fits perfectly shouldn't feel like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. But without knowing the proper way to measure your head, you might end up with a wig that's uncomfortably tight or wobbly loose. Not a good look!
In this beginner's guide, you'll learn the cardinal rules of head measurement for human hair wigs. I'll walk you through must-have measuring tools, how to find that critical measurement spot, and provide step-by-steps for circumference, width, and length. You'll know exactly what all those wig cap numbers mean in no time!
Understanding the numbers is just the first step to amazing wig fit. You'll also learn common mistakes even experienced wig wearers make during measuring. Avoid these blunders, and size matters facts like hair thickness and density changes over time. With the measuring methodology in this post (pun intended!), you'll be wigging out over your custom fitted human hairpiece made just for your head!
So grab a tape measure and let's get sizing to find your wig soulmate! This comprehensive guide has all the measurements tricks you need.
Why accurately measuring your head is so important for wig fit
Getting accurate head measurements is crucial for achieving a comfortable, secure wig fit. Human hair wigs that don't properly fit your head size and shape can shift around, fall off easily, or feel too tight and cause headaches. Taking precise measurements and ordering a wig sized specifically for your head circumference, width, and length will ensure your human hair piece hugs your head perfectly.
The tools you'll need to measure your head for a human hair wig
You don't need any fancy tools to measure your head! All you'll need is a flexible measuring tape, a pencil, and a hand mirror. Avoid rigid tapes that can't bend and conform to the contours and curves of your head. The measuring tape should be at least 60 inches/150 cm long with clearly readable numbers. The hand mirror allows you to see the back of your head to place the tape accurately.
How to find the right spot on your head to take measurements
To find the right spot to start measuring, first tie your hair back to keep strands out of the way. Use a pencil to mark a dot at the center of your forehead, right above the nose. Then use the pencil to make another dot at the nape of your neck. Position the dot at the very base of the skull where it meets the curve of the neck. These dots mark the critical starting point for measurements.
Step-by-step instructions for measuring head circumference
With your two dots marked, wrap the tape snugly around the widest part of your head, about 1/2 inch above your ears and eyebrows. Make sure the measuring tape is level from dot to dot in the front and back. For accuracy, have a friend or wig consultant assist- more hands make lighter work for placement around hair swirls and bumps at the back of the head. Jot down the circumference number from the tape, rounding up to the next 1/4 inch.
Understanding the numbers: wig cap size charts explained
Human hair wig caps come in set sizes, with circumference typically ranging from 20 to 24 inches in 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments. Match your measured head circumference to the company's wig cap size chart to determine what cap size you need. For example, 22 1/4 inches falls under cap size Medium or size L, depending on the wig brand's sizing scale.
How to measure from front hairline to nape for wig customization
Start at one of the dots you made earlier. Place the end of the tape at the dot on your forehead hairline. Carefully bring the tape straight back over the curve of your crown to meet the dot at the base of your neck. This measurement from front hairline to nape allows you to customize wig length and lace size for a perfect individual fit.
Measuring ear to ear over the crown for perfect wig width
With one end of the tape placed next to your right ear canal opening, bring it carefully across your crown to measure to the opening of your left ear canal. This ear-to-ear measurement over the widest part of your head determines proper wig cap width so hair density and volume appear seamless from crown to sides.
Factors like hair thickness and density to consider
Your natural hair thickness and density should dictate wig cap selection for optimal realism and comfort. For thick or voluminous hair, pick wig caps with extended ear tabs, an extended nape, and extra breathability features. Those with fine or thin hair can size down density without excess bulk up top.
How to take follow-up measurements as your head shape changes
Weight changes, health conditions, or hormonal fluctuations can subtly impact head size and shape over time. To ensure consistent wig fit, review your original head measurements at least once per year or with any major health/body changes. Repeat the circumference, width, length, and front hairline dots measurements as needed.
Common measuring mistakes to avoid with human hair wigs
Wearing bulky hair accessories while measuring will skew wig cap size. Placing dots unevenly or tape incorrectly can throw numbers off. Letting hair bulk influence tape placement instead of scalp can inaccurately upsize. Not measuring snugly affects circumference precision. Relying solely on old measurements without follow up assessments means size info can become outdated.
Finding your perfect human hair wig match doesn't need to be a guessing game anymore. With the comprehensive measurement guide above outlining tools, techniques, size charts, and customization details, you have all the knowledge needed to size your head properly.
While the measuring process may seem intimidating at first, have patience with yourself and don't hesitate to enlist a friend to lend an extra hand. Accurate numbers are the difference between runway fab wig fit and frustrating hairpieces destined for the back of your closet.
Follow these cardinal measurement rules, avoid common mistakes, and refresh your size every so often for good measure (pun intended)! With your new skill set for sizing your dome, you’re ready to wig out in style and comfort made just for you. So take out that tape, dot those endpoints, and start perfecting your custom wig fit today!