Everything You Need to Know About Petite Wig Caps
In 1915 a hair stylist named Carita began making wigs for a fashion show of Givenchy's models. He used wigs to show various hairstyles during a show. The use of synthetic materials in these wigs made them more affordable and they rose in popularity.
In recent years, many celebrities are embracing the use of wigs as a fashion accessory to change up their looks. Sometimes, they'll even wear different wigs during the same day. Katy Perry used one wig for the 2015 Met Gala and another for the after-party a few hours later.
If you have noticed that wigs feel too loose on your head, chances are you need a petite wig. Read on for everything you need to know.
Why Wear a Wig Cap?
Wig caps protect your natural hair or scalp. They create a barrier between your head and the wig.
The best wig caps can reduce the itchiness you may feel when wearing a wig.
If you get hot or sweat while wearing a wig, you can buy a mesh, breathable wig cap to improve circulation and prevent overheating.
Types of Wig Caps
There are several different types of wig caps for different uses. All of them come in petite wig sizes. See which of these would work best for you.
This is a standard cap made of nylon or cotton fabric. It flattens natural hair so that the wig sits right on the head.
This basic cap is not sturdy enough for making wigs.
Domes caps are often used for quick weaves. They are also worn under wigs.
The main difference between a dome and a wig cap is the material. The dome cap consists of a stretchy spandex and has a thick band that keeps the wig in place.
If you have thick hair, a dome cap can keep your hair flat and secure under your wig. Dome caps can also be used to make wigs.
Like the name implies, you can sew hair extensions onto this type of cap. It is also perfect for making wigs.
This mesh wig cap helps extensions dry after washing them. The base of the cap has a strap you can adjust to fit your head.
U-Part Wig Cap
U-part wig caps have a U-shaped hole at the top for natural hair to show. This makes the wig look more natural. It is great if you want to wear a high ponytail and your wig at the same time.
They usually come in stretchy spandex with adjustable straps. Extensions can be sewn or glued to this wig cap.
Japanese Swim Cap
A Japanese swim cap is a lightweight mesh wig cap. The mesh makes hair drying quick. You can use this type of cap for making your own wigs.
These wig caps don't have adjustable straps. You would need to buy combs and sew them to the cap to get the right size for your head.
How to Care for and Clean Your Wig Cap
It is important that you keep your wig cap clean. Because it comes in contact with your head, oils and dirt can build upon it and cause stains and a bad smell.
You want your wig cap to last as long as possible. How long your wig cap lasts depends on the type of cap you have. With proper care and cleaning your wig cap may last several washes before they become warped.
Hand wash your wig in lukewarm water with a gentle shampoo.
Allow to air dry on your head mannequin. This will ensure that your wig cap retains the proper shape.
If you don't have a mannequin, use an upside down bowl that is about the size of your head. Gently pull the cap over the bowl and let air dry.
Never wring out the cap or put it in the washing machine.
Nylon wig caps are inexpensive and will not last as long as some of the other wig caps.
Finding the Right Size Wig Cap
Most wigs come in an "average" size and have adjustable straps. But these adjustable straps only adjust the size by half an inch. If most wigs wiggle and threaten to fall off your head, you probably need a petite wig.
To find the right size for you, measure your head with a sewing measuring tape.
Measure slightly above your ears all the way around your head. Do this while in front of a mirror so you can make sure your measuring tape is accurate. Write down your measurement.
Next, compare your size to the standard wig measurements.
Children: 48cm to 51cm (18.5 to 20 inches)
Petite : 51cm to 54cm (20 to 21.25 inches)
Average: 54cm to 57cm (21.25 to 22.5 inches)
Large: 57cm to 60cm (22 to 24 inches)
How to Put on Your Petite Wig Cap
Now that you've found the right size for your head, learn how to properly put a wig cap on if you have natural hair.
First, brush your hair and secure it into a braid or ponytail. If your hair is too short, use bobby pins to slick your hair back.
Grab the wig cap by the sides and slip it over your head. Line it up where your hairline is.
Use the end of a rat tail comb to push any stray hairs under the cap. You should not see any of your natural hair sticking out from the cap.
If you don't have any natural hair, put on the wig where the hairline would be.
How to Put on Your Wig
Once your wig cap is in place, you can put on your wig. Hold the wig by the back and shake it to loosen the strands.
Next, loosen the straps or hooks at the back. Hold the wig by both sides and slip it onto your head. Adjust the wig to completely cover the wig cap at the hairline.
Pull the velcro straps or use the hooks to resize the wig to fit your head perfectly.
Final Thoughts on Petite Wigs
We hope you found this article helpful in determining if a petite wig is a right size for you. Remember, that good quality wigs should not be uncomfortable or too heavy.
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