What size wig do I need and how do I measure for it?
head size and the size of the wig cap BEFORE you buy.
Head size? Is that important? Many times, the person selling a wig to you
doesn't really bother about your head size and the size of the cap of the wigs.
Most people have an average head size and most wigs are an average size as well.
But, are you really "most" people or are you an individual who feels her or his
fit is important? Why take the risk of getting a poor match and a
Often on the
Internet you are told that the wig is for a person with an average. petite,
large head size. How do you measure? and what does that measurement mean?
you head using a cloth measuring tape (match it against a metal or plastic one
to make sure it has not been stretched) ,flatten your hair but don't pull too
hard as you might stretch the tape and get the wrong size. Measure the same way
as you see it being done in the photo to the left.
Nothing seem s standard in the
fashion industry and what this measurement means depends on what the
manufacturer decides it means. Now what that something is may vary with one
manufacturer calling it average while another calls the same measurement
average-large or even large.
Here is the stand of some
manufacturers. What is your
size? __________ inches.
BUT, Not all wig manufacturers
follow this sizing standard. Some, like Adolfo and Revlon, list
Petite as Up to 21 1/2, but do not have an ultra Petite. If you head size is
under 20 1/2 they don't have your size.
Average as 21 1/2 to 22 which is a very tight range
they have added an "average to larger" size from 22 - 22 1/2
large is 22 1/2 to 23.
If you head size is over 23" they do not have a wig in your size.
AFTER YOU HAVE MEASURED YOU
HEAD FOR A WIG AND HAVE DECIDED WHICH WIG MANUFACTURER YOU WANT TO USE,
CHECK THE WEBSITE TO DETERMINE WHAT YOUR MEASUREMENT CORRELATES TO WITH THE
PARTICULAR MANUFACTURER YOU WANT TO ODDER FROM .
Wig caps come in 4
basic sizes and custom. A good wig supplier will
tell you what sizes the wigs they carry come in and will ask you to measure your
head size for a correct fit. If your measurement is at the end of one size and
the beginning of another get some additional measurements
below. Most of our wigs
come in average size but there is some room to go slightly larger or
smaller on some of the wigs. Wigs that come in other sizes are identified
in the specifications.
Ultra Petite is 19 1/2" to 20 1/2"
(manufacturers vary*). The Ultra Petite wig suppliers are in our
in a wig is 20 1/2 to 21 1/2" again, depending on the manufacturer.
The Ultra Petite wig suppliers are in our
Children's wigs which
are usually petite are found on or Children's Wigs Suppliers Page
Regular size for a
Wig is 21 1/2 to 24 inches depending on the manufacturer. Unless Stated
otherwise most wigs come in regular size fitting a head ideally from 22 to 23
inches but can be adjusted to go as low as 21 1/2 and stretched slightly to
accommodate a head size of as much as 23 1/2 to 24"
size is usually between 23 to 25" depending on the manufacturer. Wig
suppliers of wigs with larger caps found on our
Larger Head Sizes page.
If your head size is
below 19 1/2" or above 25" you may need a custom wig or have one customized for
you. Find a Supplier on our
Custom Wigs Page
Custom Lengths or styles:
You need a Petite or
large wig cap but want a style that is normally available in regular size
Supplier on our Custom Wigs Page
Wigs can be
customized any way you like. If you need a smaller or larger cap size - If
you want different hair fibers in your wig than are normally available - If your
needs are for a different type of cap, whether skin top, hand tied,
monofilament, or some other combination or you want different hair fibers.
Whatever your specific needs and combinations that you want for your
wigs or hair pieces - Find a Supplier on our
Custom Wigs Page
Virgin European Hair in any style you want?
- Find a Supplier on our
Human Hair Page
manufacturers call different sizes petite, ultra-petite, regular and large. Be
sure that the cap size is correct for your head. Also be cautious petite can
mean two different things. Petite means short too.
2. I can
not correlate the meaning of the terms and sizes used in the wig specifications.
I now my size but what do the wig sizes like top 3", sides and back 9" and so
forth mean in relation to size proportions. Where is it all measured from?
Most all Website et their measurements and use
the same nomenclature as the manufacturers. If the manufacturer calls the top of
the wig "crown", then the website usually calls it the same thing and so on.
Crown and Top are generally the same thing.
Bang and Fringe usually refer to the bangs.
Sides and back mean side and back.
Nape is the edge of the hair at the base of the
scalp where the skull meets the neck.
To get an estimate of where a wig's "top" hair
will fall on you, get a cloth tape measure and holding it at the middle of the
top of your head, allow the tape to lay against your head, come down across the
middle of your ear and if the wig's hair is 10 inches, look at where 10 inches
on the tape measure lands on your head.
For the side, start at where your head starts to
slope down from the top.
For the back, measure from the top back of your
For the Bangs, measure from your natural hairline in front