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Measuring your head to get the right size wig

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1. What size wig do I need and how do I measure for it?

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?

 1. What size wig do I need and how do I measure for it?

Know your 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 disappointment?

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?

measrcir.jpg (3329 bytes)Measure 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. tape.JPG (12595 bytes)

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 Petite Page.

Petite in a wig is 20 1/2 to 21 1/2" again, depending on the manufacturer. The Ultra Petite wig suppliers  are in our Petite Page.

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" 

Larger head 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.

Custom Sizes: 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   Find a Supplier on our Custom Wigs Page

Custom Wigs:  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

Custom 100% Virgin European Hair in any style you want? -   Find a Supplier on our Human Hair Page

* Some 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.


Measuring for between sizes
1.
Around the head
2.
Front to back
3.
Ear to ear
Starting at your natural hairline in the front, follow your hairline to just above your ear. Go around the back to the bend in your neck and over your other ear, then around the front to where you started. Measure from your natural hairline in the front, back over the crown to the bend where your head meets the top of your neck. Begin to measure in front of one ear where your hairline ends, lay the tape measure up and over the crown of your head to the same part of your other ear.

CHOOSING THE CORRECT SIZE
IMPORTANT: Check the numbers on the chart that best match your 4 head size measurements. The average "around the head" size of every wig can be adjusted up to 1" larger or smaller to ensure a secure fit.

 
Size Chart
Wig Sizes 1.
Around the head
2.
Front to back
3.
Ear to ear
Ultra Petite 19 1/2 to 20 1/2 12-1/4 12 1/2
Petite (P) 20 1/2 to 21 1/2 13-1/4" 13"
Average (A) 21 12 to 23 1/2 14-1/4" 13-1/2"
Large (L) 23 to 25 15-3/4" 14"

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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 head downwards.

For the Bangs, measure from your natural hairline in front down.

Kimberly Belk www.belkwigs.com www.accenthair.com

 
 

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