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Wigs are awesome, but they can be hard to wear with long hair.  This tutorial will show you how to tuck and hide all that long hair so you can wear a wig with long hair!

*As shown by my picture, wigs make you happy!
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Step 1: Braid

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First, here is what I used.

  • Wig - The wig I used was a short black one I bought from ebay for my Halloween costume.  Stay tuned to see it!
  • Wig Cap - these are pretty cheap.
  • Bobby Pins - Roller pins work really nice
We are going to start by doing separating your hair right down the middle and doing two french braids.

Here is a tutorial on how to do a French Braid.

Step 2: Swirl and Tuck Braids

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Now we are going to swirl and tuck those braids into a Heidi Braid hairstyle.

I take the first braid and bring it under the opposite braid and up and around the front of my head.  Originally I secured the braid at my crown, but this time I secured it a couple inches from the crown of my head.  When it was at the front of my head it seemed to catch and hold the wig on better, but I feel it was more noticeable.  You can put the braids wherever you want.

I secured the braid with bobby pins around the front.  I left it looser at the back, but you can bobby pin that if you want too.

After securing the first braid, I took the next braid and crossed that under the opposite braid and brought it around the front of the previous braid.  I, again, secured it with bobby pins.

Step 3: Hair Cap

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If you don't have a hair cap, that's fine.  I used a hair cap to help hold the braids in place, to keep the bobby pins from sticking into the wig, and to help hold in those stray hairs.

Try to tuck as much hair under the cap as you can.
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RollerScrapper11 months ago
You have gorgeous long hair! I used to have really long hair but had to chop it off after I had my son because so much fell out! Great tutorial! Whenever I did wigs with long hair I always had a huge bun bump!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  RollerScrapper11 months ago
Thanks! I need more wigs. We all need more wigs!
aqua 1211 months ago
This is great because I am an old granny for Halloween and I needed to know how to put my hair up so it wouldn't stick through my wig. thanks!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  aqua 1211 months ago
Glad this helped :)
vincent75206 months ago

You should try a short hair wig, just to find out how you look with short hair : some women can be awesome with short hair. Can you believe it : turning yourself from very beautiful to awesome woman ?

BTW no "overheating" under that wig ???…

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  vincent75206 months ago

Oh, I plan on trying a short wig! I have been eyeing one for this years halloween costume. And I don't think it got hot, but I was wearing it in the fall, might get hotter under the sun in the summer.

Where could u buy the cap
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  madisonmcburney7 months ago

I bought a 2 pack on ebay, but you can also find them on amazon. I have trouble putting links in comments, but I linked to some in the Instructable that you can find on Amazon.

bobsley1238 months ago
Hi, this is a great insructable but you should add more words.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  bobsley1238 months ago

Should I have elaborated somewhere?

metrofishes11 months ago
So you think you can dance?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  metrofishes8 months ago


pcmofo11 months ago
Great job on the photography!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  pcmofo8 months ago

Thanks! I had a remote and I had to keep trying to hide it from getting in the picture.

samalert11 months ago
Step 3 first image 0_0 Surreal !
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  samalert8 months ago

It is pretty cool :)

shazni11 months ago
May I just say you look great in all three looks! your natural...your braid (love that!) and the wig.(so different!)
Awesome! Can you make an Instructable on how to keep long hair happy and healthy? Yours looks amazing! Sadly, that's not always the case with such long hair.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  anoukkantelberg11 months ago
I honestly don't know! I dye my hair once in a while so I would actually say it is not healthy. Other than that Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner all the way! Also, I do not blow dry my hair ever and rarely straighten it.
Lucky you then! My hair is not nearly that long and I have to use leave-in conditioners and hairserums to keep is healthy!
there is an instructable on home remady contest...check it out :-)
Myrdydd11 months ago
I've also had good results with wigs by quartering my head and making 4 loose braids, not 2, and then looping them around my head like you do. BTW - I have waist-long hair - so this really does work!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Myrdydd11 months ago
I debated doing more braids but was unfamiliar with doing more than 2 french braids at a time. I'll have to try with 4. Do you do regular braids or french braids?
I've actually done it both ways, but I have fairly fine hair. ;)
cattibalistic11 months ago
A tip:
Make the braids loose so they can squish under the wig cap.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  cattibalistic11 months ago
Good tip :)
realife1111 months ago
Great, excellent job. I always wondered how they get a huge amount of hair under those caps. Don't all the clips and cap cause you to get a headache after awhile though?
Is there a way to avoid that?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  realife1111 months ago
I actually don't use many clips. For me, the clips were fine, the only thing that bothered me was, my wig had straps in the back I could connect to tighten it. I could only have those straps connected some of the time because they would put too much pressure on my head. As long as you don't jab yourself in the scalp or have a pin in just the right spot where it pulls the hair too much, you should be fine :)
egreen711 months ago
OMG! Thank you! I have incredibly long hair that's too thick to dye and I have seen some awesome wigs that i'd love to wear! You have given this girl a new lease of life! Thank you!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  egreen711 months ago
:D Yay!
mdeblasi111 months ago
I have to say, the braid crown isn't a bad look either.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mdeblasi111 months ago
I agree! I am going to need to do that more often.
dangerine11 months ago
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  dangerine11 months ago
You're Welcome!
mtarek211 months ago
That is awesome
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mtarek211 months ago
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Very cool!
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