Choosing the perfect wig is an art. It's not just about selecting a style or color that complements your face; it's also about ensuring the wig fits snugly and looks as natural as possible. One of the most common challenges wig enthusiasts face is selecting the right size and length. A wig that's too tight can be uncomfortable, while one that's too loose might not stay in place. Similarly, the wrong length can alter your desired look. Luvme Hair understands these challenges, and that's why we've crafted this comprehensive guide to help you measure for a wig accurately.

Why Proper Measurement is Crucial

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Selecting a wig is more than just a fashion choice; it's a personal statement. The way your wig fits and feels can significantly influence your confidence and overall experience. Here's a deeper dive into why getting those measurements spot-on is so vital:

  • Enhanced Comfort: A wig that fits like a glove ensures that there's no undue pressure on any part of your scalp. It sits comfortably, allowing you to wear it for extended periods without feeling the need to adjust it constantly or take it off due to discomfort.
  • Natural Appearance: A wig that's too big might slide or sit too far on the forehead, while one that's too small might not cover the entire hairline. The right size ensures that the wig aligns perfectly with your natural hairline, making it almost indistinguishable from your real hair. This seamless blend ensures that the wig doesn't appear "wiggy" but rather complements your natural features. 
  • Safety and Security: A well-fitted wig stays put. Whether you're dancing the night away, caught in a gust of wind, or simply going about your day-to-day activities, you won't have to worry about your wig shifting, sliding, or worse, coming off. This security gives you the freedom to move with confidence. 
  • Longevity of the Wig: Wigs that are too tight can strain the fibers, leading to premature wear and tear. On the other hand, a loose wig might get caught and pulled more often. Proper fit ensures that the wig undergoes minimal stress, thereby extending its lifespan. 
  • Optimal Styling: When a wig fits right, it's easier to style. You won't have to use excessive pins or products to get it to look a certain way. This not only makes the styling process more enjoyable but also ensures that the end result looks polished and professional. 
  • Skin and Hair Health: An ill-fitting wig can cause friction against the scalp, leading to irritation. Over time, this can even affect the health of the underlying hair and skin. A well-measured wig minimizes these risks, ensuring that your natural hair and scalp remain healthy. 
  • Economic Benefits: Continuously adjusting, repairing, or even replacing ill-fitting wigs can be costly. Investing time in proper measurement ensures that you select the right wig from the start, saving you money in the long run.

Measuring Your Head for the Perfect Wig Fit

Materials You'll Need:

  • Soft measuring tape
  • Mirror
  • Pen and paper (for noting down measurements)


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  • Circumference: Starting at the front of your hairline, wrap the measuring tape behind your ear, to the nape of your neck, behind your other ear, and back to the starting point. This measurement gives the circumference of your head.
  • Front to Nape: Measure from your hairline at the center of your forehead straight back over the crown to the curve of the nape.
  • Ear to Ear (Across Forehead): At the front of your ear, measure from your hairline at the base of your sideburn, up across the hairline, and to the same point in front of the other ear.
  • Ear to Ear (Over Top): Measure from the hairline directly above the ear, across the top of your head to the hairline directly above the other ear.
  • Temple to Temple: Starting at your temple, measure around the back of your head to reach the other temple.

Determining the Right Wig Length

The way to measure a wig

Choosing the right wig length is crucial to achieving a look that's both flattering and functional. Different wig styles and textures can influence how the length appears once worn. Here's a guide to help you measure various wig styles accurately:

Lay the wig flat on a table or hang it on a wig stand.

Use a measuring tape to measure from the crown (or the top) of the wig down to its tip. This gives you the length of the wig from its highest point to its lowest.

Remember, straight wigs will always appear longer because there are no curls or waves to take up any of the lengths.

Stretch the curl or wave out as straight as possible.

Measure from the crown to the tip, just as you would with a straight wig.

It's essential to stretch out the curl or wave because it can significantly shorten the perceived length of the wig. For instance, a 16-inch curly wig might appear to be only 12 inches when worn due to the tightness of the curls.

  • Layered Wigs:

For wigs with layers, measure from the crown to the tip of the longest layer.

If you want to know the length of the shorter layers, start your measurement at the crown and stop at the end of the desired layer.

  • Bob Wigs:

Bob wigs can be a bit tricky because they often have a distinct angle or shape.

Measure from the crown to the longest point, usually found at the front. Then, for a comprehensive understanding, measure the back separately, starting at the crown and ending at the nape.

These wigs have a unique design that leaves a portion of your natural hair exposed.

Measure them as you would a straight wig, but ensure you're only measuring the wig's length and not any of the natural hair that might be exposed.

  • Ponytail and Updo Wigs:

These styles can be challenging to measure due to their design.

For ponytails, measure from the base of the ponytail (where it would sit on the crown) to the tip.

For updos, try to gauge the length the wig would be if it were straightened out. This might require a bit of estimation, but it will give you a general idea.

Tips for Accurate Measurements

  • Use a mirror: This ensures you're placing the tape correctly, especially when measuring the back of your head.
  • Don't pull the tape too tight: It should sit snugly on your head, but not stretched to the point it's tight.
  • Round up: If your measurements fall between sizes, it's always better to round up.

Luvme Hair's Commitment to Your Perfect Fit

At Luvme Hair, we believe that everyone deserves a wig that fits like a dream. Our extensive range of sizes and styles ensures that you'll find the perfect fit, but knowing your measurements will refine your choices and guarantee satisfaction. And for those who prefer a no-glue option, our glueless lace wigs are a testament to our dedication to providing versatile, high-quality options for every wig enthusiast.


Measuring for a wig doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right tools and techniques, you can ensure that your chosen wig will not only look stunning but also feel comfortable and secure. Luvme Hair is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring that every time you don a wig, you step out with confidence and style. Dive into our collection, armed with your measurements, and discover the world of perfect-fitting, beautiful wigs.

September 19, 2023 — Luvme Contributor