What does a girl do when she feels like going blond but it’s hotter than heck outside?
She does the one thing that people say you CAN’T do in a wig: she puts her wig in a ponytail.
Yes, ladies. You absolutely can wear your hair up with a wig.
To make it a believable look, you just need to adhere to a few “rules”. Through experimentation, I’ve found that these tips will help ensure a flawless look:
Rule 1: The density of the wig ideally shouldn’t be too thick.
Rule 2: The cap should be well-fitting (not too bulky!).
Rule 3: You must own a Wigrip. You must. What’s a Wigrip? More on this gem below!
Rule 4: You still need to have some bio hair to pull out on the sides and back.
Let’s talk about each of these, yes?
Wearing a Wig in a Ponytail: Wig Density
While you can certainly wear varying densities in a ponytail as long as you have a hairband or some sort of closure big enough to hold it, I recommend using a lighter-weight density wig when wearing your hair up. Using this method, you WILL be using your bio hair as well as the wig hair…and those strands can add up.
Too much hair won’t look as real, mainly because it might look bulky when pulled back.
A Great-fitting Cap Works Best for Wig Ponytails!
It does take some trial and error to figure out what brands look and feel best for you. Once you find one that fits like a glove, you’ll know. There will be no excess bulk or poof or weight—it’ll just feel like it was made for you.
When the wig cap fits well, a ponytail or updo is much easier because you’ll be able to wear the hair more flush against your head.
The Wigrip is Your Best Friend
Like seriously, buy it.
The Wigrip is an amazing tool to help keep your wig in place—this is especially crucial when putting your wig up in a ponytail, since it will have more of a tendency to slide back.
The Wigrip is a velvety headband that is worn under the wig; the material it’s made of creates friction with the underside of your wig, causing your wig to stay in place. It’s definitely a must-have for me when I wear my wigs up, since the wig can quite easily slide back if you don’t take precautions. I have two of these! One Wigrip is beige and the other is brown.
All of my wigs have mono tops, which means you can create a realistic part with them. If you line up the wig’s part to your own part, you’ll see down to your scalp (at least mostly).
Because instead of my own scalp you can see the Wigrip underneath, I like to keep the Wigrip close to the wig color to help blend.
I know what you’re thinking: But if your scalp is light, wouldn’t it make sense to ALWAYS use the lightest color Wigrip avilable?
I don’t know why it doesn’t work that way, but I’ve found it best to use my brown Wigrip when wearing my brown wigs, and the lighter Wigrip when wearing blond. It just works and I don’t question it.
Seriously though, the Wigrip is one of the best investments ever.
Bio Hair and Wig Updos
When wearing my wig in a ponytail or a twist, I like to use my bio hair to help give the wig a very natural look.
Whatcha talkin’ about Willis?”
Let me see if I can explain.
You take your Wigrip and put it on OVER your bio hair.
Treat it like you would a stretchy headband, but instead of wearing it underneath you bio hair, you’ll fasten it on top of your bio hair.
Then, take a comb and use it to wiggle out the sides of your bio hair. You’ll look a mess, but stay with me here.
Put your wig on. At this point you’ll see your bio hair peeking out the sides, underneath your wig. You’ll also have your bio hair hanging out underneath your wig. The sides and underneath-section are going to basically cover up the edges of the wig for a seamless look.
Here’s the finished result. I think you’ll understand after looking at the pictures.
See how my bio hair is at the sides and underneath?
Usually, when I play with that wig, I wear it down. It was fun to be able to pull this one back into a ponytail!
The Code Mono wig has realistic rooting, and because of this I almost think I can get away with my dark undersides!
Here’s a pic from behind:
One from the front, striking a pose:
And a random one of me playing with my dog (hey, it shows the ponytail off well!):
Do you see how seamless it looks when you use your bio hair to wear a wig in a ponytail? I LOVE this look, and it’s so necessary here with our hot Texas summers.
The one thing that I was struggling with while taking these pictures is that it was so windy out. The wind kept messing with my bangs and I wasn’t able to wear them in as deep of a side part as I typically like. You can see how I like to wear them in my original post about this blond Ellen Wille wig.
(For anyone wondering, I like to wear my bangs this way because it hides more of the lace front.)
So, don’t let anyone tell you there are a ton of limitations when it comes to wig-wearing. Trust me, there is a workaround for just about everything!
And note, if your hair is too short, Milano Wigs makes a “pony wig” that looks more natural when pulled away from the nape.
What do you think? Can I pull off the dark underside with a rooted blond wig? Let me know in the comments below.