How to Protect Edges Under Wig

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: June 23, 2022

We’ve all probably heard of some scary stories of things that have happened to people while wearing wigs – the main one being losing their edges. This article will show you the proper way to care for your edges while wearing a wig so that you don’t have anything to worry about!

What are edges?

Edges are the short hairs that surround the perimeter of your head. Edges are the softest and most delicate hairs on your scalp. Due to constant manipulation of the hair, many people have experienced hair loss around their edges. 

Sometimes, wearing a wig can cause pulling and tugging on the hairline which can lead to breakage or permanent hair loss.  It is important to be as gentle as possible in this area so that your edges stay healthy and strong. 

How to Protect Edges Under Wig

There are several products and methods you can use to keep your edges intact. 

1. Wig Grip

A wig grip is similar to a headband which is worn under your wig to prevent it from slipping backward. A wig grip can protect your edges by limiting the amount of friction a wig can cause when it slides back and forth as a result of not being secure. A wig grip is especially helpful if your wig has stiff lace and you don’t want it rubbing against your hairline. Wig grips also hold your edges back so they are not loose and prone to getting caught in the wig. 

2. Wig Cap

Wig caps are used to flatten the hair so that it looks more natural, but they also cover and protect your edges. Wearing a wig cap will help keep your wig from sliding on your edges. A wig cap also protects your edges from products like glue and hairspray, which can pull out the hair as they are being removed. Some people use glue to apply their wig cap, but this is not a method that protects your edges because the glue usually touches the hairline. 

3. Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Aloe Vera

Jamaican black castor oil is a very good oil for hair growth. Applying it on your edges will help them to grow out and become fuller. This oil also moisturizes the scalp. A healthy scalp is essential for hair growth. Aloe vera also helps to keep edges strong and promotes hair growth. It also calms an itchy scalp. Taking care of your edges when the wig is not on will help strengthen them so that they are not weak and prone to breakage. 

4. Glueless Wig 

Using glue when wearing a wig can have a big impact on your hairline if it is not removed correctly.  When people do not fully cover their edges with a wig cap, or comb them back in place, it can cause hair removal if the glue is applied to them. The wig will start to slide as it is worn, and the edges on the lace will constantly be manipulated, which can cause the natural hair to be pulled out even while the wig is worn. 

A glueless wig is a good option for those who don’t want to take the risk with glue. Glueless wigs are usually made with elastic bands in the back that make the wig tighter and help it to lay flatter in the front. These wigs look natural without glue, and help take away that step to keep your edges safe.

Also read: How to Wear a Lace Front Wig Without Glue or Tape

5. Right Sized Wig

When wigs are too small they are too tight around the head. Small wigs pull on your natural hair, especially the edges around the hairline. Hair loss due to frequently pulling too tightly on the hair can lead to traction alopecia. This is a condition that causes hair loss on the scalp. 

Constantly pulling on the hair ultimately damages the root which can lead to permanent hair loss. It is a process that takes years, so usually, people are unaware of how constant tugging affects the hair until it is too late. 

You want to make sure you measure your head to purchase the right size wig. The wig should not be very hard to put on or keep on. Purchasing the right size wig can prevent excessive pulling to the scalp and minimize the chances of damage. 

How can you regrow edges?

Your edges need to be protected, especially at night when your head is rubbing against a pillow.  One way to protect your edges while you’re sleeping is to wear a silk or satin bonnet. Silk and satin is very soft and slippery, so it won’t do damage when rubbing against your hair. Diet also plays an important factor when trying to grow your hair. Eating more vegetables and drinking more water gives you the nutrients you need to promote a healthy scalp and healthy hair. 

How do you make a wig hairline look natural?

Firstly you will want to bleach the knots because if not, those knots will be visible when you install your frontal, which is not what a natural scalp looks like. You can also tint the lace to match your own skin tone, so that lace isn’t visible against your forehead. You could also style the baby hairs to cover the lace, so that it is harder to see where the lace cuts off. 

How do beginners wear wigs?

Beginners usually go for a lace closure wig. Lace closure wigs are less time-consuming to style than frontals.  Many people gravitate towards the convenience of taking less time to make it look natural. Also, headband wigs have become increasingly popular and they are very beginner-friendly because they don’t require any customization in the front. Headband wigs are also the easiest wigs to put on. Any glueless wig is going to be easier for a beginner. 

The Final Word

Your edges don’t have to be sacrificed in order to make a wig look great. Caring for your natural hair is most important, and makes for a better experience overall!


I have always had a love for writing and have been blogging for about 3 years now. I have a passion for teaching what I have learned over the years, especially about hair. I have had almost every hairstyle - typical of a cosmetologist’s daughter- including the big chop in 2015. With all the knowledge I have gained, I feel it is my duty to help others on their healthy hair journey. I believe education can be fun, and I strive to make it fun to learn about beautiful black hair.

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