Sep 15 2021

Water wave wigs are also one of the most time-efficient protect

If you haven't yet experimented with a water wave wig, it's past time to get on board.  To be honest, there isn't a better or more convenient way to experiment with different hair colors, cuts, or styles.  Just ask Cardi B.  or Kylie Jenner, two women who have collections that could probably fill a walk-in closet (yes, I'm a little envious).  In addition to having the ability to change up your look from day to day, water wave wigs are also one of the most time-efficient protective hairstyles available.  Knowing how to put on a water wave wig is probably one of the most frequently asked questions by water wave wig wearers, whether they're new to the trend or just want to avoid having their current unit snatched. . . literally.

The upside is that water wave wigs have come a long way from the cringe-inducing church lady versions that you might still see around Halloween or on Grandma's head at the family reunion.  Today's options appear more realistic than they have in the past—even the more affordable ones.  However, if you want to take your game to the next level, a few minor tweaks will make a significant difference.  Continue reading for a step-by-step application guide that will have you looking and feeling like you belong on the red carpet.

Begin by prepping and flattening your hair with a water wave wig cap.
In order to protect your natural hair from potential damage while wearing a water wave wig (for example, breakage from friction), water wave wig caps are required.  Your hair should be as flat as possible in order for the water wave wig to sit naturally on top of your head and not create a hump.  I prefer to wear my hair in flat twists (similar to cornrows, but twists instead of braids) because they are simple to put in and take out.  You can, however, braid your hair or slick it back with gel or mousse (the latter if you have short hair), among other options.  The better the foundation underneath your water wave wig, the better it will look when it is worn.  It is also entirely up to you whether or not to wear a water wave wig cap.  If I want to make the parting of the water wave wig look more natural, I prefer a nude cap or one that is close in color to my skin tone.  I recommend picking up a few different colors to see which one you prefer.

Apply a powder to the water wave wig cap that matches your skin tone.
When you're wearing a water wave wig with a lace front parting, this is another important step in making your part appear more natural.  If you choose a water wave wig cap that is not the same color as your skin tone, this step will assist you in making the part look more like your scalp.  The Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Powder in the shade Tan is my go-to powder.  This powder is one of my favorites because it applies evenly and doesn't oxidize.

Start at the front of your head and work your way back.
I find that this is the most straightforward method of putting on a water wave wig, particularly if your hair is braided, twisted, or molded.  This will ensure that you are moving the water wave wig in the direction of the foundation that you have created without interfering with it.

Decide on the type of part you want and adjust the water wave wig to match.
Mayvenn Hair's Playful Peyton Center Part Lob water wave wig has a pre-made center part that I can't change, so I have to shift the water wave wig to the side to make it look like a side part.  If you have a water wave wig with a closure, you may be able to skip this step and simply re-part your hair instead because the wig has enough space.

Water wave wigs (lace front or lace closure water wave wigs) should be secured.
This step may look different depending on the type of water wave wig that you have.  It may be necessary to use a heavy-duty hairspray, such as Got 2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray, to lay down your water wave wig with a lace closure or lace frontal.  Water wave wig glue can also be used to achieve the desired effect.  However, I prefer the Got 2B spray because it is easier to work with, much more forgiving, and removes easily without causing damage to the hairline.  Because my Mayvenn water wave wig does not have a full lace closure, I am choosing not to use spray or glue on it.  Instead, I'm tucking the water wave wig combs that came with it into my braids to keep it secure.

Lay the baby hairs of your water wave wig (if you're wearing one) on the floor.
While you are not required to create baby hairs on your water wave wig, doing so will help to give it a more realistic appearance and finish.  Personally, I don't care for overdone baby hairs, so I prefer to brush just a small swoop through the front portion of the part.  When it comes to laying your natural baby hair or baby hair on a water wave wig, my Baby Tress Edge Styler is the best tool for the job.  This allows me to conceal the beginning of the lace, resulting in a water wave wig that appears to be natural hair (or at the very least an excellent sewn-in weave).