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Can I wear a Hat with a Wig? Things You Wanted to Know

Can I wear a Hat with a Wig? Things You Wanted to Know

Wearing a wig is a lot of fun. However, there is a learning curve to successfully wearing one. And there are times when you don’t want to wear one at all.

Can you really wear a hat with a wig? Yes, they do appear to be cute. They may help to protect delicate skin that is still visible. Hats, on the other hand, can seriously harm your wig’s synthetic hair. Fraying, breaking, frizz, and other issues result from friction between the hat and the head. When you add perspiration and heat to the mix, you’ve got a major mess on your hands.

However, you can use a wig cap, which is the base material for a wig and is similar to the construction of a baseball hat in that it resembles the form of the head.

What Type of Wig Caps are Best for You?

The hair and style are linked to the cap, which is the foundation of wigs. Lace front, capless, hand-tied, and monofilament are all names you’ve probably heard before, but what do they all mean? Here you’ll discover an overview of wig cap constructions, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each, so you can pick the ideal solution for you.

Basic Wig Cap

A basic wig cap (also known as a capless, wefted, or open-cap wig cap) is a machine-made wig cap constructed by sewing “wefts,” or hair curtains, onto a thin, elastic material strip. The wefts are hidden from visibility at the portion area using a technique called “permatease.”

Because the holes between the wefts allow air to travel straight to your scalp, a basic wig cap is the coolest cap construction. This is the cap for you if you’re worried about overheating.

Basic wig caps are lightweight and cool, it is also affordable and durable. However, voluminous when permatease is used to cover the wefts, the wig may have more volume at the top.

Lace Front

A lace front is a feature that imitates hair growth at the front of the head. Each strand of hair is hand-tied into a transparent lace fabric. This allows the hair to move freely at the hairline, giving the transition from forehead to hairline a more natural appearance.

Because a lace front is a feature added to a basic wig cap structure, it’s an excellent alternative for folks who want to stay cool all day. A lace front wig cap, on the other hand, costs more than a standard wig cap because it has an added element and the process is done by hand.

Lace front wigs are natural looking hairlines allowing for off the face styling. On the other hand lace front wighs are higher in price compared to basic wig cap. They should be handled with care due to the sheer lace material. Sometimes lace front wigs are not ready to wear, therefore it must be customized.


A monofilament element, like a lace front, meaning that each hair is hand-tied to a soft lace material. Monofilament crowns, parts, and tops help the wig look more realistic by simulating hair growth from the scalp. The coolest monofilament option is a monofilament crown, which gives the appearance of hair growth only in the crown area.

A monofilament portion allows the cap to breathe while parting the style in that location. A monofilament top allows you to separate your hair however you choose, so you can wear it on the side one day and the centre the next. A full monofilament top, on the other hand, is the warmest option among monofilament features, which is something to bear in mind if you quickly overheat.

Newer choices, such as double monofilament tops and French-knotted tops, have the same natural look at the scalp but add a layer of soft material for enhanced comfort. But keep in mind that everyone’s sensitivity is different, and you don’t need the most exquisite features to feel at ease when wearing a wig cap.

Monofilament are natural looking in scalap, it has the ability to pair hair in different areas and softer on the scalap because the sheer lace material, into which the hair is a softer material than the top of the basic wig cap. Sheer monofilament material needs proper care.


Every hair is tied by hand onto a soft cloth in a hand-tied hat. Because the wig cap material is soft and flexible, a 100 percent hand-tied cap looks and moves like natural hair and is the most comfortable wig cap construction option.

The 4-way stretch of the wig cap material makes it feel like you’re wearing a headcover or head scarf. However, because a fully hand-tied wig can take up to 40 hours to make, this cap construction is the most expensive.

The Dos and Don’t s of Wearing a Wig

Wigs for Women

Don’t wear high neck clothing

High neck tops will rub against your wig’s hair and, in certain cases, the seams at the bottom. Frizz, breakage, and twisted hair will result from this wear and tear. The wig may potentially slide up on your head due to the high neck tops.

Do wear layered clothing with zippers or buttons that is easily removeable

High neck tops will rub against your wig’s hair and, in certain cases, the seams at the bottom. Frizz, breakage, and twisted hair will result from this wear and tear. The wig may potentially slide up on your head due to the high neck tops.

Don’t wear a wig in temperatures that are too hot

Wearing a wig can be compared to wearing a winter hat.  There is a chance of overheating in warm temperatures. You will also sweat A LOT.  Sweat not only soaks the wig hair, but the cap underneath which can stretch it out.  It’s also very itchy.

Add the fact that putting wig hair in a pony tail really isn’t wise as it tears the hair out and permanently bends the hair. Protect yourself in warm weather.  Drink plenty of fluids.  Keep cool and opt for a bandana, scarf or hat instead.

Do put sunblock on your head before putting on a wig, when spending time outside in the sun

Sunburns are more likely when you don’t have any hair on your head. And believe me when I say they hurt! Then there’s the excitement of your scalp peeling… Have faith in me. This is something you want to avoid at all costs.

The sun can penetrate the wig, especially those with monofilament caps where the scalp is visible and in regions where the cap is thin, which you may not know. Apply sunscreen to your scalp to protect yourself from a lot of unwanted pain and flaking.

Do adjust your wig by grasping the seam area just in front of the ears, where side burns would be

Pulling synthetic hair to adjust a wig will cause it to split or frizz. Pulling on the front of your wig might wear down the seams and cause it to fall apart.

You can modify the wig using the rear seam, which can be loosened or tightened, however this is usually done in conjunction with the adjustments points indicated above.

Don’t expose your wig to extremely high temperatures

(We’re talking about synthetic hair wigs.) Wigs are particularly heat sensitive, unlike actual hair. Consider what happens to plastic when it is exposed to extreme heat. The same thing will happen to your wig if you try to take anything out of the oven while wearing it while standing in direct heat. It will also happen if you are standing over a pot of boiling water.

Have you ever sat at Ichiban’s communal tables as the chef sets the entire grill on fire? There’s a chance it’ll happen there as well. When it comes to fire, whether it’s a fireplace, a grill, a wood burner, or a campfire, stay your distance. Wig hair can melt, shrink, frizz, and do a variety of other things.

Oh, and don’t leave your wig in a hot car, I almost forgot. There will be concerns with shape even when in a box.

Do use hair products designed for synthetic hair

Synthetic hair is not the same as human hair. The wig may be damaged by products designed for human hair. It is always preferable to be safe rather than sorry.

Remember to read the directions on the shampoo and conditioner bottles and follow them. Synthetic hair is extremely different from human hair when it comes to cleaning. Consider the difference between hot and cold water, as well as how delicate you should be when washing your hair.

And, just in case this isn’t clear enough, avoid using blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners, and other similar appliances. Your wig will be ruined.

Don’t wear a wig in water

Water can ruin your wig whether you’re at the beach, swimming in a pool, or out in a severe downpour.

While wearing a wig hat, water causes it to stretch. The wig grows in size as the wig cap extends. Wearing a wig that is too big might obviously be an issue. Chlorine, salt water, other chemicals, and natural creatures all have the potential to cause havoc in water. They can cause hair to break, frizz, and a variety of other issues.

If you want to keep your head covered while swimming, consider using a swim cap.

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Sphie Ross

Sophie Ross has written, edited, and produced beauty and fashion content for more than 3 years. She works full-time in the fashion and beauty categories as a copywriter, but she is passionate about all things related to beauty.