All About Wigs
Everything you need to know about wigs!


The way a wig fits your head is a very important point. A good comfortable fit is necessary if one is to wear a wig for an extended period of time. If the wig is uncomfortable, you won’t wear it. It’s that simple.

To measure your head for a wig, take a cloth or paper tape measure and be sure that it has not been stretched. If you’re not sure, measure it against a metal or plastic ruler for accuracy. The following diagrams show how to do the basic measurements for most wigs:

CIRCUMFERENCE: Start the tape at the middle of your hairline at the forehead. Lay the tape around to the nape hairline (behind the ears) and around the head where it will meet back at the front.

EAR TO EAR: Lay the end of the tape about ¼ inch above the little crease at the top of your ear between your ear and your head. Then bring the tape straight across the top of your head to the other ear at the same point.

FRONT TO BACK: From the front hairline to the back hairline. If you have little or no hair, lay your index, middle and ring fingers flat against your forehead just above your browbone. At the top of your fingers would be where a normal hairline would be. Lay the end of the tape at this point and measure back to about an inch below the little (occipital) bone that you can feel at the bottom of your skull.

TEMPLE TO TEMPLE: This is where the earpieces of the wig will rest. Start the tape at your temple just in front of the point where your ear joins your head. Measure the distance across your forehead hairline to the same point at the other side.

ULTRA PETITE SIZES are 19 inches to 20¼ inches. There are pre-made wigs which will work for this size, but most are either children’s styles or shorter-length adult styles. There are pre-made high-quality synthetic and human hair prostheses which will fit these sizes, but they must be custom styled by a professional.

PETITE SIZES are 20½ inches to 21¼ inches. Again, there are wigs which are available for these sizes. (See above) Most wigs can be sized down to fit these measurements without having the cap custom made. If the word "petite" is included in the name of the wig, chances are that the cap size is petite. (The only collection which is the exception is JACQUELYN. There are a couple of wigs that have the word "petite" in the name, but they are not made with a petite cap.)

AVERAGE SIZES are 21½ inches to 22¼ inches. Most wigs are made to fit these sizes, but can be stretched or adjusted down about an inch either way to accommodate smaller or larger head sizes. Be aware that cap sizes vary from brand to brand, and you should make sure before you buy that the cap is right for your size. Some caps will stretch better than others, but all can be made smaller.

LARGE SIZES are 22½ inches to 24 inches. The best choices for these sizes are JACQUELYN and GEORGIE wigs. Most of them are made for the average to large size head, and the cap is more flexible than most other brands. A stock Jacquelyn can usually be stretched to accommodate a 24-inch head comfortably.


Circumference: 21
Front to nape: 13.6
Ear to ear across front hairline: 10.8
Ear to ear over top: 12.5
Temple to temple around back: 14.5
Nape of neck: 4.8

Circumference: 22.3
Front to nape: 14.5
Ear to ear across front hairline: 11.5
Ear to ear over top: 13
Temple to temple around back: 15.5
Nape of neck: 5

Circumference: 23
Front to nape: 15.5
Ear to ear across front hairline: 12
Ear to ear over top: 14
Temple to temple around back: 16.7
Nape of neck: 6

CUSTOM SIZES: If your head circumference is smaller than 19 inches or larger than 24 inches, you may need to order a custom made cap. There are various companies that make wigs to accommodate this size range. However, if you want a style that is normally available only in an average size, we can have it made for you in your size. We offer CUSTOM WIGS of all types and will be happy to accommodate your request. Please contact Toni for details.

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