5 Fool-Proof Ways to Secure a Wig Without Bobby Pins

Written by: Nancy Pinder



Time to read 7 min

Knowing how to secure a wig properly is super important for any regular wig-wearer. Nobody wants their wig slipping and sliding through the day. But if you can’t quite get the knack – or if it’s your first time trying to secure a wig – we’ve got you covered!

Bobby pins are often the go-to solution for securing your wig throughout the day, yet those tiny grippers might tug at the hair fibres, potentially causing damage and thinning areas in your wig.

But there are plenty of other ways to secure your wig without needing to rummage through your bag for spare bobby pins.

How to Secure a Wig: 5 Ways

We’ve listed 5 of our favourite methods for achieving a secure fit every time, without the need for bobby pins.

You might need to gather some extra hair supplies if you don’t already have them, but it’ll be well worth it when your wig stays put.

Method #1 – Securing a Wig With Wig Clips

Want to keep your wig perfectly in place all day? Securing it with wig clips is a game-changer!

Simply turn your wig inside out to see the inside, then pick spots where you want extra hold, like the front, back, and sides. Stitch the clips in these spots, making sure the teeth face the wig’s inside.

To wear, just open the clips, set the wig on your head, and press the clips down to grip onto your natural hair or wig cap.

Easy, right?

Plus, this trick not only gives you a secure fit but also lets you take off the wig without a hassle.

Method #2 – Fixing Your Wig With Wig Grip

A wig grip headband is another great option for keeping your wig in place. This elastic headband fits snugly around your head and keeps your wig from slipping or sliding.

It's super easy to use: just wrap the wig grip band around your head, sort of like a headband, making sure it fits snugly but comfortably.

Next, pop your wig on top of the grip and adjust as needed.

Thanks to the wig grip's friction, your wig won’t budge all day, saving you from those pesky adjustments.

It's a game-changer, especially for girls or guys with sensitive scalps or those experiencing hair thinning, since it ditches the need for clips that could irritate or harm your natural hair.

Struggling to put on your wig due to your long hair? Read our tips on how to put on a wig with long hair for a natural-looking finish.

Method #3 – Wig Tape for All-Day Grip

Wig tape might be one of the most popular methods for securing a wig, and it’s definitely a good one!

This superb double-sided, medical-grade tape sticks well to both your scalp (or wig cap) and the wig, ensuring it doesn't budge all day.

Just stick the tape strips around your hairline or on the inside edge of your wig cap, pop your wig on top, and press firmly to set it.

Plus, it's a lifesaver for anyone who's active and worries about their wig shifting. Dancers, we see you!

Method #4 – Using a Wig Cap to Secure a Wig

Wondering how to keep your wig looking natural and staying put all day? A wig cap is your secret weapon! Not only does it offer a secure foundation for your wig, but it also ensures it looks as natural as possible.

It essentially creates a barrier between your scalp and the wig, preventing any annoying slipping and keeping everything in place perfectly.

Plus, it makes your wig lay super flat, mimicking real hair flow and avoiding any weird bumps or lumps for that flawless look.

And if you're dealing with hair loss, a wig cap can be a real game changer by protecting your scalp from the wig material.

So, in a nutshell, a wig cap isn't just about keeping your wig secure; it's about making your wig experience comfortable and truly natural.

Method #5 – Wig Glue for Lasting Hold

Wig adhesive has a special formula that ensures your wig stays in place securely on your scalp, no matter your activities.

This is the best option if you want to keep your wig on for an extended period without worrying about it coming off or shifting.

Here's a quick guide to using wig glue:

  • Apply a thin layer of glue along your hairline where your wig will sit.

  • Wait a moment until it feels tacky – usually, this is just a few seconds.

  • Position your wig carefully on top, pressing lightly to make sure it adheres well to the glue.

Keeping your wig in top shape is key to its longevity. It's important to remove any leftover wig glue from both your scalp and the wig after each use.

Opt for a mild, wig-safe adhesive remover and a cotton swab for a removal process that's both easy and gentle.

To keep your wig looking its best, wash it regularly with gentle, high-quality shampoo and conditioner. This will help avoid the buildup of glue residues and keep your wig looking fresh.

We always recommend using RiRi Hair Extensions products on our wigs to ensure the best results. Our specially formulated shampoo and conditioner are designed to nourish and protect your wig while also maintaining its natural shine.

Is It Okay to Use Bobby Pins on Your Wig?

While bobby pins can be used on wigs for added security, they're not always the best choice for everyday wear.

They can potentially damage the wig's base or pull on the hair fibres , leading to wear and tear over time.

How to Secure a Wig With Bobby Pins

If you choose to use bobby pins, do so sparingly and make sure to place them in areas that won't stress the wig's structure.

Here’s how to secure your wig with bobby pins…

  • Choose bobby pins that closely match your wig colour.

  • Gently lift a small section of the wig where it meets your natural hairline and slide a bobby pin in, anchoring it to your natural hair or wig cap beneath.

  • Repeat this process around the perimeter of your head at key points such as the temples, behind the ears, and at the nape for added security.

  • Ensure the pins are evenly spaced for an even hold, being careful not to stretch or distort the wig's base.

Final Thoughts: Securing Your Wig for a Natural Look

Securing your wig properly is crucial for achieving a natural look. It ensures the wig sits appropriately on your head, mimicking the way natural hair grows from the scalp. A well-secured wig avoids awkward shifting or slipping, which can disrupt the hairline and overall appearance.

By ensuring your wig is fastened correctly, you can move confidently throughout your day, knowing your hairstyle maintains its intended, realistic effect without drawing undue attention to itself.

Find more tips and advice on how to care for your wigs and hair extensions and get the most out of them on the RiRi blog.


Do Silicone Solution Sheets Work for Securing Wigs?

Yes, silicone solution sheets are effective for securing wigs. When placed between the wig and scalp or cap, they provide additional grip, reducing slippage without any discomfort.

How Do Lace Front Wigs Stay On?

Lace-front wigs stay on using a combination of wig glue or wig tape to secure the lace part directly to the scalp or wig cap for a seamless, natural-looking hairline. Proper fitting and application ensure the wig remains in place throughout the day.

Can a Wig Fall Off Easily?

Wigs can fall off if not secured properly, especially during vigorous activities or if the fit isn't right. Utilising methods like wig glue, tape, clips, or a grip band ensures a secure fit, significantly reducing the chance of the wig slipping or falling off.

Is Wearing a Wig Everyday Bad for Your Hair?

Wearing a wig every day is generally not bad for your hair, provided you maintain proper scalp hygiene and use a wig cap to protect your hair. However, ensuring your wig fits properly and isn't too tight is crucial to avoid any potential damage to your natural hair or scalp.

Nancy Pinder

Nancy is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. 

Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week!

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