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How To Wear a Toupee or Hairpiece

Men wear toupees or hairpieces for vanity or as prosthetic applications after treatment for illness. Learn how to wear a hairpiece without looking ridiculous.


  • Step 1: Know how to fasten a non-custom hairpiece. Options include double-sided tape and hairpins placed in the wig cap at the forehead and on both ear-tabs.
  • TIP: A roll-on adhesive can be applied directly to your bald head and washed off with water.
  • Step 2: Comb your hairpiece forward or create bangs to hide your front hairline, a common visual giveaway.
  • FACT: Celebrities who have worn hairpieces include John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Simon, Errol Flynn, and Ted Danson.
  • TIP: Go to a barber or cosmetologist to cut and style the custom-fit hairpiece to fit your face.
  • Step 3: Decide if you want a custom-fit hairpiece. With this most expensive option, the hairpiece cap base is made from a plaster mold, creating a precise suction fit to your bald head.
  • TIP: Most synthetic hair can't be colored or highlighted, and is subject to frizz with sudden heat exposure.
  • Step 4: Consider a human hair toupee for a longer hairstyle. It moves and flows like natural hair, is softer to the touch, and lasts longer than synthetic hairpieces.
  • Step 5: Consider "European style" human hair -- a custom option that doesn't involve chemical processing in which the hair is blended according to texture, color, and length.
  • Step 6: Go to a store that sells ready-made hairpieces. Consider a toupee that matches your hair style and color. Bring along a trusted friend for a second opinion.
  • Step 7: Consider a synthetic hairpiece, the least expensive and most available option. Synthetic hair is stiffer than human hair, and looks best with shorter hairstyles.

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