How to Sew in a Half Wig

Updated April 17, 2017

Half wigs can be a great way to change up your hairstyle. Since they often don't cover the hairline, they can look more natural than a full wig or a sew-in weave. If you really like a particular half wig in your collection and don't want to deal with the hassle of removing and reattaching it on a daily basis, or if you just want to keep it from coming loose or falling off, you can sew in your half wig.

Part your hair to separate the sections that will not be covered by your half wig. Usually, this includes the edges and any section where you make a part in your hair. Clip this hair out of the way, or braid it so it does not get mixed in with the hair you cover with the wig.

Cornrow the sections of your hair that will be covered by the wig. If you cannot cornrow, enlist the help of a friend, relative, or hairstylist. The best pattern to use is a circular pattern, since it makes attaching the half wig easier.

Remove the combs from the underside of the half wig, using a seam ripper to remove the thread.

Cut a piece of thread at least as long as your armspan, stick one end through the eye of the needle, and bring the two ends of the thread together so they touch. Knot the thread at the end once it is looped through the needle. Use a curved needle to avoid poking yourself in the scalp and heavy duty thread that will not break under the weight of the wig. You can purchase these supplies online or from a beauty supply store.

Put on the half wig, lining it up exactly how you want to wear it. Adjust the straps so it fits tightly and securely. If the hair on the half wig is long, pin or clip it up so it does not get tangled in the thread.

Either start sewing in the front or the back. Stick the needle through the underside of the wig, going under the cornrow closest to the edge of the wig. Grab the end of the thread where the knot is located, stick your finger in the space between the two pieces of thread, and widen them to make an opening. Push the needle the rest of the way through the wig, then bring the needle through the opening you made in the thread to form a loop. Pull the thread taut to finish your first stitch.

Begin your next stitch about 1/2 inch from the first one. Push the needle under the cornrow, back through the underside of the wig, then bring it through the loop formed by the long piece of thread hanging from the stitch that has already been made. Keep stitching all the way around until you get back to your starting point.

Push the needle halfway through the wig like you are about to make another stitch, then stop. Wrap the thread around the needle tightly twice, then pull the needle all the way through these loops to create a knot. Cut the remainder of the thread off to finish.

Remove the clip or pin from the wig hair, then unbraid or loosen the hair that was left out of the wig. Blend the hair together, style, and your wig is secure until you decide to remove it.


If you use the wig as a long-term style, remove the half wig after no more than 3-4 weeks to keep your hair underneath healthy. After removing the wig and unbraiding the cornrows, thoroughly detangle and deep condition your hair to restore the moisture it may have lost from being kept in for an extended period of time.


Do not sew through your cornrows, since this damages your hair or causes breakage.

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Joetta Charnell became a freelance writer in 2009. Now contributing to various websites, her previous work garnered several awards in writing competitions. Charnell earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in African-American studies and biology, both from the University of Virginia.