How to Make a Lace Wig Smaller

Updated February 21, 2017

Lace wigs are generally available in two different styles: front lace and full lace. Lace front wigs are typically worn down and have sheer lace mesh only around the front hairline and feature a cap made of a less fragile material. Full lace wigs are typically worn in ponytails or up-dos and are made entirely of sheer lace mesh. Each style features different types of wig caps that can be adjusted if you need to make them smaller.

Style your natural hair as you normally would wear it with a wig. That may include braiding it in cornrows or slicking it down. Keep in mind that the bulkiness of your natural hair affects the way the wig cap fits your head.

Secure your hair with a stocking cap or wig liner. The idea is to create a flat surface on which to apply the wig for an accurate fitting.

Place the wig on your head to determine where the hairline goes. When the wig is in the position you want it, evaluate which side is too large. Wig caps may be larger around the crown area, back of your head or around the ears.

Remove the wig from your head and turn it inside out to expose the cap.

Lift the ribbon below the ear tabs that runs from bottom to top and fold it over. Sew the ribbon to the wig cap with a needle and thread that matches the colour of the cap.

Place the wig back on your head to determine if it fits better. If the wig fits properly, you are done. If the wig is still too large, move to the next ribbon and repeat Step 5.

Continue in this manner until your lace wig is as small as you need it to be. Make sure to leave enough room to accommodate the normal motion of your head.


Since high-quality lace wigs can cost thousands of dollars, you may want to have your lace wig made smaller by a professional if you are not sure what you are doing.

Things You'll Need

  • Stocking cap or wig liner
  • Needle
  • Thread
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Sarai Jeremiah is a freelance writer and graphic designer living on the East Coast, where she is currently pursuing an education in both fields. She has been writing articles and content on a variety of topics since 2006 and has contributed articles to Web sites such as Spark People.