How to Make a Synthetic Wig Not So Full

Updated February 21, 2017

Synthetic wigs are a cost-effective alternative to changing your style without dying or cutting your natural hair. However, sometimes the wigs are bulky so that the hair looks untidy and far too thick. You can make a synthetic wig not so full by adding layers and performing a "razor" cut to reduce its weight. Like normal hair, make sure you use a sharp pair of scissors to keep the edges straight and neat.

Face towards your mirror and put the synthetic wig on. Then, divide the front section from the back by bringing over the front of your shoulders.

Take a layer of hair between your fingers. At the top of your head, glide your fingers underneath a portion of hair, then grip it between your fingers. Try not to pick up hair from the front of the wig because it is difficult to blend the hair around your face if you make a mistake.

Comb through the section of hair.

Cut your layer from the bottom of the section of hair, approximately an inch from the tip. Open the scissors slightly, and hold them in this position.

Put the hair between your scissors blade, making sure the point of the scissors points downwards at 45 degree angle against the hair. Push downwards towards the tip of the hair. Do not cut the hair, simply scratch the blade against the hair to thin it out.

Move up the length of the hair until you are approximately one third from the top of your head. Perform the razor cut several times to remove the bulk of the synthetic hair.

Repeat steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 for at least six or seven sections of hair across the top and lower portions of the wig. Build up the layers to reduce the fullness of the wig.

Stop cutting the wig, and assess if the wig is the right fullness. If it is too full, then continue to razor cut layers. Once it is cut you cannot put it back, so be cautious and do not cut too much.


Fabric scissors are sharp and readily available, so use these to cut the synthetic fibres of the hair. Hair cutting scissors will become blunt. Practice cutting the layers into the wig using unwanted wigs. This will prevent you from ruining your favourite wig.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Comb
  • Fabric Scissors
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Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.