How to Slick a Wig Back

Updated April 17, 2017

Slicking a wig back can be a daunting experience, especially if you are doing it for the first time or if the wig is not of good quality. You want your slicked-back wig to look as natural as possible without having to deal with the underneath net showing through. Lace-front wigs work the best for slicking back while keeping a natural look.

Pin the wig to a wig head. Comb the wig in a back motion while spraying it using a hairspray. Perform this until you see the wig is gaining the desired natural look.

Go over the wig using a hairdryer. Ensure that the hair dryer is on a low or medium temperature setting because doing it at high temperature will make the wig melt or become kinky. Spray it again after drying.

Add fine mesh on the front of the wig. Tie a lot of your natural hair on the wig and use the spirit gum/latex to stick it on your head. This will make it look more natural than if you stick it without your natural hair. The hairline should look natural.


When drying the wig, keep the dryer moving to avoid melting the wig. Heat is very important to make the wig fibres adapt to the backward position.

Things You'll Need

  • Wig
  • Wig head
  • Hairspray
  • Fine mesh
  • Spirit gum/latex
  • Hair dryer
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