Wig Measuring Guide

While the average-sized wigs tend to fit about 95% of customers, you will find that quite a few wigs also come in specific sizes. I suggest that you measure your head size first to ensure the perfect fit. I want to make sure you get the best human hair wigs or hairpieces to fit you!

In this article, you'll learn how to measure your head for a wig using a fabric tape or paper tape measure so that you can pick a wig cap size perfect for your head. The best part? Measuring your head just takes a few minutes-and those few minutes are worth it when you're investing in a high-quality wig. 


You will need the following items to take the measurements:

  • A flexible measuring tape. If you don't have one at hand, you can download a printable version online. Take a look here, for example.
  • A kohl or water-soluble pencil. If you have no hair or no hairline in a few places, you can use it to draw your hairline on your head before measuring. How do you do that? We'll give you detailed tips for that below.
  • Pen and paper to write down the measurements

Determining the right size wig for your head starts with understanding the basic measurements you'll need. For the best fit, there are six different measurements to figure out your perfect wig size.

1) Circumference

2) Front hairline to the nape of your neck

3) Ear-to-ear across hairline at the forehead

4) Ear-to-ear over the top of your head

5) Temple-to-temple behind the back of your head

6) Nape of the neck at the back hairline

The Details Of Each Measurement

Mark where the tape ends, and use the chart above to see what size you are. The most important thing is to be sure to pull back any loose hair first. Taking head measurements your hair should be prepared exactly how you would want it to be when your lace front wig is applied. Before you begin taking your measurements, be sure to have your hair lying flat, braided, or pinned up. You can take measurements with or without a wig cap on.


1) Circumference:

Place the tape flat against your forehead at your hairline and wrap it around your head. The tape should rest behind your ears and also sit on the nape of your neck.

2) Front to nape:
This measures the length of your forehead to the nape. To determine where the nape of your neck is, slightly look up and place your finger on the bend. Where your neck bends and the skin folds, is where your nape is.

You will want the bottom of the wig to sit above this area; so that when you move your head back that far, your wig will not move on your head.

Place the tape on the center of your hairline, bring the tape atop of your head, and down to the nape.

3) Ear to ear across forehead:
Measure your head from the top of one ear, over the crown to the top of the other ear.

4) Ear to ear over the top of head:
Place the tape at your hairline at the top of your ears and measure over the top of your head over to your opposite ear.

5) Temple to temple around the back of head:
Place the tape measure at your hairline from your temple going around the back of your head to the opposite temple.

6) Nape of neck:
Measure the width of your hairline across the nape of the neck.


If you still have questions about the measuring guide or the different size categories, feel free to contact me for any assistance!