So that we can manufacture a wig cap that best fits your customer's head, we strongly recommend you read the "How to measure" page of our website to ensure that every measurement is as accurate as possible. This is very important as doing so can help both of us avoid measurement misunderstandings and thus save time going back and forth over this issue.
Below is a complete guide video to taking full wig measurements in which you will learn how to take each of the seven measurements correctly by yourself.
1. Head Circumference
This measures the distance around your head. Starting at the center of the front hairline, place the tape flat against your head, going just above the ear towards the back of the head, keep the tape at the nape of your neck and go around to the opposite side of your head, just above the opposite ear and return to the center of the front hairline.
Before you start to measure, we recommend styling your hair as it would be under a wig, so it can lay flat. To achieve the best results it is recommended to either braid the hair straight back in flat cornrows, to braid in a flat beehive, or to wrap it flat back. Get the hair as flat and as tight as possible. This will eliminate bulges that distort head contours.
We take measurements in whole and half inches so please round your measurements up and not down. For example, 12 3/4 should be rounded up to 13 and 12 1/4 should be rounded up to 12 1/2.
2. Front to Back
Place the tape at the center of your front hairline and measure directly across the middle top of your head to the nape of your neck. To determine where the nape of your neck is, tilt your head back and look up. Where your neck bends and where you may have developed a skin fold is where your nape is. You want the bottom of the wig to sit right above this area so that when you do tilt your head back that far, your wig will not shift on your head. If it does not, the base will be too long. This area is often right at the occipital bone but be sure to take the measurement with your neck bent down so that you are looking at your shoes.
If you still have existing hair on your forehead and nape, keep in mind that your cap will be glued to the outside perimeter of your natural hairline in both these areas. Then ADD 1 inch to the measurement results. This is VERY IMPORTANT. If you do not add the inch, your wig will be too small and will not be able to be glued in front of your hairline.
If you are bald or do not have a hairline – you do not need to add the inch – simply put the tape measure where you would like your hairline to begin with the wig, and then just fill the actual measurement result into the form.
3. Ear to Ear over Forehead
Place the tape at your temple, just in front of your ear. Measure from your hairline at the base of the sideburn and go up across the hairline along the forehead to the same point in front of the opposite ear.
4. Temple to Temple
Place the tape at the bottom edge of the sideburn in front of your ear and go directly across the top of the head to the bottom edge of the opposite sideburn. This measures your temple to temple length over the top of the head.
If your client has a beard that meets their sideburns, you can move the measuring point up a little bit. This will be more natural.
5. Ear to Ear over Top of Head
Place the tape from the hairline edge at the top of your ear and go directly across the top of your head to the hairline edge at the top of the opposite ear.
6. Temple to Temple over Back of Head
Place the tape against your head at the front edge of the hairline (temple area). Go around the head above the occipital bone to the opposite front edge of the hairline (the opposite temple area).
This measurement is particularly important for men as the hairline from the sideburn to the forehead is not a smooth curve. Whereas for women, it is usually a smooth curve so for them, this measurement is not always necessary.
7. Width of Neck from Side to Side
This measures the width of the hairline across the nape of the neck.
Place the tape at the lowest point on the bone behind your ear (mastoid bone) and measure across the neck to the opposite mastoid bone.
Like Step 2, the width should be above the wrinkles when the client tilts their head back.
Finally, mark down your measurements on the order form. That's all!
If you experience any difficulties during the measuring process or have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via [email protected]. We will be more than happy to assist you.