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How and When to Trim Your Wig

It will come to no surprise that like all hair, wigs can need a trim too. With the daily wear and tear, the use of heat and even excessive brushing can cause split ends or even ends to thin out on your wig.  Although, a good deep condition will go a long way as it can help restore the appearance of your wig ultimately, the only solution is a trim. We’re going to show you how to trim your wig at home and how to tell when it’s time for a trim?

Scissors to cut hair

Let’s begin with the when. It’s important to know when your wig is in need of a trim or the risk of the splits becoming worse increases. Neglected ends just get worse and the split gets deeper, meaning it’ll need a bigger chop. Catching it at the right can make all the difference in how much you’ll need to cut. CDB London wigs and hair are great quality, so you really shouldn’t need to cut them too often. In addition, if you stick to the wig best practices it’ll reduce the chances of your wigs getting damaged. 


Here are some major clues that your wig needs a trim:


  • Dry ends - when your ends are dry it usually means it’s damaged and dead. This can be due to excessive heat 

  • Knotted ends/Single strand knots - when this happens it’s because the split ends have knotted on itself.

  • White ends - If you notice little white dots at the ends of the hair, it’s a tell tale sign that it’s time to cut those ends as they’ve been burnt 

  • Brittle ends - if the ends look limp, lifeless are breaking off easily it’s because they’ve been weakened
wig on a mannequin

Now that you know that your wig has split ends - here’s how you trim it. The first step is do it carefully and slowly. Don’t rush the process or you might end up butchering the whole wig. To make sure the wig is secure, place the wig on a mannequin head. This will give you a better and more realistic view of what the final product will look like, in terms of length. It’ll also prevent you cutting diagonally as the wig is secured into one place.


Be sure to detangle the hair. Comb out all the knots so that the hair is in it’s actual length. Comb it out carefully, you don’t want to damage the wig. Once that’s done, you can begin slowly trimming the ends. I recommend starting from the back and working your way round. This is the best approach if your wig is all one length. Now, if your wig has layers. Be sure to section the wig carefully layer by layer and trim the hair.


Remember to be careful and patient. Wig hair doesn’t grow back. There you have. How to and when to trim your wig!