What Can I Use Instead of Wig Glue?

If you decide to wear a wig, you might think that glue is the only option to secure it to your head.

But glue can be messy and complicated, leaving you with sticky fingers and an even stickier mess on your hair and forehead. Most glue also lasts for several days, which won’t work for those who only want to wear their wig for a few hours at a time.

Needless to say, many people don’t want to use glue to secure their wig. 

Well, if you’re trying to avoid glue like the plague, you’ll be glad to know that there are other ways to secure your wig to your head.

What Can I Use Instead of Wig Glue? Seven Options

While glue is a fine option for some, others don’t like it for one reason or another. 

If you’re looking for other ways to secure your wig to your head, you have these seven other choices:

1. Wig Tape

If you’re not going to use glue, the next best option is to use tape.

Wig tape comes in rolls or pre-cut strips. Personally, I prefer pre-cut strips of tape because I don’t want to have to fuss with cutting a roll of tape into desired pieces when securing my wig.

Tape is an excellent choice because it offers great adhesion without the worry of messiness from glues.

2. Wig Clips

Have you ever worn a set of extensions? Then you will know all about the clips used to secure temporary clip-in hair extensions.

Well, clips aren’t just for extensions – you can also use them to secure your wig.

Wig clips are an excellent choice because they keep your wig secure. You can also remove your wig every night easily, which is great if you plan to take your wig off before you go to sleep.

However, one of the main drawbacks is that wig clips have to be sewn into the wig. So, if you’re not handy with a needle and thread, you won’t be able to use wig clips.

Wig clips also require a decent amount of natural hair to be secured. If you don’t have any natural hair or don’t have a whole lot of it, wig clips will be out of the question. (Sorry!)

3. Wig Liner

If you wear wigs regularly, you likely have a stockpile of wig liners.

Wig liners are essential for concealing natural strands before placing the wig on top of your head.

However, many people might not know you can use your wig liner to hold your wig into place securely.

4. Wig Grip

Honestly, if there is one item you purchase to secure your wig, let it be a wig grip, honey.

Wig grips are designed to do one thing – grip onto your wig.

With a wig grip, you never have to worry about your wig playing a game of slip and slide while you’re out and about. Once your wig is secured to your wig grip, you’re not going to get that baby off.

Wig grips are budget-friendly, exceptionally easy to use, and won’t have any of the mess or hassle of glues and tape. Needless to say, they’re a wig wearer’s dream come true. I highly recommend giving them a try.

5. Bobby Pins

At this point, it’s clear that there are many ways to secure a wig without glue.

Yet, this article wouldn’t be “complete” without mentioning the tried-and-true bobby pin method.

If you don’t want to purchase other products and are in a pinch, you can always reach for your tried-and-true bobby pins.

Like wig clips, you’ll need a good amount of biological strands to secure the wig. Yet, bobby pins are cheap, and most gals have them around their bathroom, making this a top-notch option.

All you need to do is secure the wig to your head using bobby pins. Do they offer the best security? No. Are they a little noticeable? Kind of. Do they get the job done, especially for short-term use? You bet.

6. Wig Holding Spray

If you’re the type of person who thinks an adhesive is 100% necessary to keep a wig in place, but you don’t want to fiddle with glue, then you might consider using wig-holding spray.

Wig-holding spray is kind of like a “hairspray meets glue” combination.

It sprays onto your head easily like hairspray, yet offers superior gripping abilities like glue.

It’s the ideal match made in heaven for adhesive lovers who don’t want the struggle of a wig glue.

7. Hair Gel

Last but not least, you can use hair gel to hold your wig into place.

I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s actually true.

That’s because hair gel is sticky yet firm like glue.

All you need to do is apply hair gel to your skin/hair, then apply the wig. Apply another layer of gel on top. Use a blow dryer to speed up the process, if desired.

Enjoy your wig!


When it comes to securing a wig to your head, you don’t need glue. In fact, there are seven other great methods for attaching your wig. Do you want to learn more about this subject? Then check out the FAQs I’ve included below.

What is a good substitute for hair glue?

If you don’t want to use hair glue to secure your wig, you have many other options. Hair gel works similarly to wig glue. You can also use tape, clips, liners, grips, holding spray, and wig grips to keep your wig in place.

Can I use wig without glue?

You can successfully use a wig without glue. However, I don’t recommend wearing a wig without some type of security. Luckily, there are many other ways to secure a wig without glue. The top option is to use tape or a wig grip. You can also use clips, liners, bobby pins, hair gel, or holding spray.

Can I use hairspray to glue down a wig?

You can technically use hairspray to glue down a wig. You will need to use a generous amount, though, and ensure all areas of your head are doused in hairspray before securing the wig. Act quickly and apply another coat after the wig has been placed.

You Don’t Need Glue to Secure a Wig!

Wigs don’t need glue. There are many other options instead of glue. Wig tape and wig grips are two of the top picks. However, you can also use clips, liners, bobby pins, holding spray, and hair gel.

How do you secure your wig without glue?

About Michelle
My name is Michelle and I've been using hair wigs for about five years. I use them when I am heading out on a hot date or looking fierce for a special event. I created this site to help those new to the lace wig world.

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