What Is Sports Wig?

You can wear a lace wig to work out at the gym. But there’s no doubt that perspiration can cause you to feel overheated or uncomfortable when you put on a sports wig. Also, if the wig is not properly installed, it may accidentally fall off, putting you in a bind…

sports with a wig

In fact, there are a few things you should know about working out with a wig and how to make wearing your wig more comfortable at the gym.

First, start by learning the basics: what is a sports wig?

What is a sports wig?

headband wig

A sports wig is a designated wig that someone uses to go to the gym or wear during sports activities, which can also be any style, color, and type of wig you feel most comfortable in. While any wig can technically be considered a workout wig, there are still a few wigs that are best used in the gym.

So let’s take a look at some of the features you should consider when choosing a sports wig.

What types of wigs are best for the gym?

If you’re a wig and exercise enthusiast, you need to know which wig is best to wear to the gym, for your athletic workouts.

Closure or Frontal:

frontal wig and closure wig

Which is better, the frontal or the closure?

Of course, the best choice is to go for the closure. As we all know, frontal wigs can give you the effect that the wig is growing straight from your scalp. But they’re not the best option when it comes to choosing wigs for the gym, sport or exercise.

In fact, perspiration caused by exercise can damage the delicate lace over time. What’s more, if you usually secure your front wigs with wig glue or gel, sweat can also cause the product to loosen over time, increasing the risk of your wig slipping off during exercise.

Compared with frontal wigs, wigs with closure are easier to apply and remove, making them perfect for use in the gym.

Long wig or short wig?

A long wig can easily be tied into a ponytail or braid, which not only keeps the look exquisite, but also keeps all your hair out of your face and neck so you can concentrate on exercising. By doing so, you can effectively avoid sweat damage to the lace wig.

On the other hand, a short bob wig can reduce any feeling of excessive heat or sweat more or less during exercise, especially around the neck area. More importantly, it will be lighter because it contains less hair.

sport wig style

Human hair wig VS synthetic wig

On the whole, there are advantages and disadvantages to using human-hair wigs and the synthetic-hair one to go to the gym. It depends entirely on your preference.

Although human hair wigs are generally more expensive and heavier than synthetic wigs, they are easier to wash, dry and makeover. If you go to the gym regularly or if you’re an athlete, they’ll make maintenance easier. And if you want to be able to style your hair differently on each visit and prefer a more natural-looking wig, this is ideal.

natural wig vs. synthetic wig

In addition, synthetic hair wigs are lighter and cheaper, but they can be difficult to maintain and wash, which could affect the way you style your wig to go to the gym.


  1. If you have an old wig that you’ve no longer worn, but which is still in good condition, use it instead of your human hair wig to avoid damaging it.
  2. If you choose to use a synthetic wig as a sports wig and you exercise regularly, consider dedicating two wigs to your fitness routine so you always have one ready to pick up when the other is dirty.

What’s the best way to secure your wig at the gym?

As we all know, it would be the most terrible thing to wear an uncomfortable wig.

Traditionally, adhesives or wig glues are commonly used to secure wigs. However, the heat and sweat generated by physical exercise can break down the glue and potentially leave you with your edges unglued. Glue is therefore not the best option for fitness enthusiasts when it comes to fixing wigs.

Fortunately, there are several options to help you better secure your wig when exercising.

wig cap

For example, you can simply adjust the straps inside your wig cap to make sure your wig fits properly. Most wigs have interior adjustment straps that allow you to easily loosen or tighten your wig. If this isn’t the case, you can also sew an elastic band into the wig cap.

gel band for wig

Another way to keep your wig in place is to wear a gel band under your wig. It’s very comfortable, can stay cool and clings to your scalp and wig to keep it securely in place. You can also use a velvet wig clip to hold your wig in place.

wig cap

We suggest you wear a wig cap under your wig for added comfort, such as a breathable cotton wig cap or a mesh wig cap.
The cap allows air to reach the scalp to reduce the risk of your wig becoming too hot and uncomfortable. This prevents the absorption of sweat and moisture to keep your wig cleaner.

How to care for a wig during training?

If you intend to clean and care for your sports wig, always try to do the following:

– Wash it regularly

How often you should wash your sports wig depends on the type of workout you do and how often you do it. If you regularly practice a form of cardio several times a week, you’ll need to wash your wig more often.

If your preferred workout style is low-intensity like yoga, you can stretch your wash days a bit more, but as a general rule, it’s advisable well wash your wig once a week for human hair and once a fortnight for synthetic hair.

If you exercise daily, incorporate a dry shampoo between wash days, which will keep your wig clean and fresh even during exercise.

Here are four tips you can use to avoid damaging your wig when you wash it:

  1. Wash your wig in cold water to avoid damage caused by hot water.
  2. Apply a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner suitable for the wig to avoid chemical damage.
  3. If possible, deep condition your wig regularly.
  4. After washing, air-dry your wig rather than using heated appliances to avoid further heat damage.

Remove as soon as possible

remove your wig

Remember that wearing your wig for a long time can lead to a build-up of bacteria, which can be harmful to your hair, skin and scalp. Therefore, when you finish your workout, your first instinct should be to remove your wig to allow your natural hair to rest, and to wash your wig and your natural hair.

Always use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wig.

wig brush

After working out, the wig gets tangled and frizzy. Nothing beats using a wide-tooth comb to brush it thoroughly after each workout.

Don’t forget to protect your natural hair

Although wigs are a protective style for your natural hair under the cap, that doesn’t mean you can ignore your natural hair.

When sweat dries on your scalp while you’re exercising, it can block hair follicles and even lead to irritable or damaged skin due to the mixture between sweat and bacteria.

Secondly, the salt content of sweat fades the natural color of your hair. Finally, when sweat seeps into your hair, your natural hair will be more fragile and more prone to breakage.

While it’s hard to avoid sweat, there are steps we can take to sweat less and reduce the damage sweat does to your hair.

What do you think about exercising with a wig? How do you take care of your wig when you exercise? Discover our women’s wigs designed for exercising in the gym or at home.