Tips for Finding the Perfect Wig
If you are thinking of buying a wig you may be wondering if all wigs are the same. Wigs come in many different sizes, shapes, and levels of quality. They aren’t one size fits all and they should be customized to be the perfect fit for the person wearing the wig.
If you are someone who is going through chemotherapy, your head will be more sensitive so the quality of the wig you choose to wear will be very important. So where do you start? How do you know the quality of the wig from one that is of lesser quality? We have put together some important things to keep in mind that will make the process easier.
Synthetic Hair vs Human Hair
When it comes to wigs there are two main types of wigs; synthetic and human hair. The two offer different qualities in appearance and have different instructions to care for them.
Synthetic hair wigs are less expensive but there are some restrictions. They are more difficult to style because the material they are made with is typically not safe to use hot styling tools on without ruining them. They also tend to be heavier to wear. They don’t require as much care as human hair wigs so they are easier to maintain.
Human hair wigs are much like your own natural growing hair and they can be styled in the same manner you would style your own natural hair. Curling irons and straighteners are fine to use on them. They tend to give you a more natural look as well.
Wig Construction: All Wigs Are Not Created Equal
When it comes to wig construction there are several choices. They include:
• Lace Front – This is a wig that is created partially of lace and partly of another, thicker material. The hair in the front portion of the wig is hand-tied into a lice material that provides an excellent natural hairline. The natural appearance and high quality are the benefits of this type of wig.
• Lace Cap – If the lack of lace in the back is the problem, you can elect to purchase a full lace cap. This gives a more natural all-around appearance. The price tag on this wig will be a bit higher.
• Monofilament – Monofilament wig is very much like a lace front cap. The individual hairs are hand-tied into a nylon/lace cap. The material gives you a natural look and a superior quality.
• Weft Wigs – These wigs are less expensive and most of often the most accessible. These wigs are woven by machine so they are more quickly and easier to produce. They do not have any hand-tied hair. The end result is less natural in appearance and fit.
Getting Your Wig Customized
When your hair is your wig you want it to fit well and look beautiful. When you talk to a wig stylist let them know what hairstyle you want. If you like bangs, ask for them. By talking to your stylist about desired color, and style and what the final products will look like. Human hair wigs come in many natural colors. You have the option to color your wigs just as you would your own hair. If you want the most flexibility with styling your wigs you would want to go with a human hair wig.
Get Your Wig Custom-Fitted
To achieve the most natural appearance it is important to be custom fitted for your wig. A wig that is too big will slip around, and a wig that is too small will not fit well and will be uncomfortable to wear. The goal of a wig should be to give it a natural look. This is done by having it fitted to your head. Your stylist will work with you to find the right fit. If your wig fits great and later you notice something is right, be sure to give your stylist a call. We are always happy to help find the perfect fit.
Know How They Need to be Maintained
Different types of wigs require different care. A synthetic wig will require less maintenance when it comes to styling and storage. You can usually store it however you wish and not have to worry about it losing its shape. They don’t need to be shampooed and conditioned either. Lace and monofilament wigs require more care. The material can tear or develop creases which can be difficult to repair. This type of wig should be stored on a wig stand or mannequin head. Lace wigs also require regular maintenance, including shampoo and conditioner.