If you have made a decision to buy yourself a wig, you may be curious if all wigs are the same. Can you just go to a wig store and pick out a wig and wear it home? The simple answer to that question is no. Wigs today come in many shapes, sizes, color and levels of quality. They are not a one size fits all. They can be customized to achieve the perfect fit for the person that will be wearing it. If you are someone that is going through chemotherapy treatment, your scalp can be sensitive. The quality and fit of a wig is very important. To help you get started in the right direction we have gathered some key thing to keep in mind as you shop for a wig.
Synthetic Hair vs Human Hair
There are basically two hair types when it comes to wigs; synthetic hair and human hair. Each of these two types of hair will offer different qualities in appearance as well as different care instructions.
Synthetic hair wigs are less expensive than you would find with natural human hair wigs but they do come with some restrictions. Synthetic wigs can be more difficult to style because the material they are made with is not safe to use with hot styling tools. They also tend to be heavier to wear than you would find with a human hair wig. Human hair wigs can be styled just like you would you own natural hair. Curling irons, straighteners are fine to use on them. You can achieve a more natural look with them.
When it comes to wig construction you will find there are many choices. These include
Weft Wigs: Weft wigs are the least expensive and most accessible option. These wigs are woven by a machine, so they are easier and faster to produce. Because these are not hand tied, these wigs give you the least natural appearance and fit.
Lace Front: A lace front wig is made partially of lace and partly of another, thicker material. As implied by the name, the hair at the front of the wig is hand-tied into a lace material to give it a natural looking hairline. The benefit of this type of wig is its natural appearance and high-quality. The main drawback is the fact that they lace doesn’t continue to the back of the wig making hairstyles like updos an issue.
Lace Cap: If you think the lack of a lace in the back is an issue, you can get a full-lace cap instead. This type will provide you with a more natural all-around appearance. The drawback is it will provide you with less support in the back and the wig will cost more.
Monofilament: A monofilament wig is similar to a lace front cap. The hairs are hand tied to a nylon lace cap. The material is such that it provides a very natural appearance. These wigs have a much higher cost but you get superior quality.
Customizing your wig
When you wear a wig it’s important that your hair be comfortable and beautiful. Know how you want your hair styled and make these preferences known. Do you like bangs? If you do, let the stylist know. Talk to them about your desired color and what you want the final product to look like. With human hair wigs, there are so many natural colors available. If you want the most flexibility when it comes to styling your wig, you should go with a wig that is made from 100% human hair.
Get your wig custom-fitted
To get the most natural look out of your wig it is important to have your wig custom fitted. A wig that is too big will slip around and a wig that is too small will not be comfortable to wear and will look unnatural. The goal of a wig is to give the appearance of natural looking hair. To get this you need to be fitted just like a fine suite. Your stylist will work with you to find the right fit for you. If you get a great fit and later on you find something isn’t quite right, make sure to give your stylist a call. They are always happy to help you so you get the fit that is perfect for you.
Maintaining Your Wig
Different wigs have different care instructions. A synthetic wig will require less maintenance when storing or styling your wig. You can usually store it however you like and not worry too much about it losing its shape. Also, they do not need to be shampooed or conditioned. When it comes to human hair lace wigs or monofilament wigs, they require a bit more care. The material can tear or develop creases which can be quite difficult to repair. This type of wig should be stored on a wig stand or mannequin head. They also require regular shampoo and conditioning.