If you’ve never worn a wig before, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when first walking into a wig shop. Shopping online can be a bit much too, as there are so many styles, qualities, and textures to choose from.
Fortunately, we’re here to help. Read on to learn more about how to choose a wig that you love. We’re confident that you’ll love your new look.
1. Selecting What Feels Right
Choosing your first wig can feel a bit like entering a foreign world. If you’re looking for a wig after receiving chemotherapy, you aren’t alone. Instead of viewing this as a side effect of your treatment, try to view your wig shopping experience as a chance to explore new styles and get the kind of hair you’ve always dreamed of.
Also, unlike human hair, you can choose to have as much variety as you like. Want to pick a more daring style for nights out and a conservative style for the workplace? You’re in luck.
Feeling a bit lost? Take some time to clear your mind before you start down this journey. If you’re looking for a chance to reconnect, you may want to consider exploring support groups or checking out a ayahuasca and cancer retreat.
2. Different Kinds of Hair
Not all wigs are created equal. The two main categories of wigs are synthetic and human hair. Synthetic hair wigs are significantly cheaper than real human hair. Synthetic hair, however, does have its drawbacks though. Synthetic hair fibers are far more sensitive to heat styling than human hair. Because of this, it needs to be handled with care when styling.
Some synthetic wigs offer heat protection and can be used with styling irons, but be warned! You’ll want to keep your styling irons on a lower heat setting to protect the integrity of the hair. Synthetic hair that gets too hot can become ‘gluey’.
Human Hair wigs, however, have a far longer shelf life and look more realistic. Synthetic fibers used in synthetic wigs can sometimes give off an unnatural shine that gives away the fact that you are wearing a hairpiece.
3. Remy, Virgin, and European Hair Wigs
Remy hair is not necessarily higher quality human hair. However, Remy hair does make for better wigs. This is because Remy hair has been carefully handled to ensure that all of the hair is laying in the same direction.
Remy hair is sourced ensuring that the cuticle is intact. This creates much smoother hair that tangles less often and appears sleeker and more natural. Regular human hair may consist of bundles that have hairs facing toward and away from the direction of growth. Remy hair may be more expensive, but it’s worth the upcharge. This is especially the case if your wig will be worn daily.
Virgin hair denotes hair that has never been chemically processed. This is commonly associated with Remy hair. Remy hair is traditionally dark, however, if you want a lighter color of virgin hair, you can expect to pay more for it. Hair is usually sourced from countries like India, where dark hair is far more common than lighter shades.
European hair, however, is available in virgin Remy quality and in lighter shades. This hair, however, can be very expensive. Remember that you can almost always find a wig that suits your desired shade even if it isn’t virgin hair. If you are on a budget, don’t worry about getting European hair. Dyed wigs can look just as good as virgin European hair.
4. How to Choose a Wig Style That’s Perfect for You
For everyday wear, you’ll likely want to choose a wig that mimics your natural hair or what a desired everyday hairstyle. Long wigs can be more difficult to style if you’re new to wearing wigs.
If you’re concerned that people will notice that you’re wearing a wig, you may opt for a style that comes with bangs. This can be helpful, as you’ll want to pick something that looks natural.
Hair is usually available in a variety of textures as well. You can choose wigs that come set with a natural body wave or wigs that are straight.
5. Choosing a U-Part Wig
If you’re choosing to wear a wig because you’re self-conscious about a lack of fullness in your hair, you may not have to commit to wearing a full wig. U-part wigs can be a great option for people looking to add fullness to their hair because it creates such a realistic illusion.
U-part wigs don’t cover your entire head after all. U-part wigs create a natural illusion by allowing you to use some of your own natural hair within the style. This area is known as the “leave out”.
After you put on a u-part wig, you’ll use a teasing comb to pull your natural hair through the u-shaped area. This hair can then be teased using a teasing comb and your favorite volumizing product.
6. Don’t Wear It Straight Out of the Bag
One of the most common mistakes made by people who are new to wearing wigs is wearing your wig exactly as you bought it. Human hair wigs are the easiest to style, as they can tolerate heat the same way natural hair can.
This means that you’ll be able to use curling irons, flat irons, rollers, and all of the other heated styling irons that you were previously accustomed to. Don’t think that a wig’s original style is the end of your possibilities.
Another great benefit of this is that you won’t have to worry about damaging your natural hair. For cancer survivors who choose to wear wigs after chemotherapy, this can help to ensure that your hair is as healthy as possible as it begins to grow back.
7. Styling Your Wig
There are a variety of in-depth videos and hair tutorials to help you style your new wig. It can be helpful to get some insight into what kind of styles you want to achieve before going shopping.
Based on the recommendations made my these wig experts, you’ll have a better idea of which wigs are best suited for the looks you’d like to achieve.
Styling your wig can make for a fun evening, especially because the style you make will last longer on your wig than it would have on your own natural hair. Because wigs do not secrete oil, your fun style can be worn multiple times before needing a reset.
Some wig styling secrets including using standard foam rollers and steaming them with a steamer traditionally used on clothes.
8. Picking a Little Something Extra
Wearing a great wig can help you feel more like yourself again when going out in public, but it can also be a chance for you to bring back your sexy too!
Depending on how often you plan on wearing it, a second style can help you determine just how much you should spend on a ‘night out’ wig. This could include a style that is longer than your natural hair or entirely different than your natural look.
If your natural hair color is blonde, consider going for a rich brunette shade and a sexy new makeup look. Take a mental vacation by trying on a new personality. You might just find that you feel more like yourself than ever.
Rocking Your New Style
Now that you know how to choose a wig, it’s time to find your new dream hair. Whether you pick an easy, can’t-miss style or a daring, on-trend wig, we’re sure that your new hair will help boost your confidence.
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