If you have decided to buy a wig, you may be wondering, "are all wigs the same"? Can you simply go to a wig store, pick a wig out that you like, and wear it home? The simple answer is no. Wigs come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and levels of quality. They are not one size fits all and can (and should) be customized to be the perfect fit for the person wearing the wig. If you are going through chemotherapy, your head will be sensitive, so quality and fit will be of utmost importance. So where do you start? How do you know a quality wig from a less than ideal product? We've gathered some of the key things to keep in mind when you shop for a wig.
Synthetic hair vs human hair
There are two main hair types for wigs; synthetic hair and human hair. With these two products, you will get different qualities in appearance as well as different care instructions. Synthetic hair wigs are less expensive than natural hair wigs but come with some restrictions. These wigs are usually are more difficult to style. Because of the material they are made with, it is typically not safe to use hot styling tools with your wig. They also tend to be heavier than their natural counterparts.
Conversely, human hair wigs can be styled just as you would your natural hair. Curling irons and straighteners are fine. Additionally, you will usually achieve a more natural look with human hair wigs.
You will find many choices when it comes to wig construction. These include:
Lace Front: A lace front wig is composed 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, providing a natural hairline. The benefit of this wig is its natural appearance and high quality. The main drawback is that the lace does not continue to the back of the wig, making updos an issue.
Lace Cap: If the lack of a lace back is an issue, you can elect to purchase a full lace cap. This will provide a more natural all-around appearance. Unfortunately, the construction will provide less support in the back and the wig will come with a higher price tag.
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 do come at a higher price tag, but also with superior quality.
Weft Wigs: Weft wigs are the least expensive and most accessible option. These wigs are woven by a machine, making them easier and faster to produce. Because they are not hand tied, these wigs provide the least natural appearance and fit.
Customizing your wig
Your wig is your hair. It's important that your hair is not only comfortable but beautiful as well. Know how you want your hair styled and make these preferences known. Do you prefer bangs? Ask for them. Talk to your stylist about your desired color and style and what the final product will look like. With human hair wigs, there are many natural colors available. You also have the option to color your wig, just as you would your own. Again, if you want the most flexibility with styling your wig, you should choose a wig made with human hair.
Get your wig custom-fitted
For the most natural appearance, it is important that you have your wig custom fit to your head. A wig too big will slip and slide around, where a wig too small will not only be uncomfortable but also can leave unsightly lines and look unnatural. The goal of a wig is to give the appearance of natural hair. To do this, the wig must be fit to yourhead. Your stylist will work with you to find the right fit. If you have found a good fit, but later realize that something is not quite right, don't be afraid to give your stylist a call. We are happy to help you find the fit that is perfect to you.
Know how they need to be maintained
Different wigs have different care instructions. A synthetic wig requires less maintenance when it comes to storage and styling. You can usually store it however you wish and not have to worry about it losing its shape. They also do not need to be shampooed or conditioned. Lace wigs and monofilament wigs require more care. The material on the wig can tear or develop creases which are 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.
The team at New Look Institute knows that buying a new wig can be a very emotional experience. That's why our stylist will do everything it takes to make sure you find the wig that you fall in love with. Each of our stylists has a unique set of skills and experiences that will help you find the cut, color, and style you are looking for. Contact New Look Institute to begin your journey today.
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