If it’s your first time looking for a wig, it can seem a little daunting at first. But you should know that millions of people wear wigs every day—you’re not alone. It’s quite possible that even your neighbors and colleagues wear wigs and you have no idea! That’s because today’s wigs look more natural and beautiful than ever before. In fact, today’s top celebrities not only wear wigs in movies but also in everyday life, too. And even if this isn’t your first wig, you may learn some new tips that will assist you in the purchase of your next wig. The following information covers the most common questions we’re asked about wigs, giving you the answers you need to make the best decision for your wig purchase.
What Style Wig Should I Choose?
If it’s going to be your first time wearing a wig, you might feel a little timid about the whole experience. There’s no need to be scared! Wigs have improved significantly over the years and now offer the exact look you desire, seamlessly integrating with your scalp and facial features. To help you narrow down your choices, first decide how many wigs you plan on buying. For example, if you’re only going to buy one wig, then you should select a style that will be most appropriate for everyday use.
Now, think about what your daily life is like. Are you typically at a desk inside for most of the day? Or do you live a very active life that includes sports? If most of your day is spent inside at a desk, then you may want to select synthetic wigs or heat-friendly synthetic wigs. They are less durable than human hair wigs, but you can take advantage of a smaller price tag since you won’t be demanding as much from your wig. On the other hand, if you’re typically more active, then human hair as well as premium human and Remy hair hybrid wigs will likely serve you better since they are the most durable.
Aside from durability, you’ll also want to think about the type of look you’ll most frequently wear. If you work in an office every day, you’ll obviously want to consider a wig that will help you achieve a professional look. Therefore, consider shorter length wigs. If you want to achieve a look that’s more on the cute side, then consider getting a pre-styled wig that features curls. This brings up an important consideration. Curling your own wig can be tricky, since you shouldn’t apply high-temperature heat to most wigs because it can actually melt the hairs. You can buy heat-friendly synthetic wigs, which typically allow you to apply up to 350 degrees of heat while styling. But if you think you’ll want cute curls just about every day, then you might as well buy a wig that comes with permanent curls.
In summary, it’s easy to get caught up in all the sexy, fun, and glamorous wig styles, but you should stick with what will best suit your daily needs. Remember, once you’ve gotten your first wig for daily wear, you can always come back and look for a wig that you’ll love wearing for special occasions. Since it’s completely common for people to frequently dye and restyle their hair, it won’t seem awkward if your hair looks completely different from time to time. The only thing that will stand out is your luxurious new locs.
Still having difficulty narrowing down your choices? Consider starting with the following primary categories of wigs:
- Cropped wigs
- Short wigs
- Chin length wigs
- Bob wigs
- Shoulder length wigs
- Long wigs
You’ll also want to research your options for wig cap construction, which is discussed in another section in this guide.
What Size Wig Do I Need?
You’re smart for wanting to make sure you have the right size wig before you buy. The size of the wig can make an even bigger difference than the actual style since it’s directly related to your comfort. And if you get it too small, it won’t fit on your head. If it’s too big, it might be obvious you’re wearing a wig. But don’t worry! Ninety-five percent of wig wearers are actually classified as average size. How do you figure out if you’re average size or not? It’s simple, just use a tailoring tape measure, starting at the front of your hairline, then going behind your ear, to the nape of your neck, to your other ear, and then match the measuring tap back to the other end at the front of your hairline. (Tip: To make sure your measurement is accurate, try measuring at least three times to make sure your number is consistent.) Now, all you need to do is match your measurement to one in the list below (note: wig sizes can vary slightly between brands):
Circumference/size of wig you need:
- 19 inches: child
- 21 inches: petite
- 21.5 inches: petite/average
- 22 inches: average
- 22.5 inches: average/large
- 23 inches: large
(Note: If you use a different wig size chart than above, be sure the size chart you’re looking at online is for circumference since that’s what you’ll have measured if you used the above tip. For example, some size charts offer ear-to-ear sizes, not circumference.)
What makes wig sizing even more convenient is that most come with some type of strap, commonly Velcro, which allow you to easily adjust the size of your wig for the best fit possible. They usually allow you to adjust smaller or larger by a half inch. Therefore, if you’re concerned your wig might be a little too small, you should still get the size that’s recommended according to the circumference of your head since you can adjust the size up. It’s better to be slightly more snug than too loose.
What Does Wig Cap Construction Mean? What Difference Does Wig Construction Make?
Many people think that the main difference between wigs is the style. That is a big point of difference, but there’s another very important element to consider—the wig cap construction. This is where we see why some wigs are significantly more expensive than others. Don’t automatically reject a wig because it’s a lot more expensive than other options. You will get what you pay for. You may end up paying more for your wig, but you should also expect a longer life from your wig as well as a more natural look. Take a look at these primary differences between wig cap constructions for help deciding which type will best serve your personal needs.
100 percent hand-tied wig:
- This type of wig offers what many consider to be the most natural appearance since the wig hair moves so freely.
- You’ll enjoy fantastic versatility when it comes to styling since you’ll be able to comb your hair in virtually any direction.
- This is considered the softest and most comfortable type of wig cap construction, so it’s perfect for those of you with sensitive scalps or continuous hair loss.
- It features the lightest type of construction method, which makes it ideal for wearing all day every day.
Lace front wig:
- If you’re looking for an incredibly natural hairline, then this is an ideal type for you.
- Choose this type of wig if you frequently style your hair away from your face.
- The material is more delicate, so you’ll need to be careful when handling. This also means it’s not a good choice if you live a very active lifestyle.
- It comes ready to wear right out of the box.
Monofilament top wig:
- You can wear this wig with ultra confidence since it does such a good job of making it look like natural growth emanating from your scalp where the hair is parted.
- Do you want extra comfort? The double mono layer of extra soft material can do that for you.
- You can choose from full top, parting, or crown areas.
- If you simply can’t decide which wig to buy, you can’t go wrong with a monofilament top wig since it’s considered to be the most popular type of wig.
- This type of wig construction gives you instant lift thanks to the pre-teasing at the roots.
- If budget is a primary concern, this type of construction will give you the most bang for your buck. And they’re very durable, helping you get even more for your money.
- You’re sure to love how cool your scalp feels since this type offers excellent air ventilation from the open-weft construction.
- Flexible options include capless and other traditional types.
It should be noted that the above wig cap construction descriptions are for the most common options. You can also find hybrid types that offer a combination for an even more custom look and feel. For example, if you like features from more than one wig type, you may consider looking into a monofilament top and lace front wig. Or, perhaps a wefted style combined with a monofilament parting area wig will better suit you.
Should I get a Fiber or Human Hair Wig?
It’s common for people to automatically assume human hair wigs are the best. They are for some, but not necessarily everyone. Take a look at the following information to make sure you get the wig that will meet your exact needs and lifestyle.
Human hair wigs:
- These are considered to offer the most natural look and feel for most types of faces and head sizes.
- With the more natural look does come greater maintenance needs. This is especially true for each time you wash your wig hair.
- These are very durable, so they’ll stand up to more aggressive lifestyles.
- They’re typically more expensive, but they last longer, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
- Premium Remy hair: This is a specific type of human hair wig that offers the highest quality of any wig. You’ll enjoy significantly less tangling as well as a very durable construction.
Fiber hair wigs (also referred to as synthetic hair wigs):
- These offer both the look and feel akin to human hair. However, there can be significant differences between brands, so make sure it’s made of high-quality materials or it may not look as much like natural hair.
- You won’t have as many options when it comes to styling. For example, you cannot apply heat, which means hair dryers and curling irons are definitely out of the question. However, you can choose from dozens of different pre-styled fiber/synthetic hair wigs, so you can easily find the style you’ll want to wear every day.
- These are typically less expensive, but that also means they are less durable than human hair wigs. You can expect them to last anywhere from four to eight months if you maintain proper care throughout.
- A big advantage of fiber hair wigs is they require significantly less maintenance—ready to wear as soon as you get it!
- Heat-friendly fiber: This is a specific type of fiber hair wig, which grants great versatility when it comes to styling. You can actually use hot hairstyling tools such as hair dryers and curling irons. However, you should be sure to check the details of your specific tools to make sure they do not exceed 350 degrees. You’ll have to decide how important heat-treatment styling is to you since this type of wig is the least durable.
We hope our first time wig buyer guide helps you find a wig that you’ll love. Get excited, you’re about to look more beautiful than ever before!