Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Wig
Check out several ways to locate a wig that fits your personal style.
Wigs come in different sizes. First, consider one crucial fact— you need to know which size wig to buy.
To find your perfect wig size, you should measure your head’s circumference from the front of your hairline, then along the back of your neck and behind your ears. Remember these measurements when shopping for a wig in-store or online. Note that sizes can vary based on a brand.
Sizes start at ultra-petite that measures between 19 to 20 inches. The next size is the small-cap fitting fit heads from 20 to 21 inches. The average and the most commonly worn wig size fits a head measuring between 21 to 22 ½ inches. Last but not least is the Large—the biggest size.
This circumference is big enough for heads between 22 ½ to 24 inches in circumference.
Synthetic Versus Human Hair Wigs
There are two main types of wigs: synthetic and human hair.
Synthetic wigs are created from artificial materials. These types of wigs come in a variety of styles and colors. Human hair wigs are made from real human hair making them the most realistic kind of wig.
Human hair wigs are pricey compared to a synthetic wig. It takes a lot of effort and time to gather enough hair needed to make wigs, so this is why it is more expensive. When compared to the higher priced human hair wig, the affordability of a synthetic wig is usually the determining factor when choosing between the two styles.
But there is more to this choice than the type of hair. We will give you all tea.
To Cap or Not
Cap construction is another aspect of the wig-buying process.
There are several options for cap constructions that work best for different needs and price points. Some examples are the Open Top which is the most common and easily found, the Mono Top, Full Lace and Lace Front constructions.
If you chose not to wear a cap that is ultimately your choice. You can still find a wig and wear it well without a cap. Some wig wearers comment that a wig cap can feel warm and, combined with the weight of a wig, this heat can feel uncomfortable.
As many wig caps are made from nylon liners, this fabric can sometimes react with the skin and cause the scalp to sweat more than usual. So beware.
Lacefront vs. Full lace
We cannot talk about wigs without speaking of lace wigs.
You have the choice of a full lace wig and a lace front wig, Full lace wigs have a base made of all lace. Full lace wigs are more expensive than a lace front wig as well. The infamous lace front wig is a wig constructed from a specific type of hairpiece or wig-either human hair or synthetic hair- tied by hand to a sheer lace base that is placed over the scalp.
Consider your way of life when choosing the perfect wig.
Ask yourself these questions. Why do you want to wear a wig? Is it convenient? What do you have for your hair care routine and do you need to purchase something else to maintain it. ? Do you want a wig that you can put on with minimal styling and maintain or do you want something that can be styled in different ways?
You should also think about if you need a wig that you can wear comfortable when you are working out or running.
Flatters Your Face
Your wig can be most flattering when you choose one that enhances the shape of your face and highlights your natural features. PLE serves you with some general guidelines.
Tip # 1
Round faces. Typically fare best with short pixie wigs or a layered short bob which accentuates your collarbone.
Heart-shaped faces. Consider a short pixie cut that has some texture (like a Halle Berry or Nia Long look), a shoulder-length wig with a swoop bang.
Oval face shapes. For shorter hair, try a shaggy bob or a long bob. For long hair, find a wig that can hold layered curls or body waves.
Square faces. For square faces, select wigs that will soften your jawline, for example, a longer, angled bob, a shoulder length style with subtle layers.
Locating the Ideal Wig
You’ve discovered your wig size, and cap construction so now comes the best part: buying a wig.
Take a trip to your local wig store or online to start trying on your new hairstyles. The cost of a wig can range from $50 to hundreds of dollars. Make sure you find a wig that you love and is within your budget. Keep in mind that you can buy wigs online at online wig boutiques.
However, when buying a wig online, you should know the type of color, cut and style of wig you are seeking to ensure it fits your idea of the perfect wig. Remember your measurements so you can buy a wig that will match your head correctly.
Consider if you are a cancer patient who is purchasing a wig as part of the chemotherapy process, your insurance company may cover some of the cost if not all of it.
Ready to Impress
Finding the perfect wig is not as hard as it may seem. The process takes some time if you want to get it right.
But when you find the best wig for you, you will exude confidence and style. PLE hopes these tips help ease your anxiety as you walk through the wig shopping process. These tips will make the experience exciting and manageable.
When you’ve found your perfect wig, give us a shout out on Facebook or Instagram —we would love to see pictures of the end results.