The best part about wearing wigs is that you retain the power to completely transform your look without the pressure of worrying how long you have to hang onto the look. It’s a low commitment hair styling option but with a potentially huge impact on your appearance. Many of the world’s best-known pop culture fashion icons have harnessed the power of wigs to change their look in a matter of hours or days.
While the rationale for buying and wearing wigs is straightforward, it can all feel a little overwhelming if it’s your first time shopping for one. Wigs are a broad topic and it’s not possible to exhaustively cover all you need to know here. However, the following key points can prove vital in pointing you in the right direction from the get-go.
Wigs are designed and put together in several ways. The variations in how the wig is built often determine how naturally the wig can be styled and how well it blends with the scalp. There are three main wig styles.
First, the lace front wig. As the name implies, these wigs are fitted with lace on the wig cap’s front so they blend seamlessly with your hairline. Lace front wigs are usually the least expensive.
Second, the full lace wig. It has mesh on both the front and wig sides. This gives you more options when parting and styling your hair.
Third, the 360 lace wig. It has grown in popularity in recent years. The 360 lace wig from EvaWigs goes around the head thus allowing the wig wearer to have their hair in a ponytail while still appearing natural.
Synthetic vs. Human Hair Wigs
Wigs are either made from natural or synthetic hair. Each has pros and cons. The most appropriate choice for you will depend on what you are looking for and the reasons for wearing wigs.
Synthetic wigs tend to cost less than human hair wigs. And because they are factory-made, they retain their shape better and longer. This comes in handy for certain types of hairstyles. Synthetic hair is more resilient against the natural elements so wind and humidity won’t wreck your look. On the downside, synthetic wigs have an artificial-looking sheen. They can also neither be restyled or colored.
Human hair wigs are generally more expensive and also require much more maintenance. They respond in the same way natural hair would when subjected to the elements and are thus less resilient than synthetic wigs. But when it comes to styling, they have greater versatility allowing you to restyle and color them as you choose. You can, for instance, use a blow dryer on a human hair wig but a dryer can melt the fibers on a synthetic wig.
Securing Your Wig
Good quality wigs are designed to hold firmly to your head. There’s no harm though in adding extra security particularly when you are doing a new style. There are several ways you can secure your wig. Irrespective of the technique you choose, it’s essential that the hair underneath the wig is flat. Once this is done, you can choose a grip band, wig glue, or bobby pins and simple clips.
Still, whenever you buy a wig, check out any recommendations from the manufacturer on how to best secure it. This should be your first choice since the wig is likely designed with that method of securing it in mind. For example, some wigs must remain glue-free and could, therefore, be damaged if secured with adhesives.
Wig Storage and Care
When your wig comes off, there’s work to do. First, it should be stored on a mannequin or stand to safeguard its shape. Second, keep it out of reach of the elements, especially dust and sunlight.
Third, if you are on the road or have to travel with it, get a storage container or bag where you’d gently fold and place it. Fourth, don’t put your wig in storage before you clean it. Wash it as per the manufacturer’s directions. If you are wearing it every day, you need only wash it once or twice weekly.
Armed with this foundational knowledge, you are ready to buy and wear your first wig.
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Written by guest blogger Wendy Dessler, from https://www.mamaslikeme.com/