how to buy a wig

What Should You Look For in Your First Wig?

If you have been thinking: ‘Where can I buy a good wig?’, or ‘What should I look for in my first wig’ then you have come to the right place. First of all - great decision. If you are looking at a wig or hair system for any reason – be it hair loss due to chemotherapy, hair fall from auto immune disorders and alopecia, or simply to liven up your social appearances -  you have stepped into the right direction.

Wigs today offer so much range in terms of look and budget, and are so versatile in their function, that wearing them has become much more commonplace that you would think. A Keira Knightley to a Rekha have all sported wigs and you didn’t even know it.

So here are a few things you need to know about how to buy a wig, and when to buy the best natural looking wigs.

The range of wigs span lace front wigs, human hair or synthetic wigs, and more. We have put together some important know-how to help you source the best possible wig online.

What is a Wig

A wig is a head covering that’s typically made from either human hair or animal hair, although some wigs are made with synthetic fibers.

In ancient Egypt, men and women often had their heads either shaved clean or cropped close to their scalp and they would often use wigs.

Wigs Made of Human Hair

Most human hair wigs are made from Asian hair, including for hair extensions. There are distinct advantages to choosing a wig made of human hair:

Pros

- Most natural look and feel

- The hair movement is true to life

- The texture matches that of real hair

- Can be heated, straightened or curled

- Very versatile, can be styled

- More durable if cared for

- As cuticles of human hair run in the same direction, less tangling occurs

Cons

- More expensive than synthetic hair

- Needs more maintenance, just like real hair

- Needs to be oiled

Wigs Made of Fibre (Synthetic Hair)

Pros

- Look very real through modern technology

- Ready to wear, no styling required

Low maintenance in terms of preparation or cleaning process

- More budget friendly range

- Some modern fibre wigs like Papillon wigs can be heated and styled

Cons

- Styling options are limited

- Cannot be subjected to high heat styling

- Last only abut 4 to 6 months average

Wig Cap Construction Types

The caps are the inner lining that the wig hair is sewn on to. These can be of different types, and can make all the difference to the way it feels and looks on your head.

Modern caps have become lighter, natural looking and more breathable – thus making wigs a comfortable long-term option. Different types of caps attach the hair strands through different methods. An overview:

Monofilament Caps

They have a natural look, and the soft mesh at the base makes the hair look like it is growing out of the scalp. Different hair strands are tied separately to this mesh, allowing for parting and combing of hair. These can be placed as a whole (this allows for maximum, or on the crown or just one part of the scalp). There is a double monofilament version with an extra layer of soft fabric for chemocare patients with sensitive scalps.

Lace Front Caps

The hair in lace front caps is individually tied into a delicate lace material. These are placed along the natural hairline and blends with it. The advantage is that along with the natural hairline appearance it also allows you to comb it back from the hairline, into different styles.

Basic Caps

These are the commonly available, affordable wigs. Wefts or strips of materials are attached to a wig frame and the hair is sewn into the cap. The wefts are open and thus, air circulates to the scalp easily. The hair segments are then teased into a volume that rises and covers the cap underneath it. They come pre-styled and ready to wear.

Sizing of Wigs For Your Head

Wigs come in three sizes, petite, average and large. You can measure your head circumference by laying the tape along your hairline all the way around. Start with the front of your head, run it to your ear, pull it around to the nape of your neck, around to the other ear and back to the front.

Some wigmakers may need more measurements like the length from the front of your hairline, over the top of the crown to the back.

Go right ahead and find an expert wig maker online. The reputed ones will make sure that they address all your queries and hand hold you every step of the way until you get your self a beautiful wig that changes the way you look in the mirror - and at the world!