Can you tell if it’s a wig? This is, perhaps, the single biggest fear that may prevent someone with hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia from getting a wig. No one wants to be that guy who sprouts a full head of glossy, artificial looking hair. No one wants to be an Akshaye Khanna – Vinod Khanna’s talented younger son who faded out on a wrong weave.
So how to tell if someone is wearing a hair system? Let us look at some signs that someone is wearing a wig:
1. The Hair Seems Too Perfect
The sheath of hair sits like a cap on the head, unmoving and unshaken. The wearer may have just come out of a metro but the sheath is fixed in place without a strand out of place. What is worse is if the wearer holds the head too still as if conscious of dislodging the wig.
Solution: Ensure that you shake the wig out before wearing it to give it a more wind-blown look. Sweep it to one side or pin it or clip it as you would do your own hair. Learn to feel and act naturally in your wig. Ask your wig solutions expert (and do invest in a professional – it makes all the difference between dignity and embarrassment) to help you get a natural fit.
2. Too Much Volume
Most people start losing some hair as they cross the age of 30, as natural ageing and external pollutants take their toll. An extraordinary mane of hair after this age will draw attention, whether it is a wig or real hair.
3. A Terrible Hairline
You may have sourced a natural looking wig solution, and may be patting yourself on the back that “No-one knows I wear a wig”. However, if the hairline looks artificial and obvious then it becomes a dead give-away. A cheaper synthetic wig may have a faulty hairline that pronounces to the world that the hair is a wig.
Solution: Get a natural looking hairline that blends into the forehead with a professional wig maker, whether you opt for one with human hair or synthetic fibres. A solution can also be to set the wig back a little and then cover the hairline with one’s own hair if any. Else, style the wig with bangs or a lock of hair to cover the hairline.
4. Different Shades
Often a toupee, especially if sourced from a non-specialised wig store, will not sport the same shade as one’s natural hair. This becomes an obvious sign that someone is wearing a wig.
Solution: Get the wig matched by professionals in the industry as it is difficult to achieve the exact hair tone of your original hair.
If the wig is of inferior quality or if the person who is wearing it has an allergy to the glue that fixes the wig, it may result in itching and discomfort. Constant adjustment of the hairline and scratching the area make wigs noticeable.
Solution: Do check for allergies to the glue - if so opt for a glue-less clasp on a wig.
6. No Parting
A head of hair that swings up and back with no parting is very unnatural. The cheaper varieties of wigs from a general store will offer such wigs that have been created without much thought or research on how natural hair behaves.
Solution: A professional wig will offer options for natural partings. You can try different partings yourself in your thatch of hair.
7. No Visible Scalp
Under one’s real hair the scalp is generally visible on closer inspection. Whereas, the scalp is normally not visible under a wig, especially under an unprofessional one.
Solution: Good quality hair systems have a latex base for the strands that mimic the appearance of the human scalp.
8. Shiny wigs
Synthetic hair tends to be too shiny, the artificial strands reflecting any light outwards. It does not have the natural hair’s capacity to absorb some light. This sometimes gives it an artificial ‘halo’.
Solution: One solution is to powder your hair and rub it into the strands. This dulls the shine out. The other solution is to simply invest in a better quality of a wig.
You must still remember, depending on the wig type selected, you can go close to around 80% - 90% of your natural look. It is unfair to compare a wig’s look with your natural hair. Therefore, you should stop comparing yourself to your old looks. Before stepping out into the word with your wig on, you must prepare yourself mentally and face the world with confidence. It is this confidence that makes all the difference.
Now, can you tell if it’s a wig? You know all the signs that indicate that someone is wearing a wig. Yet, a professional wig solutions company puts in years of research and customer surveys to come up with products that look as close to human hair and scalp fit as possible.
Just as you would not trust your health to a cheaper, locally made medicine, you should invest in a well-fitted wig from professionals. A wig that fits well will make all the difference between pointed stares at your hair and compliments on your appearance.