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How to Choose Your First Wig | 2022 Guide

by Helen

There’re so many wigs available on Amazon and AliExpress. It’s rather difficult for you to choose your first wig if you plan to start your wig journey but you never bought wigs before. Here’re some tips and tricks on how to choose your first wig. Using these tips and tricks can help you to narrow down the choices to find the best ones suitable for you.

Wig Fiber / Material

Before buying your first wig, you can ask you these two questions first.

What is the price range you are willing to spend on a wig?

Do you want synthetic fibers, human hair, or do you have no have no preference?

Usually, price is tied to the type of fibers you want and the amount you need for the finishes you desire. Since you’re new to the wigs, we want to explain you some terms and let you know in details here:

  • Human Hair – Human hair wigs are made of “natural hair” from humans. That hair can be of Indian, Brazilian, Peruvian, Chinese or European origin.
  • Synthetic – A variety of manufactured fibers of various textures – also referred to fake or faux hair.
  • Human Hair Blends – Human hair (30%) and synthetic (70%) mixed in most cases. This hybrid can offer the convenience of synthetic and a more “natural” look that you can get from human hair wigs.

There’re also animal hairs used by some wig manufacturers in making wigs. This situation is seldom and can not be acceptable by customers.

Human hair wigs are going to be priced higher than wigs with synthetic fibers. Why a price difference? Human hair is more expensive because it’s “real” hair and obviously cannot be mass produced like synthetic fibers can.  Moreover, if you want a human hair wig that is the same texture and color as your bio hair – depending on your ethnicity and the color – it can drastically impact the price.

Maintenance and Care

“How much time do you have to spend on a wig?”

Some wigs require more time and effort than others. Depending on your preferences, available time, and skill, the price of the wig you choose, may be influenced.

For example, because human hair wigs are made of natural hair, they behave like bio hair.  A benefit is that they can be styled, straightened, and curled, just like bio hair can.  Still, they can have disadvantages for some people.  They are susceptible to water, heat, humidity, sun, etc. – just like bio hair would be.  This could require more time and effort and at times more skill than you currently possess.  If you do not have a lot of experience or time to style your wig, you may want to consider synthetic.

I primarily deal with synthetic wigs for 3 reasons.

  1. Human hair can require you to glue your wig down.  As a migraine sufferer, I need to be able to remove my wig quickly and as needed, so glue is not ideal.

  2. I don’t have the time or desire for regular styling.  Synthetic wigs come pre-styled and because they are fibers, they maintain that style – unless you change it by using heat or some other method.  They can get wet, it can be hot, and it will maintain the same style it was when you put it on.

  3. I love variety!!  Human hair wigs can be desirable and beautiful, but they can often be costly.  This can limit your ability to have various wigs and various styles.

Understanding your comfort level, available time, and your experience with wigs will help you determine what would work best for you.

TIP: For example, if having a wig that looks as close to what your bio hair would look like is important, human hair may be the way to go.  If you desire the wig to look like “real” hair but you don’t have a lot of time or experience, a synthetic wig will offer you the “put it on and go” features.  If you are comfortable with a bit of customization and you value variety or want your wig to look the same each time you wear it, then an affordable synthetic wig or human hair blended wig could be the better choice.

Hair style, texture and length

“What are your preferences when it comes to hair style, texture, length, and color?”

Wearing wigs really broadens your hair style, texture, length, and color options. Refer to or make a list of textures, lengths, styles, and colors you would like to explore.  Understanding your preferences will be beneficial in the wig purchasing process.

TIP: If you are new to wigs, have limited time, or not that comfortable wearing wigs in public, I suggest you choose a similar color to your own, pick a style that will be easy for you to manage based on your lifestyle, and go with a wig that is a manageable length and texture.

The longer the wig the more maintenance and upkeep it will require – no matter what it’s made of.  When it comes to a synthetic wig, the type of “texture” can mean more or less maintenance.

Purchase Your Wig

Now that you have decided on the wig you’d like to purchase, there are three vital steps that you can follow to buy a right wig.

#1 Measure your head.

The wig cap of a wig can come in various sizes. Wig sizing can be inconsistent and vary between brands and even in different wigs from the same brand.

One way to be sure if you are getting a wig that will fit you is to know your measurements. Most brand wigs often come in specific sizes that can include petite, average and large.

Not every brand or every style will have all three options available. So be sure to double check the size you are purchasing.  Affordable wigs do not often come in “sizes”.  This is partly because they are made to be customizable.

#2 Check out reviews.

How a wig looks online or in stock photos versus how it looks on you can be very different. There are so many quality wig reviewers and educators on YouTube that can be very beneficial for you.  If you find a wig that you would like to purchase, search that wig on YouTube and watch a few reviews.

TIP: When you are watching a wig review, we suggest you watch several reviews so that you can get a well-rounded idea of the wig and if it will work for you. Wigs can look different in various lighting and can look completely different from person to person. The first, and most important review to watch, is from a reviewer providing you with thorough information. 

If possible, find reviews of the wig in the same color, or color family, to the one you are considering.  Try to find a reviewer that is close to your skin coloring and has similar features to you. Be sure to ask a reviewer what their head measurements are as well as their height.  Height can drastically affect how a wig lays, especially regarding length. Watching these various types of reviews will give you a barometer as to whether that wig is right for you.  Please keep in mind, the wig may not look or lay the same on you as it does on them, so the next step is critical.

Read the fine print. Understand the shipping information as well as what the return and exchange polices are.

Therefore, it is so important that you understand what the company’s policies are in the event you need to return a wig (if the company allows it).  Whether or not a wig can be returned could be a very important factor, especially if you are purchasing a wig that is expensive and/or if you are on a limited budget.

After receiving your wig.

You have purchased your wig and now it has arrived. There are a few things you want to do – before you remove any tags or cut the lace.  Be sure that this is the wig you purchased, and it is in the color you desired.  Mix ups happen so be sure this is the correct wig before you proceed.  Next, you want to remove it from the packaging and take off the netting (if necessary) and inspect the wig.  Look over the cap construction and fibers to be sure it’s up to par.

Once you determine this is the correct wig and you are satisfied with the quality, shake out the wig a bit.  Though most wigs are packaged well, they still need to be shaken to loosen the fibers.

TIP: I often try the wig on quickly – tags on, lace intact – for a basic idea of how they wig looks on me.  Keep in mind that you may need to “play” with the wig or customized it a bit, to get it to a place where you feel satisfied.  Putting in on can give you a basic idea as to whether the color, length, style, and fit will work for you. Keep in mind wigs that are customizable and have lace fronts that require you to cut them, can fit slightly tighter while the lace is intact.

If you are satisfied with the initial look and fit, go ahead and take the tags off and get ready to put on the wig.  Before putting on your wig you want to consider wig security.  There are several features and items that contribute to how well your wig will stay on when you wear it.  Wig caps, whether they are nylon, bamboo, mesh or another material, can be a big part of wig security.  They also help contain and protect your bio hair and can provide a layer of comfort between your head and scalp and the wig.

Some wigs will come with combs and adjustable straps that can be Velcro, hook and eye, or a pulley system (similar to a bra strap). Many name brand wigs do not come with combs, as many are used for medical reason where combs would not be necessary or would be uncomfortable.  In that case a wig grip is the way to go.

Finally, you want consider wig placement.  A common mistake for newer wig wearers is to place their wig too far forward or two far back.  If you aren’t sure where your wig should be, check out the little trick I shared in the last blog. Remember, don’t be afraid to shift the wig around until you feel the wig looks and feels the best. 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WIG LOOK NATURAL (AND WHAT YOU WILL NEED)

This is the last step in your wig purchasing – and wearing – journey. For many, making your wig look as natural as possible and feeling comfortable and confident in it is an essential part.  I shared a list of wig tools and products you are going to want to have on hand that will help your wig look as natural as possible.  I have added additional deets to that list to help you better understand why they are important and how to use them.

  • de toothed comb. Though I often use a wide tooth detangling brush, I suggest you stick to a wide tooth comb in the beginning.  Wide tooth combs will help prolong the life of your wig and will not damage the wig fibers like some other combs and tools might.

  • Dry shampoo. Sometimes you may get a wig that looks a bit shiny.  Shine in bio hair is good – shine in a synthetic wig is not! Shiny wigs can look “fake” in a doll hair type of way.  Using dry shampoo helps take that shine down.

  • A wig spray. A detangling wig spray will also help prolong the life of your wig.  There are many sprays available that are formulated specifically for synthetic wig fibers.  Synthetic wig fibers are not porous like hair and therefore product build up will cause the fibers to break off and become brittle over time.

  • Powder.  I use a pressed powder foundation in the part and along the hairline of a lace front wig to make it look more natural and blend in with my skin.  You can use most powders you have on hand although I prefer a pressed powder foundation as it seems to stick a bit longer than other powders.  

  • A wig head or wig stand.  Wig stands or wig heads can help you keep your wig in good shape in between wears. It can also help you be ready to put it on and go when you are on the move.  I love to use a wig head to style my wigs.  I have several with wigs on them in various styles, in case I need to go somewhere at the last minute.

Again, this isn’t an exhaustive list and doesn’t contain any heat-related tools or products, as some wigs are not heat-safe.  These are the tools and products I recommend for those of you just starting out with wigs as there are tons out there to choose from.  In the beginning – keep it simple! The more you learn about wigs and the more experience you gain, you will incorporate different and/or additional tools and products to your kit.  Don’t waste money on things you may not use or want.

TIP: You may need to “mess with” or “play with” the wig a bit – especially if the wig has bangs and/or is a full cap.  Don’t forget all the things you may already have or can purchase to style and accessorize your hair that can be used for wigs.  Grab a cute headband, sparkly barrette, or a pretty hair scarf to take your wig to the next level.  Wearing wigs should be fun, so don’t limit it to just putting it on as is.  Grab a cute hat, add braids, or pin it up for a pretty or casual updo.

So, there you have it! Your step-by-step guide to purchasing and wearing your first wig…or your next! Don’t forget, wig wearing is a journey! It can be so much fun and add to your life in ways you may have never imagined.  Enjoy this ride and as always…Life is short, Wear Wigs!

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