Wig 101: What To Look For When Buying a Wig

Serena Norr | 17 October 2016

Expert tips on what to look for when purchasing a wig.

If you don’t normally wear a wig, you may be confused at exactly what to look for when getting one. From the right feel to the right color, you want to make sure that your wig looks and feels like how you would typically wear your hai without drawing too much attention to the wig itself. To learn more about wigs and what to look for when purchasing one, we spoke with Jeanne Doyle, author of the book Wig ED: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig. As the founder of the nonprofit Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically) and the developer of The HOPE Method—a corrective makeup curriculum, Jeanna has 25 years of experience working in both medical and media settings to help consumers better understand wigs. Read on to learn more about how to find the right one for you.

Wig 101: What to Look for

Wig 101: What to Look for When Buying a Wig

All Things Hair: What are wigs generally made out of?

Jeanna Doyle: Synthetic wigs are typically made from acrylic, plastic, or polyvinyl which can break down in time, from heat, cold, or excessive rubbing, like the friction of a wig brushing against clothing. A synthetic wig with everyday wear can last from 3-6 months with proper care.

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Jeanna Doyle, author of Wig ED: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig.

All Things Hair: Are wigs for all hair types?

Jeanna Doyle: Yes, although some have different textures to match different hair DNA. Look for a good texture match to start. Tip: If you have naturally dark hair and want to be a blonde chose a wig with a rooted color at the base to add believability. This will resemble your natural hair color growing out at the crown.

All Things Hair: What are some popular ways to wear wigs for Halloween?

Jeanna Doyle: A teasing comb can help a wig look more disheveled for a scary costume. Use a moisture spray to tame your princess and fairytale looks.

All Things Hair: How can people ensure that their wigs stay put all day?

Jeanna Doyle: Wear a stocking cap under your wig, to keep your own hair under control. You can take two bobby pins on either side of your ears and tuck them through the wig into the stocking cap for added security. There are also wig grip head bands that can help with a secure fit.

All Things Hair: How can you care for your wig when you’re not wearing it?

Jeanna Doyle: Store the wig on a head stand (if you wish to keep the shape) or you can turn it inside out and store it away until next year. Take a large tooth comb and remove any tangles before storing.

All Things Hair: What are some popular wig colors for Halloween?

Jeanna Doyle: I love a good tinsel wig they come in a variety of colors, like sliver, hot pink hair, green, the list goes on. Tip: with a cheaper wig, you may want to buy two and wear one on top of the other for added coverage. Secure with a couple bobby pins and enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween!

Looking for more information on wigs? Check out our feature on hair loss help with wigs.

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