Expert tips on choosing the right wig and how to take care of it
Choosing the right wig can be a tough decision, especially if it’s your first time. There are a surprising amount of things to consider, and loads of options out there that can leave you a little confused. Researching and navigating all of these options can be so exhausting. So, to help you along, we’ve put together a guide of the most important things to consider when choosing the right wig for you and of course, we’ve also included some tips on how to take care of your wig once you’ve made your purchase.
So, keep reading for our guide on how to confidently choose the right wig for you.
Choosing the right wig
Know your budget
The price of wigs varies — a lot. So, when choosing the right wig for you, you need to know your budget. If your budget is low, your may be more limited in your options or you need to save up some extra cash. So, knowing this from the beginning would be best.
Consider the type of hair
Once you know your budget, you need to consider whether you want a synthetic or human hair wig. There are pros and cons to both, so either could be the right one for you, depending on what you’re looking for. For example, synthetic wigs are more cost effective, less reactive to weather, and require less maintenance, though they’re less durable and limited in their styling versatility. On the other hand, human hair wigs look and feel more natural, are more durable, versatile and are less prone to tangles. However, they often come with a hefty price tag, react to the weather and require more styling. To choose the right wig for you, you need to know which set of pros and cons you prefer.
Consider the size
Believe it or not, this is actually a really important thing to consider. The right wig will feel comfortable and fit snugly on your head. The wrong wig for you will be too tight or loose, which will feel uncomfortable, look unnatural or simply slip off.
Generally, wigs come in 3 sizes: petite, average, large. However, some brands offer more sizes to choose from. To figure out the right size for you, you will need to measure the circumference of your head. To do this, measure from the front hairline, to behind your ear, to the nape of your neck and all the way around to your other ear and back to your front hairline. Take note of your measurement as sizes may vary between brands.
Consider the construction of the wig
Simply put, the construction of your wig refers to how it’s put together. There are a few different ways to construct a wig and each give the wig a slightly different result. So, to choose the right wig for you, you would need to figure out which construction suits you best.
For example, if you like to wear your hair away from your face, a lace front wig would be a good option. It gives a natural-looking hairline and allows you to part your hair where you want. On the other hand, there are hand-tied wigs. These are great for styling your hair freely, in all directions, giving you greater versatility.
Consider the colour and style of the wig
Perhaps the most intuitive step, you need to find the right colour and style for you. After all, you could have every other element down to the T, but if the colour and style aren’t perfect, then it won’t be the right wig for you. So ask yourself, do you prefer a fringe? Or no fringe? Blonde hair or brunette? Maybe something a bit more OTT, like pink? You can also choose between long, short, and medium length. Curly and straight. You’ve got options, so be sure to choose the one that feels the most “you”.
Quick tips to care for your wig
This can largely depend on whether your wig is synthetic or human hair. However, these are some general tips to keep your wigs in good condition, whether they’re human hair or synthetic.
Handle with care
In general, wigs should always be handled gently. After all, you don’t want to go through all the steps to find the right wig for you, only for it to not last as long as it should. So comb your wig gently, and avoid activities like sleeping, showering or swimming when wearing your wig.
Just as with human hair, detangling your wig is essential. This helps prevent knots and potential damage. We recommend finger-detangling or combing through your with with a wide-toothed comb. And, always detangle your wig before washing it.
Wash your wig regularly
Speaking of washing your wig, you need to do this regularly. This will keep it clean and free of any product buildup. When washing or conditioning your wig, try to not submerge it in water. Rather, rinse it by holding the lengths under cool, running water. Then, press out excess water by gently squeezing — don’t twist or wring the wig.
Consider your products
In the same way you need the right wig, your wig needs the right products. If your wig is synthetic, use shampoo, conditioner and styling products that are specifically formulated for synthetic wigs. For human hair wigs however, you can typically use regular shampoo and conditioner.
A good all-rounder shampoo+conditioner combo to use on your human hair wig is the Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are lightweight so they won’t cause any buildup, but they’re moisturising enough to keep your wig looking good.
A stellar styling product for your wigs is the TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspray — we definitely recommend it. It’s great for keeping flyaways at bay, neatening the edges of the wig, and setting it in whatever style you choose to wear. And best of all, it won’t flake and it combs out easily.
Wet wig etiquette
When your wig is wet, it’s at its most fragile, so handle with (extra) care. After cleansing and conditioning your wig, don’t place it on a styling head while it dries, as that can stretch the cap. You also want to avoid brushing your wig while it’s wet. This will help prevent damage.