Must-know Before Buying A Wig

For someone who is new to wigs, buying a wig can be a little overwhelming. You’ve got a lot of things to consider in order to get a good-quality and suitable wig at a reasonable price. It’s quite often that plenty of people got scammed by fake wig ads or wig companies. Or they’re unsatisfied with the wig they have received. Even if you don’t wear wigs by choice, you may find unexpected benefits of wearing wigs. You will never have a "bad hair day." Whether you enter the wig world due to hair loss issue or simply seeking for a new look, this wig buying guide will help you to choose the right wig for you.

Hair type

When you are shopping a wig, the first thing you need to consider is that what hair type would you like to select. Basically you have two choice: human hair wigs and synthetic wigs.

Human Hair: Human hair is popular for its natural texture as it’s made of real human hair. When you wear a human hair wig, other people won’t even think that is a wig. Also human hair wigs can be dyed, bleached, curled, straightened and restyled to whatever you like. And they can last about one year with proper care. Therefore, human hair wigs are considered to be a long-term investment. All these advantages make human hair wigs much more expensive than synthetic wigs. To make human hair wigs last longer, more maintenance is required. For these reason, human hair wigs may not be the first option for first time wig wearers.

Synthetic Hair: As the name tells, synthetic hair wigs are made of synthetic fibers. High quality synthetic wigs will be virtually indistinguishable in appearance from human hair wigs. You can tell apart them by burning test. Synthetic wigs always come with versatile styles and colors and they can retain the shape very well. Compared with human hair wigs, synthetic wigs will be a lot cheaper and less maintenance required. But synthetic wigs cannot last for a long time and they seem to get tangled due to friction between synthetic fibers. Another thing you need to pay attention to is that synthetic wigs can be divided into heat-friendly and non-heat-friendly. If you plan to straighten or curl your wigs with heat tools, you have to get heat-resistant synthetic wigs, otherwise your synthetic fibers may just melt down.

Wig cap

Wig cap is another important factor to consider when buying a wig. Wig cap is the lining inside where the wig touches the scalp. There are many types of wig caps, based primarily on the cap construction design and materials.

By cap construction design:

Open wig cap has vertical lace strips with open spaces between the wefts. This is a cool, comfortable design that you have the option to pull your hair through, for a natural look.

Adjustable wig cap replaces the wide stretch lace used in most of today's wigs with a thinner, more resilient stretch material that actually molds to the shape of the head for a lighter, more secure fit. It can either be adjusted to a smaller or larger cap size.

Braided wig cap is made for crochet braids or weaves. Finished braided pattern on a cap, eliminates the pain or tension associated with crochet styles. 

Crochet net cap is great for creating crochet styles. You can follow the same process of securing the hair using a latch hook except instead of doing it on your cornrows, you attach it to the net.

By cap materials:

Basic wigs cap is made by sewing frames of hair on the cap, which in turn has a layer of lace closed to the crown. This is the most common and most affordable construction type of wig cap. It is perfect for anyone who wants to add hair volume at the crown.

Monofilament wigs cap is made by placing each hair individually on a transparent mesh cap, making it look like the hair is growing from your own scalp. Full monofilament top that gives you the maximum parting and styling versatility.

Lace front wigs cap is a special type of wig in which human hair or synthetic hair is tied by hand to a sheer lace base which go over the scalp, providing you a natural-looking hairline.

In addition, the wig size really matters too. Everyone has a different head size and it’s important to find a wig that is comfortable. Too tight wig cap will lead to headache and you can never wear such a wig for a long time. Whether you’re buying a wig in person or online, make sure to measure the circumference of your head and then choose the right size. Further details about how to measure your head for a wig can be found ReadyWig Blog. Do not worry about wrong wig cap size. Nowadays many wigs have adjustable elastic straps, which makes finding the right size much easier, even for those who have larger head circumference.

Wig color

Wigs come in a variety of colors and those colors are so different from your own hair color and so appealing to you. The wig color can simply transform your look totally to show your unique personality. Then how to choose the right wig color. Most individuals find that it is best to match their natural hair color. If you are experiencing hair loss, it is very helpful to select a color matching to your wig. But you can also try some new color. It seems to be a little boring to always have the same hair color. So why not try something new and make a change now as life is short anyway.

You might be tempted to try something very different when deciding colors, but it's best to stick with colors that flatter your skin tone. Hold it against your face in natural light to check whether it makes you look good or not. Skin tone types generally fall into three categories: warm, cool and neutral.

Warm skin tones tend to have brown, hazel, or green eyes. If you tan easily, then you most likely have warm skin tones. Warm skin tones can generally wear colors like honey blondes, chestnut browns, ebony brown-black shades or copper colored reds. If you burn easily and have a ruddy color to your skin, then you are cool-toned. Cool skin tones can generally wear platinum blondes, ash browns, auburn reds or inky, raven blacks. Neutral skin tones will often not have an obvious undertone to their skin and will be compatible with most hair colors.

Wig style

When it comes to wigs buying, you need to decide on the look you are going for: straight or curly, short or long. You might decide to choose a wig style that looks similar to the style of your own hair, or you might be feeling a little adventurous and seeking a new look. Whatever you choose the style, bear in mind that each style has its own charm and what you need to do is to figure out what’s the most suitable style for you.

Short wigs are easier to wear than long wigs, especially in the super hot summer weather. And short wigs requires less maintenance than long wigs. Long wigs can offer more you more versatility, like various braiding styles. Especially if you’ve never been able to have long hair before or haven’t had a long hair for a long time, long wigs can be your choice. But long wigs can easily tangle and consistently need to be brushed out. More information about choosing wig length can be seen in ReadyWig Blog. Whatever you decide, it’s best to buy a wig that’s longer than your ideal length, as you can always get it trimmed to the correct length.

Straight hair and curly hair, which one is better? To be honest, there is no absolute answer. This is more of a personal preference than a universal fact that one must triumph over the other. Someone like straight hair while others prefer curly hair. Or after certain time, you may want to switch your straight hair to curly hair and vise versa. With heat-friendly wigs, you can easily turn curls into straight hair with heat tools. No matter what type of hair you have, whether curly or straight hair, just make sure the wig looks great on your head.

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