Category : Hair Care

How to Make Wigs Look Natural

Whether you’ve decided to wear a wig because of hair-loss, or simply want a major instant makeover involving hair, finding the perfect wig or hair extensions is paramount, and knowing the proper techniques for putting on and styling your new hair in a natural way is crucial. It can save you time, energy and pain, and assure that everyone around you is in awe of your fabulous hair.

Should I get a human hair-based vs. synthetic wig?

This is a hotly debated question among wig wearers, and it seems everybody’s got a strong opinion. The good news, though, is that everyone’s right! Only you can decide which type of wig is best for you. For now, let’s examine the pros and cons of each option.

Human Hair

PROS

  • It can be dyed, permed and styled just like your natural hair
  • It is available in a variety of textures and you can find a perfect match your own hair’s texture
  • There are many different scalp options to get a completely natural, comfortable look
  • Longevity: with proper care, you can expect your human hair wigs to last for years
  • It looks and feels superbly natural.

CONS

  • High maintenance involved: you will likely have to wash it often, deep-condition and straighten (in some cases) regularly
  • If you custom-color it, it may be difficult to achieve the exact result in replica if for some reason you need to replace it or want a backup
  • It behaves like your own hair – prone to getting dry or greasy, and it falls limp in humidity
  • Cost. Human hair wigs can be very expensive. The cost of your specific human hair wig depends on a wide variety of factors, but you should be prepared to spend at least $700 on a new stock wig.

Synthetic Hair

PROS

  • it is extremely easy to care for: just wash it, towel or air-dry and shake out
  • It holds its style in all kinds of weather
  • You can experiment with a wide variety of colors and styles without stepping foot inside a hair salon
  • It is relatively inexpensive: you can expect to find a quality synthetic wig for as low as $150.

CONS

  • The shimmer and shine can be so bright as to appear unnatural
  • It may not look quite as natural on your scalp & hairline under close inspection
  • You can’t use heat-based curling or straightening irons on synthetics
  • Limited life expectancy: synthetic wigs worn daily only last 4-6 months on average.

Congrats! Now that you’ve determined which kind of wig you want, it’s time to wear it!

Step One

The first (and arguably most important) part of perfect wig wearing is getting measured by a professional stylist. Consider the shape of your face, and the color of your eyes and complexion as well as natural hair when selecting your perfect wig. Be sure that your hair stylist is familiar with wig work, and discuss options for cutting and styling it to best frame your face. Be sure to wear a wig cap if you have long hair, as it compresses the hair and eliminates any chance of bumps and bulkiness under it.

Step Two

Adjust the wig after you place it on your head. Line up the center part with the center of your forehead. Pull the wig down completely over the back of your skull to assure that it fits as designed. It is also important to check the front and sides to ensure a seamless 360 degree fit. You can find some full head amazing female wigs here. Matching the wig’s hairline to your own is vital for maintaining a natural look. Incorporating bangs is a great way to perfect that natural look by drawing attention away from the hairline.

Step Three

Style your wig as you would your natural hair in terms of brushing, braiding, etc. Wigs made from human hair should be able to withstand hot rollers or blow dryers, but apply heat sparingly to synthetic hair, as it’s prone to melting.

Step Four

Accessorize!

Caring for your wig

Wash your wig regularly with specialized wig shampoo according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Not ready for a wig, but want more from my hair

Hair Extensions

If you’re not looking for the whole new head of hair a wig provides, but still wish to enhance the length and volume of your locks, hair extensions are a most worthwhile investment to consider.

Color

When selecting natural-looking extensions, it’s important to find a model with the exact same color as your own – compare by holding your hair up next to the extension. Be scrupulous! Even one shade too dark or light can ruin your whole look, and it will be obvious to all that you’re wearing fake hair.

Texture

As with color, it’s vitally important to find extensions that match your natural hair texture if you want to create a seamless look. Avoid models that feel especially dry to the touch, as well as exceedingly shiny models; these are likely to become tangled easily and perhaps discolored.

Application

The two main application forms for hair extension are clip-in and fusion. Clip-in extensions come in both synthetic and natural hair varieties, and are attached to a hair clip at the base. Clip-ins are best for temporary hair boosts, as they have to be replaced daily. They are the cheapest extension option, only take a few minutes to install, and can be done at home using hair wefts.

Fusion hair extensions are also available in synthetic and natural hair that is treated at one end with either a special glue or keratin wax which is then melted into your natural hair. Although fusion extensions use heat to connect to your natural hair, they cause minimal damage to said hair. Cold fusion extensions are also available, though they may not hold as long. Fusion hair extensions are generally a good deal more expensive than clip-ons, and should be applied by a professional, but they last much longer.

Now that you’ve got your perfect wig or hair extensions on right, it’s time to go out and show the world!