Learn Some of the Basic Custom Wig Options
There are some who might say that wigs are enjoying the pinnacle of popularity these days, and they would be right. Just look at how many of today’s celebrities are choosing to use wigs to create looks from the beautiful to the bizarre. The red carpet is no longer just about the dress, it’s also about the hair. Celebs are going from drab to glam almost instantly, and their secret is now out. It’s all in the perfect wig. If you’re ready to follow suit, here’s some must-know information to help you get started.
Before you purchase a wig, it would behoove you to know more about them so you can make an educated decision. The first thing you should do is to get down to the bare bones of wigs so you can understand exactly what you are getting. The anatomy of a wig begins at the cap. It is literally the part of the wig making contact with the head and holds all the hair together. Wigs use one of the several different types of caps, and which one you choose should be the one which holds the most benefit for you. Each type of cap has specific benefits. Here are some of the popular wig cap types.
The Standard Cap
The standard cap has hair which is sewn on by a machine and comes pre-styled in a specific design created to conceal the existence of the cap. The wig usually has a crimp or tease style to give volume and maximize the appearance as to being real hair. This is the most affordable type of cap, and therefore the most common type worn. This style of cap may feel a bit heavier to some, as it can trap the body’s natural heat causing it to feel warmer.
The monofilament wig is lighter than the standard cap. It is manufactured with a breathable silk or nylon mesh into which the hairs are individually hand-knotted securely into the mesh. The mesh allows the natural skin color to show through and is not easily visible to others. This style is very popular for those with natural hair loss and individuals battling cancer. The monofilament wig is easily styled and provides good ventilation for the scalp. The monofilament cap is also softer and is the more comfortable choice over other types of wigs.
The Lace Front
The Lace Front is a wig with a fine mesh insert located in the front of the cap. The hairs at the front of the cap are individually hand-tied. It is a more labor intensive process that produces an incredibly realistic hairline. When the lace front wig is worn with special wig adhesive, it is nearly impossible for anyone to know it isn’t your own natural hair. These are a bit more expensive than other wigs, and may not last quite as long as other styles.
The Capless Wig
The capless wig design closely resembles the construction of the standard cap. The main difference is the capless wig does not have a closed lace layer located at the crown. At the back, crown and sides it has an open weft design allowing the scalp to have plenty of ventilation. It also makes it possible for the wearer to pull hair through to make a seamless presentation.
After you figure out the right wig cap for you, then you have to decide what type of hair you would like for your wig. The two most popular options are Human Hair Wigs and Synthetic Wigs. Human hair wigs are generally more expensive and higher quality. Synthetic wigs are usually a lot less expensive but can still offer a great value for your new look. There is also a synthetic blend that combines both human hair and synthetic hair. This is not as readily available and generally can be found in manufactured wigs. Let’s look at the difference between the two more popular hair types.
Human Hair Wigs
Wigs are available in several materials. Some of the most sought after wigs are those made of human hair. Their popularity stems from the fact they are the most realistic and flattering of wigs available. These wigs look so natural because they are real hair collected from different locations around the globe. They come in different hair types and styles, as well as an array of hair textures. Any way you can style your real hair, you can do the same with your natural hair wig. Using styling tools and products, the wig can be styled and restyled in a variety of designs.
Human hair wigs are made well and are highly durable. They do require a bit more upkeep than their synthetic counterparts. Just like your own hair, human hair wigs must be styled on a regular basis to keep their best appearance. Another thing that sets them apart is that the human hair wigs weigh more than the synthetics. Human hair wigs are more expensive than the others, but you will know they are worth every penny when you look in the mirror and see how it rivals a natural head of hair.
Human Hair Wig Care
Human hair wigs are on the expensive end of the wig collection; therefore, you want to maximize the life of the wig. In order to do this, it is essential that you properly care for your investment. It is possible to keep your human hair wig looking new for many years if you give it the attention it requires, which in reality is not all that much. Since your wig is made of natural hair you will have to clean it occasionally if you want it to look healthy.
Even if you feel certain your wig is made of human hair, make sure before you do anything in the way of cleaning or styling. Authentic hair can handle heat and certain detergents where synthetic wigs will not. Real hair is softer than the plastic fibers in synthetics which cannot be heat styled. When in doubt, check the wig’s care instructions which came with your purchase.
As the name denotes, synthetic wigs are made from synthetic fibers, but have also included a mixture of synthetic fibers and animal hair. Today most synthetic wigs are composed solely of fibers, with the higher quality wigs coming very close to the look and feel of real human hair. The synthetics do have advantages over the real hair option since they are easier to care for and cost less.
Synthetic Wig Care
It is possible to get years of enjoyment from your synthetic wig if it is cared for properly. There are some things that will wreck the hairpiece if they come into contact with it. The biggest mistake made with these wigs is the introduction of high heat. Blow dryers, hot rollers, and curling irons should never come in contact with a synthetic wig. It is also imperative to use the correct tools for your type of wig. Use only brushes, shampoos, and other products made specifically for synthetic fibers.
Using products intended for human hair can cause irreparable damage to the fibers. You might not think a hairbrush would damage plastic fibers, but using the wrong brush can actually split the hair fibers causing the wig to frizz and create split ends. Human hair shampoos will make the fibers grow dull and lose the shine that makes hair look healthy. Even human hair spray can cause the fibers to weaken, causing you to lose years of service from your synthetic wig.
Look for specialized shampoos formulated specifically for synthetic fibers. They will allow you to safely clean your wig and keep it looking new longer. Combs and hair brushes are available for synthetic wigs and they are not all that expensive when compared to the cost of replacing your wig.
Next, you have to take a few more things into consideration when getting that celebrity style wig. You want to make sure the wig properly fits so measuring your head properly is important. You will also want to understand how the density of a wig can affect the look.
Hair density may vary among wigs according to their makeup or style. Density means how many hairs are on the wig. You can also look at it as to how thick the hair appears to be. Factors that can affect the appearance of hair density include actual hair count, hair style, and the volume created by the texture.
A wig with large curls or coils will appear to have a higher density than a comparable wig without them. These wigs are generally rated at 150% or 180%. Wigs with curls or kinky textured hair will be much fuller if combed or brushed. Density is measured by a percentage system, with 120% being a medium density wig. Medium density wigs give a realistically satisfying result and are a popular choice.
In order to get your new wig to fit comfortably, you will have to measure your head properly or have someone measure it for you. Wigs are measured by the wearer’s head circumference. There are several sizes that range from petite to extra-large.
The best way to get an accurate head measurement is to have someone else do the measuring for you. Using a cloth measuring tape will make getting an accurate measurement easier as it conforms to the contours of the head. Using this information, you are now ready to order the size and style of wig that is right for you.
Over the centuries, wigs have evolved from crude mimics into near perfect replicas of stunningly beautiful human hair. They come in any color imaginable and can even be colored to specific tones. Glamorous looks can now be achieved in minutes without a salon visit, and the results can be stunning. Women all over the world are using wigs in record numbers thanks to celebrities who have used them in secret for years openly acknowledging their use. It is time to say goodbye to bad hair days forever, and step out in style as a perfectly new you wearing a human hair wig.