Being new to needing or wanting a wig may be a bit overwhelming. There are many different types of wigs that are available, for filling a variety of needs.
If you or someone you know is considering buying a wig, this beginners guide is your perfect for making an informed choice.
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Sizing Your Wig
Just like clothing, wigs come in different sizes. The first thing you need to know about wigs is which size to buy. Sizes start from ultra-petite, the smallest size which fits heads measuring between 19 to 20 inches in circumference. The next size up is the petite cap, which fit heads from 20 to 21 inches. The average, and by far the most widely worn wig size, fit heads measuring between 21 to 22 ½ inches. Large is the biggest wig size, and it is big enough for heads between 22 ½ to 24 inches in circumference.
These are just the standard sizes for wigs that are available to consumers. If you want to get the best wig, though, you will want one that is custom-fitted. Even if you do decide to get a wig off the rack, you should get it measured by an expert wig fitter, ensuring that you get a wig that fits you as naturally as possible.
The next step will be to decide on your preference of type.
Synthetic Vs. Human Hair
There are two main types of wigs. Synthetic wigs are made from artificial materials, and they come in a wide range of styles and colours. Human hair wigs are just that: They are made from real human hair, which makes them the most realistic type of wig. However, that realism comes at a price. You can imagine that it is not easy to collect enough hair needed to make wigs. The high price of human hair wigs when compared to the affordability of synthetic wigs is often the determining factor when choosing between the two styles. Yet there is more to this choice.
Reasons to Choose Human Hair Wigs
When they can afford them, most women choose to go with human hair wigs. As well as being more natural looking and realistic, human hair wigs are also more easily styled. In fact, you can have a human hair wig cut and styled just like real hair because that is exactly what it is. Human hair wigs are also more durable than synthetic wigs.
Reasons to Choose Synthetic Wigs
After reading about the superiority of human hair wigs in comparison to synthetic wigs, some women may not even want to give synthetics a chance. Yet, in recent years, there have been huge advances in the quality of synthetic hair manufacturing. In fact, some synthetic hair wigs are now so realistic that it takes an expert to tell the difference. Sometimes, the experts even struggle to tell that the best synthetic wigs are not real if they don’t have real hair to do a side-by-side comparison. Considering this, a synthetic wig is an excellent choice, by factoring its affordability.
Then there is maintenance; synthetic wigs are much easier to care for than its human hair counterpart. Human hair requires specially formulated cleaning products to artificially hydrate the hair that in a wig form does not get the scalp oil that it needs to thrive under normal conditions. Another aspect to take into account it that a synthetic wig is a great choice for humid weather, as it won’t become frizzy like human hair does, making it better to manage.
It is really a personal decision on which type of wig you prefer. Synthetic and human hair wigs each have their own pros and cons. Many women like to get at least one of each type of wig so that they will be prepared for any situation. When you get the help of a trained wig sales professional, you will get the best fit that is ideally suited for you. Once you have your wigs, make sure to follow all the care instructions and treat them as gently as possible to maximize their lifespan.
Author Bio: I’m Annabelle Short, a seamstress who loves to make crafts with my kids. I also write for Wunderlabel’s UK site.