When your wig is not in use, it is best stored on a wig stand to allow
ventilation. If worn every day, wash your human hair wig every 2–3
weeks. Wash under a tap with tepid to warm running water. Never use hot water.
Holding your wig over one fist, let warm tap water flow downwards from top to ends, front to back, wetting hair completely.
The encouraging news is that no one will be able to tell that you are wearing a wig. What typically happens when you wear your wig for the first time is that you will start receiving lots of compliments on your new haircut. If you have always wanted a different hair style or color, there couldn't be a better time to experiment. Maybe you have always wanted to be a redhead. Or maybe you always wished your straight hair had curls. With wigs, the options are limitless.
Although many women do not choose to wear wigs by choice, they do find that there are unexpected benefits. One is that your morning routine is simpler. You will also save money on hairstyling, cuts and coloring. You will never have a "bad hair day." If you want to learn how to wear a wig, this comprehensive guide will answer all of your questions.
Just like shopping for clothes, you want to start by browsing in the right size or section of the store. If you are 5'10" tall and you are shopping in the petite section, it will inevitably be a frustrating experience. Therefore, the first step in selecting a wig is to determine your head size.
For women’s wigs, there are 3 basic sizes: Petite, Average and Large. Because most women wear an average sized cap (90-95%), there will be more style choices if your head size is average. For those who do not wear an average, the majority will wear a petite cap. A small percentage of women will wear a large cap. To achieve accurate measurements, it is best to have someone else help you. The tape measure should be snug but not tight or pulled when the measurements are taken.
To measure the circumference of your head. you will be tracing around your hairline. To begin, take a flexible cloth or seamstress measuring tape. Starting at your forehead, trace all the way around your hairline, behind the ears, to the nape of your neck and back behind your opposite ear to meet the end of the measuring tape in front.
The majority of the time, using the circumference of your head will give you an accurate indication of size and you can stop with the first dimension. If your size didn't match your expectations, you may also choose to take a front to back measurement. To do so, run your finger up the center of your forehead until you touch the roots of your hair. This is where you will begin your measurement. Next, starting at your spine, run your finger up your neck until you touch the roots of your hair. This is where you will end your measurement. Run the measuring tape from the starting point to the ending point over the top or crown of the head. Use the following dimensions as a guideline:
Our wigs come with an adjustable strap that allows you to get a customized fit within the range. If your wig does not feel right when you first put it on, try adjusting the straps.
Step 2 is to decide what hair type you would like. You have three choices:
Many cancer patients come to us wanting a human hair wig. Human hair wigs offer the same styling versatility of real hair. This feature is both the pro and the con of a human hair wig. Because human hair wigs are made of real hair, they require much more maintenance, styling and upkeep. Without the natural oils from your scalp to condition the wig, they can get dry and brittle without proper maintenance. Just like your own hair, they will lose their style in the rain or humidity and must be restyled. They are also much more expensive than synthetic wigs. For this reason, we don't generally recommend human hair wigs for cancer patients or first time wig wearers. When you are not feeling well, one of the great benefits to a synthetic wig is that your hair always looks good with almost no effort. With so many things to worry about, we recommend simplifying your routine as you go through treatments. This being said, if you want the versatility of a human hair wig, we have many to choose from. Human hair wigs can last a year or more (if worn daily) with proper care.
Many people who have not seen a high quality synthetic wig think that they need a human hair wig to get a natural look. This is simply not the case. High quality synthetic wigs (like the ones we carry) will be virtually indistinguishable in appearance from a human hair wig. Synthetic wigs have the benefit of retaining their shape, so they require very little styling. Simply spritz the wig with a spray bottle of water and the hair will return to their original style. The negative to synthetic hair is that it cannot be exposed to heat sources as it will permanently damage the fibers. This means that care must be taken when putting your casserole in the oven or barbecuing. It also means that you cannot use a curling iron, flat iron, hair dryer or other heated styling tools on the wig. Synthetic wigs typically last from 4-6 months (if worn daily) with proper care. Keep in mind that most women do not wear their wig every day.
Synthetic wigs that can be styled with heated styling tools (maximum temperature of 350 degrees) are known as "Heat Resistant Wigs". They allow you to change the look from curly to straight. For women who find it important to have this versatility but do not want a human hair wig, a heat friendly synthetic wig may be a good option. One negative to heat friendly synthetic wigs is that the hair can be a little more difficult to style than human hair. If (when wearing the wig) the hair is pressed against the back of a chair or pillow for a period of time, it can become matted around the nape area. Using your flat iron or curling iron on a very low setting can restore the shape if this happens. Average life span is 3 months if worn daily. If you only wear your wig occasionally this will of course extend the life span.
There are four basic types of wig caps:
Once you have decided on your size, hair type and cap type, now you can have fun. Browse through our short, chin length, medium length and long hairstyles to find your favorites. For women who have very long hairstyles before their hair loss, it is often best to go a bit shorter. A shorter wig will be easier to manage, and less of a transition once your hair begins to grow back.
It is important to choose a style before you choose a color because each wig will only come in a selection of colors from the full color range. Many women worry that if they don't start with color, they won't find the right color. Do not worry. Each wig comes in a large selection of colors and there will most likely be a suitable color in any style you choose.
If you would like to match your style to your existing hair, detailed length measurements are included with our wigs. Measuring your own hair lengths before you lose your hair can provide helpful information as you make your selections.