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Tips and Styling Ideas

1. Be Confident
The right attitude is key to pulling off any hairstyle. If you are constantly
worrying or fidgeting with your wig , it won't look good. Own it! Walk tall, be confidence and you will be able to pull off any look you want.

2. Customize Your Cut
Take your wig to your hairstylist to have bangs cut or trimmed, shaped or thinned out to remove excess bulk. A custom cut can make a world of difference. Think of your wig like a designer suit. Sure, you can wear it off the rack (or out of the box) and it can look good, but with a little tailoring it can look GREAT!

3. Invest in the right Care Products
If you want to extend the life of your wig and keep it looking beautiful the proper care products are essential. Synthetic wigs require care products specifically formulated for synthetic hair. For human hair wigs, choose sulfate-free care products or products specifically formulated for color treated hair to keep the color looking vibrant, longer.

4. Always Think Ahead
You should always have two wigs ready to wear at all times.This way you always have something to wear when you are washing your wig and a back up if anything should happen to one. Rotating between wigs also helps to extend the life.

5. Kitchen Tips
If you love to cook here is a tip every wig wearer should know; NEVER open the oven while wearing a synthetic wig! The sudden burst of heat will ruin your wig; even the hot steam from a boiling pot of water can cause irreparable damage.

Avoid these kitchen disasters. Swap your wig for a stylish scarf or comfy cap; better yet, kick back and let someone else do the dirty work.

6. Dial Down the Shine
Synthetic wigs with too much shine look fake and unnatural. To minimize shine, sprinkle a little hair powder on your wig, and then brush through for a more natural look.

7. Personalize Your Look
Add a headband, scarf or any hair accessory to create a personal touch. Just because you are wearing a wig doesn't mean you have to wear it the same way all the time. Be creative.

8. Blend In Your Own Hair
If your natural hair is somewhat close to your wig color try blending in your own hair along the hairline for a more natural look. Apply the wig then pull out small sections of your own hair along the sides and front using your fingers or a rattail comb.

Even if your own hair is just a few inches long, this will really help to make your wig look and feel more natural and create a seamless hairline.

9. Stay Close to your current style
Choose a wig close to your current hairstyle. What is going to look the most natural on you, is a style that looks like YOU! A familiar style will help you feel more confident and make the transition from wearing your own hair to wearing wigs a good experience. Experiment with subtle style variations, but stay within your comfort zone.

10. Don't forget styling products
Give your hair a salon finish and define layers using styling products (Shaping Cream or Style & Hold Hair Spray works great on synthetic hair

11. Know Your Measurements
There is nothing worse than an ill fit wig. You don't want your wig riding up, slipping off or to look misshapen by excess bulk at the crown. This is why choosing the right size is just as important as finding the right color and style.

12. Create Different Hairstyles
If your hair is chin length or longer, try a half-up, half-down style. For longer wigs, try a loose updo or low ponytail. To make these looks work; keep it soft, loose and a little messy. Keep the bangs down (unless you have a lace front wig) and pull down a few tendrils of hair along the hairline to keep it looking natural.

13. Go Curly or Straight
A new generation of hair tools, Smart Heat curling irons and flat irons allow you to curl or straighten both human hair and synthetic hair!
NEW
These revolutionary new tools have a special setting specifically for synthetic wigs, hairpieces or hair extensions so you can easily go curly to straight or straight to curly without damaging your wig. A must-have for any wig!

14. Try a New Do
Bored with the same hairstyle? Today's wigs follow current hair trends. As new hair fashions hit the scene, new wig styles become available. Trying a new wig style is an easy way to test drive current hair trends without any commitment, keep your look modern and beat hair boredom. Change up your look from day to day. Don't get suck in a rut.

Of course not all hair trend work for everyone, if you are new to wearing wigs we recommend keeping close to your current hairstyle!

15. Don't be afraid of color
If you've found a wig you love and don't want to change your style, try a new color to freshen up your look. Most people can wear up to three shades darker or lighter than their natural color. Also, don't be afraid to change your color for the season. It's not uncommon to go slightly lighter in the spring and summer and darker in the fall and winter. Experimenting with color is fun and a easy way to give yourself a completely new look. So go ahead, find out if blondes really do have more fun and be that red head you've always wanted to be.

Common Wig Myths:
1. Wigs are hot and uncomfortable.
This may have been true decades ago when wig caps were completely closed and not well ventilated. With today's wig technology, wigs are lighter, cooler and more comfortable than ever.
2. Wigs are hard to keep on.
No one wants their wig to fly off. This is a common fear shared by many women. A wigs that fits properly stays put.

I found this information through wigs.com and wanted to share this with you all. Hope you find it helpful.

Discussion Forum

Larry's Wardrobe

Started by Larry Barbee Jan 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone. Several people have asked me for a copy of an article on wigs, baldness and self esteem. I wrote this article when I was in college and so lived in a time and place where men wearing…Continue

Need Help with Wig care

Started by Stephanie Walsh. Last reply by Lexi Jan 1, 2012. 10 Replies

Hi. I am new to the site and new to hair loss and wearing a wig. I purchased a lace front human hair wig that was long and straight when I purchased it. However after washing it, it has become wavy…Continue

Toppers?

Started by Sanfra22. Last reply by Wendy Oct 11, 2011. 6 Replies

Hi all,I have never worn a wig or a topper but I am considering it. I have hair loss on the top and a widening part. I have a couple of questions about Toppers:1) Are they cooler than normal wigs?2)…Continue

Human hair wig care

Started by Stephanie. Last reply by Elizabeth Feb 1, 2011. 6 Replies

Has anyone tried a vinegar and water rinse to dissolve product build-up? I used to do this with my natural hair.

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Comment by Swede on October 2, 2013 at 6:56am

Hello,
I have worn synthetic wigs since 1982 and all I can say is that they don't last longer than 3-4 months .It does depend on how much you use it but my use is about 10-12 hours per day. If doing sport and other sweat promoting activities..it will frizz quicker.
Now there is a new type of synthetic hair that seems to be very good. I have bought one which I am using now and then but so far it has lasted 4 months so I just have to wait and see how long it will last for. It is very real hair look alike and feels very light a comfortable. It does cost a bit more aswell.
I'll let you know how it is going...

ML

Comment by Struth on March 15, 2013 at 6:50pm

Hi Aimee - can I ask what brand of synthetic wigs you get? I've got a Rene of Paris one that's frizzing already after only a couple of months (and it gets worn a lot less than 6 hrs a day). Thx.

Comment by Aimee on March 15, 2013 at 3:11pm

@lori - I've only worn synthetic wigs, and they last about 1-2 years. I wear them every day, but for about 6 hours at the most. My fall/winter one seems to last longer than my spring/summer one, because it doesn't need to be washed as often. Sometimes I wash my spring/summer one every day if it's really hot out! In fact, I have (2) identical spring/summer synthetic wigs that I switch out regularly, so I don't get stuck wearing a sweaty wig if I forget to wash it! Let me know if you have any other questions. I sent you a friend request.

Comment by lori on March 15, 2013 at 2:52pm

I'm looking to purchase my first wig. When I've visted two wig shops, they tell me synthetic wigs should last 1 - 1-1/2 years, but looking at a couple websites selling same brand wigs, they are saying that they last 3 - 6 mos. Anyone out there have anything idea what the deal is?

Comment by Stephanie on March 4, 2012 at 8:08am

I try to remember a floppy hat in my purse for exactly that reason. At least it keeps your part in place which is awkward to fix. Also, sunglasses can "catch" some of the hair at your temples, holding it down, so that you don't see the cap in that area.

Comment by Lexi on March 4, 2012 at 7:59am

Anyone have any words of wisdom about what to do with wearing a wig in the wind? One step out the front door, and the nicely styled wig I spent time with in the bathroom in front of the mirror, is now "everywhere". And trust me, it looks way worse than natural hair blowing in the wind.

Comment by LeslieAnn Butler on October 24, 2011 at 11:56pm
If your scalp skin is pale, get transparent! It will look funny if you have light brown.
Comment by NYCGirlie on October 24, 2011 at 10:16pm
I'm about to make my first online wig purchase. It's virgin remy human hair. I need to know:

1. What color lace should I buy? I am caucasian so should I get transaprent or light brown?

2. I have a head of hair (not as much but no bald spots) so I don't want to ruin my hair by wearing a wig. Should I only buy lace front and no full lace? I'm not sure if 3 inch parting space on a lace front will look natural on a long full 18 in. curly wig?

3. I plan on getting the wig in a glueless cap with adjustable strap. I think it has combs. Do I need to add wig clips for security? This thing has to stay in place!
Comment by NYCGirlie on September 18, 2011 at 8:49pm
Is there any difference between a sheitel and a wig? Does any1 know what the best cap material is for good ventilation and realistic look...swiss or french lace?? Does any1 know if wearing a wig cause further hair loss or breakage? Will wearing a stocking cap prevent damage and breakage? My real hair is about 17 inches so I plan on putting it in a ponytail and tucking it under the wig (no braids or cornrows b/c i dont want to get traction alopecia!)
Comment by LeslieAnn Butler on August 31, 2011 at 12:47pm
Okay, NYC! I got this directly from my wig stylist extraordinaire. This is on page 80-81 or my book:

First, a hair piece that is worn daily should be cleaned at least once every three weeks. Or more often if you notice that your hair is stiff, dull, tangles easily or clumps up.
1. Fill the sink with water, a squirt of shampoo (I like Biolage) and a tablespoon of baking soda (to help remove body oil , hair products and dirt).

2. After brushing, immerse your wig for a few seconds and squeeze suds through it.

3. Rinse, refill the sink, and add conditioner to the water.

4. Pass the hair through the water briefly but don't let it soak because that will loosen the hair from the base.

5. Rinse thoroughly and roll in a towel to blot extra moisture.

6. When the wig is no longer dripping, place it on a canvas block (you can get from most wig supply stores or online. Be sure that you have a block that's smaller than your head size so the wig won't stretch out).

7. Using a very wide-toothed comb or pick, comb through the hair. With a finer comb, go through again. Then with a VERY fine toothed comb, go through a third and final time.

8. Don't touch the wig until it has completely dried. If you don't let it dry completely, it will puff out and become stiff and unnatural looking while you are styling.

9. Section off your wig, using clips to hold the uppermost layers. Use a ceramic curling or flat iron to shape your wig. Do two-inch sections at a time from the underside up.

10. For curly stules, you can set damp hair on Velcro self-hold rollers (find them at Walgreen's or other variety stores).

11. Be sure to let your canvas block dry out completely, or it will deveop mildew.

Good luck! Let me know if you have more questions.
 

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