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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.

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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.
Comment by NYCGirlie on August 31, 2011 at 12:18pm
@LeslieAnn- I havent read your book but would love for you to share your wig care tips! Some of these human hair wigs can be expensive so I want to know how to properly care for it! Im esp concerned because mine will be wavy/curly and I dont know if there's anything different about care (like when to comb out knots).
@Rose-Thanks for your tips! Do you use regular products or ones for wigs? Also when you say you condition it, is it a creme or a spray in conditioner? Do you do it while hair is still wet?
Comment by LeslieAnn Butler on August 30, 2011 at 11:53pm
There's quite a long process to washing and styling a human hair wig. I devoted several pages to it in my book, "If Your Hair Falls Out, Keep Dancing." Do you have the book? If not, I will try to help you with some instructions. It's complex and difficult, but of course a lot cheaper than having it styled by a professional (and some people who say they are stylists don't do a very good job).
Comment by Ktownnana on August 30, 2011 at 9:24pm
NYCGirlie, I don't have anything but synthetic wigs so I'm sorry I can't help you with any advice about human hair wigs. I do know with synthetic wigs you let them dry flat, but I'm not really sure about the human hair wigs. I hope someone will come to your rescue.
Comment by NYCGirlie on August 30, 2011 at 9:00pm
I am a soon-to-be wig wearer. I have AGA. The front and part are starting to look weird. I' ve ordered a curly wavy human hair wig. Can anyone recommend styling and cleaning products? Also how do you wash and condition a wig? Do you drip dry it flat or on a stand? How do I get rid of knots in a curly wig -comb it when its dry? I dont think you can comb a curly wig when its wet. Any advice?
Comment by LeslieAnn Butler on November 23, 2010 at 3:20pm
I used to have a terrible time and spent a ton of money on bad wigs.
Not any more! A few years ago I found a great resource. A lot of women with ask me about my wigs, and I've sent them to Brenda Kay. They've been very happy with their hair from Brenda! She's not an online wig shop, she's right here in Portland Oregon, but works with people all over the country. Hollywood types go to her because she gets better hair than they can find down there!

She handles all types of hair, but I get virgin European hair in a custom wig. It's the most beautiful hair, and at VERY MUCH LESS COST than you can get online. And she guarantees satisfaction, so if something isn't right she will have it fixed. You are never stuck with a costly piece you can't wear. And they are very durable. I have one that is seven years old that looks like new.

You can contact Brenda at 503-223-8092 or email bkswildhair@comcast.net.
You will not be sorry!
Comment by Alicia Duncan on November 17, 2010 at 1:31am
Best Wigs Ever!
I'm new(er) to the wig life. I've searched high and low I've been "screwed" by hair replacement establishements (3.5K for a 'better than hair' fiber that fuzzed up within a month! ugh!)
I have since ordered human hair from http://www.russianhair.net/
Oh. My. God! amazing hair!!!! I didn't measure my cap properly the first time but still....3 months into a wig and it's sill gorgeous. The hair is silky, no wezz at the nap, and I sometimes sleep in it! I had it cut and colored by my stylist and she said, "I'm not sure this is virigin hair, but it's basically the most perfect hair that anyone could want!" It's been amazing. I have a few sythentics that I wear for working out but this is the ONLY wig I will order or wear for daily wear. check it out. I've been SOOOO happy!!!!
Comment by Christy Ingram on September 7, 2010 at 6:54pm
I need some advice. Our son is getting married in about 2 1/2 weeks. I am scrambling to find a new wig, shoulder length or longer. I'd like to find one that looks close to being real hair, even if it isn't real. If any of you have suggestions for nice wigs that are easily obtainable Please let me know!!! I have been fighting thinning hair for years I have severe AGA/FPB. I had a traumatic accident 2 1/2 yrs ago, and the last of my injured teeth (upper front) which should have been completely done are still not finished. I lost almost all of the hair on the left side of my head after this last delay!!! I did not have enough hair on the top of my head for hairpieces or toppers....So I just shaved it all down to 1/8" about a week and half ago since left side was almost completely bald! Thanks!!!
Comment by estella garcia on August 28, 2010 at 1:57pm
NEED SOME ADVICE ANYBODY..... i am going threw my second bout of aggressive T.E ,in less than a year.i want to start wearing wigs ,because i no longer feel comfortable with my hair.but the only wigs i have purchased have been synthetic ,and i feel like everybody knows .so it makes me so uncomfortable.did any of you start out with a synthetic wig?how did you become confident in a wig?
Comment by Bernice Jones Williams on April 28, 2010 at 11:48pm
I have total alopecia and I have always worn human wigs. Nearly 40 years I have worn hh( why wear anything but what I am use to). My wigs cost more but that last 9-15months despite the curling, pressing, and the 3x/week swimming. Buying a new wig every 3 months cost more than buying human hair in the same time. Go to hairconnectiontoday.com and see! Bernice
 

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