It's Hair Loss Support At Its Best
To all you newbies to the world of wig-wearing: welcome! It has its pros and cons like everything else in life.
You may think "ooh, I've always wanted thick, long, luscious [insert colour/style here] hair... now's my chance!"
By all means, invest in a long luscious wig if it makes you feel better about losing your bio hair.
BUT! Please think about the practicalities.
Short wigs are WAY more practical than long wigs. Here is why:
* They don't tangle nearly as much
* They are easier to wash and care for
* They are cheaper
* You can change wig styles without people noticing that it must be a wig (eg if you went from long to short to back again in a short space of time)... because those with short bio hair often cut and change it up regularly
* They stay in place much more easily
* You don't have the wig hair getting in your eyes all the time. -- This is a big deal, for me anyway. Maybe people used to emo or Bieber-esque hairstyles who have some easy desk job that doesn't require too much concentration can deal with their wig constantly getting in your eyes. But if you have allergies, or do a lot of physical work, or need to really concentrate, it's as annoying and impractical as all hell to have hair constantly tickling your eyes, getting in the way of your vision, and needing to be always swept back. Sure, you can pin or tie longer wigs back, but the chance of them looking "wiggy" goes up exponentially if you do.
* You don't have to worry about the hair in front of your ears all the time. -- This is another big deal for me and is related to the above point. When I was wearing my long wig all the time I was constantly battling between tucking it behind my ears to get it out of my eyes/face, and realizing that this made it look instantly "wiggy" because when you don't have any baby hair that grows in front of your ears, the line of the wig becomes really obvious. So I would then pull a little bit back in front of my ears, but it would be constantly falling into the wrong position. Or I would look like an elf from Lord of the Rings. (Incidentally, this is probably the main reason why so many medieval/fantasy films and TV shows include hair hanging down in front of the actors' ears: it's because to get such super-long wavy luscious hair they are all wearing wigs. See also Game of Thrones -- look at Daenerys / Khaleesi's wig.)
So my advice is: get a bob or a pixie style wig. There are plenty of modern styles out there now (eg see Rene of Paris's hi-fashion range). You won't look like an old lady if you do a bit of research and try some different styles on.