Wear a Wig!

Everything you need to know about how to wear a wig and take care of it

Have you ever wanted to have long, straight strawberry blonde hair? Or a head of delicate dark curls? Your hair fantasies can come true when you purchase a wig. But since prices range so dramatically for wigs (from under $100 to more than $800 per wig), it's a good idea to know how to shop for one. Here is what you need to know:

  • There are three types of wigs: 100% synthetic; 100% real hair and a combination of both.
  • Synthetic hair looks real but it doesn't feel as soft as genuine hair. And synthetic hair cannot be styled. The style you buy is the style the wig keeps. It's the least expensive of all hairpieces, and probably your best bet if you merely want a fashion accessory you can throw in your suitcase when you take a trip.
  • 100% human hair, on the other hand, can be styled and will look and feel "real." This is your best bet if you want to wear your wig every day. It's the most expensive kind of wig, but will last for years.
  • A blend of human hair and synthetics cost less than 100% human hair, but it has a more natural appearance and feel than synthetic, and it can be styled.
  • Comfort begins with a good fit. George Mayer, president of Jacquelyn Wigs says it's possible to find a wig that is as comfortable as your own hair. All good wigs today are made with a "capless" construction, meaning strips of hair cover the crown of your head and you can actually reach through your wig to scratch the top of your head. Good wigs are not longer made with a bathing cap-like base clinging to your scalp.
  • If you buy your hairpiece at a wig salon, including Jacquelyn Wigs, you will get advice in making the right style choice and a stylist will be on hand to style the wig to fit your face. If you buy your wig through the mail, be prepared to take it to a stylist to have it shaped and styled to your face. "Even if you get the best hairpiece in the world, it can look 'wiggy' if it's not shaped properly to suit your face," Mayer says.
  • Maintenance is important. Wash it after 12 - 15 wearings. Always keep your own hair clean underneath to reduce frequency of washing. Apply a spray-on conditioner for shine once or twice a week. To spot restyle, add mousse or get and use electric rollers on a medium setting. Never use a curling iron unless your hairpiece is 100% human.
  • If you are wearing a wig to cover hair loss, it's a good idea to have three, so that you can trade off. "It's like wearing shoes, heat and sweat builds up and it's always best to rotate them," says Mayer.
  • The absolute best (and most expensive) wigs are handmade 100% human hair. You will have the most styling options, and your hair will look real. By building the wig strand by strand, the crown of the wig falls in many directions, which looks more like real hair.
  • For more information on wigs; or to order wigs, go to BestWigs.com.
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