Remember when you started wearing glasses or polishing your nails? At first you felt self-conscious about the new “change” in your appearance. However, in no time at all you stopped thinking about your new look. It was just a natural part of you! That is a great way of dealing with the wig you are about to acquire. It will become a part of you. After learning how to select the proper wig and how to care for it, that aspect of your image will be just as natural as your lovely smile.
How to Select the Right Wig
Modern technology has enabled wig manufactures to produce lightweight, comfortable beautiful wigs in a huge selection of styles, lengths, colors and textures.
Types of Hair:
100% Human Hair of European Origin: This is the most expensive option. It is primarily used for custom wigs. The hair has very fine and soft. It has great body and movement. The country of origin should be marked on the label or indicated by your wig provider. Expect to pay $2,000-$5,000 depending on the source of the hair and the amount of customization.
100% Human Hair of Asian Origin: This option is more common and less expensive. The hair can be extremely flexible because it accepts a perm and can be colored. Even though it is courser then the European hair there is a large range in quality and some of the hair can be as beautiful as the custom wig. The label inside the wig should indicate the country origin. Prices range from $300.00-$1,000
Blended of Human Hair and Synthetic Fiber: The percentage of human hair can vary and should be marked on the label. The better the quality blended wigs contain a higher percentage of human hair. 50% hair and 50% synthetic fiber provides a good balance. Blended wigs respond well to styling changes. Some high quality blends look and feel as lovely as human wigs and prices may come close to the cost of some human wigs. They usually range from $200.00-$700.00
Synthetic: These wigs are usually constructed of Elura or other modacrylic fibers. The texture is basically fixed into place and there is less flexibility in changing the style. Some synthetic wigs are washed-and-wear and require very little styling maintenance. Prices range from $150.00-$350.00
How Many Wigs do I need?
One wig can suffice if that is all your budget allows. It makes good sense, however, to have a back-up for times that your primary wig is being cleaned or styled. Some wigs users opt for several wigs in assorted styles for different occasions, just as they would have different hairstyles for school, work, special events, or just going to the store. Others use two or more identical wigs in rotation. Many health insurers cover the cost of wigs purchased for medical reasons and some even allow more than one wig to be bought. A doctor’s prescription and an itemized invoice from the wig stylist should then be submitted for reimbursement.
Caring For Your Wig
The maintenance of your wig can be easy and routine for your own hair. All it takes is a bit of good advice from your wig stylist about the particular wig you selected and some patience at the beginning of your wig use.
- When you wash your wig always comb it out really well.
- Hold your wig in the palm of your hand under the front of the cap. Wash with cold to warm water. NOT HOT.
- Have the wig wet first then shampoo then condition. Use wig shampoo and conditioner. If it is unavailable, you can use baby shampoo.
When you get to the conditioner let it sit for 5 min, then rinse. This will help make the hair more soft and manageable.
- Always stroke the hair from top to bottom in ONE direction going downwards. DO NOT wash the wig like you would with your own hair. You can matt the hair and or destroy the cap.
- Make sure the water has good pressure but not too hard. That will help with rinsing out the shampoo
- Once you are done washing squeeze the water out. You can twist the wig for a better grip to get the extra water out.
- Place the towel flat and lay the wig down and the wrap it like a tortilla.
- Immediately place your wig on your mannequin head, brush it out and secure it with “T” pins make sure all the tangles are out. If the tangles are really knotted spray on some detangle, it helps out great!
Dog detangles spray is the best I’m serious no joke.
- Style or blow-dry to your hearts content or curl it with any level of heat on your curling iron if HUMAN HAIR.
If Synthetic just style then let it air dry. ONLY
If blended hair you can blow-dry with low heat, and curl it with low heat ONLY
Keep the wigs clean by washing it 15 to 20 uses. It will depend on how much you wear your wig. If you have more than one wig, you can go longer without washing. Your wig stylist should clean your wig professionally and the way you want it to look. Some people prefer regular professional maintenance just as they would patronize a beauty salon.
Make sure all the tangles are removed before styling the wig. Wigs can be blow-dried on a Medium setting. Too much heat will dry out the hair or cause split ends so make sure to move the blow-dryer around a lot but avoid prolonged exposure to a hot oven or stove top. Drying your wig naturally is best if you can spare the time.
Comb-out vs. Re-style:
While the hair on the wig is still damp it can be combed back to the original hair-do or it can be restyled with a blow-dryer or rollers. The wig can be styled on your head with a chin strap or on a Styrofoam wig head with T-pins holding it in place. If a totally new style is desired, have your wig professionally styled at a wig salon.
Kids- Do it yourself:
Even young children can manage to groom their own wigs. They should be involved in the section of their wig and can easily learn its management. Kids come to terms more easily with alopecia or other conditions requiring wigs when they have the opportunity to actively participate in this process. Children, just like adults, can have fun with their wigs by using accessories and experimenting with new hairdos. This can be a wonderful opportunity to enhance a child’s self-image.
A variety of products can assist in the proper cleaning and maintenance of your wig. Proper use of these products will enhance the beauty of the wig and will prolong its use.
- Wig stands: Styrofoam or canvas heads for storage and styling plastic stand or metal for travel and quick drying. If you do buy metal and you travel make sure its ok to take on a plane.
- Shampoo and Conditioner: Especially formulated to clean and soften
- Hairspray: Tresame, Aqua net, or wig spray is an excellent holding power to maintain that look that you want. DO NOT hold the spray close to the hair about 6 to 8 inches away or you can spray the hairspray in the palm of your hand or on your fingers to achieve that look that you want. Spraying the spray on your fingers is a great way to control those fly always.
- Brushes: Talk with your wig stylist about purchasing your perfect brush and how to use them. Picks and combs are for lifting, back combing (teasing) and styling.
- Wig clamps: Secures the stand while styling the wig
- Wig case: Is excellent for travel and storage. Some are collapsible when not needed
- Chin Strip: Holds the wig in place while styling on your head.
Becoming knowledge about the purchase and care of wigs will enable you to deal with the challenge of hair loss with style, dignity and even “pizzazz” With proper guidance from a skilled and understanding wig stylist, your wig will be a pleasing part of your appearance. Who knows- even though you originally purchased your wig for medical reasons, you may join the many people who discover the practically and fun of using a wig and continue to wear it long after recovery.
Enjoy your new wig and good luck!!