Some people wear wigs on a regular basis. For actors and other performers, wearing wigs is part of their job. For fashionistas, wearing wigs is a way to make a fashion statement or to simply change how they look on a regular basis.
For these people, choosing which wig to wear may not require much effort because they are already so used to it and they already know what to look for. However, for those of us who are going to be wearing a wig for the first time, choosing which one to buy may be a rather confusing task.
Although there are countless wigs to choose from in most wig stores, you might find it very difficult to take a pick because everything you try on may look or feel strange to you. This is only natural since this will be your first time to wear a wig – of course the entire experience will feel quite different.
Wig-shopping need not be a stressful or difficult event. As a matter of fact, it can be a lot of fun. You just need to ensure that you are armed with all the right information about wigs so that you will be capable of making the best choice. It would also help if you can follow the tips listed below on how to choose a wig for the first time.
1. Know the look you want before heading to the stores. Buying a wig is a lot like going to the salon. Before you even schedule an appointment with your hairdresser, you would already know what you want them to do to your hair.
In the same way, you should also have an idea of how you want to look before going to the wig shop. This way, you won’t have to wander aimlessly through the store for hours looking for a hairstyle that strikes your fancy. You don’t have to have an exact wig in mind but it would definitely help if you already have a preference in terms of color, length or style.
2. Try on as many wigs as you want. Just as dresses usually look different on the mannequin as they do on you, wigs also look different when displayed on wig stands as compared to how they look when you put them on. Therefore, as you look at the different options in the store, don’t hesitate to try on any wig that catches your eye. Seeing it on your own head can help you decide whether you really like a wig or not.
3. Set a budget. You may be surprised at how diverse the prices of wigs can be. There are very cheap ones that can be purchased for just 50 or so, while there are others that cost upwards of a thousand dollars. By determining how much you are willing to pay for a wig, you can limit your choices and thus make the procedure of choosing one a lot easier.
Wigs made from natural human hairs are generally more expensive while synthetic ones come with much more affordable prices. Other elements that affect the cost of a wig are the type of material used for making the cap, the type of procedures done for attaching the individual hair fibers to the cap, the source of the hair, and many more.
4. Ask about wig maintenance. Different types of wigs require different maintenance procedures. Although the general procedures of washing and brushing are basically the same with all wig types, there are some hairpieces that need to be treated periodically with other special products.
Human hair wigs, for instance, may have to be sprayed with a moisturizer or protein solution to help retain its shine and bounce. Some wig manufacturers may also offer to repair their products after a couple of years by adding new strands to areas that may have thinned out over time.It would be good to know all these things before you actually make any purchase.
5. Take a friend along for a second opinion. Of course there will be plenty of mirrors in a wig store so you will be able to clearly see what you look like as you try on different pieces. Naturally, the final decision would always rest on you but it would also be good to hear the input of another person because you may not always see what other people see.
Whether you are buying a wig for a costume party or to cover up your hair loss due to illness or chemotherapy, it is very important that you take your time in deciding which wig to buy. The idea is to find a wig that would not look like a wig at all when it is sitting on your head. Instead, you should look for something that will look and feel as natural as possible.