The following are
wig solutions and lessons I have learned that I love to
share. It covers everything from wig purchase, wig care,
comfort, fit and lots more!! I can also answer your
questions during your free consultation.
- I prefer synthetic hair wigs
in a monofilament cap construction or 100% hand-tied cap
construction for comfort and a realistic look. Synthetic hair
has style memory. With proper care, a synthetic hair wig will
return to its original style after washing. Monofilament and
hand-tied wigs have a realistic scalp appearance so that the
hair will appear as though it is growing from your scalp and
allowing you to part your hair in any direction. Synthetic wigs
cost about $50-$800 in a wig store and the price varies because
of cap construction, synthetic hair quality, and designer
brand. I know! Way to narrow it down, huh? I will just say
that I find you can buy a nice monofilament wig in the
Tacoma/Seattle area for $175-$300. This is the cost range that
I have been paying.
synthetic wigs are NOT heat resistant. They will frizz and
melt. Do not open a door to a heated oven while wearing a
synthetic wig. The initial heat blast can damage your wig. One
of my clients put a bright ribbon on her oven door as a visual
reminder. I think the idea is pure genius!
- Do not use a blow dryer or
hair irons on a synthetic wig (a few synthetic wigs are designed
for low heat instruments). Remember that synthetic wigs have
style memory so you won’t need these tools. Finally, do NOT
place your wig in the dryer! Yeah, I did that! Please reserve
your judgment on my level of intelligence.
- Wigs look their realistic
best when trimmed and/or thinned to the wearer’s face and when
the wig is a proper size. Some wig salons will provide cutting
and sizing services and include it in the cost of the wig, some
may charge a fee, and some may not provide the service at all and you will
need to find some place that will cut your wig for you.
- It is my experience that wigs for hairless women look best
with full bangs or fringe to hide the edge of the cap.
Some wigs have 'lace-front' design to alleviate the appearance
of a harsh edge. Some wigs have tapered side-burns that
help hide the edge when placing hair behind your ears. If
the wig does not have side-burns, many wigs can support a trim in
that area to provide fringe. Some wigs look funny behind
the ears and it is just best for believability to wear the wig
straight down the way it was designed to be worn.
- To calm stray synthetic hair
you can use any or all of the following techniques: Wet the hair
and use Velcro rollers to amp up flattened curves or curls. Do
not use roller clips as it will leave a permanent mark in the
hair. To calm wild, stray hairs, wet the wig, use wig hair
spray to matt it down, let it dry. If the above two methods do
not work, add steam to the process. You can use a garment
steamer or the steam from your iron, but, do not let the iron
touch the wig. If you are wearing wigs for life, like me, you
might want purchase a wig steamer or take your wigs to your
local wig expert for problem-solving.
- There are products to aid
with wig comfort. They are: gel strips, cotton liners (you can
wet the liner for a cooling effect), and a product called Headline It. These products are sold on the websites I have
listed in My Preferences. I have a home-made remedy for comfort
that I use. I have yet to patent my idea so I can not divulge
my secrets here. Clients that come to my salon will benefit
from my secret as it is included in my consulting. Also, I
encourage you to think outside of the box and devise any remedy
you can imagine.
- Using the advised hair care
products formulated for synthetic wigs will help to keep from
damaging the wig with product build up.
- Wigs can be sized smaller or
stretched bigger. Of course it is wise to purchase a wig with a
close fit from the start. Some wig designers offer sizes. A
good source for sized wigs (and hats) can be found at the TLC
website in My Preferences. Make sure you ask your wig sales
person questions if you do not feel a wig fits well. Usually,
they can offer information or help with a sizing solution.
- Wig tape is a wonderful
solution to keep your wig securely in place if you do not have
hair. It helps to keep the wig in place, and therefore, it
helps to prevent odd placement which can be an odd look. I
actually put the tape on my head (not on the wig) and I find
that it works well with most wig types. I have not found that I
need to have “tape tabs” on the wig. However, tape probably will
not work well on open-cap construction wigs. Bobbi-pins work to
hold the wig in place for women who have hair.
Head-On is a drug store cooling agent in the form of a roll-on
gel and it is used for headache sufferers. I will use it on my
head on hot days and spray the inside of my wig with water to
add to the cooling affect. Of course, use caution with any drug
store product and test yourself for allergies. If you are in
chemotherapy treatment, your skin may be more sensitive than
normal. Use both wig tape and Head-On with caution.
- You will
look like you are wearing a wig if your own hair peeks out and
does not match in cut or color. Also, keep your wig’s ear tabs
smoothed down. Most ear tabs have wire in them so that you can
bend them toward your face.
- I have
found that shorter styles are easier to keep in place and off
your collar; therefore, they do not tend to matt as easily. The
matting can be a dead give away that you are wearing a wig.
Longer wigs will damage quickly and need to be replaced more
often than short wigs. Short styles work well for active
lifestyles and when doing sports involving momentum, and also,
work well for windy weather conditions. I have worn shorter
styles with dense hair with lots of wig tape for swimming.
Granted, I am not an athlete that swims daily, but this has
worked great when I am on vacation.
Heads-up, you can lose your taped on wig while wearing it in big
waves and surf! LOL
Yeah – I’ve done that too! It was funny because that day I
noticed I had a male admirer on the beach. Then when the
Tsunami took my wig in a nano-second, he came out into the water
to see what happened. I wanted to laugh and say, “How do you
like me now?” Anyway, I did not say it – just thought it and I
laugh about it to this very day.
- If you
purchase a wig from a website, it will probably cost less than a
store purchased wig. However, on-line website purchasing can be
risky with no refunds, offering only exchange fees and/or
restocking fees. Make sure you understand the return and