Wearing wigs is becoming less stigmatized. More A-list celebrities are open about wearing wigs on the red carpet to achieve looks they love while protecting their natural hair. From Cardi B to Rihanna, wigs are being viewed as just another fashion accessory.
When you start wearing wigs, the options can be overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know about buying and wearing your first wig.
Choose the Right Style
The most important consideration will be the style of wig that you choose. First, consider whether you want synthetic or human hair. Synthetic hair typically comes in one set style and color and is lower maintenance than a human hair. Human hair looks more natural and is more versatile for changing the styling.
You’ll also want to choose a style that suits your goals. Some women like to wear wigs to achieve a style they could never manage with their natural hair (sleek, platinum blonde, for example). Other women want to stick with an Afro look, but get the length and definition they struggle with naturally.
Measure Before Ordering
Wearing a wig that’s too big for your head will make it look unnatural and hard to secure. Conversely, wearing one that’s too small can cause tension headaches, and discomfort. The old saying “measure twice, cut once” applies to buy a wig.
To get the most accurate sizing possible, you should measure:
The circumference of your head.
The top of your forehead to the nape of your neck.
From ear to ear across your forehead.
From ear to ear over the top of your head.
From temple to temple around the back of your head.
The nape of your neck (hairline).
These detailed measurement recommendations from EvaWigs will ensure your cap fits snugly without being too tight.
The more customization you add when ordering your wig, the longer it will last. This is because you won’t have to alter it as much, which causes damage over time. It will also look more natural, as customization helps it suit your style, coloring, and shape better.
When you order a wig, you can customize the color and identify any highlight changes you might want. You can also customize the length, density, and texture (i.e., silky or kinky).
Some of the smaller details to consider customizing include the part, whether or not you have bleached knots, and if you want a pre-plucked hairline. Pro tip: pre-plucked is the way to go if you’re new to wearing wigs.
Put Natural Hair in a Protective Style
Don’t forget to show your natural hair some love while wearing a wig. If possible, you’ll want to braid or twist it into a protective style for under your wig. The goal is to keep your ends tucked and your hair flat.
Give your natural hair a chance to breathe, taking time to cleanse your scalp and provide deep, conditioning nourishment on a regular basis. It’s easy to neglect your natural hair once you get a wig, but that can cause more damage down the road.
Consider a Silk Wig Cap
A lot of women find that their natural hair is prone to friction under a wig. Wearing a silk cap can help keep your braids flat while protecting your delicate natural strands from breakage.
If you plan on wearing your wig daily and don’t want to take out your braids every night, you can wear your silk cap to bed to maintain your style while protecting your hair.
Use Elastics or Clips for Securing
If at all possible, avoid using glue to keep your wig in place. Afro hair is more sensitive to breakage than caucasian hair, and using wig adhesive can cause you to lose your edges. Instead, opt for clips and elastics for securing your wig.
With these beginner-friendly tips, you can find the right wig for your style and wear it with ease.