Whether you’ve lost your hair because of chemotherapy, it’s thinning out because of genetics, or you just don’t want to deal with styling it on a daily basis, a wig can be a wonderful thing. A wig can be a tremendous boost to your confidence! When you look good, you feel good, and that inner beauty can shine through for the rest of the day.

If this is your first time purchasing a wig, you might be overwhelmed at the selection available. There are hundreds of wig manufacturers and the cost can range from a couple bucks to a couple thousand. Paying top dollar doesn’t always mean you are getting the best wig, either. Finding the right wig can start to feel confusing and frustrating. But you’ve come to the right place! Start the shopping process by educating yourself on what you should look for in a wig and where you can find it. Let’s start with the basics!

Wig Basics: Construction and Measuring 101

Should you choose real human hair or synthetic fibers?

Wigs can be made with real human hair or from synthetic fibers. Which option you choose is going to depend on a number of factors and there are pros and cons to both.

  • Real hair wigs: Wigs made from real hair are going to be the most expensive, due to the fact they look the most natural the process required to make them is more labor intensive. These wigs are going to look very natural because they are made from actual hair. One of the biggest advantages of a human hair wig is that you can cut and style a human hair wig to suit your personal tastes, and even create a look that closely matches your original hairstyle if you wish. You can also change style the hair on a daily basis, so you can curl it or straighten it to change up your look. Human hair wigs are also incredibly durable when they are cared for properly, meaning they can potentially outlast their synthetic fiber cousins. While the initial cost of the wig is more, some woman would rather pay more for a wig that looks like natural hair and can fool even the closest inspections. However, the cost of a real human hair can be prohibitive; some wigs can run $1000 and more. Real hair wigs also require a lot more time and maintenance, which some woman may not have the time and energy to give. Some people also object to the ethics of paying women in third world countries for their hair.
  • Synthetic wigs: A few decades ago, you could spot a synthetic wig from across the room. These wigs looked like they were straight off of a Halloween costume. However, the technology involved in wig making has improved so much that today you’d have a tough time distinguishing between a wig made from real human hair and one made from synthetic fibers. Synthetic wigs can be worn right away; you don’t have to wait for them to be styled. You can purchase one and start wearing it immediately. It keeps it’s style, too, so you don’t have to waste time with styling it every morning, and things like weather won’t affect the look of your hair (a major bonus for anyone in a rainy climate!). If you want to style your wig, there are some wigs that are heat resistant and can be curled or straightened, but it could end up shortening the life of your wig. Synthetic wigs are much more affordable as compared to ones made from real human hair, though they may not last as long (depending on the quality and the manufacturer).

We recommend synthetic fibers for most women. Not only are they more affordable, today’s wigs are virtually indistinguishable from real human hair!

What Cap is Right for You?

The cap of the wig is the part that sits on your head. There are a few different cap types, and they usually have to do with how the wig is made and how you wear it. The wig that you choose could be a combination of two or more of these cap styles.

  • Classic wigs. These wigs are made by sewing rows of hair to the cap. They look less natural because the row appears to be in rows instead of in individual strands as it would naturally grow on a person’s head. Because of this, these wigs are usually less expensive.
  • Monofilament wigs. These wigs are made by attaching individual strands of hair (either real or synthetic) to the cap. The process is much more labor-intensive and thus the wig will be more expensive, but the result is a wig that looks much more natural.
  • Lace front wigs. These wigs have strands of hair tied to a fine mesh (or lace) at the front of the wig. This creates the illusion of a natural hairline, so the wearer can style the hair back from the face without revealing that they are wearing a wig.

Measure for Comfort

The comfort of your wig is going to depend on getting an accurate wig size. This will provide you with a wig that’s comfortable to wear but won’t pull off of your head easily, either. To find your cap size, measure around your head, from the hairline at the front of your head to along the back of your neck and back to the front (basically tracing your hairline around your head and behind your ears). Make sure that you pull the measuring tape so it’s snug around your head. Most wigs come in petite, average, and large sizes, but this measurement will help you determine which category you fall into.

We Can Help You Find the Perfect Wig

Wig shopping should be fun, not overwhelming or frustrating. The point is to find a style that you love and fits into your budget. Now that you know more about what makes up a wig and how to measure yourself for one, it’s time for the fun part to begin! Come to About You Mastectomy Boutique in Tampa and we’ll help you find the wig that’s perfect for you! Our team will make the process fun and you’ll leave with a look that helps you feel and look beautiful and confident. We’re open Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Come visit us today for a free consultation!