Frontals, full-lace wigs, synthetic hair pieces; the options are endless. Although I am very happy with my hair, the idea of a wig occasionally comes up. Celebrities like, Kim K, Cardi B and Katy Perry love wearing them. So today I dive into the wonderful world of wigs. And find out the ins and outs. So here, from me to you a beginner’s guide to wigs.
Difference between human hair and synthetic hair
Even before Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian had discovered and “popularized” wigs, the capless wig had long been a staple of many a woman’s beauty routine in Hollywood and far beyond. Women and men too, played with different looks without damaging their own hair with heat tools and / or hair dye. The wigs were simply used as a protective hairstyle, so that the own hair could rest, grow and become healthy again. And just as there are many different ways to style a wig, there are many different types of wigs to style.
First of all, I already run into the first question. If I want a wig, which one do I choose? One of human hair or one of synthetic hair? What kind of hair you choose depends on your budget, what you are going to use the wig for and how much time you have in daily life. If you are looking for a wig that you will wear every day, my preference is human hair wigs with bangs. If you are looking for a hair piece that you only want to wear once, for example during carnival, I would consider a synthetic wig.
The difference between human hair and synthetic hair is, first of all, that synthetic hair shines much more. Do you want to reduce the shine on a synthetic wig? Then you can apply some hair or baby powder with a fluffy brush. In addition, it is better not to use styling tools on synthetic hair, because the hair can then melt. You do have synthetic hair that you can use heat on, but it is important that you set your tools to a very low temperature. When the temperature is too high, the hair strands melt and that’s a waste of your wig.
What is a full lace wig?
Here the entire hairpiece consists of lace. With this you can wear a parting from front to back (neck). You can also easily wear two braids from front to back. With the first option you are a bit more limited. With a full lace wig you can also style your hair in a bun or a high ponytail with your entire wig.
What are ready to wear wigs?
These are hair pieces that you can buy ready-made like short bob wigs in hair stores, online. These are then made to standard sizes; small, medium and large.
This is how you attach a wig
Okay, so the differences are pretty clear, but how do you actually fix such a luscious head of hair on your head? And more importantly, how do you make sure it stays. There are plenty of ways to attach your wig so you don’t have to pick it up from the floor.
First of all, you have to make sure that your own hair is well hidden and stays in place. It depends on how much hair you have and how long it is. If you have a lot of hair I recommend braiding it. So that your wig sits nicely and realistic on your head and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a wig. Do you have very thin hair? In principle, a bun is sufficient, but even then I prefer to braid the hair. When you have concealed your own hair, you could use a wig cap. A wedge cap is an elastic hairnet that you pull over your own hair. I use wedge caps that have holes that allow the hair to breathe well and allow air to pass through. As a result, things will not heat up under your wig. The wig cap also ensures that there is not too much friction on your head from the wig, which can damage your hair.
Do you have little or no time in the morning, are you simply clumsy or do you have 0 patience in attaching your wig and do you want to take it off easily in the evening? Then a wig that you attach glueless offers a solution. I use an elastic band and combs in my wigs. You can then put the wig on and off very quickly. If you don’t have the wig on your head, you can keep it on a mannequin head and start styling it for the next morning. This is a time-saving option, if you ask me. Another way to apply your wig without glue or styling products is to sew it onto your head. Here you braid your hair, place your wig on your head and it is sewn to the braids. No awkward moments and worth considering if you want to keep your wig on for a longer period of time.