Who needs a wig?
Anyone who needs to look good in a hurry, some professionals have come to rely on wigs.
Let’s face it, hair misbehaves sometimes, a wig could save the day.
• You’ve cut your hair and you miss it so much –
• You want to be a red head – sometimes
• You are an actress who wants to show some versatility
• You are a chemo patient and your hair fell out
• You have alopecia and don’t have any hair ever
• You have a more creative vision of yourself than your current hair allows.
Wear And Care
The wig shop or your hairdresser can demonstrate how to put your wig on properly by grasping it in the front and rolling it back over your head. It should fit securely but not be uncomfortably tight. Line up the points on the side of the wig in front of your ears, where a man's sideburns start. Your ears should be pulled out over the wig, not tucked under.
As hair loss progresses, it may become difficult to tell where your natural hairline is. It's easy to wind up wearing a wig too low or too high on your forehead. Keep a photo that shows your natural hairline to use as a guide.
Under any type of wig, you'll need to wear a cap. These are soft, snug nylon or cotton coverings that protect your scalp, control your hair and keep the wig from slipping. Buy more caps than you think you will need; it's good to have extras and rotate them regularly.
Your wig may need to be refitted after you loose your hair, particularly if you had long or thick hair when you purchased it. Most wigs have adjustable straps at the back to change the size; if the wig still feels loose, take it back to the store for adjustment.
All wigs require a certain amount of daily care but probably less than the time you'd spend on your own hair
- When you take off your wig, store it on a Styrofoam, wood or cloth-covered head form.
- Smooth out the hair with a comb.
- Pin short styles to set curls; roll or twist longer styles and secure with pins.
- Lightly spray with low alcohol hair spray if desired and let dry.
- Cover with hair net.
- Store away from heat, dust and humidity.
Washing and Setting
If worn regularly, you'll want to wash and set your wig every week or two. Synthetic wigs can be washed and styled at home or taken to your hairstylist or wig shop. Human hair is more difficult to handle, so it's best left to professionals.
- Brush wig starting at ends and work up to the scalp with a wire wig brush.
- Submerge wig in a bowl or sink of cool water and baby shampoo or soap for wigs. Gently swish.
- Soak for five minutes.
- Rinse in cool water.
- If desired, condition hair with a product for wigs or a conditioner with lanolin.
- Rinse again in cool water.
- Gently squeeze out water -- do not twist.
- Blot dry with a towel.
- Place wig on a tall, slender object like a hair spray can so air can circulate through the wig.
- Allow to air-dry completely. Never brush a wet wig. (Only blow-dry if the manufacturer recommends it.)
- Gently brush from ends to scalp with wig brush.
Most synthetic wigs have the style molded into the hair, so simply control and emphasize the set with hot rollers set on medium or low.
(Never use curling irons or hair dryers on synthetic wigs.)