Having amazing looking hair is something virtually everyone wants. This is why it’s so disappointing and heartbreaking when the strands begin to get thinner and thinner, or when they begin to fall out. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry. Today, there’s a solution for virtually every hair-related problem you may face.
Wigs can give everyone hope and confidence that their beautiful, luscious locks can be restored. With the right wig, you can have the natural-looking hair you want, without stress. One thing you will discover when you begin searching for your perfect wig is that there are a lot of options to choose from. You have to figure out which one is right for you. Keep reading to learn more about modern wigs and how to get started with them.
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How Are Wigs Designed and Constructed?
If you want to learn more about the types of wigs available, you need to first understand how they are constructed. One thing to understand is what a classic or standard cap is. With these, a machine is used to sew in wefts of hair, which creates the wig. This is completely different than HD lace wigs or mesh material wigs. Because of how the hair is sewn onto the wig, there are multiple rows of the hair present on this cap.
Capless Wigs Explained
The amount of space between the wefts of hair determines the type of standard cap. This is where the term “capless” comes into play. It is a bit confusing since it is essentially a wig cap that is also called a “capless cap.”
There are several features that determine if you have a capless cap. One is if the opening is up to 75 percent. If it is 90 percent (or more) open, it is referred to as full capless. Another option you may find is 100 percent capless, which is pretty self-explanatory. This is important because the more open space present, the more comfortable it will be to wear.
Each of the classic or standard caps are typically the most affordable option available. However, these aren’t as realistic looking as some of the other wig types, such as monofilament.
This is a general term used for wigs that are made with a mesh lace material. With these, every hair is hand-sewn onto the lace used. There are several options of these wigs, and the most appealing factor is that they look like your own, natural hair.
Purchasing Your First Hair Wig
Buying a wig is a great way to alter your look completely without having to dye or cut your own hair. If you want to achieve a trendy or dramatic change or look, using a wig can help make this possible. Today’s wigs usually look great, and most of them have been well made. There is an array of new technologies that have innovated and completely changed the wig making process.
Once you have made the decision to purchase a wig, you may feel somewhat overwhelmed by the various choices. This may make you unsure of which one to purchase. After all, there are several considerations, including the length of the hair, texture, density, hair type, wig type, and more. You must also measure your head to make sure the right size wig is purchased.
All of those considerations may seem somewhat complicated, which is why you should use the information here. It will help you through the entire process.
Understanding Wig Density
Density refers to the amount of hair on the wig. It will impact the thickness and the volume of the hair. If you purchase a wig with low density, it will be fine, thin hair. Higher density wigs will be thicker. As a guide, wigs with 130 percent density are considered most similar to your real hair.
Real or Synthetic Hair?
For the hair type, you have two options: synthetic or real. Synthetic hair is made out of artificial fibers that are designed to look like real hair. Unfortunately, many of them fall short of this. If you want a natural look, then choosing human hair is best. With this option, you can color it, style it, and even find different textures. Also, natural hair lasts longer than synthetic hair.
Wearing Your Wig
There are several application methods for wigs. If you are using a hairpiece and standard cap, it will probably have a clip or comb you can use for attachment. It’s also possible to sew in these caps.
For monofilament caps that include lace parts, besides sewing, you also have the option to glue or tape it. If you opt for taping, use a double-sided tape which is available at most salons and stores.
Putting Your Wig On
Before you begin to put your wig on, try it on with no tape, glue, or anything else. Make sure it fits snugly on your head – it should not be too loose or too tight. If there is an additional lace in the front, it must be removed.
Put the wig on properly and remove the lace. To make it more realistic looking, pull some of the hairs from the hairline. Most wigs will have the same density throughout, which may make it appear less realistic. You also have the option to wear a cap under the wig, or just make cornrows of your hair. Once in place, begin attaching the wig using the method selected (sewing, gluing, or taping).
Wearing Your Wig
You can schedule an appointment at a salon if you need help attaching your wig. However, once in place, you can begin to enjoy your new hair and your new look. If you have chosen a natural hair wig, you can have it colored and styled as desired. Be sure to use caution with synthetic fibers, as they are more easily damaged than natural hair (as mentioned above). Now you are ready to rock your new look and enjoy the beautiful, stylish hair you want and deserve.