For women who suffer from extreme hair loss, wigs can be much more than a way to disguise sparse locks. They can provide a sense of normalcy and aid in helping them to regain their confidence. Whether worn daily or for special occasions, the thought of wearing a wig can intimidate those who have never worn one before. To ensure a comfortable experience, consider these tips for wearing wigs:
1. Wigs Aren't One Size Fits All
Wigs intended for daily wear are much different than the costume wigs worn during Halloween. Costume wigs are typically one-size-fits-most, while quality wigs for daily wear come in a variety of sizes. Because of this, the first step you should take before investing in a wig is to measure your head. A wig that is properly fitted will stay in place throughout the day without sliding or irritating your scalp.
2. Know Whether Your Wig is Synthetic or Human Hair
One of the biggest differences between a synthetic wig and a wig made of human hair is the price. Human hair typically costs much more than a synthetic wig but it is generally much better quality. Aside from price, however, it is important to know which type of wig you own for styling and care purposes. A wig made of human hair can be colored, for instance, while a synthetic wig cannot.
3. Always Wear a Wig Cap Liner
Most people are familiar with wig cap liners as a means of keeping natural hair pulled back and reducing the risk of the wig sliding around on the head. While they work well for these purposes, that's not the only reason they are important. Wig cap liners keep the oils from your scalp from coming into contact with the wig itself. This can drastically improve the lifespan of your wigs as they will require washing less frequently.
4. Use the Correct Wig Care Products
Washing and caring for your wigs regularly is essential for keeping them looking their best. Most experts recommend washing wigs after they are worn between 8 to 10 times. When washing, detangling, or brushing, be sure that you are using the correct care products for your specific wig. This will extend its lifespan and ensure that it is not damaged.
5. Remove Your Wig at Night
Another important tip to consider when wearing wigs regularly is to remove them each night before going to sleep. Sleeping in your wigs produces the same results as sleeping on natural hair. The friction between the hair and the pillow causes frizz and tangles, which makes restyling it the next day a difficult task. Instead, be sure to properly store your wigs on a wig stand or other wig-specific storage solution.
By following these five tips for wearing wigs, you can ensure that your wigs fit comfortably, stay in place, and look their best for as long as possible. If you are experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss and would like to learn more about the different wig options available to you, please request a free private, confidential consultation with a Christoffels Hair Loss Specialist here.
Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers.