If you’ve lost all or most of your hair (for whatever reason: chemotherapy, genetics, an autoimmune disease like alopecia areata), you may want to consider a wig. Good news and bad news: you have hundreds of options. To rank them, we called in wig expert Linda Whitehurst, director of the Look Good Feel Better national project and owner of Parasol Hair Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here are three important things to consider:
- Human hair 5×5 HD lace closure wig have the most swing and bounce and can be heat washed and styled just like your old hair. They will last for several years, but can cost several thousand dollars. Today’s synthetic hair wigs look almost as authentic, require less maintenance, and can start for under $ 100. If you wear one every day, it will last three to six months.
- Think about how your hair usually wears. If you like to pull it back, your wig cap should have a lace at the crown for a natural-looking hairline.
- Always cut your wig once it is on your head, even if you love the style. Best human hair wigs have too much hair (especially at the temples) and need to be trimmed to fit the individual shape of your face. (If you have a synthetic hair wig, make sure the stylist cutting or trimming it knows how to cut the synthetic hair – special scissors must be used.)
A good place to start: Visit wigs.com to browse different styles from dozens of manufacturers. Whitehurst recommends wigs from Jon Renau, Henry Margu, and Aspen. To keep costs down, check to see if your insurance covers a “cranial prosthesis”; your doctor can give you a prescription. And some local American Cancer Society offices have wig banks that offer free wigs for women undergoing chemotherapy. Go to cancer.org and click on Find resources in your area to see if there is one near you.
For the last two years, a hair trend that keeps creeping up on our Instagram feed is crazy hair colors; from pastel pink in Kim K and Hailey Baldwin to neon green in Dua Lipa and icy gray in Ariana Grande. And as much as we covet its not-so-natural doses, the prospect of subjecting our hair to the hours of death (and damage) seems like an overcommitment. But that doesn’t mean you have to shake your head to cool down new hair trends; rock a wig in place. While we realize that a wig can seem like a bit of a daunting prospect, we promise it really doesn’t have to be. Once you know what kind of wig to buy, just follow our super easy step-by-step guide and we swear you’ll be able to wear the hairstyle you’ve always wanted, but never been able to commit to. for.
For those of you who need a little more conviction
Okay, so we realize that for the average girl (if there is such a thing), wearing a wig may seem a bit extra. But we swear it is a lot of fun and allows you to try many different styles. Plus, once you learn how to put one on, it will only take you 20 minutes, which depending on your usual hairstyle, could be quicker than blow-drying anyway!
How to find the best wig for you
Size: When it comes to wigs, you really have to make sure it fits your head, otherwise you may end up moving throughout the day, which is a total treat. Although the average size wig will tend to fit most head sizes, it is important to note that there are small and large sizes as well. Most wigs come with adjustable straps so you can clip them to your head for a comfortable fit. To determine which wig size is right for you, measure your head circumference (from the front hairline, behind the ear to the nape of the neck). We really like Follea wigs as they come in a wide range of different sizes so you can find a really good, perfect fit.