The wig is an increasingly popular beauty accessory. It has stood the test of time well. However, its design and quality have evolved. Users now have access to a large choice. But what is a wig for? How to use it? How to choose it? How to maintain it? These are all questions that people ask about this hair accessory. This article will allow you to know a little more about wigs.
What is the wig?
Also called hairpiece, toupee or hair prosthesis (in more medical jargon), the wig is a false hair. Its use dates back several centuries. Originally, it was created to allow people with bald heads to have hair. Nowadays, it is still worn for this same reason, but also for a purely aesthetic purpose.
The proof, the stars change it like a shirt while in our entourage, some also wear it from time to time to be able to change their look.
The different types of wigs
In the market, several types of wigs are available. For starters, there are natural hair prostheses. To take this into account, they are made with human hair. They have been subjected to specific treatment before being put on sale. Natural wigs often originate from India, China or Brazil. They are very popular. It must be said that they have a lot of advantages.
First of all, the wigs look very natural and realistic. In addition, they are very easy to maintain. You can wash them with shampoos and also style them as if they were real hair. Natural hair prostheses also stand out for their longevity. If they retain the cuticle, they are much more durable and undetectable. On the other hand, they are expensive.
On the other hand, there is the synthetic wig. As its name suggests, it was made with synthetic materials. This type of wig is therefore less qualified than the natural hair wig. In addition, it is impossible to iron or color it. However, it can be had at a very reasonable cost. Also, it comes in different shapes and shades.
The market also offers monofilament wigs currently. They are known for their convenience. Indeed, these hair prostheses provide immense comfort to users, especially during the hot season, because they allow the scalp to breathe. For victims of hair loss, they are a preferred solution. Of course, these wigs are also expensive.
The different categories of wigs
There are two main categories of wigs;
1. Lace Front Wigs
Lace front wigs are a celebrity favorite. They are almost undetectable, thanks to the fine lace on which the hair is implanted one by one. The fine lace used will be placed at the level of the forehead, going from one ear to another. It allows you to perfectly copy the color of the scalp. The hair is then implanted in the natural direction of growth so that the final rendering is more natural.
With the Lace Front, only the hair at the forehead is implanted by hand on the lace. The rest of the cup consists of stretch monofilament on which the hair prostheses are sewn on cotton bands.
To fix the toupee, discreet clips are used. It is also possible to use glue, but be careful, it is advisable to call on a professional when you are about to opt for laying with glue.
The Lace Front wig is suitable for everyone, but mainly for people suffering from cancer, alopecia areata or alopecia. The reason is that thanks to the hair implanted on the lace, it looks like it is really hair growing from the scalp.
2. Full Lace Wigs
The Full Lace wig is based on the same principle as the Lace Front. The only difference is that all the hairs of the prosthesis are implanted one by one over the entire surface of the cup. The result is then even more natural, but the accessory is more expensive.
How do I maintain my wig?
Washing your wig in cold water, once every 2 or 3 weeks with suitable products, is enough. A little brush stroke once it is dry and presto! It returns to its original shape. Avoid spraying perfume directly on it: products containing alcohol dry out the fibre.
Is there a risk of irritation?
The risks of itching, irritation or discomfort exist but they are not systematic and generally disappear over time. A time of adaptation is often necessary. To avoid them, it is recommended not to wear your wig in the evening and to maintain it well. And if the problems persist, seek advice from the professional who sold it to you.
How to choose your wig?
The purchase of a prosthesis can seem complex, indeed, many questions arise. It is sometimes difficult to understand and learn about the different criteria for choosing the right hair prosthesis. Which cut should I choose, for example, according to the shape of my face? It is also necessary to take into account which size to choose to feel comfortable on a daily basis. Finally, the choice of the quality of the cap is one of the essential elements because it will determine the comfort you wish to choose.
Which cut to choose according to the shape of my face?
Depending on the shape of your face, one cut will be more suitable than another. You might as well be warned to choose the right haircut.
- Round faces
It will be ideal to opt for a wig that will lengthen your face, for this you can turn to long and mid-length hair prostheses with more volume on the top of the head than on the cheeks. This will slim down your face considerably. If you prefer short hair, you can opt for a wig that offers volume. To allow a more refined effect avoid fringes, they will cover your face and bring an aspect.
- The oval faces
This face shape is optimal because it allows you to wear any type of wig cut. If you have an oval face, you can treat yourself with a prosthesis that has short, long and mid-length, straight, wavy or curly hair, with or without bangs.
- The thin faces
When you have a thin face, the ideal is to opt for a wig that has volume on the sides, this will highlight the features of your face. Short models are the most suitable, however you can also turn to long and medium-length hair models. When it comes to hair type, wavy and curly hair will accentuate your features and make them stand out more prominently.
-The long faces
For people with a long face, we recommend opting for a layered wig model going up to the shoulders. You can also favor models with bangs that will break the length of your face.
-The triangular faces
If you have an imposing jaw and a fairly small forehead, you can opt for long and mid-length hair prostheses with a gradient, the goal will be to balance the shape and refine the lower part of your face.
If, on the other hand, your forehead is imposing and the lower part of your face is thin, you can turn to a model that will give you volume on the lower part of the face. The ideal would be to opt for a degraded or wavy cut with an oblique fringe.
The price range of wigs varies depending on the quality, texture, color and length of the hair. You can get a wig for $20 or $20,000. Yes, you heard that right: $20,000.