What Is The Best Type Of Human Hair Wig To Buy?

There is no correct answer as to what is the best type of human hair wig to buy. The answer lies in how much you would like to spend on one and what features you would like for your wig to have. If you’re looking for comfort and a more natural look, look at human hair wigs with monofilament tops and hand tied caps. If you’re looking to create a realistic hairline, check lace front human hair wigs.

How Much Should I Pay For A Human Hair Wig?

There are many advantages to having a human hair wig. Human hair wigs have a long lifespan with proper care. They typically last up to 6-12 months. The hair looks and feels natural. You can even use heat tools on human hair! (Be sure to use a good heat protection spray and make sure it’s formulated for wigs). 

There are not many disadvantages to a human hair wig. Like with bio hair, human hair wigs can get frizzy from weather changes. Excessive heat from styling tools can damage the hair. You may need to style the wig every time you put it on. Price could be a disadvantage since human hair wigs can cost a little more than other types of wigs.

What Is The Lifespan Of A Human Hair Wig?

With proper care, a human hair wig can last up to 6 months to 1 year. Lifespan depends on how often you wear your wigs, how often you style the hair, and how often you wash it. (A good rule of thumb is wash your wig every  6-8 weeks.) Wearing your human hair wig daily will cause more wear and tear. Just like bio hair, frequent use of heat tools can damage your wig. That’s why it’s important to find a good heat protection spray to preserve the life of your wig.

Can You Use Regular Shampoo On A Human Hair Wig?

Yes! You can wash a human hair wig with regular shampoo for human hair. However, you should not wash a human hair wig with shampoo designed for synthetic wigs. There are many other factors to consider when choosing the best shampoo for your wig. Certain chemicals can be toxic to human hair, so we recommend doing your research when choosing products. 

What are the differences between human hair and synthetic hair?

There are advantages to both and many people choose to have human hair and synthetic hair wigs on hand for different circumstances. Human Hair offers the most natural look and feel as well as styling versatility. While typically more expensive, with proper care, human hair can last over a year. Synthetic hair tends to be a more affordable choice and offers great ease of wear — wigs can often be worn right out of the box with little or no styling.

What are the different types of wig cap construction?

Constant innovation in technology allows for increasingly wearable and comfortable wigs! The base of any wig is referred to as a cap. The hair is attached to the wig cap using a variety of techniques to achieve different looks. On most wigs, hair is attached in "wefts." These are strips of hair doubled over and sewn closely together in long strands. Others are hand-tied for the most natural movement. If you like to wear your hair swept away from your face, lace front wigs are the best option. If you like parting versatility, we recommend full monofilament wigs. 100% Hand-Tied and double monofilament wigs are known for being gentle on sensitive scalps.  

What is the Wig Cap Size?

Most manufacturers identify cap sizes differently. Use this guide to help identify the cap size circumference of a wig. To find your cap size for a wig or hairpiece, use a flexible fabric or plastic tape measure and place one end in the middle of your forehead (just touching your front hairline), then wrap the remaining tape around the back of your head just above your neck hairline behind your ears and then back to the middle of your forehead. Take this measurement and use the below chart to help select the correct size for your cap!
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How do I figure out my wig size?

Many wigs come in petite, average and large sizes. Average size wigs, however, tend to fit about 95% of customers. We have a guide that will help you measure your head to determine the best size!

How should I go about choosing color?

We aim to make shopping for the right color online just as easy as in a store (or easier)! After you have found a style you like, it is time to check out your color options — there are often dozens. If you are new to wigs, consider staying close to your natural color (you can always have fun experimenting with color later).  You can also order color rings or make use of our expert color consultation services by submitting a photo or hair swatch.

Are color swatches 100% accurate?

Hair color images are presented to give you a visual representation of color options for each item. However it must be noted that on screen representations do not necessarily precisely represent actual colors due to variable monitor calibrations. Additionally, the computer or device you use may have an impact on how colors appear. For example, Apple products tend to make colors appear slightly warmer. 

How do I put on a wig?

After removing your wig from the box, take off the protective hairnet (if the style has one) and give it a good shake. If it is a ready-to-wear synthetic hair, you are ready to go! If it requires customization (such as trimming a lace front), we recommend you consult a hair stylist. Check out our salon locator to find local salons familiar with wearable hair.

If you have a lot of your own hair, the first step is to gather it back and up. One great trick is to separate hair into two sections on each side of your head. Twist the hair as you pull it back and around the head so that it will eventually lay flat. This tactic can help avoid a pony tail bulge. You may choose to use pins, braids, wig caps (recommended) or a great product called Sure Grip to secure your hair. A wig cap can be helpful even without hair to keep wigs secure and in place.

Hold your wig at the sides (ear tabs) and starting at the front, place it at your natural hairline. Slide it on toward the nape of your neck and shift as needed using the ear tabs to help center your wig. Adjustable straps at the nape may help to achieve a more secure fit. If handling a lace front wig, take care not to tug on the lace as it can be a bit delicate.Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect right away, start styling!

Are there tips for making my wigs appear more natural?

Human hair wigs tend to offer the most natural look but today, synthetic wigs can look very natural as well, thanks to great innovations in wig technology. Styles with lace front and monofilament features – or those that are 100% hand tied -- will also appear very natural. When it comes to choosing style, consider styles that will be most flattering given your face shape. Check out our guide. And as for color, it is often wise to stick close to your own natural color. Whatever you choose, a stylist can help you customize your wig to suit your preference. Consult our salon locator to find a salon near you familiar with wearable hair.

What wig choice is best for a sensitive scalp?

100% Hand-Tied or double monofilament wigs tend to be most gentle on sensitive scalps. Some people use wig caps to protect the scalp.

How should I care for my wig?

Wigs come with instructions from the manufacturer that should be followed. When not in use, store your wig on a mannequin or wig stand to maintain its shape and wash only when necessary (roughly once every 10-14 days of wear but more often if your lifestyle or environment calls for it). consult our guide to caring for wearable hair for some great tips.

Should I own more than one wig?

Yes! First the practical reasons. Wigs can last longer if not worn daily. You can be washing and air-drying one while wearing the other. If you wear human hair or heat-friendly synthetic hair, you can keep one styled straight and the other curly to reduce stress. Here is a tip we love: If you'd like your wig to be your secret, get two or three of your favorite style and ask your stylist to trim them in stages. You can create the illusion of hair growth and haircuts and no one will be the wiser! And if you're more the adventurous type, you can have a little fun with a whole host of different styles and colors.

Can I curl or straighten my wig?

Synthetic hair wigs can be irreparably damaged if you try to curl or straighten the hair with heat tools, unless they are Smart Heat tools. Consider human hair wigs for the ultimate styling versatility – you can curl or straighten them as you would your own hair.

Can I color my wig?

Most styles come in a number of colors, lessening the need to color. While synthetic hair cannot be dyed, human hair wigs can. But, it is a tricky process that should be handled by a hair professional only. We recommend only going darker, not lighter -- there is a lot of chemical processing involved in the making of a wig and additional manipulation can cause damage. We do not recommend bleaching or attempting to strip or lighten color on any human hair pieces.

What is the best way to store a wig?

A wig stand or mannequin is ideal. It will help keep the hair from becoming tangled and will help to maintain shape. Also, see if you can find a cool, dry spot to keep wigs in the best condition.

Can I swim or shower with my wig?

We do not recommend this. It can put too much stress on the hair and create unmanageable tangles. Also, pool chemicals and salt can damage the hair and affect color.

What are some ways to tackle thinning hair?

If you are thinning on top, at the crown or at the hairline, you may choose to wear a half wig, hairpiece or top piece in lieu of a full wig. Many blend in so naturally with your own hair, even experts are hard pressed to see them when in place. They are also a great option if you want to conceal greys or new hair growth between color touch ups. Learn more about how to cover or hide thin hair by using hairpieces.

What are the different types of hairpiece & hair extension attachment methods?

There are a lot of different kinds of hairpieces and hair extensions from bangs, to buns to ponys. And there are many methods of attachment to help secure the hair in place such as clips, wraps and combs.