06/04/2014

Kawaii-B All About: Choosing your wig


 Wigs!!! Some people love them, some people hate them. It's a great alternative to having your hair go through the harsh chemical process of changing colour and it's a lot cheaper as well. The biggest issue that arises from wanting a wig is choosing one that will suit you the best. This article will hopefully give those who are looking to buy a wig but are unsure as to how to go about it.

Face Shape


Everyone has a different face shape and the shape that you have helps when choosing the wig that's right for you. Here's a run down of the wig types that might best fit your face shape. 

Oval shaped - Well aren't you a lucky girl! There is no limit to hairstyles for your face shape! You can pull of nearly any hairstyle or hair shape! 
Square shape - The best hairstyle for your facial shape is something with a lot of texture. Curls or choppy ends or even short spiky cuts. Avoid the blunt cut bang hairstyles.
Long shape - You'll be looking for a wig that doesn't drag down your face and adds length. Be sure to add some brow-skimming bangs. A chin length bob wig will help create the illusion on width but be sure to avoid the pixie cut.
Heart shaped - Look for a wig that brings some hair onto the forehead, while keeping the hair close to the head at the eyes. The wig should also be fuller at the jaw and below and in front of the earlobes.
Round shape - What you need to do is to make your face appear longer and leaner, and to do this you'll need a wig with less volume around the face. A shoulder length wig with added soft graduated layers is your ideal style. You can have bangs if you like.
Rectangular shape - Much like the long shape only with a square jawline. The best style for your face shape is the one with lots and lots of volume. Layers around your chin can soften the harsh lines and a little bit volume on the sides will help you create the illusion of a wider face. 
Pear-shaped - Look best with full layered looks that add width and volume from the eyes to the crown to balance out the face, such as the classic shag style. Choose a wig that adds width and fullness at the sides by incorporating soft curls and waves, as well as any wig that would minimize the vertical length of the face.


Wig Size


To measure for a wig, use a flexible seamstress measuring tape. Start at the forehead and measure around the head. Start just above the eyebrows and follow the hairline around, taking caution to go behind the ears. Continue until the start is reached, and that measurement is the head circumference.

Consider fiber type: synthetic vs. human hair wigs 


Many think that human hair wigs will be more natural looking. Many also assume that synthetic wigs will look synthetic when worn however they are the most popular because they require the least amount of care. Today's synthetic wigs offer more styling choices, colours and unique comfort features. Synthetic styles are easy to pack and take with you, and the fiber is resistant to humidity, so your style holds in any weather. One thing that's important to remember is that you should always check what your wig is made of before heat styling! Some synthetic fibres can be styled at low heat, others can't. Any heat source, such as a blow dryer - or even an open oven - can damage the fiber and ruin a PVC based wig.

Synthetic
Synthetic hair is commonly made from kanekalon or toyokalon fibers. Kanekalon is a light, long-lasting synthetic fiber that withstands repeated washings and low-temperature heat styling. The downside to kanekalon is its tendency to tangle and mat. 

Toyokalon is a softer synthetic hair fiber that tangles less, but lacks the natural look and color of kanekalon fiber. 

Monofiber (monofibre) is the highest quality synthetic hair, with a realistic look and feel. Monofilament hair behaves more like natural hair than the other synthetic hair fibers.


Human 
Human hair wigs are extremely versatile. You can curl and style them as you would your own hair. Because they do not come pre-styled, they require more effort  and care than synthetic wigs. Human hair wigs are ideal if you enjoy, and are skilled at, styling your own hair.

Human hair wigs often last longer than synthetic ones, and can be dyed and bleached unlike synthetic wigs, but as newer more advanced materials are used to create synthetic wigs, and they look increasingly like human hair, many are choosing to save money and opt for synthetic.

If you have very sensitive skin, a human wig might be better for you, as some synthetic wigs can cause skin irritation, if not worn with a quality wig cap.


Consider your lifestyle 

What does your typical day involve? Will you be wearing your wig every day, or only occasionally? These questions, as well as others concerning your work, recreational and social activity, may affect which style you choose. Be sure to keep your typical daily or weekly activities in mind as you try different wigs.

Customizing your style 

Unless you're comfortable or have done so before then it might be ideal to take your wig to your hairstylist and have them trim the bangs and sides to suit your face. If you plan on colouring a human hair wig, that is also something that your hairstylist might be able to do for you as well. Possibly you might know a friend who does wig customizations, that's another person to consider. Remember that once you customize your wig there's no turning back so do your research before hand. 


Choose a colour that flatters 


Many feel most comfortable selecting a shade that matches their natural hair colour. If that's the path you choose to take then the best way to do so would be by looking at your hair and colour samples together under natural light to determine which colour most closely resembles your own.
Want to choose a colour identical to your own? Try going just a shade lighter or warmer than your natural hair to brighten your features. You can also choose styles with highlights that feature a subtle blending of shades for added depth and dimension.
When buying a wig the goal is to find a shade that complements your skin tone and brings out your natural colour. Don't be afraid to experiment with colours!!! It's all about trying out something new and different. 
Doesn't suit you? Keep looking!!! There's a wig out there for everyone and the one you're looking for is there.
Remember that in the end when it comes choosing your wig, the product that you buy might not be the one for you but look for ways to customize it and if not there are loads of communities where you can buy, sell and trade. 

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