A wig come in two types: human hair and synthetic hair. You can probably guess that human hair creates the most natural look. Having a natural texture, it falls and swings like natural hair does. Additionally, it can be styled like normal hair-blown dried, curled, and ironed.
However, there are different kinds of human hair. “European,” which is more fine-grained, is the most expensive and sought-after, explains Norris. There is also Indian leather, which is softer and has more texture, but it is somewhat less expensive. Among the most common and least expensive is Chinese hair, which is typically thick and straight.
You can expect to pay between $200 and $500 (or more) for a fine human hair wig. Even if you can’t afford that, don’t worry: Synthetic wigs have come a long way, and you can find one for under $100.
It should also be full lace or lace front
According to the owner of RLModa, a Montreal wigs shop, both full lace and lace front wings appear very natural. While lace-fronts are generally more affordable than full lace wigs, they can be a little less breathable and itch a little bit. The most versatility is found in full lace wigs, she says, which can be parted multiple ways and worn updos.
And, have a hand-tied monofilament cap
The most natural-looking, softest, and lightest 100% hand-tied caps possess the most intricate construction because of the intricate manufacturing process. The reason behind this is the fact that every single hair is individually inserted inside the lace cap by hand. Therefore, the result is a wig that can be parted easily and mimics the appearance of your natural hair.
Wig shops will measure your head accurately, and you’ll have the luxury of trying on a variety of wigs before choosing one.
Once you’ve found your wig, bring it to a pro
When you purchase a wig that looks natural, you may wonder why you would have to spend additional money on its styling. To ensure your wig fits your face accurately, Norris recommends bringing it to a professional stylist. It is common for wigs to have an excess of hair and, much like natural hair, they must be cut and layered correctly.
To maintain it, wash the wig gently
A human hair wig can last for many years if correctly cared for, about five times longer than synthetic hair, Norris explains. Nonetheless, proper care is essential to a wig’s long-term usefulness. Wigs should be washed every six to eight times they are worn with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.
Of course, you’ll want to store it properly, too
No matter if it is synthetic or human hair, brushing your wig and keeping it on a wig stand when not in use will extend its life.