Pluck The Hairline Or The Part
The hairline and part of a brand new wig are usually fuller than the hairline and part that we naturally have. In order to make the wig fit the frame of our face and appear realistic, we pluck or pull hair strands until it looks like our hair.
For an example, lets say you want to wear a straight, middle part style. The first thing you’d do is part your real hair and braid the rest of your hair back so you can see the part clearly. Then, you’d observe and compare your part to the wig part. Notice how it is most likely a lot fuller than it should be.
Take the wig, make a clean and clear part down the middle, and then begin plucking until it matches your natural part. During the process, place the wig on your head just to see how the part will look while on your head. Do a similar process when dealing with the hairline of a wig or frontal*.
Fasten The Wig!
“Will it fall off?” is a common question most women ask before buying a wig. The short answer? No. The long answer? It can, but it won’t if you fasten and secure it to your head.
You could sew a unit down around the lace, silk, or wig cap*; you can glue around the hairline with wig glue, or you can attach a band or drawstring inside the wig and place it over your head when you install the wig.
Pick the option that will ultimately be healthier for your hair and allow you to do versatile styles. In my opinion, a good sew down is the easiest and healthiest way to secure a wig.
Make Your Own Wig
I’m not even going to lie, units can be pricey. The worst thing is finding out a really cute wig costs hundreds of dollars. The cost effective solution to this? Make your own!
Grab all the materials you need and search YouTube for some really detailed tutorials on how to make inexpensive, but super cute wigs*.
Wash and Moisturize
Simply put, you need to treat your wigs* like your real hair. You use heat, products, and style them as if it were your real hair so you need to wash and moisturize it, too!
If it is real hair–or even a synthetic blend–it will most likely dry out and tangle if you do not properly take care of it. Some companies actually recommend a gentle wash and even include washing instructions for the unit!
If you made it yourself or your wig didn’t come with directions, start out with a simple wash; lukewarm water, gentle shampoo, silicone-free conditioner, and let it air dry on a wig* head or rack.
Customize and Style
The best part of wearing a wig is getting to do all types of versatile styles and not have to worry about damaging your own hair. This is where you can have fun with different dyes, styles, and cuts.
If you’re wearing synthetic hair, don’t worry! It can still be very versatile. For curls, you can cover your wig in flexi and perm rods* and dip it in hot water. For straight hair, blow drying the curls out of your hair on low heat will do the trick.
If you want to skip all the extra steps, get a synthetic blend or heat-resistant synthetic hair that can take heat up to 350 degrees. Then, you’ll be able to straighten and curl it without all the extra hassle.