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Beginner Basics

1. Identify the coverage needed

The first step is determining what type of product if best for you. Here at Wigs For Women we have an array of options, but if you are not ready or looking for a full wig then we carry top pieces, ¾ wigs, wigs for women, and halos. You can check out all of our wig additions here.

2. Find your fit!

Sizing is important and can make a world of difference when it comes to comfort. The majority of the wigs we carry will have adjustable straps on the inside. However, it is still important to know where to start. We have a helpful chart and video to show you how to measure your head, and decide what category you fall into. If you find yourself in between two categories, choose the larger size. The front of a wig should be worn where your natural hairline would start, and you should use the ear tabs inside the wig to line it up.

You will notice a difference in the fit from brand to brand. Many agree that brands like Raquel Welch, or Belle Tress average sized caps have a good amount of stretch, whereas Amore, or Ellen Wille tend to have a smaller average with a tighter fit.  Keep in mind wigs will typically loosen up a bit over time and wear. There are also great options for extra security and comfort such as:  double sided tapes, toupee clips, and hair grips which can be found here on our accessory page:

 3. Identify your cap needs:

The cap is the base of the wig onto which hair is attached. Wigs are available with several different types of caps, and each cap type has its own distinct advantages.
Read our blog post on cap types that explains the differences further!

capless wig is very similar to the standard cap design. However, instead of the closed lace layer at the crown, it has vertical lace strips with open spaces between the wefts. The open-wefting in the crown, back, and sides allows for maximum ventilation. This makes the cap lighter weight and cooler than a standard cap.

A standard cap is the most common and most affordable cap design. The layers of hair are machine-sewed onto the cap, which has a closed lace layer at the crown. The hair is pre-designed into a specific style and the crown is often lightly teased or crimped so you cannot see down through to the cap. This type of cap often gives the hair a natural lift at the crown for lots of built in volume. These caps are also extremely durable.

100% Hand-tied: A wig cap that replaces the wide stretch lace used in most of today's wigs with a thinner, more resilient stretch material that actually molds to the shape of the head for a lighter, more secure fit, and eliminates all wefting or permatease. Tying each strand onto the cap by hand is not as tight as machine tied which allows the strands to be shifted in any direction, and have the most realistic movement.

Monofilament caps are constructed using a thin, breathable nylon or polyester mesh material at the crown that gives the illusion of skin and assumes the wearer's natural scalp color by partially revealing the scalp below. Monofilament caps offer the most natural look as well as styling versatility because each hair is individually hand tied at the crown so the hair can be parted and brushed in any direction. The entire wig may be hand tied, or the wig may have a monofilament crown with wefted sides and back. Monofilament wigs are an especially good choice for those with severe or total hair loss as the cap is soft, unlike cloth material, which can be itchy to those with sensitive scalps.

 4. Find the right fiber!

  •  Synthetic Fiber: Wigs made primarily of modacrylic fibers that have the look and feel of real hair. This fiber is very low maintenance and convenient. The fibers have built in memory which allows the original style to be restored after washing.

    Heat Friendly or Heat Defiant: a synthetic fiber that can withstand a low amount of heat. A heat friendly wig is pre styled, but you have the flexibility to curl, or flat iron to change the look. Once the style has been changed with heat it will hold, even after washing, and a heat source must be used again to change it. The fiber also tends to have a coarser, moldable texture than standard synthetic.

    Human Hair: Wigs made of human hair are primarily cut in India and China. Wigs made with Human Hair are very durable, and can withstand heat and products just like bio hair. However they require more upkeep than synthetic wigs and must be styled on a regular basis. Generally speaking, Human Hair wigs are much heavier than their Synthetic counterpart, and will typically hold up longer.

    Human Hair Blend: A blend of human hair and heat friendly fibers. These wigs should be cared for as a heat friendly item as they are typically composed of a much higher percentage of heat friendly.

    Remy Human Hair: Human hair that has not been weakened by stripping. Unlike most human hair used in wigs and hairpieces, Remy hair is created by careful processing which leaves the cuticle in place. The result is stronger, superior hair. To avoid tangling, Remy hair strands must all be aligned so the cuticle runs in the same direction. Remy hair is more expensive than cuticle-free human hair.

  • 5. Determine what style and length you are looking for:
  • We have a huge selection, equaling thousands of options. This can be a bit overwhelming to a new wig wearer. Take advantage of the filtering on our website to narrow down our styles by length, hair texture, or cap features. A great place to start is our customer’s favorite page.  You can know these are tried and true favorites, as they are the wigs getting the best reviews from other wig wearers like you!

    Check out our face shape blog for recommendations on what style types will work best with your face shape.

    6. Find your color!

    Once you have a style narrowed down, you will know what your color options are, as each brand makes their own set of colors. We have online color swatches as guides for all colors. If you would like to see the swatches in person you can order a color ring here.  

    It’s awesome to see how big and supportive the online wig community has become over the years. Social media and YouTube are great resources for finding additional information. We review many of our products to help you get a better idea of color and style right out of the box here on our YouTube Channel.

    If this will be your first wig, sticking with something close to your bio hair color is a safe bet. If you would like further ideas as to what colors will best compliment your skin tone, read our color tone blog for more information!

    7. Get the proper care products
    Once you find the perfect piece, you need the right care products to get the most out of it. Different hair fibers require different care.  We break them down here.

  • 8. Give yourself some grace!
    You might not get the perfect wig on the first try. It takes time to get the hang of this wig thing, and sometimes a little trial and error to find what brand, cap, or style might work best for you.  We were all new to the world of wigs at one time. Don’t get discouraged, you’ll be a wig expert before you know it!

  • 9. Don’t forget we are here to help.
    Our trained team has years of experience working with and learning about the products we offer, along with staying up to date on the newest innovations. We will go above and beyond to help you find the perfect piece! If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help walk this new journey with you!