Where you go to shop for wigs has a lot to do with your reason for buying a wig in the first place. If you are just looking for a wig for some fun, like a costume or a funky or whimsical change, then you can easily pick one up at a discount store or beauty supply that sells the lower-end synthetic wigs. If, on the other hand, you were looking for a wig that will look natural and be worn more frequently, then you would be best off shopping for your wig at a boutique that specializes in wigs and hairpieces or even a wig maker. Does this mean that you will have to spend a fortune on a wig in order to not have to look like you are in costume? Not necessarily. The internet is now home to hundreds of great options for those looking to purchase high quality wigs for a fraction of the cost of what they are in some boutiques. This is a perk of not having to cover the cost of things like the rent on the beautiful boutiques or their posh decor. Online retailers are able to offer better prices thanks to a considerably lower overhead.
There are six basic types of wigs. Synthetic wigs or machine made wigs, human hair tied, hand-tied synthetic, human machine made, vacuum base and custom breathable base.
Synthetic wigs may have a skin like material on the top, front, and crown area to give a more natural appearance which should be considered. The style is set into the synthetic fiber permanently and will return after each washing. Be sure to carefully follow the care instructions by the manufacturer.
Human Hair Hand Tied Cranial Prosthesis wigs can vary in base materials but typically consist of one or more of the polyester mesh, silk, mono filament, silicone, or thin polyurethane. A non slip material around the ear tabs or nape of neck can have a non slip material where you would use a corresponding thin transparent tape to adhere to. Hair types that can be found with this type of wig are Asian, Indian, Remy, and European hair. It is very important to closely follow the care instructions from the manufacturer when washing and styling the wig to avoid tangling and damaging of the hair.
Han-tied synthetic wigs are created by taking synthetic fiber tied into a base material. The style and hair growth pattern or curl pattern is permanently set. They are easy to care for and a great choice for women looking to change up their look for special occasions or just for something different.
Human hair machine made wigs are determined by the type of Human Hair that is used as well as the cap construction. Human hair wigs require more time for care and styling just like your own hair would. You will need to plan on restyling after each shampooing. Be sure to use a more quality shampoo and comb out thoroughly after each wash.
Vacuum base wigs are on the higher end line and will require some upfront investment of money and time. They are custom designed to fit your own head. Be prepared to have a plaster mold taken of your head to ensure proper suction of the wig to your head. The base material is silicone based with European hair injected into the base. This is an option for women experiencing total hair loss. They can be a bit warm but are well worth the natural appearance of natural hair.
Custom breathable base wigs are a great choice for women experiencing Alopecia Totalis (total hair loss). A high quality prosthesis is used with tiny ventilation holes that provides excellent fit, comfort and natural hairline. You will want to style and care for this product in the same manner as naturally growing hair. It does however require to be replaced every three to four months.