Q: Which should I choose, synthetic or human hair?
quality synthetic wigs are virtually indistinguishable from human hair, except
to the most practiced eye. Synthetic wigs are easier to care for and lower
priced. The monofilament/Kanekalon fiber "hair" used to make synthetic wigs has
"memory" which means it maintains its wave or curl, texture and volume,
requiring minimal upkeep. Synthetic wigs, however, are not designed to accept a
permanent wave or color change and can be permanently damaged by the use of
curling irons, blow dryers or hot rollers.
A human hair wig is the most natural looking option. It can be cut, styled, perm or colored to suit your personal taste. Human hair wigs are more durable than synthetic wigs. However, human hair wigs are more expensive that synthetic wigs and require more care. They have to be shampooed, dried, styled and conditioned, just like your natural hair. Like your hair, they can lose their style if they get wet and frizz on humid days.
Q: Can I color a human hair hairpiece?
Human hair wigs can be colored and highlighted like growth hair. The drawback is that the color will fade with prolonged exposure to sun just like growth hair and will need to be recovered or highlighted. Coloring a human hair wig requires special training and should never be attempted at home. A trained stylist will always do a test strand and in some cases may try multiple tests to achieve the desired shade.
Q: Can I perm a human hair hairpiece?
Perming a human hair hairpiece is very different from perming growth hair. It should never be attempted with home perm kits. A human hair wig will tend to hold the perm as it does not “grow out” like growth hair. Consult your stylist.
Q: Can a mix of human and synthetic hair be used in the same hairpiece?
Jenny's Hairsense offers a blend of human hair and synthetic fiber wig. This can provide the advantages of both: some sway and movement and the natural feel of the human hair, along with the style keeping and easy care of the synthetic.
Q: How many hairpieces do I need to live a normal, active life?
Regardless of the type of wig you choose, it is always a good idea to have a back-up hairpiece. With synthetic wigs, an unplanned exposure to sudden heat may cause frizzing that a professional will need to fix or, in most cases, tossed out. If this happens, you will need an alternative hairpiece to wear. Though human hair wigs can last longer, they require periodic repairs during their lifespan by a professional. Your back-up hairpiece should allow you to feel comfortable in any situation.
Q: How do I know what size to get?
Average wigs fit heads from 21.5" to 22.5". Ninety-five percent of our customers fall into this range. For instructions on how to measure your head size, click here. Your wig should be worn on your natural hairline, approximately four fingers above the eyebrows. The back of the wig should be pulled down to the natural hairline in the back. Wigs have adjustable elastic tabs in the back so you can adjust your wig for a secure, comfortable fit. There are also small tabs in the front of the ears that can be adjusted to hold the wig close to the face.
Q: How do I put on a wig?
Wigs should be worn on the natural hairline (for most people it is four finger-widths above the eyebrow).
Q: How do hairpieces stay on the head?
A variety of attachment methods are available. Depending on your individual pattern of hair loss, personal life-style and desire for security, you can choose one or another. Hair weaving or bonding (i.e., gluing or tying a hairpiece to existing hair) is generally not recommended as it can place a lot of strain on existing hair. Full wigs can be attached to growth hair with mini-clips. The clips should be rotated periodically to avoid putting prolonged pressure on the same area. Attachment to a bare scalp generally requires double-sided tape.
Q: How do I choose the right color for me?
Most hair colors fall into either 'warm' or 'cool' families. If you better with gold jewelry, you are in the gold type. Gold types are more suited to warmer colors. If you have golden, olive or dark skin and brown or dark eyes (most Latinas, Asians and African Americans fall into this category). You tan easily and the veins in your inner wrists are green. If you feel you look better in silver jewelry, you are a silver type. For Silver types, the color choices are cool tones. You're a 'cool' if you have fair skin and blue or green eyes. You burn before you tan and the veins in your wrists run blue. If you're confused because you sometimes burn, sometimes tan, you likely skew warm.
If you have warm skin, opt for golden shades such as caramel and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. Avoid jet-black hair which will wash you out and if you do opt for a golden shade, don't go too light If you have cool shade, avoid colors that will highlight the ruddiness of your skin tone: Gold, auburn and copper. Ash blondes and cool browns work best.
Important note: If you are naturally a light blonde you probably don't want to suddenly change to a dark color or it will look abnormal. It is usually best to stay within 4 levels of your natural shade, which still offers you a wide range of color choices. If for some reason you feel that determining your color type is too difficult, or you are unsure of your type, simply take a hand-held mirror and stand outside in direct sunlight. Look closely at your hair as the sun is shining on it. Look for the underlying base color that reflects off of your hair. If you see glints of red, orange or gold (yellow) you can choose hair colors with those base colors and feel safe. If the color glinting off your hair is bluish, purplish or greenish you will want to choose hair colors with the blue, violet, or neutral base colors.
Q: How to tell if you'd make a great blonde ?
People who had blonde hair as children have the right skin tone to be blonde adults.
Q: Will I look good in red?
Almost everyone can go red, what's most important is finding the right shade to complement your skin color. Women with a cool or pink skin tone pull off red best.
Q: How do I achieve a natural look/style?
Some wigs may require minimal shaping, whereas other wigs may need significant thinning. One of the secrets to successfully wearing a wig a wig is having it professionally styled on your head to suit your features.
Q: How do I care for my wig?
When not in use, always store your wig on a mannequin or wig stand to maintain its shape. Frequency of cleaning will depend on your environment, lifestyle and amount of perspiration. Suggested guidelines for cleaning are after 10 to 14 days of wear. To clean and condition your wig, follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with your wig. For more information, please read below.
For Synthetic Wigs
Only shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and other styling accessories designed specifically for synthetic wigs should be used to take care of synthetic hair wigs. After shampooing and conditioning, make sure to rinse your wig thoroughly in cool water. Always use a soft towel and carefully blot dry (do not scrub). Allow your wig to dry naturally overnight on a wig stand.
For Synthetic and human blended wigs
Only shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and other styling accessories designed specifically for synthetic wigs should be used to take care of synthetic hair or blended (synthetic/human) hair wigs. After shampooing and conditioning, make sure to rinse your wig thoroughly in cool water. Always use a soft towel and carefully blot dry (do not scrub). Allow your wig to dry naturally overnight on a wig stand.
For Human Hair Wigs
Special products should also be used on human hair wigs because the hair in human hair wigs has been processed several times and is vulnerable to damage. Any high quality shampoo formulated for processed hair may be used, however, Jenny's hairsense strongly recommends you use the products made especially for wigs to protect your investment.