choosing your wig
Step 1. Measure you head size.
Step 2. Choose the style that best fits the shape of your face. The length and style of your wig is the most important factor to complement your face.
Step 3. Consider a color. Try to stick to your normal hair color. When in doubt, choose a lighter shade because darker hues can overwhelm your face and make you look pale.
Step 4. Synthetic or human hair. Synthetic wigs require the least amount of care and they come pre-styled. Human hair wigs allow you to create styles just like you would your own hair.
Step 5. Ask yourself how you'll feel. One of the most common reasons for a wig is because the woman is going through chemotherapy. This type of illness treatment can cause you to feel weak and tired at times. Knowing that, you might want to choose a style that requires little work so you always look your best without a lot of effort.
Measuring your head for a wig
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.
Choosing the style that best fits the shape of your face
Heart Shaped Face
Faces that are narrow at the bottom and wide at the top need a cut that hides the hairline with graduated bangs and a choppy style that flips out on the ends. When the hair turns outwards rather than inwards, it equalizes the shape by giving volume around the narrow bottom of the face. If, on the other hand, your face is an upside-down heart (narrow at the top, heavier at the jaw) make sure there is fullness at the top of the head instead to balance out the chin. You may covet your favorite celebrity hairstyle, but if the 'do doesn't fit your face shape, you're likely to be disappointed. If you were lucky enough to be born with a heart-shaped face, then you've got it pretty easy. The structure—shared by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Naomi Campbell and Reese Witherspoon (above)—is the most versatile, so most cuts are guaranteed to look great on you.
AVOID: Short, full styles that emphasize upper face. Height at the crown. Severe, slicked back looks. If you are a dramatic heart shape, the short full styles with tapered necklines which emphasize the upper face will make you look top heavy. Too much height at the crown will give the appearance of a longer and narrower chin. Just remember if you have a dramatic heart shape face, you have great cheekbones to emphasize! Don't miss the boat by getting a cut which is to top heavy.
Long/Oblong Shaped Face
The solution for a long face is to make it look shorter. This can be achieved by wispy, see-through bangs and chin length cuts. Longer, shapeless styles and straight bobs serve only to further elongate. The fullest, thickest part of the hair should rest behind the ears and be soft and low on the crown. If your chin is pointy, make sure your hair doesn't curve in towards it, but sweeps up and away instead. If you were born with an oblong or oval-shaped face, you share your facial structure with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, and Jada Pinkett Smith. It's not so much the length you choose that matters; it's more about the feature you want to emphasize. If it's your cheekbones, for instance, try layering chin-length hair so that it falls right at your cheeks and chin. This will create the illusion of width, which waves and curls will only emphasize. If you want to draw attention to your lips and chin, try a choppy bob or a shoulder-skimming straight shag.
AVOID: Super-short layers on the top of your head. This style isn't the most flattering and will make your face appear too long. If your hair is really thick and curly, try to stay away from a blunt bob or you may end up looking like a pyramid.
Round Shaped Face
Soft, choppy styles such as layers cut around the cheeks work better for round faces than pin-straight, flat or sleek styles do. Layers that fall just around the cheekbones will shade them and cause the face to look more narrow. Volume on top of the crown will create a domed look that adds height and thus elongates the roundness of the face. If you like bangs, graduated bangs cut on an angle that also fall just around the cheeks are your best bet. If your neck is also round, choppy layers that fall around the neckline will also downplay the plumpness. If you have a full, round face, you share your facial structure with Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The shape is characterized by a round chin and lack of sharp angles. Round faces tend to be wider at the cheeks, with softer shaping along the jaw line and forehead. Round faces need balance, which can be achieved with hairstyles that make the face appear longer.
AVOID: Try and stay away from blunt cuts if you have short hair. These only emphasize your round face. Chin length hair with a rounded line that mirrors face’s round shape. Center parts. Short-short crops, straight "chopped" bangs. Fullness at side of ears. A rounded haircut ending at the chin will certainly add weight to your already round face shape. Because the widest part of your face is at the cheeks and ears, you need to avoid having the fullness of the cut here as it will make your face appear wider.
Oval Shaped Face
The oval is considered to be the "perfect" face shape due to it's popularity and versatility. This is the shape that all haircuts seek to achieve, and people who already have this shape can get away with almost any haircut. The only thing you'll want to be careful about is if you're going for an urban-short look. Your face may be a "classic oval", but if your scalp isn't beautifully shaped a short cut can look misshapen. People that have an oval face shape typically have the easiest time finding a hair style that best suits them, in comparison to people with other face shapes. Here are some tips for finding the right hairstyle for your oval face shape. Due to the fact that the forehead and chin of an oval face shape are well balanced, it is very easy to for you to pull off long, medium or short length hairstyles.
AVOID: Try to stay away from hairstyles which may cover part of your face. These include chucky or side swept bangs, which are both very popular. The reason that you will want to avoid them is because they may cause your face to look wider and, thus, give it a heavier appearance.
Square Shaped Face
Square faces need to avoid short crops, symmetry, or anything geometric which will enhance the square shape; instead, go for soft curves which will soften the severity of the square jaw line. If you can get a slightly voluminous point at the crown, this will also detract from the square outline. Light, wispy, see-through bangs can also soften the features. Stay away from blunt cuts and hard, sleek lines as these will exaggerate the square shape. A cut with soft curves, slight bangs would be best for this face type.If you have a square-shaped face, you share your facial structure with Demi Moore, Mandy Moore, Sandra Bullock, and Rosario Dawson. Having a square face means that you have a wide hairline and an equally wide, angular jaw. The goal with a square face is to soften your hairline with cuts that incorporate bangs, layers, and your hair's natural texture.
AVOID: Long straight styles that accentuate square jawbone. "Linear" straight bangs or center parts. A straight bob ending at the jaw line is the wrong thing to do for your face shape. You can wear a layered bob, however it should end above or below the jaw line.
Choosing the right color
Do you look better in silver or gold jewelry?
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.
Synthetic or Human hair?
Synthetic wigs are generally easy to take care of. They come in every color under the rainbow, are fairly resistant to fading and are easy to get your hands on. Today's better 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.
Human hair wigs last longer than synthetic ones, when properly cared for. 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.