Over the past two years, one hair trend that keeps creeping on our Instagram feed is crazy hair colors; from pastel pink a la Kim K and Hailey Baldwin to neon green on Dua Lipa and icy grey on Ariana Grande. And as much as we lust over their not so natural dos, the prospect of putting our hair through the hours of dying (and damage) seems like too much of a commitment. But that doesn’t mean you have to shake your head to cool new hair trends; rock a wig instead. While we realize a wig can seem like a slightly intimidating prospect, we promise it really doesn’t have to be. Once you know what type of wig to buy, just follow our super easy step-by-step guide and we swear you’ll be able to wear the hairstyle you’ve always wanted, but the one you’ve never been able to commit to.
For Those Of You Who Need A Little More Convincing…
Okay, so we totally realize that for the average gal (if there is such a thing), wearing a wig may seem a little extra. But we swear it’s so much fun and it allows you to try and test out so many different styles. Plus, once you get the hang of how to fit one, it’ll only take you 20 minutes, which depending on your usual hairstyle, could be quicker than a blow dry anyway!
How To Find The Best Wig For You
Size: When it comes to wigs, you really need to make sure that it fits your head, otherwise it can end up moving throughout the day, which is a total giveaway. Although the average size wig will tend to fit most head sizes, it’s important to note that there are petite and large sizes too. Most wigs will actually come with adjustable straps so you can secure it to your head and get a comfortable fit. To work out what size wig is right for you, measure the circumference of your head (from the front hairline, behind your ear to the nape of your neck). We really like the Follea wigs, as they come in a whole range of different sizes so you can find a really good, snug fit.
Hair: Although human hair wigs may be more expensive, we think it’s definitely worth the money as you can style them more easily, whereas synthetic wigs will remain in the style that you bought them. Plus, human hair obviously looks a lot more realistic, although it does require more TLC, just like your natural hair. If you do decide to go the natural hair route, you should only use products on your wig that are catered for dry, damaged hair, as the wig hair is not being naturally conditioned by the oils of your scalp. You can even treat your wig with a mask, like the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mask, $6.
Cap feature: There are usually three styles of wigs that you can buy; 100% hand-tied, monofilament, and lace fronts. We find that lace fronts are the easiest to use and help create the illusion of real hair at the crown of your head, making it look more realistic. These are also the quickest and easiest to fix onto your head yourself. We like to get ours from EverydayWigs.com as they’re really good quality, look natural, and they usually cost around $100. Although when you’re purchasing your lace cap wig, make sure the lace matches your natural skin tone. If you need to darken or lighten the lace material, you can use your foundation or a powder similar to your skin tone to get the right color. You can also use a tea bag – the longer you hold the tea to the lace, the darker it will get. We know this sounds kinda odd, but women have been using this hack for years!
How To Fit Your Wig Like A Pro:
Secure your natural hair: Firstly, you need to braid your hair as tightly to your head as possible, so that your hair isn’t bulky underneath the wig. We find doing two French braids is quick, easy, and comfortable. Once your hair is braided, you should clips the hanging plait in a circular motion, mimicking the natural shape of your head. Try to tame any baby hairs, combing them backward – this will help you conceal your natural hair. We like to use a toothbrush and hairspray to comb the hairs in place, as it picks up even the tiniest of hairs.
Top hack: The main goal when it comes to fitting your wig is to conceal your natural hair color as much as possible. You can try shaving your baby hairs – we know it sounds extreme, but it’s actually super easy. You only need to shave a couple of millimeters and it will make a big difference.
Fit the cap: Start by adjusting the wig at the crown of your head, and then pull it round to the nape of your neck. Then secure the clip at the back of your neck.
For more wig options, check out Halo Couture as they have a really extensive color range so you should be able to find what you’re looking for! For a super cheap and playful wig option, try EbonyLine, who have tons of wigs al around $20!
And finally, don’t forget to wear your wig with confidence!