Today’s wigs can be made from the finest strands of human hair, and many have features that make them ultra-comfortable for those with sensitive scalps caused by chemotherapy or alopecia areata. No matter the cause of your hair loss, here are eight sure-fire tips for choosing your first synthetic or human hair wig.

1. Learn about wig terms and features

What exactly do the terms lace front, wefted, synthetic, Remy, feather-light, and silk cap mean? Now is a good time to learn about the various wig features and how they could be beneficial to your type of hair loss. You can also study up on why certain wigs have higher prices than others.

2. Be natural

A good tip for first-time wig wearers is to mirror your natural hair when it looked best. You can save new and different styles for your next wig purchase. For now, choose a wig that looks healthy and natural.

3. Go for a wig fitting

A number of wig shops offer ladies wigs online, and once you have a good idea of what to look for and what works for you, this can be a great option. For now though, book a wig fitting to try on different styles and see how each one feels on. Those in the wig trade are often very well versed in the world of wigs and hair loss, and can help you determine which wig will be best for you.

4. Consult a friend

Bringing a trusted friend or relative to your wig fitting can be a huge help. It’s always good to have someone there to support you and give you honest feedback. Share some laughs, shed some tears – you’ll have someone there with you through thick and thin.

5. Don’t assume that more expensive means better

Don’t just assume that a higher-priced wig will be the best one for you. Wig technology and cutting-edge designers have produced a number of inexpensive options that are very natural looking.

6. Know that you can keep seeing your hair stylist

A human hair wig can be cut and styled much like your normal hair, so you can still visit your stylist for a new look once in a while. Some wigs actually benefit from a proper haircut that takes your face shape into consideration.

7. Consider additional wigs and headwear

What will you wear while your wig is being washed? Will you wear it around the house as well as outside? Many women are comfortable going wig-less at home, but you may want to have a soft cap or turban to wear to bed, or just to stay warm. Scarves, hats, or a combination of the two can also be used on days when you don’t feel like wearing your wig. Also, keep in mind that wigs can take up to 24 hours to fully dry after washing, so you may want a backup wig or headwear for use during that time.

8. Learn the difference between synthetic and real hair wigs

Human hair wigs can be cut and heat-styled, they can be parted in different ways, and most often have lace-fronts, making for a natural hairline. Synthetic wigs have less natural hairlines and often can’t be parted or re-styled (i.e. what you see is what you get). They dry more quickly after being washed (6-7 hours versus up to 24 hours) and require special wig shampoo. They also tend to be cheaper than real hair wigs.

With the right considerations in mind, buying your first wig doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. Choose one that makes you feel confident and is comfortable for your scalp and type of hair loss.

I hope these tips will help you. Good luck!

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