Wigs have always been very popular throughout history for various religious, cultural, health, or fashion reasons. The wigs available today are commonly worn by those wanting to cover a bald head. However, some women choose to wear a wig to add variety to their look, plus a wig is great for covering protective styles put in place to encourage hair growth. Unlike weaves which last for a few months, a wig enables one to have virtually any style, color, and length of hair, with the flexibility of being able to change any time. Good quality wigs, when applied properly, can look so natural that those around cannot tell it is a wig. There are various different types of wigs available, and all vary significantly in quality and price.
Although there are a few different ways to fasten a wig, there are some tips that advise the best way for any wig wearer to correctly apply a wig so that it looks natural and feels comfortable. Most people choose to buy a wig from a specialty wig retailer. Some hairdressing salons also sell a selection of wigs. For competitive prices, many women choose to head online to buy their wig. eBay has a wide range of wigs available for sale.
Steps to Applying a Natural Looking Wig
Applying a wig so that one achieves a natural look is the key to wearing any type of wig. Although there are various ways to apply a wig, there are some basic steps one should follow no matter what type of wig they are applying.
Step 1: Prepare the Wig
One should clip all hairs back from the edges of the wig so that they do not get caught up when attaching the wig to the head. This is especially important when attaching the wig with adhesive glue. For lace wigs, the lace should be trimmed as close to the hairline as possible, being careful not to damage the hairline.
Step 2: Prepare any Head Hair
One's natural hair needs to be braided or set flat and evenly against the scalp. Care should be taken to pull back all natural hair strands from the hairline. Some women choose to lay their natural hair in large soft curls against their head.
Step 3: Prepare the Skin
Use an alcohol solution on a cotton swab and gently wipe any oil from the hairline. This helps to ensure a secure attachment of the wig to the skin. Whether using adhesive tape or glue, one should apply scalp protector to the scalp. For those women with hair, use a flesh-colored wig cap to protect the natural hair. The wig cap should cover all natural hair. To keep the cap in place, apply adhesive over the edge of the cap and onto the skin.
Step 4: Apply Adhesive
If using adhesive glue, apply a thin layer to the entire hairline using a small makeup brush or cosmetic stick. If using a soft bond adhesive, don't apply the wig immediately. Wait
until the glue has become tacky. If using a hard bond adhesive, the wig can be applied immediately, as this type of glue bonds immediately.
For those using adhesive tape, cut the double-sided tape to the desired lengths, until the entire hairline is covered. Attach one side to the hairline of the skin and press firmly.
Step 5: Attach the Wig
Those attaching a wig with glue should start by attaching the wig at the hairline in the front middle of the forehead. Gently press the edge of the wig down against the glued skin, working around the hairline until it is attached around the entire hairline. If there is any glue beyond the wig hairline, wipe away with a cosmetic stick or Q-Tip dipped in alcohol solution.
For those attaching a wig with adhesive tape, place the wig on the head and begin lining up the hairline edges. Start at the center of the forehead and work out towards the temples. Then, proceed around to the back of the nape and attach the wig one adhesive strip at a time.
Step 6: Style as Desired
Gently brush and style the wig to achieve the desired look, only once the adhesive has had time to set. Some wigs can take several minutes before a strong adhesive bond between wig and skin is achieved.
A Bit about Wigs
A wig is worn on the head, either over one's own hair, over a bald head, or over a skull cap. It is designed to look like a natural head of hair. Wigs are made from variety of materials, including human hair, animal hair, or synthetic materials
Reasons for Using a Wig
There are a number of reasons why women choose to wear wigs. Those who suffer from alopecia or have suffered hair loss from medical treatment, illness, or hair damage will often benefit from the use of a wig. Some women prefer to have the flexibility that a wig offers, allowing them to have a new style, color, and length of hair whenever they wish. With a wig, a lady with blonde hair can see how she looks with dark brown or black hair without involving a trip to the salon.
A natural looking wig can make one look like they have beautiful, healthy, strong hair, a look that many women are not able to get with their own natural hair. Women with curly or wavy hair texture may opt for a wig to achieve straight hair instead of introducing chemicals or extreme heat to their natural hair. Others with medium or short hair appreciate a wig's ability to give them long hair in an instant. Some religious groups do not allow women to show their natural hair, making every day wig wearing very useful.
Wigs can also be worn as part of a costume, either for theater, television, or even parties and special events. Wearing a simple pink or purple bob is certainly one way to be the life of the party.