This guide will help you learn how to choose the best wig for your hair loss. You can also cut and use your own hair for a custom Halo before loosing it to cancer. If you have any questions, please contact our salon at 212-249-8866.
Wig Construction: Hand-tied vs. machine made wigs
When buying a wig, it’s important to consider the construction of the wig. Hand-tied wigs are better than weft (or machine-tied) wigs. Though more expensive, hand-tied wigs look more natural, as if the hair is naturally growing right from your own scalp, and they are more comfortable. In a weft wig, the hair is sewn by machine into a vertical-lined cap. Not only is the hair more difficult to part, the lines of hair can be seen if the wind blows, and the base is heavier due to the added fabric in the cap’s design. Below pictures of a hand-tied wig.
Hair Type: Human hair vs. synthetic wig
Most people choose their wig based on cost. It’s important to also consider the length of your hair and your daily activities. For example, if you wear your hair past your shoulders, we do not recommend Synthetic hair because the fibers will fray in 6-12 months (Synthetic is better for shorter hair). If you are around heat (i.e. cooking), heat resistant synthetic wigs are recommended. Human hair is a great option; not only does it look more natural, they can be styled with heated styling tools such as flat or curling irons. When buying human hair, make sure the hair density (or thickness) matches your own.
Cap Size: Wig measurements
For the best fit wig, it’s important to know how to measure your head for a wig. Just follow these simple instructions for a proper wig size:
- Place a tape measure around your head
- Measure slightly above the ears
Length & Style
One of the most important factors in choosing a wig is ‘face shape’. No matter how much you invest in the wig or styling it, the wig must have the capability of matching a style suited for your face, otherwise it will be a disaster. The wig should put a perfect frame around your face, minimizing non-pleasing attributes, while complimenting positive ones. While a good hair stylist will know instinctively what shape will suit you best, it’s important to communicate your preferences with your stylist.
Base Type: Wig attachment methods
Wig caps, grips, comb clips and double sided tape are just a few ways to attach a wig. Choosing the right attachment is mainly determined by the regrowth of your natural hair. For example, many people undergoing chemo will eventually regrow their natural hair and will therefore require an attachment method to accommodate it. Make sure yo hair salon has the proper equipment to accommodate each phase of your hair regrowth.
Choosing the best hair color is based on your skin tone and eye color. Here are a few quick tips:
- Dark: Create contrast between your hair and complexion by going lighter or darker such as maple brown, toffee, or other rich colors to bring out the apricot undertones in your skin.
- Tan: Most people born with natural tan skin are born with black hair. You can add a little flair by lightening the color to a warm brown shade and honey-colored highlights.
- Olive: To balance your greenish undertones, try toasty hues like chestnut brown, auburn and cinnamon, or richer browns such as ebony brown and mocha. For extra depth, add subtle gold or honey highlights.
- Fair: The lighter your skin tone the paler you can go with your hair. Butterscotch, strawberry blond and honey shades bring out your complexion and cast a soft glow on your face.