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Wig Basics: Your Guide to Different Types of Wigs, Care Tips, and Wearing Advice

Embarking on your wig journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, understanding the types of wigs, the basics of wigs, how to care for them, and wearing tips is crucial for achieving a natural, comfortable look. At Sole Wig Works, we’re here to guide you through every step of the way.

Types of Wigs

1. Synthetic Wigs: 

Synthetic wigs are made from man-made fibres that mimic the look and feel of natural hair. They are often pre-styled, making them a convenient option for those who prefer a ready-to-wear solution. Synthetic wigs are typically more affordable and come in a variety of colours and styles. Synthetic wigs also hold their shape unless exposed to heat. You can get heat safe and non-heat safe synthetic.

A dark blonde synthetic wig from the online store.

2. Human Hair Wigs: 

Human hair wigs offer the most natural look and feel. They can be styled, (some can be) coloured, and treated just like your own hair. These wigs are durable and can last for several years with proper care. While they are more expensive, the versatility and longevity of human hair wigs make them a worthwhile investment for many wig wearers.

Different wigs hanging up next to each other. Red, brown, blonde wigs all in different styles.

3. Lace Front Wigs: 

Lace front wigs have a sheer lace panel at the front, which creates a natural-looking hairline. These wigs are popular for their realistic appearance and the ability to style the hair away from the face. They come in both synthetic and human hair varieties.

Image of a lace front blonde long wig from the online store.

4. Full Lace Wigs: 

Full lace wigs are made with a lace cap that covers the entire head, allowing for natural hair movement and versatile styling options. You can part the hair anywhere and, in some cases, wear it in updos. These wigs provide a natural look and are breathable, making them comfortable to wear for extended periods.

Full lace wig product from the online store.

Care tips

Wash your wig regularly to keep it clean and fresh. Use products specifically designed for wigs, as regular shampoos and conditioners can damage the fibres. Gently comb out tangles before washing and avoid rubbing the wig to prevent damage. Use warm water, not hot. Put your wig on a wig block to hair dry so your cap dries in a good shape.

2. Storing:

Store your wig on a wig stand to maintain its shape and prevent tangling. Keep it away from direct sunlight and heat sources to preserve the colour and texture.

3. Brushing:

Use a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush to gently detangle your wig. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots to avoid causing stress on the fibres.

4. Styling:

For synthetic wigs, avoid using heat-styling tools unless the wig is labelled as heat-resistant. For human hair wigs, use heat tools on a low setting and always apply a heat protectant.

Wearing Advice

Wear a wig cap to keep your natural hair in place and create a smooth surface for the wig. This helps the wig fit better and stay secure. Caps also give you a secure surface to anchor the wig into.

2. Adjusting Fit: 

Most wigs come with adjustable straps or combs to ensure a snug fit. Take the time to adjust these features for maximum comfort and security.

3. Confidence: 

Wearing a wig is all about practice and adjustment. Experiment with different styles and find what makes you feel your best. Remember, practice makes perfect, and with time, wearing a wig will become second nature. Try different attachment methods, Prep you hair under the wig differently, use different clips and find what works best for you.

Embark on your wig journey with confidence, knowing that Sole Wig Works is here to support you every step of the way. From choosing the right wig to mastering care, attachment and styling techniques. We’ve got you covered.

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