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Wigs - Basics


Wig Basics



Choosing the right wig requires some understanding and appreciation for the finer details. If you are new to wearing wigs then this helpful section on wig shopping basics will take you through all the major stages in selecting a wig... the style, the size, the construction, the hair and finally choosing a colour.


The Style

The first step in choosing a wig is deciding on which style to go for. Start by selecting a hair length (short, medium, long), then texture (straight, wavy, curly) and finally a hairstyle (short, bobs, bangs, layered, long). If you are new to wearing a wig, then we recommend choosing a style you are familiar with. Creating a completely new look can always be done later on as you become more accustom to wearing wigs. Many of our clients ultimately end up having a lot of fun experimenting with a variety of different looks.


Wig Cap Size

Even though average size wigs tend to fit the majority of people, there is also quite a few wigs in our range that come in petite and large sizes. The majority of our wig collection has adjustable velcro straps that give up to half an inch so that you can achieve a more comfortable and secure fit.

To determine which size wig is right for you, measure the circumference of your head from the front hairline, then behind your ear, then to the nape of your neck, then to your other ear and finally back to your front hairline. Consult the measurement chart below to determine which cap size best suits the circumference of your head.



Wig Cap Measurements

NOTE - Sizes may vary slightly with different brands and not all wigs are available in all cap sizes.



Wig Cap Construction

The base of a wig is referred to as a cap. This is the material to which the hair is attached in order to create the wig. When choosing a wig, it is important to consider the different types of cap constructions - each material has a specific method of attaching the hair to the cap and offers its own set of advantages.

  • Lace Front - creates the illusion of natural hair growth along the hairline.

  • Monofilament - offers hair parting versatility.

  • Open Cap - creates breathability of heat from the scalp.

  • Hand Tied - allows each hair to move freely for better styling options.

  • Traditional - gives the hair volume at the crown.


The Hair Type

You're probably wondering which hair is right for you. Well, possibly both. Both human hair and synthetic fiber each have their advantages and limitations making them both the right choice at different times.

Human hair offers the most natural look and feel and is remarkably soft with a shine and movement that is not easily duplicated in synthetic hair. It is also extremely versatile. Human hair can be cut and styled to suit your personal tastes. Even though it is more expensive, with proper care it is more durable and can last more than a year.

Synthetic hair has come a long way in recent years, due to technological advances. The most appealing aspect to synthetic hair is it can often be worn right out of the box with little to no styling. The fiber used has a memory for wave, curl and volume, letting the hair bounce back into place with minimal effort and the curl pattern is permanently set. However, what synthetic hair offers in ease it lacks in versatility. It cannot be styled to look many different ways like human hair. Only special heat defiant synthetic hair is heat style-able to change the curl pattern. Synthetic hair is also less durable than human hair. With proper care you can expect a synthetic hair wig to last about 4-6 months and heat defiant synthetic hair 2-3 months with daily wear.


The Hair Colour

As most styles offer a range of colour choices, you can now begin to review the different colour options available. If you're new to wearing wigs, consider staying close to your natural shade to ease the transition.

At Hair Replacement Australia, we provide throughout our website only the best quality, high resolution images, which enables our clients to choose from the most accurate colour swatches available so they can get a much better sense of what their wig will look like when they take it out of the box. Hair Replacement Australia makes shopping for the right colour online just as easy as it is in our salon. If however you are still unsure of the hair colour, you can either send us a sample of your hair or you can order one of our colour rings.

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