At Aliannabelle we have a wealth of experience when it comes to wigs and so does our lovely community of wig wearers, so we’ve collected some of the best wig tips and wig advice we’ve given and heard over the years to bring you 12 of the most essential tips for wearing a wig there are. We cover wig types, personalising your wig, maintenance and wig care, natural-looking wigs, wig styling tips and few extra top wigs tips to finish off.
Expert Tips for Wearing a Wig
01. Synthetic or Human Hair?
It’s an age-old question among the wig-wearing community, with pros and cons to both synthetic and human hair wigs. In terms of wig tips, experts recommend that you have a variety of each so that you are fully equipped and have a range of wigs.
- Tip 1 Depend on your own style and habits
However, ultimately it depends on your own style and habits. For example, if you want to be able to restyle your wig with heated products regularly, then a human hair wig would be better, as heated products on the majority of synthetic wigs are a no go.
If you prefer your wig to keep its style for as long as possible, with minimal effort having to be put in by you, then a synthetic wig may suit you better. To fully understand the benefits these wig types can provide, check out our previous blog on synthetic vs human hair wigs.
- Tip 2 Cutting your wig –
The idea of taking some scissors to your wig may make you feel uneasy, but just in the same way you wouldn’t cut your own hair unless you’re confident in your hairdressing ability, you wouldn’t cut your wig unless you felt comfortable with the scissors. If you want to add a fringe, layers or give it a tidy up, then take your wig to your local hairdressers for a cut, so that your wig is more suited to your own personal style.
- Tip 3 Add Your Own Accessories –
There is no better wig advice than ensuring that you make your wig your own; personalizing your wig with various hair accessories and scarves can give it that personal touch. We’d also recommend trying something new as your style may have evolved since the last time you tried on a hair accessory, and it might just be the missing ingredient to complete a look.
03. Maintenance and Wig Care Tips
If you are looking for wig tips for beginners on wig care, then please see our definitive blog post offering an overview of top tips for wig care and maintenance.
- Tip 4 Hair Care Products –
In order to keep your wig looking fresher for longer, you need to make sure that you use the correct wig care products based on the type of wig you wear; ensuring you buy the relevant wig care products for synthetic hair and for human hair wigs. To see some recommended wig care products for both types, check out our previous guide.
- Tip 5 Washing your wig –
There’s no better way to refresh your wig than by giving it a wash with your special wig shampoo and conditioner; however, there is a method to doing this to ensure that no damage occurs to your lovely wig during the process. Although very similar in terms of the processes, there are a few differences between washing a human hair wig and washing a synthetic wig. Luckily, we have easy to follow step by step guides for both.
04. Keeping it natural
- Tip 6 Natural looking wigs –
Wig tips to achieve a natural look is a commonly researched topic and having a natural looking wig is extremely important for many wig wearers. The best way to do this is to ensure you find a wig that matches your skin tone. If something is too dark, it can make you look washed out, and something too light can look unnatural and give the game away. Most people know what their natural hair colour is and finding something that is as close to this as possible is the best way to keep things looking natural.
- Tip 7 Shine free Synthetic wigs –
If you have a synthetic wig which you feel doesn’t look natural, this could be due to the shine that some synthetic wigs get due to the nature of the fibers. Never fear though, there are ways that you can remove the shine from these wigs so that they can look more natural and blend in. You can find the best methods for removing shine from a synthetic wig on our how-to guide, previously posted on our blog.
05. Wig Styling Tips:
- Tip 8 Importance of styling products –
Similarly to washing a wig and maintaining a wig, when it comes to wig styling, you need to make sure you are using products that are designed for the type of wig you have. Wig spray is a great styling product to ensure your style holds but without any stickiness, with various brands catering for either synthetic or human hair wigs.
- Tip 9 Try different hairstyles –
In terms of wigs styling tips, we would always recommend that you try different styles and play around with your own style. Practicality is key, with summer hairstyles of ponytails and braids being essential to reduce sweat in the warmer months, with a half-up hair down look being a great compromise if you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down.
- Tip 10 Embrace a new colour –
Although sticking to your original hair colour is great for achieving a natural look, you shouldn’t be scared to try something new if you fancy a change. Seasonal change is often a good place to start, going a few shades lighter or darker than normal rather than a completely different colour altogether. You can read more on finding the perfect wig colour for you in our dedicated post.
06. Expert Tips:
- Tip 11 Wigs at the ready –
When giving wig advice, we’ve always found how well-received planning tips are, which is why we recommend that if possible, you always have two wig options readily available. It makes things a lot easier if you are washing one wig, have an unexpected wag mishap, and the wig gets damaged, or in case you change your mind on what style you want to wear that day. If you have two wigs, with one always on standby and ready to wear, you’re always prepared for any situation.
- Tip 12 Be your fabulous self –
What it always comes down to when wearing a wig is how you feel in it. Make sure you feel comfortable and feel confident in yourself when wearing your wig. We appreciate sometimes this is much easier said than done on some days, but if you take a step back and just be yourself you’ll find that you’ll grow more and more confidence over time, and will be feeling and looking fabulous in your wig in no time at all!