Wigs have been around for centuries, and in that time they’ve done everything from covering bald heads to denoting social status to making impossible hairstyles possible. Today’s hairpieces are more versatile than ever, and they’re becoming increasingly popular as a fashion statement. With so many options to choose from, how do you decide which one is just right for you?
Consider Your Goals
The reasons for purchasing a wig are as wide-ranging as the styles available. Some people buy them out of necessity after experiencing hair loss from a medical condition or treatment. Autoimmune diseases such as alopecia can cause thinning or complete hair loss, as can many cancer treatments. A set of faux locks can restore a patient’s sense of dignity and normalcy when medically induced hair loss occurs.
Some people buy wigs just for the fun of being able to quickly make radical changes to their look. Investing in a collection of hairpieces can enable the wearer to go from long to short, curly to straight, blond to brunette in an instant. While non-natural colors like blue or pink used to be reserved mostly for teens or performers, they’re becoming more and more mainstream – at least for a fun night out, if not for the office.
A wig can be a great way to try on – literally – a hairstyle you’re not sure you want to commit to permanently. For example, a color change can be such a shock at first that it’s sometimes difficult to decide objectively if you actually like it. If you dye your locks and then realize that the change is too dramatic or not what you expected, you’re stuck trying to find another dye that’s close to your original color. This can be frustrating, and repeated color treatments can damage your mane. A wig helps you avoid these problems – and you may just decide that the ability to change your hair color at will is more fun than making a more permanent change. Likewise, if you’re thinking about having your long hair cut short, a wig can help you decide if you’re really ready to part with your lengthy locks.
Complement Your Features
Once you’ve decided to buy a wig, you want to choose one that enhances your look. Consider your eye and skin tones and the ways in which a change of hair color may match or contrast with your other features. If you want your hair wig your tresses shouldn’t be a wildly different shade from your eyebrows. Also keep in mind that if your wig is a different shade from your current (or natural) hairstyle, you may want to consider adjusting your makeup accordingly.
Choosing the perfect hairpiece doesn’t have to be overwhelming; it can be a fun – or even liberating – experience. The right wig can express different aspects of your personality, enhance your style, or boost your self-esteem.