We have many years experience fitting wigs at our positive appearance centres in Dublin; Here are my top tips!
- Recognise Yourself
- Maintain your identity
- After brushing your hair with the correct brush, use your fingers like a comb (in the general direction of the wig) to break up the hair and make it look more natural.
- Add some extra movement and interest with wax or gloss. This will create texture and definition but do not use anything sticky if you want to avoid build-up of product in your wig.
- Putting a few layers in your wig can create some natural movement too.
- Make sure your wig is on or above your hairline at the front. If your wig is too low down, it looks like you have no forehead! Check in a side mirror the first few times you wear your wig.
- Alter your wig if it is too big when your hair goes. Don’t be tempted to pull it down further on your head / forehead to make it feel secure (as above). If the cap size is too big and wig feels ‘baggy’ on your head, it can be taken in.
- If you feel your wig has too much hair, it can be thinned out or you can get a finer wig. I always say you can change the colour and style of your hair, but if you go from fine hair to a thick wig, people will know it’s not your hair.
- Highlighted wigs tend to look more natural as the hair looks less dense .
- Wigs that have roots coming through look incredibly natural, just like you are due your colour rather than always looking like you’ve just walked out of the hairdressers.
- Putting a fringe into a wig can camouflage thinning eyebrows. Have your fringe cut so it sits right on your brows. Any longer and it’ll irritate your eyes especially if the lashes are thinning.
- Accessorise your wig with scarves or hair jewellery. It changes the look of your wig and definitely fools people. When clients come to the salon with scarves on their wigs, I really have to wonder if it is their wig or their own hair growing back.
- If your wig has any length, create a messy up style using a grip to hold up your hair. I say messy because you need to leave a fine line of wig hair down on your neck and hairline to camouflage the wig hairline. If your wig is fibre, up styling will also give your wig a break from the friction frizz that happens when fibre hair is rubbing against your clothes.
- You can make your wig look finer by putting it behind your ears but leaving a tiny lock in front of your ears to cover where your locks would be.
By Anne Roche