If you’re slowly being indoctrinated into the wig life, welcome! High quality, human hair wigs are an amazing way to elevate your look, switch things up and give your style game an edge, all without making a commitment. That being said, if you’re just starting out, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with options.
And while only you can decide on what style to rock, why don’t we make your life a bit easier by starting with what
not to do when you purchase your first? Here’s a list of things that first-time buyers sometimes rush into – and regret.
1. Buying a human hair wig that’s too long
We get it. Long, silky mermaid hair is irresistible and since it can take so long to grow out your normal hair, who wouldn’t want a super-long, butt-cheek grazing wig to jumpstart things? Well, bad news. There actually is such thing as a hairpiece that’s too long, no matter how careful you are. Anything longer than 22 inches will be extremely hard to manage, especially for someone who’s still getting used to wearing one.
If you’re going for a unit that’s on the thicker side, anything longer than 20 inches will likely be heavy and uncomfortable too, serving as a constant reminder that you’re, well, wearing a wig. We recommend easing into things with a short or mid-range length.
2. Buying a wig that's too thick
If you have short or fine hair, it's a no-brainer that you might want to jump right into a full, voluptuous hairpiece and declare you’re living your best life. And while one benefit of human hair wigs is totally the fact that you can score a new look or texture, you can also take this too far. For a look that's truly natural, we suggest opting for a unit that’s less than 150% density. A density of 130% to 150% is the average thickness of a normal head of human hair, so this is what will ultimately look the best on most people.
Each of our product listings will tell you the density, so you can get a sense of how it will look – and feel – on your head. While it’s possible to find wigs that are denser and fuller than this, it's not always the best option when you’re first getting used to the idea of wearing one.
3. Buying a synthetic wig
Many people assume a synthetic wig will be just fine for entry-level purposes, because they're cheap, easy to find and come in tons of different styles and colours. Technically these facts are all true, but at the end of the day, a human hair wig has so many more benefits.
Firstly, synthetic wigs are cheaply-made and don't last as long as genuine ones, so ultimately, it's usually a better investment to buy one made from real hair. Secondly, pieces made from human hair can be washed, styled, even coloured. Using heat tools on a synthetic piece will just melt the material and colour won't stick. This means that you're stuck with the style you got. A unit made from real hair is much more versatile. Think of it as your own hair, but better! And lastly, there's just something about a synthetic piece that looks artificial. It never moves, shines or feels quite the same way. Trust us. Once you try on a luxe human hair wig, you'll never go back.
4. Choosing a generic cap size
It's very common with synthetic or low-quality wigs to see them have a generic cap size. Sometimes this is described as "adjustable" and sometimes it's just a one-size fits all mechanism. But! Are people's heads and faces all shaped the same? Heck no. So why would you opt for a generic cap size?
When you order a unit from us, we ask you to measure your head in a variety of different ways to determine exactly what size of cap you should you choose. This will help your hairpiece fit snugly - but not too snugly! - and look natural around your forehead, ears and temples. It also makes sure that none of your real hair shows underneath. Measuring takes just a few minutes but it's a key factor in whether or not your unit looks natural, so don't make the classic newbie mistake and forgo this.
5. Picking the wrong lace colour
All of our pieces incorporate a lace cap, which helps make a really seamless, genuine-looking hairline. Hairs are sewn individually onto a "cap" made from a lace-like material, and sometimes edged with fine or baby hairs. This is a fantastic feature because it allows you to pull your hair back or up while looking completely natural. You have the option of choosing a lace colour when you purchase a custom unit from us.
Unfortunately, some first-time buyers are unsure about what this means, so they end up choosing the wrong shade. Essentially, you should be choosing a lace colour that matches your skin tone, not the colour of the wig. Our shades range from transparent (for fair skin tones like Nicole Kidman) to dark (think Lupita Nyong'O). Choosing the right lace colour for your complexion is the key to letting you style your wig in an updo or a ponytail, so remember not to skip out on this important step.
Sometimes people who are new to 'wig-land' feel there are a lot of steps to consider when choosing a piece; and they're not wrong. Density? Cap size? Lace colour? Do these things actually make a difference? Can't you just buy one and get out there?
Trust us when we say that new custom wig buyers make some of these mistakes all the time, whether it’s opting for an impractically thick hairpiece or trying to guess which cap size you are. But if you’re going to invest in a high-quality unit and have it last as long as possible while making you look amazinggggg, it really pays to be careful when making all of these decisions. Trust us. Your new look will thank you for it.