Shopping Guide: What You Should Know About Human Hair Wigs

Rohan Mathew

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While some people spend a lot of time researching before buying a wig, sometimes the need for a wig suddenly pops up, for example in case of illness. Regardless of your situation, you may be plagued by a thousand doubts about your purchase. In this section, we will try to solve the most common problems.

 How to wear a natural wig?

A person may decide to wear human hair wigs for several reasons, be it permanent, temporary or occasional. Also, they can be a very interesting accessory, but, especially the first few times, their placement can be complicated. The following steps will help you get it right the first time:

 The first thing you should do is tie your hair, or wrap it around your head, or braid it at the roots to hide volume.

 It is also important to thoroughly cleanse the skin in the natural hairline area so that the wig adheres well. One way is to use a cotton pad dipped in alcohol.

 One trick to make it as natural as possible is to place it on the back of your head and gently shake it down. This way, it will be looser and have more movement.

 Position the edges of the wig – the outline of the mesh – to match your natural hairline.

A good reference to know that the wig is well placed is the sideburns. Check that they are in the correct position and that both are at the same height. Run your fingers through the wig to give it a looser look.

Natural wigs or synthetic wigs?

In the market, you can buy natural hair wigs of different qualities, as well as synthetic fiber wigs. In our opinion, natural wigs offer a more natural look, excuse the redundancy, but synthetic wigs have gotten better in recent years, and there are options today that can easily be mistaken for “real” hair.

How are natural wigs made?

Hair is harvested in different ways from different parts of the world, and the process of making natural wigs is complex. It is crucial to adhere to different and very precise quality standards at each production stage: in the acquisition of raw materials, the hair treatment, and the production of the wig itself.

Good raw materials are essential, and it consists of healthy, strong hair that has never been chemically treated (through dye, bleach, or perm). This hair should be thoroughly bleached and dyed. Then make a model according to the desired hat, hair density, and hairstyle type.

 What kind of hair are human hair wigs made of?

As we mentioned before on Kameymall, the source of the hair used to make the wig can vary. When making wigs, different types of hair are often mixed, but due to their characteristics, the most used are Europe, Asia, India, and South America, and we will analyze them below:

 European Hair: Usually from Eastern Europe. Its quality is considered the best on the market. It is porous, soft, and shiny hair and its diameter of 0.040mm is ideal.

 Asian hair: Its caliber is larger than that of European hair. Therefore, it is more durable and recommended for long hair wigs. It’s cheaper than the European one, but also of poor quality.

 Indian Hair: It is coarse diameter hair, about 0.065 mm. Usually, it is completely virgin. Its quality is not as good as European hair.

South American hair: from countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Peru or Bolivia. Its caliber is similar to the European one, about 0.045mm. Small holes, very smooth and shiny, making it the most expensive quality. It can last up to three years in good condition.

How to maintain a wig?

Taking care of a natural hair wig is essential if we want it to last as long as possible, as the investment in purchasing it is considerable. Synthetic wigs require less maintenance, but they don’t look as natural and don’t give you the freedom in styling. If you want your wig to last as long as possible, keep these tips in mind:

  •         At least the first few times, it is recommended that you wash in a dedicated center.
  •         Once you become more familiar with it, you can also make it at home with specialized products.
  •         After each wash, apply a moisturizing mask for natural wigs.
  •         Do not use it when wet, as moisture can spoil it. Since they are made from natural hair, you can either blow dry or air dry them, it’s up to you.
  •         When you’re not wearing it, keep it inside the cork tip so it doesn’t deform.
  •         If you don’t want it to change color over time, wear a hat to protect it from the sun.
  •         Style your hair as usual, but avoid hairspray.

How long do wigs last on average?

Natural hair wigs have a much longer lifespan than synthetic wigs, although much depends on the care and attention given to them. Frequent use of the iron or dryer, or sleeping with it on, can negatively affect its duration. Wigs that are cared for and treated with the right products can last up to 2 years. Human hair wigs can be made by hand or by machine, the former being more durable than the latter. Even if they are well maintained, hair loss is a natural process with this wig. Any handmade wig will need to be refilled after nine to twelve months of heavy use.