Look at these things when you’re buying a wig

The first time you try on a hairpiece is often exciting and awkward. Even just making an appointment was probably a huge step, let alone knowing what the different options are and what to look out for. These tips will help you make sure it goes well.

1. Don't wait too long!

If you’re sure you want to wear a hairpiece (in a little while), then don’t wait too long before making an appointment. They will make you a custom-made wig just for you (duh) and that takes at least several weeks or even months. But even with standard wigs you can’t always take them with you right after trying them on. Keep in mind that it can take up to several weeks for it to be delivered.

2. Decide in advance how much you want to spend

Hairpieces can be quite affordable, but unfortunately they can also be really expensive -the prices vary a lot and can be from 500 € up to 7,000 €. You can do yourself a huge favour by deciding in advance what your budget is. And if you make that clear to the wig specialist, you can be sure that you are only offered wigs that you can afford. If you fall in love with a beautiful piece that turns out be completely out of budget, you will never be able to find another one that makes you as happy.

3. Human hair or synthetic, which is best for you?

Whether you go for synthetic or human hair depends on your budget and on what you want to do with your hair. A synthetic wig is usually less expensive, but you can’t curl it, blow-dry it or style it. What you see is what you get. It’s ideal if you never used to do anything with your hair anyway, but annoying if that’s something you enjoy doing. A hairpiece made of human hair can be treated the same way as your real hair, but it can definitely be twice as expensive. So just figure out if you think it’s worth it.

4. Explain in advance what your're looking for

If you tell them more or less what you’re after when making an appointment (think about the color, length, hair type and style), the wig specialist can prepare wigs that match what you want. It’s nice to see several good options for yourself during your first appointment. In fact, it’s a lot of fun!

5. If it doesn't click, go somewhere else!

If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with your wig specialist, then look for another one. Don’t buy a wig there! If there turns out to be something wrong with your wig, or you want to have it adjusted, you don’t want to feel like you can’t do that. You wouldn’t be getting the best out of your hair. So a good match is at least as important as the wig itself.

6. Buying a wig is not the same as shopping for clothes

If you bring someone with you to the appointment, that’s obviously nice and fun, buuuuut… this date is something completely different from a day of shopping in your favourite city. You’re going to pick something that you have to want to walk around in for at least a year. Only you know how it feels and what makes you happy. So it’s you who has to be 100% happy with the choice, even if your mom/sister/friend/niece prefers another wig. So think carefully about who you’re going to take with you. Who is the one that can help you the best?

7. Ask for baby hair

If you’re planning on wearing your hair in a ponytail or a bun, it can look really unnatural at the hairline: #nothanks! That’s why I recommend you cut baby hair around the hairline, that way it will look a lot more natural. WATCH OUT: have this done by a wig specialist who’s also a hairdresser and does this often, or else your hair piece will be ruined immediately. #alsonothanks!

8. Don't choose too quickly

Make sure you’re really sure about your purchase. You want to be completely happy with your wig. There are enough of them, so if one doesn’t feel completely right, it’s probably not the one. So take your time, even it that means you have to come back another time. Even if you need a wig soon, it’s a pity if you rush it and end up with a wig you don’t feel like wearing after just a week. Trust me, I know…

9. Take good care of your hairpiece

On average, wigs last a year, but the better you take care of it, the longer you will be able to enjoy it. The best treatment varies depending on the hair type (human or synthetic) and the material on the inside. So always ask your wig specialist for advice and follow it obediently.