Numerous women are crazy about the wig trend, it’s no longer anything to be ashamed of and doesn’t mean you don’t have hair.
Many women use wigs to give their natural hair underneath a break, especially while transitioning or after having it cut and allowing it to grow out. Or just as a simple way to change their look. Celebrities like Nicki Minaj have played with the wig look so much it became normal to see her looking different with each stage appearance.
Real Or Synthetic
Afro wigs that are synthetic are available for anyone who doesn’t want a straight look and maybe wants the hair to look like her afro is more voluminous.
The pro for synthetic wigs is that it maintains the curls or styling pattern and don’t have to be repeatedly manipulated. Some Synthetic wigs come in a fibre called futura, that can be heat-styled at a low heat of 150 degrees, no higher. Synthetic options are affordable for most women allowing you to buy many wigs with different styles.
The cons of synthetic makes are that the wigs will eventually look old, tangle at the ends and need to be replaced. It’s not advisable to try and revive a synthetic wig with heat. Best just to buy a new one.
The Real Deal
In the world of real human hair wigs, there are various types and textures such as; Brazilian, Indian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Chinese hair. These tend to be the most popular textures. These wigs most are mostly handmade and will last for years because it’s said to be made of 100% human hair. The versatility is incredible as it can be heat-styled, coloured, bleached, manipulated and cut to suit your look.
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Swiss or French
Human hair wigs have different types of material that make wearing them comfortable. Swiss lace is used for the under cap or base of the wig and is generally finer and more fragile. French lace tends to be thicker and more durable, but just like Swiss lace isn’t easily detectable.
The Right Fit
With the various options in wig types,the three most popular are:
Front Lace – The front of the wig is made from lace which can be glued or taped down. But when cut properly, glue isn’t necessary. The wig can be parted to look natural and has combs and adjustable straps in the back. A celebrity who’s famous for wearing these wigs is Tyra Banks.
Full Lace – The full cap can be clipped on the sides and back, allowing you to tie it into a full ponytail. Most full lace wigs are custom made to fit the wearer’s head. This is the perfect wig if you’re treating or growing your hair out underneath. Plus, it can be parted in various directions. Beyonce is known for wearing this type.
Whole Lace – Each strand has been hand tied on full lace cap. The lace allows the wig to be very comfortable on the scalp. Has a combination of straps and combs in the back to adjust the fit. The wig can be parted anywhere,this the perfect wig for cancer patients, as it’s comfortable and natural looking. Actress Vivica.A. Fox wore full lace wigs so much that she’s even developed her own wig range.
Where Can I Buy One?
It’s advisable to go to the store and have the cap custom fitted, where you can try on various styles, get the perfect length, colour and be advised on wig maintenance to get the best out of your wig unit.
Words by Thami Kwazi