7 Tips for Wig Wearers

11-10-2016 8:58 AM

Editor’s note: We’re proud to feature Jeanna Doyle as our guest blogger this week. Some of you remember her from the Mary Kay Expo at Seminar 2016. If you missed Mary Kay Monday on Nov. 3, check out the blog on why Mary Kay once sold wigs.

Even if you’ve never thought of wearing a wig, consider the possibilities for privacy, convenience or transformation!

Privacy: Are you experiencing hair loss due to treatment for cancer, alopecia areata, a thyroid condition, or hereditary factors? Find a wig that is a close match to your natural hair. A wig matching your natural hair can offer you privacy, so you can resume your daily activities with confidence.

Convenience: Have a presentation to give? Travel frequently for work? Or don’t have time to get your hair colored before a big event? Wigs can save you time and money. A well-chosen wig can be just the ticket when traveling for work or other life events. Imagine never needing a blow out or hair color again!

Transformation: Do you dare to go blonde, red head or raven but don’t want to fully commit? A wig can offer you a transformative fairy tale evening — one that will look great, and be more comfortable than a glass slipper!

Here are 7 tips to help you decide on which wig is right for you.

  1. Human Hair or Synthetic?
    This is a matter of personal preference.

    • If you are experiencing temporary hair loss or you just want to change your style, consider a synthetic wig. These wigs offer a wash-and-go hairstyle that will typically last from 3- 6 months depending on how you care for them.

    • For long-term or permanent hair loss, consider a human hair wig. Although the cost of a human hair wig is higher, it will last approximately 12 months with proper care. It will need to be styled regularly (like your own hair would), but you can get custom colors and the hair feels amazing!

  2. Shop for a wig with very little or no foundation.
    Finding a flattering color is key to a great looking wig. Whether you want to match your own hair or take a walk on the wig wild side, you want to look great! So remember, the makeup colors can be adjusted but the wig color cannot.

  3. Remember the part and the hairline.
    The most important area to consider when looking at wig is the part and the hairline. Wigs that don’t have a strong part or exposed hairline offer a more believable look.

  4. Location, location, location.
    Allow time to make sure your wig sits nicely at your natural hairline. If the wig sits too low on your forehead or too far back, the wig becomes obvious.

  5. What construction type is right for you?
    When deciding what construction type is right for you, consider the style you want.

    • If you want a short curly or wavy style and don’t want to change the style, then an affordable option is a wefted construction wig.

    • Like to see and change the part? Then look for a monofilament top. This is where the hairs or fibers are tied to a mesh that resembles your scalp.

    • Want to move your hair away from you face or go without bangs? Then try the lace front wigs with a natural looking hairline.

    • Looking for major versatility? Want a ponytail or other updo style? Then look into a fully hand-tied wig.

  6. Makeup completes the look.
    Once you have landed on a look, don’t forget that makeup helps to complete the look. Trying to pull off a new hue? Makeup can help you be a better blonde, more believable brunette or a ravishing red head. Looking for no changes to your appearance? Then makeup can help with the thinning of eyebrows and eyelashes to help restore your natural expression.

  7. Shopping is a team sport!
    Take a trusted friend to help you feel confident in your selection. You never know — your friend may buy one too!

The tips for this article were taken from Jeanna Doyle’s new book: Wig ED, a beautiful photo-illustrated book for women choosing a wig. Jeanna is a veteran makeup artist with more than 25 years of experience in both medical and media settings. Jeanna has worked with actors, athletes, models, musicians, politicians and a former president and first lady of the United States. She’s also the founder of the nonprofit Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically).

You might like Jeanna’s other guest blogs: 7 Beauty Tips for Cancer Patients; Top 3 Blush Tips; Eyewear During Cancer Treatment.