Step 1. Identify the coverage you need
Determine what type of product is best for you. Here at Beauwigful.com we have an array of options, but if you are not ready or not looking for a full wig then we carry top pieces, ¾ wigs, extensions, and halos. You can check out all of our hairpieces here.
Step 2. Find your fit
Sizing is important and it can make a world of difference when it comes to comfort. The majority of the wigs we carry will have adjustable straps on the inside. However, it is still important to know where to start. We have a helpful page to show you how to measure your head, and decide what category you fall into. If you find yourself in between two categories, choose the larger size. The front of a wig should be worn where your natural hairline would start, and you should use the ear tabs inside the wig to line it up. Click here for Measuring Head Size for Wigs.
Step 3. Identify your cap needs
The cap is the base of the wig onto which hair is attached. Wigs are available with several different types of caps, and each cap type has its own distinct advantages. The four cap designs are Capless, Standard, Lace Front, Hand Tied, and Monofilament. Click here for Cap Construction Types that explains the differences.
You will notice a difference in the fit from brand to brand. Keep in mind wigs will typically loosen up a bit over time and wear. There are also great options for extra security and comfort such as double sided tapes, toupee clips, and hair grips.
Step 4. Find the right fiber type
Alternative Hair fiber can be categorized into the following: Synthetic, Heat Defiant or Heat Friendly, Human Hair, Remy Human Hair, or Human Hair Blend. See below for the descriptions of each fiber type.
Wigs made primarily of modacrylic fibers that have the look and feel of real hair. This fiber is very low maintenance and convenient. The fibers have built in memory which allows the original style to be restored after washing.
Heat Friendly or Heat Defiant (Heat Friendly):
A synthetic fiber that can withstand a low amount of heat. A heat friendly wig is pre-styled, but you have the flexibility to curl or flat iron to change the look. Once the style has been changed with heat it will hold, even after washing, and a heat source must be used again to change it. The fiber also tends to have a coarser, moldable texture than standard synthetic.
Wigs made of human hair are primarily cut in India and China. Wigs made with Human Hair are very durable, and can withstand heat and products just like bio hair. However, they require more upkeep than synthetic wigs and must be styled on a regular basis. Generally speaking, Human Hair wigs are much heavier than their Synthetic counterpart, and will typically hold up longer.
Remy Human Hair:
Human hair that has not been weakened by stripping. Unlike most human hair used in wigs and hairpieces, Remy hair is created by careful processing which leaves the cuticle in place. The result is stronger, superior hair. To avoid tangling, Remy hair strands must all be aligned so the cuticle runs in the same direction. Remy hair is more expensive than cuticle-free human hair.
Human Hair Blend:
A blend of human hair and heat friendly fibers. These wigs should be cared for as a heat friendly item as they are typically composed of a much higher percentage of heat friendly fibers.
The key to finding the right fiber is to consider your lifestyle and how much time you want to put into styling and maintaining your alternative hair. Each fiber has pros and cons to consider to find perfect fit for you. Click here for Pros and Cons of Hair fiber types
Step 5. Determine what Style and Length you are looking for
We have a huge selections of wigs, hairpieces, toppers, extension to choose from. This can be a bit overwhelming to a new wig wearer. Take advantage of the filtering on our website to narrow down our styles by length, hair texture, or cap features. A great place to start is our best sellers page. You can trust these are tried and true favorites, as they are the wigs getting the best reviews from other wig wearers like you!
Check out our Hairstyles for different face shapes page for recommendations on what style types will work best with your face shape.
Step 6. Find your color
Once you have a style narrowed down, you will know what your color options are, as each brand makes their own set of colors. We have online color swatches with descriptions as guides for all colors.
If this will be your first wig, sticking with something close to your natural hair color is a safe bet.
Step 7. Get the proper care products
Once you find the perfect piece, you need the right care products to get the most out of it. Different hair fibers require different care: Shampoo & Conditioner, Wig Spray, Detangler, Wig Cap, and Wig Brush or Comb. Click here to go to our Hair Care Products page
Step 8. Give yourself some grace
You might not get the perfect wig on the first try. It takes time to get the hang of this wig thing, and sometimes a little trial and error to find what brand, cap, or style that will work best for you. We were all new to the world of wigs at one time. Don’t get discouraged, you’ll be a wig expert in no time!
Step 9. Don't forget we are here to help
Our trained team has years of experience working with and learning about the products we offer, along with staying up to date on the newest innovations. We will go above and beyond to help you find the perfect piece for your needs! If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help walk this new journey with you!