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The Wig Buyer's Guide

New to Wigs? If you're unclear about how to narrow down styles and pick ones that will work best for you, our Wig Buyer's Guide is here to help! Like selecting a diamond, choosing a wig requires some understanding and appreciation for details. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of the 4 Cs of Wigs: Cut, Cap Size, Composition and Color.

1: Cut

Start with style! Our site lets you easily narrow your search by length, texture and hairstyle. At the beginning, you may want to stick close to a style you're familiar with. A more drastic change can always be made later as you get used to wearing a wig. That's when the fun begins. Just think: endless style flexibility! Many of our clients ultimately have a lot of fun experimenting with a variety of looks. Certain face shapes are flattered by certain styles. Consult our guide for some tips!

Styles shown (in order): Annette by Jon Renau, Beguile by Raquel Welch, Show Stopper by Raquel Welch, Sleek & Straight by Tabatha Coffey HOW, Curl Intense by Sherri Shepherd NOW

Styles shown (in order): Short Bob by Tabatha Coffey HOW, Power by Raquel Welch, Julia by Jon Renau, Magic by Raquel Welch, Zara by Jon Renau

2: Cap Size

While average size wigs tend to fit about 95% of customers, you will find that quite a few wigs also come in petite and large sizes. Consider that many also have adjustable straps that give up to 1/2" so that you can achieve a comfortable and secure fit.

To determine the right size wig for you, measure the circumference of your head from the front hairline, behind your ear, to the nape of your neck, to your other ear and then back to the front hairline. Jot down your measurement, then consult the table below. Please note that sizes may vary slightly by brand and that not all wigs are available in all cap sizes.

Cap Size Chart

3: Composition

When considering composition, or how a wig is structured, think about the hair type as well as the cap construction.

Hair Type Video

Hair Type

While you may have preconceived notions about human hair and synthetic hair, the truth is that they both have advantages and limitations, which make them the right choice in different situations. Learn More

Human Hair Synthetic Hair
  • offers the most natural look & feel
  • presents the most styling versatility
  • requires more styling - especially after washing
  • typically more expensive than synthetic hair
  • very durable - can last over a year with proper care*
  • higher quality synthetic hair offer a look and feel quite similar to human hair
  • offers limited styling versatility (hot tools cannot be used)
  • requires little maintenance & can usually be worn right out of the box
  • typically more affordable than human hair
  • less durable than human hair — 4-6 months with proper care*
  • Premium & Remy Human Hair are the highest quality human hair available
  • hair cuticles kept running in uniform direction resulting in less tangling
  • more careful collecting and processing techniques result in higher quality product and contribute to higher price
  • the most durable hair type
  • Heat-Friendly Synthetic Hair offers more styling versatility (hot tools may be used - max 350°)
  • can be more challenging to style than human hair
  • special care must be taken to avoid tangling
  • colors may vary from non-heat-friendly synthetic hair
  • less durable than regular synthetic hair — 2-3 months with proper care*

*It is important to follow our care recommendations in order to get the optimal life span from your hair!

Cap Features

Different cap constructions each have a different method of attaching hair to the cap, and each has its own set of advantages. Learn More

100% HAND-TIED MONOFILAMENT LACE FRONT BASIC CAP
100% Hand-tied
Monofilament
Lace Front
Basic Cap
  • Creates the most natural movement as each hair moves freely
  • Each hair on the entire cap is hand-tied onto the base
  • The softest and most comfortable cap, it's ideal for a sensitive scalp & hair loss
  • Allows for styling versatility as you can comb the hair in any direction
  • Also known as 100% hand-knotted
  • Creates the illusion of natural hair growth from the scalp where the hair is parted
  • Each hair is individually hand-tied to a sheer base (but not entire cap)
  • Can be found just at the crown, along a pre-defined part or across the full top
  • A full mono top allows for parting & styling versatility
  • A double mono has an extra layer of soft material for added comfort
  • Creates the illusion of a natural-looking front hairline
  • Each hair is individually hand-tied to a section of sheer lace (but not entire cap)
  • Allows for styling hair away from the face
  • Most are ready-to-wear & temple-to-temple
  • Made with a delicate material that should be handled with care
  • Includes both capless and traditional constructions
  • Most durable & affordable
  • Most or all of the cap has open wefting for better air ventilation
  • Often gives the hair a naturasl lift with built-in volume at the crown
  • Hair is pre-teased at the root to help mask the cap beneath

As most styles offer a range of color choices, this is a good final step. As you zero in on styles you like, you can begin to review the colors available. If you're new to wearing wigs, consider staying close to your natural shade to ease the transition.

Color Video

TruColor - Choose Color with Confidence

Only at Wigs.com will you find the TruColor™ approach to displaying color options. TruColor images are captured in our extremely controlled studio environment, which enables us to produce the most consistently accurate color swatches. And over time we have worked diligently to offer our customers yet another improvement on our TruColor program - images of full wig styles in every color available. With a full image of a wig, you can see color distribution throughout the style and get a much better sense of what your wig will look like when you take it out of the box. Our goal for our TruColor program is to make shopping for the right color online just as easy as in a store (or easier)!

If you are concerned about making a color choice online, there are other options.

Color Consultation & Rings


Let's not forget about one last (and very important) "C"... Care. Great hair deserves great care! Once you have your beautiful wig, you want to do all you can to keep it looking fantastic. Learn More.

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