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Do's & Don'ts of Wearing Wigs for Hair Loss

Posted on January 04 2019

Wearing Wigs When You Have Hair Loss


Hair loss for women has become so prevalent among women of all ages.  We now experience hair loss due to aging & our environment in our 30’s!  This is at least 10 years earlier than women used to experience hair loss just 15 years ago! Of course aging and toxins aren’t the only reasons for hair loss… Alopecia is very common and we all know how cancer is affects the hair. Thank goodness for alopecia and cancer wigs!


Did you know actress Keira Knightly has worn wigs for over 5 years because of damage from hair loss. But she’s not the first celeb to turn to wigs as the answer to hair loss, damaged hair, or alopecia like Christina Aguilera who wore them for years after extensions left her with bald patches and now wears them to create amazing looks.


In the last decade more and more women are embracing the type of quick versatility that comes with wigs. Such a easy solution but there are a few things to keep in mind to get the best experience out of wig wearing: 


Human Hair Wig With Highlights | Lace Front WigDrew by Jon Renau

Don’t wear a wig straight from the package. sometimes they pick up the shape of the box… definitely not attractive;)

Do Wash it first to get the most natural shine and make sure to style it or take it to a hairstylist.  You may even want to have it shaped to suit your face.

Do get the most natural looking wig in a modern style and natural colors.

Don’t go for outrageous colors and be careful with retro styles—unless you’re Nicki Minaj or a former Supreme!

Lace Front Wigs

Do go for a natural looking hairline. If any part of the forehead is showing… you want to get a Lace Front wig. This is key!
Don’t skimp of this feature. It makes all the difference.

Don't go too bulky at the part line or crown. A pouty top is like wearing a shirt that says “Hey, I’m wearing a wig… and a bad one”

Do Try to get a monofilament top wig as this allows you to get the most natural looking scalp/part.  

Wigs and Hair Toppers for Hair Loss

Matrix by Ellen Wille

Do try a half-wig or a topper hair piece if you don’t want to jump in to a full wig right away (although they really are so much easier) but make sure the texture matches your natural hair for the most realistic look.

Do be mindful to use wig products specifically made to treat either synthetic hair or human hair processed for wigs or hair extensions. It is a different hair with unique needs. Follow regular care instruction but be gentle. 

Care Products for Human Hair Wigs and Synthetic Hair wigs

Do keep your natural hair smooth and flat underneath and covered with a wig cap. Mesh caps are a bit cooler but nylon will keep short curly hair flat a little more effectively.  

Do choose a lace front wig for a very natural look to make your wig wearing undetectable. 


The Big Mistake Women Make 

Short Wigs for Black Women

Upstage by Raquel Welch Wigs

Many women try to extend the life of their wig too long. The hair starts to separate and not move naturally. Washing and conditioning can only work for so long and then you will just look like you have a wig on - even if it was a great quality wig to start.  

Synthetic wigs (a good quality one) should last 3-6 months depending on the regularity of wear and the care you give it.  no wig can every last forever they must be changed/replaced. 

Human Hair wigs should last a bit longer 9-12 months with the proper care. If you wear any wig daily you should definitely count on a smaller amount of time for the best results. 


Things NOT to Do With Your Wig 

Red Bob wig by Jon Renau Wigs

Carrie by Jon Renau

Wigs are completely natural looking these days but don’t get carried away… it is still a wig… treat it right!

Don’t jump in the pool wearing your wig…it just won't work!

Don’t sleep with your wig on.  Talk about a nightmare!

Don’t try to dye your wig.  There are so many colors to choose go ahead and buy the color you want!  Even human hair wigs shouldn’t be chemically treated.  When it comes to processing and coloring human hair, the wig already endures so much chemical processing that further dying or processing it will usually not work out well.


Hairdo Wigs for women with hairloss

Whiteout by Hairdo

There are so many advantages in both human hair wigs and synthetic wigs! Find which type of wig fiber will best suit your needs by reading: Synthetic vs. Human Hair - Which One is Better for You?  We hope our expert tips help you make the most of just stay aware of the do’s and don’ts of wearing a wig to get the best look and experience.   


Let us know what you think of our tips!  Leave your comment below.


  • Lynne: December 30, 2019

    Bertha I hope you got over concern about what people would say. The best comments should come from you when looking in the mirror. If you love it, it’s probably great!

  • Bertha Torres: October 19, 2018

    Cut my hair completely short like a boy now I’m sick of this look.. what to try a wig that’s kinky and curly because I get always loved this look… But I’m afraid of what people may comment.

  • Net: August 20, 2018

    One of your “do’s” is to wash a wig before wearing it. Doesn’t that cause it to be no longer returnable?
    Before doing that, a customer should be certain that they’re going to keep the wig.

  • The Wig Experts: June 05, 2018

    Hi Diana!
    Thank you for your comment! We have many wigs created for women with various stages of hair loss. I’m posting a link down below with a page called “The Wig Buyers Guide” to help assist you further. Hope this helps, and let us know if you have any more questions!
    Happy Tuesday,
    -The Wig Experts

  • Diana Ngo: June 05, 2018

    do you have some wig for loss hair,?

  • The Wig Experts: February 05, 2018

    Are you wearing long or short styles? You could try using “Hat Magic” which would definitely alleviate some of the heat you are experiencing during your workouts.

    Thanks for your comment!

    -The Wig Experts

  • mary: February 05, 2018

    Most wigs are too hot when I work out at the gym and of course swimming is embarassing. Any suggestions for a cool, light weight work out wigand /or swim wig I sweat so bad

  • lngrid Huff: February 13, 2017

    My hair did not grow back after chem (serious bummer) but most wigs are too hot when I work out at the gym and of course swimming is embarassing. Any suggestions for a cool, light weight work out wigand /or swim wig

  • gloria garrison-fox: February 11, 2017

    this article, very informative and helpfull

  • carol walker: February 07, 2017

    very helpful information thank you

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