June 06, 2012

Types of Wig Cap

Monofilament + 100% Handmade

Monofilament wigs that also have the completely hand tied cap are the best quality. This luxury product provides 100% comfort. The mono top is woven onto a fine base and is undetectable to the eye.  It looks like skin and is very realistic. The remainder of the wig is a fine mesh and the hair is hand tied to it making it lightweight. Often, these wigs can also come with a lace front. This means that the lace sits on the forehead and is again undetectable and allows for hair to be swept to the side without the cap of the wig showing. 

Monofilament + Weft

The mono top is woven onto a very fine mesh on the scalp area which is invisible against the skin. These are probably the most popular wigs as they can be cheaper than the 100% hand tied.  The wefted area is machine made with hair sewn to strips of material (ribbons) with gaps to allow the head to breathe. 

100% Hand Tied

The whole wig cap is made of fine mesh.  Whilst this type of wig does not have a mono top, the whole wig is hand tied so still gives the appearance of skin. A lightweight wig.  This is a hand tied wig without the mono top:


Wefted Wig with Mono Parting

Wefting means the thin strips of material (ribbons) that the hair is machine sewn to. This particular cap has a mono parting. Again, this gives the appearance of skin, but usually these wigs are a little cheaper that the full mono top. The parting is not adjustable. This wig has a mono parting:


Small Mono Part

Wefted wig with small mono area, usually at the crown. 


Wefted means strips of ribbon like material which the hair is machine sewn on to. This is the usual construction of a wig and makes it more lightweight and cooler to wear. Wefted only wigs are a cheaper variety of wig cap. People with hairloss who need to wear a wig every day usually prefer a mono top wig as they are more realistic. 

Lace front

Lace front wigs are 100% hand tied as mentioned previously, but with a lace (netted) front to give a realistic *join* at the forehead. These wigs do not need any adjustment to the front of the wig. The lace sits flat to the forehead and is undetectable. It allows for the hair to be swept to the side without the cap of the wig showing. 100% hand tied wigs are made this way giving an invisible line around the forehead. The lace front wigs can vary, for instance, some wigs will just have a lace front so that it looks realistic but then the rest of the wig is wefted.  All of the categories above can also have a lace front. 


However, some lace front wigs have lace that is left longer at the front of the wig so that it can be trimmed to the customers desired length. This is usually then glued to the hairline to give a realistic look.   Either way has the same effect. Very few wigs are made this way but there are still a few. Video of how to attach these wigs can be found on You Tube.

May 21, 2012

How to Choose a Wig Colour

Understanding wig colours is probably the reason most people call us! if you have never bought a wig before, colours are really difficult to understand. Basically, it is often best to go for a colour similar to your own hair if you do not want to draw attention to the fact you are wearing a wig. If you don't mind who knows then the world is your oyster!

Wig colours are completely different to hair dye colours. Basically, the colour 1 is black, 2 nearly black, 4 dark brown and so on. You then get to blonde colours at colour 20 to 26, copper 27 - 29, auburn 30 - 33. After that, 34 to colour 60 are varying degrees of greys with 60 being white!  So, if you look at colour 12/26/27, this would be the colour 12 (mousy brown) with 26 (honey blonde) and 27 (copper). It basically means it is a mix of the three colours. 

With Ellen Wille colours, most now have a colour name such as tobacco mix and caramel mix. These colours usually have the numbers written underneath. So, for caramel mix, the colours 20.26.14 are used.  Often, the clue is in the name such as expresso mix.. you would guess from the name that the colour will be a dark brown. The colours used for this are 4.6.2 so three of the darker colours are used. 

Generally a mix of colours is used to give a more realistic look. 

The Gisela Mayer colours are more difficult to understand and as yet do not have names. They also add a letter in front of some of their colours. If you see a wig in colour 12 and then another available in G12, they WILL be slightly different but quite often is it slight and the colour 12 still remains the dominating colour. In the case of the letter L, before a colour, this means the hair used is from their Lux colour ring and is nothing to do with the actual shade of the wig! 

If you are really unsure about colours, have a look through the website and see if a colour of any other wig looks like the one you want. If you are able to tell us a wig you like the colour of, we can try to match the colour to the wig you want to purchase.  It may be slightly different but we can usually find something that will be similar and suitable! We try to put the colour shown on each wig details so you will be able to see the different colours available. 

Please DO call us if the colours are difficult to understand. We appreciate that online it is not as easy to select colours from a colour chart. However, if you are completely new to wigs it is often better to go to a shop as not only do you have the colour to contend with but wigs come in different sizes, cap constructions and types.

If the colour you want is NOT on the drop down menu, then that particular wig is not available in that colour. The colour chart is a guide and not every wig comes in every colour. Wigs only come in the colours in the drop down menu on the wig details. 

Wig colours can vary from wig to wig. A long wig may have highlights in different places to a shorter one and indeed even the same wigs can look a little different as each manufactured wig will be made by different people and so the hair will be added in different ways. 

Human hair wig colours are different again. As the hair has to be dyed, each wig can vary in colour depth due to the type of human hair being dyed. All of the human hair blondes tend to be less pale that the synthetic wigs but human hair does fade over time. 

Concerning the "/" in wig numbers, this just means a blend of those two colours, so 12/23 would a base of colour 12 with added highlights of 23.  Sometimes a colour may say 12/24+8.  The "+" means the wig is rooted, i.e. roots are showing on top.  With colour 12/24-12.  This means equal colours of 12/24 and then at the back (underneath) the hair is darker again in colour 12.. this is because quite often our own hair is darker underneath. All of these colour ways ore to help the wig look more realistic. 




May 18, 2012

How to Care for your Wig

Synthetic wigs.

It is best if you do not wash your synthetic wig very often, ever 14 - 20 times of wearing is fine. If you wash it too much can make the life of your wig shorter. Wigs can become frizzy at the back where they rub against clothing or the neck. This is normal if not annoying. 

Fill a bowl with cool water, hot water will damage the wig, add a small amount of shampoo into the water (baby shampoo is fine).  Swish the wig in the water gently and then leave to soak for around 3 - 4 minutes. Rinse the shampoo off in cool water, then pat the excess water off with a towel. Put the wig onto a stand and allow to dry naturally. If you do not have a wig stand, you can stack a couple of baked bean cans or similar and the put the wig on top. It is best not to use the polystyrene heads to dry the wig as they can stretch the wig and it will not dry as quickly as the air cannot circulate. Do not comb or brush the wig whilst it is wet.  The wig will dry in the style it was purchased. You can spray with leave in conditioner whilst wet if you wish.  Shampoos and conditioner can be purchased here:  http://wigsforwomensn.com/collections/custom-collection-1

  • Having two wigs is the best option. When you are washing one wig, you have a spare wig which you can use and also rotating the wigs will prolong their life. Also, if you have a disaster where the wig gets damaged you have a second wig to fall back on. 

  • Wash your wig every 2 - 3 weeks. It really doesn't need washing more than that. 

  • Do not use hot water on synthetic wigs. Hot water can frizz the wigs and you could end up ruining it. Heat will cause damage so do not use any sort of heat on the wig such as hairdryer, heated appliances and even watch out for the heat from the oven when opening the door!! 

    Some people feel better about their wig if they get it trimmed slightly by a professional as this makes it look more like their own style. However, it is not necessary to have them cut as they come already styled.

    A few tricks of the trade concerning the frizzing that can happen at the back of synthetic wigs when they have been worn for a while. This is due to the fibre rubbing across clothing or the skin. It IS possible to re-style a wig in that area but PLEASE ONLY TRY THIS ON A VERY OLD WIG THAT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU RUIN IT!! Steam will re-set synthetic fibre so if you put steam onto the hair you want to straighten (keep it away from the rest of the wig or it will all go straight!) steam the problem area and the fibre will straighten. Then either use a brush to set it into the style you want or put some rollers in and leave until the wig has dried and re-set. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS MUST ONLY BE TRIED ON AN OLD WIG THAT DOESN'T MATTER AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DISASTERS! It is worth knowing though that this is how manufacturers of wigs re-style. You never know it may give your wig a new lease of life for a while!  We have even had customers iron the back of their wigs to get them straight by using a tea towel over the hair and then using a steam iron on a low heat. We would not advocate this but customers DO come up with some ingenious ideas to make their wigs last a bit longer!!

Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs can be treated pretty much like your own hair. They still may not need washing as often and it is best to treat it very gently as the hair will not grow again like your own hair! Wash gently, do not rub and allow the water to run in the same direction as the hair to avoid tangling. 

You can use the same products on a human hair wig as you would on your own hair but just remember to treat very gently.

Human hair wigs may need cutting by a professional. In fact, human hair wigs often look far better when they have had a cut. Whilst most human hair wigs DO come in a pre-styled style, others are left long all over so that they can be cut into a desired style. 

Human hair wigs can be more difficult to look after than synthetic wigs as synthetic wigs do not need re-styling once washed. Human hair wigs need more care. Once washed they go straight (or even curly if the donor of the hair had curly hair!) It is then quite difficult to get it back into the style you had.  You can use heated appliances but it is best to let the wig dry around 80% before trying to style it They will not stay on your head whilst trying to blow dry so waiting until almost dry is easier! Whilst it can be difficult to get used to styling a human hair wig, once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. However, if you are not good at styling your own hair, you  might bebetter to get it washed and styled by a professional or stick to the synthetic wigs which are much easier to deal with! 

It is quite natural for wigs to loose some hair so do not worry if there are some loose strands after washing or combing! 

May 16, 2012

How To Measure You Head Size

Most wig wearers will have an average size head. Due to this, most wigs available are average size! Only about 5% of wig wearers have a  petite head. The approximate sizing is:

21" Petite Fitting

22.5" Average Fitting

23" Large Fitting

All wigs come with adjusters at the back that look like little bra straps or others have velcro fastenings so you CAN make them smaller or larger accordingly. They usually adjust by at least 1" either way. However, if your head is a petite size you will find that the average wigs can feel *baggy* on top and not fit neatly to your head. 

To measure your head, use a soft tape measure and follow the natural hairline (or where the hairline would be). Measure above the ears and bring the tape measure around to the front at the forehead. Do this a couple of times to be sure. See image below:

The measurements are flexible, for instance, a 22 inch head would probably fit an average wig. If you DO need a petite wig you can view our selection here: 


There is far more availability of average size wigs than large wigs or petite wigs. We DO try to offer a decent range of the petite and large wigs and the manufacturers are making more and more these days so hopefully you will find something suitable on our website! 

If you need any further help and advice we are only a phone call away!