How to Make Synthetic Wigs Look Natural

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Published: 14th February 2011
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When you ask hairstylists for their secret in keeping up with frequently-changing hairstyles, most of them will answer, "Wigs". In the world of fashion and entertainment, wigs are one of the most valuable possessions. There are two categories of wigs: human hair wigs and synthetic wigs. These two wig types differ in arrangement and composition of hair strands.

Human hair wigs often have natural hair strands that are individually woven into the wig cap. On the other hand, synthetic wigs are made up of animal hair and processed human hair. The most commonly used animal hairs are horse hair, buffalo hair, and yak hair. They are mixed with processed human hair. Synthetic strands are woven into the cap in clusters. Commonly, wigs with colored and styled strands are synthetic wigs. Examples of these are curly blonde wigs, straight red wigs, and bob-cut wigs.

Most people prefer synthetic wigs because these require little maintenance and are inexpensive. The costs for short-strand and shoulder-length synthetics may reach up to $60. Conversely, human hair wigs can cost up to hundreds of dollars. The price difference may be due to the fact that human hair wigs look more natural than synthetic wigs. Nevertheless, you can also make your synthetic wig appear natural. The wig’s appearance depends on how you take care of it. Here are some hints and tips to make your synthetic wig appear as natural as human hair wigs.

First, reduce the amount of wig shine on synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs have processed and simulated hair strands. Manufacturers use chemicals to enhance their luster and texture. They use wig shine to make strands look polished and glossy. However, some wigs are saturated with wig shine. Apply a small amount of baby powder on the wig’s strands. Gently massage the powder onto the wig surface. This will soak up some of the wig shine.

Second, thin down your wig. Some synthetic wigs look very thick and dense. When you put the wig on, it appears obvious that you’re using an artificial hairpiece. Bring your wig to professional hairstylists. They can trim down some hair strands from your wig.

Third, choose a wig that perfectly fits. Synthetic wigs look best when they fit snugly on your head. Measure your head and hairline perimeter. By knowing these measurements, you can determine which wig fits you best.

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