Women have many reasons for buying wigs. Sometimes they feel they need the wig to hide thinning hair. They may have lost their hair because of illness or medication. Or they may simply want to try different hairstyles. Wigs, like haircuts and colors, can and should be customized to showcase your best assets. Find out how to choose the most flattering wig for your unique beauty.
Look at Your Face Shape
What's one of the first pieces of advice when you're considering a new haircut? Look at your face shape. This advice applies to wigs, too. Your face shape can help dictate flattering hairstyles at any length of hair.
For example, if you have a round face, style experts often recommend a pixie for short length, a layered bob for medium length, and minimal layering in a long length. Knowing this ahead of time can help you narrow down your choices when you enter the wig store.
Take Your Skin Color Into Consideration
The hairstyle is only half of the wig. The color of the wig's hair will also have a significant impact on how well it flatters you. Again, advice for natural hair works well for wig selection, too. In this case, you need to take your natural coloration into consideration.
First of all, determine what your natural skin coloration is. One way to do this is to stand in natural light and hold first a cool-colored cloth and then a warm-colored cloth against your face. The tone of the shirt relates to the tone of your skin — cool colors look better against cool-toned skin and vice versa.
To choose a natural-looking hair color, match the tone of the hair to the tone of your skin. So, if you have warm-toned skin, you want to choose warm colors. Consider honey blonde, chocolate brown, or auburn. For cool-toned skin, choose blue-black or ashy blonde.
Make Your Eyes Pop
Your natural skin tone will only dictate whether you should choose warm- or cool-toned wig colors. However, since you want your hairstyle to flatter your face as much as possible, choose a wig that also complements your eyes. If this is your goal, you want bangs. They help frame your whole face and make your eyes center stage.
Naturally, the wig color will also help make your eyes pop. For example, you always think of redheads with green eyes. The red hair makes green eyes pop because they're opposites on the color wheel. You can also go dark in your color so your light eyes pop.
No matter your skin and eye color, you do want to take in one more important consideration — your age. Darker colors can look harsh, while silvery colors can age you. Look for a wig in a hue and saturation that also flatters your age.
Think About Your Preferred Hairstyle
A hairstyle that feels natural to you will always feel more flattering. So if you're buying a wig more out of need, consider what your preferred hairstyle is. This relates to length as well as style considerations, such as if you like to pull your hair back or use hair accessories.
That said, think also about what hairstyle you always wanted but couldn't have, either because your hair wasn't the right texture or you couldn't make the time commitment. Buying a wig levels both of those playing fields — you can choose a wig in any hair texture, and you likely won’t have to style your wig very often.
Try Several Wigs On
The fun part of wig shopping is trying wigs on. Once you have a few guidelines related to style and color, visit your local wig store. Try as many wigs on as you have time and patience for.
Don't be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone — just because the wig is in a style or color you wouldn't normally choose doesn't mean you shouldn't pop it on your head. You're only risking a couple minutes of time.
Choose a wig that best flatters you and makes you feel beautiful. Visit Elite Designer Wigs & Hair Extensions for help choosing your flattering wig.