Common Questions for Buying Your First Wig

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Buying a wig for the first time can be exciting, but it can also be accompanied by plenty of questions that may leave you feeling unsure about how to take the first steps in your journey. If you’re shopping for your first wig, take a look at these common questions to clear up any concerns you may have along the way!

What are the Different Types of Wigs I can Purchase?

One of the first things to know about wigs is the terminology. If you don’t understand what all the wig-specific terms mean, then you won’t know what you’re looking at or buying. Here is a brief glossary to help you understand what each term means and why it is important.

  • Synthetic Wigs: Buying a wig for the first time means choosing between synthetic and human hair. Synthetic wigs are made of fibers that mimic real hair. Being pre-styled, these wigs are easy to throw on and go about your day. However, unlike human hair wigs, they cannot be exposed to high heat or restyled to provide you with your ideal look.
  • Monofilament Wigs: Monofilament refers to a wig’s cap construction, which serves to give it multi-directional parting while still making it look like natural growth.
  • Lace Front: Lace front wigs feature a thin lace material that creates the illusion of hair growing out of your scalp. It’s perfect for individuals who want off-the-face styling.
  • Lace Part: Lace parts are similar to lace fronts, with the exception being that lace parts offer a more realistic part in the crown of the wig.

How Do I Care for My New Wig?

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Wearing a wig for the first time can leave you wondering how to wash or store it. Unlike natural hair, you can typically wait and wash your wig after every 10 wears. If you wash the wig more often, you will decrease its lifespan (most wigs will last three to six months if you wear them daily).

Not all wigs have the same washing and styling requirements. For example, some wigs have great compatibility with heat tools, but a synthetic wig would likely be completely ruined by the heat. Make sure you’re using washing and styling products designed for your wig to maintain the look and feel of your wig. When you’re not wearing your wig, store them on a hook or mannequin. This will help your wig maintain its shape.

We recommend stocking up on wig accessories to make sure you have everything you need to care for your wig and you can make it last longer. Remember, lifespan is estimated based on daily use. The more wigs you own, the longer they’ll last!

Need help shopping?

If there’s anything we weren’t able to cover here when it comes to buying a wig for the first time, consult with an expert now to learn more about any wigs or hairpieces you’re interested in and how you can begin using them today!


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