A. Today, wigs are almost indistinguishable from a natural head of hair. Hand-tied inside the “hidden” wefting along the front gives a realistic hairline. Today's synthetic fibers are much thinner than they used to be, and thus avoid a bulky, “wiggy” look. They are also as soft and pliable as real hair for a gentle “move-as-you-move action”. In many ways, synthetic wigs are easier to handle than natural hair because wig fibers keep the style and shape intact day after day. Many styles have open ear tabs, which make it easier to wear glasses.
Q. Isn't a wig uncomfortable?
A. Years ago, wigs were made with caps which were definitely hot and sticky. Today with the invention of capless wigs, lengths of fibers, called wefts, are sewn to cotton or lace stretch bands, which shape to the head yet allow plenty of air to circulate the scalp. In the late eighties, the comfort cap was introduced, which features elimination of netting at the top for added lightness and better ventilation.
Q. What if my wig comes off?
A. A wig that fits your head is essential to security. A proper fit prevents slippage. Look for adjustments on the back of the wig. These can be tightened or loosened for a proper fit. Stretch caps also add to a secure, comfortable fit. Ear tabs at the temples and extensions at the nape gently shape to the head, keeping the wig centered and secure. A wig professional will measure your head and find the correct size to insure a proper fit.
Q. What color should I choose?
A. Choose a color that is as close as possible to your natural color. If hair loss is a possibility in the future, save a swatch of your own hair for a match. You can always go a shade lighter than your own hair, but avoid going darker. Today, there are a wide range of salon inspired hair colors, so you should be able to easily find the shade that is right for you.
Q. What style should I choose?
A. Choose a style most similar to the one you usually wear, a style that suits your personality and lifestyle. If you prefer to be adventurous, you may want to use this time to experiment with that new (curly or straight) look you always wanted. If you do change your style, stick to your own color. A change in color and style might be too startling if done all at once. Wigs are available in a multitude of looks (short, straight, long, curly, wavy, traditional, trendy, sporty, sophisticated, casual contemporary, business or pure glamour).
Q. Aren't wigs expensive?
A. The belief that all wigs are expensive is simply untrue. Wigs, like any piece of apparel, vary in price depending on the materials and craftsmanship. They can cost as little as $100 or more than $3,000. Some insurance companies will allow you to claim your wig. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for a ”hair prosthesis”, and ask your wig professional to state the same on the sales receipt. You may want to do this at tax time as well.
Q. Will I have to sit out in public to try on a wig?
A. Our experienced wig consultants are sensitive to your needs and will do everything they can to show you to an area where you will have privacy. In addition, they can help you select a style and color that's right for you, demonstrate how to put on a wig and instruct you in easy wig care methods. One last reminder, be sure to let your wig consultant know why you are looking for a wig, so that she can direct you to a private area or make a private appointment when the need arises.