Where Is The Best Wig Accessories?
Wigs have been in existence for centuries — the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans wore them, Elizabeth I had over eighty and throughout history, they have played an important part in fashion.
Today, they are much in demand as a holiday accessory — to cover hair if it doesn’t look too good after a day in the sun or in water; as an amusing part of the fashion scene, in brilliant colours far removed from natural hair; and as a cover-up for people with hair problems, from limp, oily, fine hair to complete baldness. Provided that they fit properly and are well styled, they are lightweight, easy to wear and less and less obviously wigs. They have another use too — they are an excellent way to try out a new hairstyle. Before cutting off all your hair or spending months growing it, try on a wig and see if the style really suits you.
There are two ways to buy a wig now — they can still be ordered, made-to-measure and probably of real hair, from your hairdresser. These are hand-made and obviously fit better and are therefore the most satisfactory, but they are also expensive and need professional cleaning and setting by a hairdresser. The alternative is to choose from the vast selection of ready-made wigs available at hairdressers and most department stores. Most of these are made from synthetic fibers, which have the advantage of being able to withstand rain, sleet, snow and humidity (one of the arch-enemies of hair). And when you wash them there’s no need to worry about setting as they will revert to their original shape as they dry. They need minimal care, but between washes and when they’re not being worn, they can be hung on a doorknob, turned inside out for an airing, or stored in a box wrapped in tissue paper. They shouldn’t be squashed or near too much heat. Give the wig a good brush or comb through every two or three days and shampoo regularly. Swish through in cool suds, rinse in cold water and drip-dry on a wig block if possible.
When you try on a wig you must take a time to get it on properly. Ideally, your own hair should be pinned in flat curls so that there is nothing to interfere with the shape of the wig and so you don’t upset the angle by tucking in loose strands of your own hair. Put a wig on from the front, holding it firm on the forehead (it’s easier if you get a friend to help the first time) while you ease it down on both sides and at the back. Then adjust it to fit securely — it should be firm but not tight, and you can always secure it on the crown with hairpins if necessary. Unless the style has a fringe, it is a good idea to fit the wig half an inch or so back from your face, then blend in your own hair over the edge of the wig. When you wear a wig it’s rather like a close-fitting hat — the scalp heat is enclosed, the glands start producing more oil and the pores sweat. Therefore, if you suffer from any scalp disorders such as dandruff, it will become worse; also, your hair will quickly become lank, even if it was clean when you put the wig on. Because of this build-up of heat, it is vital to keep your hair and scalp clean — wash it daily if you are wearing a wig every day — and to wash or clean the wig regularly too. A dirty wig will spread infection very quickly. However often you wear a wig, you must give your scalp time to breathe. Prolonged covering by a wig can cause hair loss and scalp disorders.
Extra pieces or falls of hair are marvelous for occasional use, to increase the volume of the hair or add to a chignon, for instance. But because they have to be pinned very tightly to the real hair, they are potentially more damaging than wigs and should be used as rarely as possible. Hairpieces made of synthetic fiber are as satisfactory as real hair and can be cared for at home in the same way as wings; those made by hand out of real hair need professional cleaning and styling by a hairdresser.