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Facing hair loss due to medical conditions can be a profound and emotional journey. It’s not just about losing hair; it’s about losing a part of what made you feel like ‘you’. In these moments, finding the right wig isn’t just about appearance; it’s about regaining a sense of self, confidence, and joy. 

For women who had naturally curly hair or have always admired curls, choosing a curly wig can be a comforting and empowering step. This article is dedicated to guiding you through the process of selecting, maintaining, and cherishing your curly wig.

Choosing the Right Wig

Selecting the right curly wigs for women is a crucial step in your journey, especially when dealing with hair loss due to medical reasons. Choosing a wig is deeply personal and goes beyond mere aesthetics – it’s about finding a piece that resonates with your personality and lifestyle. Here are some detailed considerations to help you make an informed choice:

Understanding Curl Types

Curly wigs come in various curl patterns, from loose waves to tight ringlets. It’s important to understand the different types of curls to choose a wig that closely resembles your natural hair or achieves the look you desire. Some common types include loose waves, classic curls, tight curls, and kinky curls. Each type offers a different aesthetic and may require slightly different care routines.

Synthetic vs. Human Hair Curly Wigs

The choice between synthetic and human hair is significant:

Synthetic Wigs: These wigs are made from man-made fibres and are designed to retain their shape and curl pattern with minimal maintenance. They are a more affordable option and can be a great choice for those who prefer ease of care and consistency in appearance. However, synthetic wigs typically have a shorter lifespan and less versatility in terms of styling compared to human hair wigs.

Human Hair Wigs: Made from real human hair, these wigs offer the most natural look and feel. They can be styled, coloured, and treated much like your own hair, offering greater versatility. Human hair wigs also tend to have a longer lifespan, but they require more maintenance, similar to natural hair. They are a higher investment but provide a more authentic and adaptable experience.

Colour and Length Choices

When choosing your wig, consider the colour and length that best suits your complexion and facial structure. While some may prefer a wig that closely matches their natural hair colour, others might see this as an opportunity to experiment with new shades and styles. The length of the wig can dramatically alter your appearance and style, so consider what length feels most comfortable and manageable for you.

Cap Construction and Comfort

The wig cap is the base of the wig, and its construction plays a significant role in comfort and wearability. Look for wig caps that allow adequate airflow, which is crucial for comfort, especially for sensitive scalps. There are different types of cap constructions, including lace front, monofilament, and hand-tied caps, each offering different levels of comfort, realism, and price points.

Customisation Options

Consider whether you want a ready-to-wear wig or one that can be customised. Custom wigs are tailored to fit your head perfectly and can be cut and styled to your preference, offering a more personalised and natural look. They, however, require a higher investment and more time before they are ready to wear.

Lifestyle Considerations

Your daily activities and lifestyle should influence your choice of wig. If you lead an active lifestyle, look for a wig with a secure fit that can withstand movement. Consider the amount of time you’re willing to devote to wig maintenance and styling when choosing between synthetic and human hair wigs.

Consultation with a Specialist

It’s always beneficial to consult with a wig specialist or a hair stylist experienced in wigs. They can provide valuable advice on the best type of wig for your specific needs, taking into account factors like face shape, lifestyle, and personal style.

Emotional Connection

Lastly, consider how you feel when you try on different wigs. The right wig should make you feel confident and comfortable. Trust your instincts and choose a wig that makes you feel most like yourself.

By taking these factors into account, you can select a curly wig that not only enhances your appearance but also uplifts your spirit, helping you navigate through your hair loss journey with confidence and grace.

Washing and Conditioning

Curly wigs don’t need to be washed as frequently as natural hair. Generally, washing them every 7 to 10 wears is sufficient. Overwashing can lead to wear and tear, reducing the wig’s lifespan.

Steps for Washing

1. Detangling: Gently detangle the wig using a wide-tooth comb before washing.

2. Shampooing: Use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo. Apply it in a downward motion, following the direction of the curls.

3. Conditioning: Apply a moisturising conditioner, avoiding the wig base to prevent loosening the knots.

4. Rinsing: Rinse with cold water to enhance shine and define curls.

Curly Wig Styling Tips

Styling your curly wig is not just about achieving a great look; it’s also about expressing your individuality and maintaining the wig’s health and longevity. Here are some detailed tips to help you style your curly wig effectively and safely:

Understanding Your Wig’s Capabilities

Firstly, it’s important to understand the styling limitations based on your wig type. Synthetic wigs, especially those not labelled as ‘heat-friendly’, have limited styling options as they can be damaged by heat. Quality human hair wigs offer more versatility in this regard and can be styled using heat tools, just like your own hair.

Using the Right Tools

For curly wigs, using wide-tooth combs or fingers for detangling is recommended to avoid disrupting the natural curl pattern. When using heat tools on human hair wigs, opt for ceramic or tourmaline tools, which distribute heat more evenly and are less damaging.

Heat-Free Styling

To maintain the integrity of the curls and prolong the life of your wig, consider heat-free styling methods. Techniques such as pin curls, braiding, or using rollers can create beautiful styles without the risk of heat damage. This is especially important for synthetic wigs.

Moisturising and Protecting the Curls

Curly hair, whether natural or on a wig, tends to be drier and more prone to frizz. Use wig-friendly products like lightweight sprays or serums to add moisture and shine. Avoid heavy oils or creams that can weigh down the curls or build up on the wig cap.

Experimenting with Different Looks

Don’t be afraid to experiment with various styles. Curly wigs can be pinned up, braided, or partially tied back to create different looks. Accessories like scarves, headbands, and clips can also add a personal touch to your wig style.

Styling for Different Occasions

Consider the occasion when styling your wig. A more relaxed, natural curl might be suitable for everyday wear, while defined curls or an elegant updo might be more appropriate for special events.

Protecting Curls Overnight

If you wear your wig overnight, consider sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz. Alternatively, gently tie the curls in a loose bun or braid to maintain their shape.

Why Choose Silk or Satin Pillowcases?

We’ve all heard the advice, but do we know why?

Silk or satin pillowcases are better for hair than traditional cotton or polyester mixes because they are smoother materials that reduce friction against the hair, helping to reduce breakages and frizz. Both silk and satin help to retain the hair’s natural oils, making them better for hair than other materials. 

Satin is more forgiving as it moves with the hair, reducing the friction between the hair fibre and the pillowcase or surface. Silk is generally considered the better material of the two because it is stronger, more durable, and has more shine compared to satin’s dull back surface. Silk also has a low absorbency rate, which means it will keep all-natural oils on the hair.

Avoiding Over-Manipulation

Excessive combing, brushing, or styling can lead to frizz and damage to the wig. Handle your wig gently and only style as necessary to maintain the curls’ natural beauty.

Wig Maintenance

Regular conditioning is crucial to prevent tangling and matting. Use products designed for curly wigs to keep the hair soft and manageable. Avoid heavy products that can weigh down the curls.

Storing Your Curly Wig

Store your wig on a mannequin head or a wig stand to maintain its shape and prevent tangling. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat, and dust.

Lifespan of Curly Wigs

The lifespan of a curly wig varies depending on the material and how well it’s cared for. Synthetic wigs can last 4-6 months with proper care, while real hair wigs can last a year or more.

Caring For Curly Wigs

Caring for curly wigs can be a simple affair, and will be a beautiful extension of your personality and style. With the right care and maintenance, it can be a source of confidence and joy. Embrace your wig’s unique curls, treat it gently, and it will serve you well, helping you feel beautiful and confident throughout your journey.

Remember, if you need advice on choosing or styling your wig, we are here to help. Our team are dedicated professionals in the delicate field of hair loss, and we warmly invite you reach out. 

Carole Dunn
Carole Dunn
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