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For many women, hair isn’t just a physical attribute; it reflects our identity and style. This is especially so for those bravely facing medical hair loss through Alopecia or through treatments such as chemotherapy. It’s interesting, isn’t it? How can something as simple as hair hold such an emotional weight? According to the British Association of Dermatologists, about 8 million women in the UK face hair loss. This makes wigs more than a beauty accessory; they become a life necessity. But how can we make sure that we feel comfortable in a wig? We’re discussing how to make human hair wigs look natural in detail.

Here’s a step-by-step guide from someone who knows exactly how it feels to wear a wig and has made it her mission to help as many people as she can.

Making Human Hair Wigs Look Natural

Quality above all. A wig’s authenticity begins with its quality.

Choosing the Right Wig

Human hair wigs have always been the premium for wig buyers and essential wearers. But beyond this, how can you ensure your wig’s appearance is a mirror reflection of your natural hair?

One of the most significant benefits of human hair is its versatility. You can style and treat it just like your own hair.  Whether silky straight or coiled curls, go for a texture that feels familiar and most like you. It’ll make the adjustment more manageable and comfortable. Real hair can be permed and coloured in-house to create your individual look. 

Aim for the shade that is most compatible with your natural hair. If in doubt, seeking advice from our wig experts and colour professionals will be beneficial. We custom-cour every wig in-house at Hair to Ware bespoke to you. 

Preparing the Wig

Think of your wig as a blank canvas. The initial stages of preparation lay the foundation for us to create your bespoke masterpiece. 

  1. Wash and condition your wig once a week if worn daily.  We advise treating your human hair wig as dry or damaged natural hair with great care; your wig deserves the same. The key is lots of added hydration. 
  2. Begin by gently washing the inside of the cap and the hair at least twice with shampoo, then conditioning through the mids and ends. Avoid getting conditioner on the hand-sewn knots and roots of the wigs, as this can loosen the knotting.
  3. Ensure you use products formulated for wigs. Each of the specialised and recommended products we use and recommend is available online and in our salon. (All products used on wigs must be sulphate, silicone and paraben-free.) 
  4. Dry the wig using a towel. Never ring or twist the wig; simply remove excess water using a dry, soft towel. 
  5. ALWAYS dry the inside of the cap with a hair dryer to secure the knots using low heat before brushing. (You may also choose to allow your wig to air dry naturally.) 
  6. Use a hairdryer on a low setting, but avoid excessive heat to preserve the wig’s integrity.
  7. Commit to a maintenance routine. Detangle your wig regularly using wide-toothed combs to prevent damage and maintain its smoothness. 
  8. Use a daily oil to hydrate the mids and the ends. 

Styling the Wig

The beauty of human hair wigs lies in their versatility. You can style them just as you would your natural locks.

  • Cut and Shape: Personalisation is key. We customise every cut and style to ensure it complements your facial features. Remember, the wig is an extension of you. We recommend and offer follow-up tweaking appointments to ensure perfection. 
  • Heat and Products: These wigs are made from human hair, so they can handle heat better than their synthetic counterparts. However, always use a heat protectant. And when it comes to products, less is more. Overloading can weigh the wig down.

Creating a Natural Hairline

For a wig to look natural, you need to carefully consider the hairline. Perfecting it ensures your wig is your best-kept secret.

Lace front wigs are the go-to for a natural finish. Once adjusted to your preference, we trim any excess lace. The aim is for it to sit flush against your forehead. Sometimes, the lace might be slightly off from your skin tone. A fabric dye can gently tint the lace, ensuring a seamless blend.

Blending the Wig with Your Natural Hair

If you have patches of natural hair, the blend between them and the wig should be indistinguishable. Headbands, clips, and scarves can be strategically placed to offer a seamless fashion statement and blend. Gels, serums, or sprays can be used sparingly to ensure that the wig’s texture aligns with your natural hair, presenting as a cohesive unit.

Embracing the Wig Lifestyle

Your wig is more than just hair; it’s an experience, an art, and, most importantly, a part of you. We strongly advise taking your wig off to sleep, allowing your scalp to breathe. Place your wigs on one of our breathable headstands at night, allowing them to air. 

If you choose to wear it at night, we find it will not last as long. So do what you can to protect your wig. Using silk or satin pillowcases reduces friction, ensuring the longevity of your wig.

Periodic visits to Hair to Ware can help maintain the wig’s shape, ensuring it always looks its best. Opt for colour refreshers and deep salon-only hydration treatments. 

Making Human Hair Wigs Look Natural is What We Do

Embarking on the journey of wearing a wig is an intimate experience. It’s about reclamation and confidence. By integrating these steps, you don’t just wear a wig; you embrace a piece of art that reflects your resilience and beauty. 

Remember, it’s not merely about appearance; it’s about feeling like the radiant individual you truly are.

Read more on Understanding Hair Loss Due to Medication

Gisela Hann
Gisela Hann
2024-03-28
The service at Hair to Ware was very professional and friendly. I had my hair enhancer coloured and the cut slightly changed and now feel that I have a new hair piece. I have also ordered a new enhancer as I have always been happy with the ones purchased here. I can highly recommend this shop, it makes such a difference to how I feel about myself.
Tracey Lloyd
Tracey Lloyd
2024-03-09
Such a happy and friendly welcome. Amanda and her team always make you feel at ease, and are very professional at what they do. Relaxing atmosphere, topped off with a cup of coffee ☺️
Chrysouula Efthymiou
Chrysouula Efthymiou
2024-02-12
Steph served my sister today. She was patient and very sensitive to my sister's needs. The first wig she brought out was exactly what my sister was looking for, absolutely perfect! We were not rushed, we were listened to and we felt as if we were the only customers there, even though the shop was full. Absolutely wonderful service. Thank you Steph!! ????
Lily Hayter
Lily Hayter
2024-02-05
I finally got the wig of my dreams from hair to ware. I got the follea gripper and it is beautiful. All my anxiety around tape, it falling off and styling it is all gone because you don’t need tape and you don’t need to worry if it will slide off because the silicone is incredible. I can literally yank my wig and its not going anywhere. I can tie it up in a high ponytail and tuck it behind my ears too!! The hair is stunning and I love the colour. It’s a perfect fit and length and just overall all I could ever want in a wig. I can honestly recommend it as the best and most suitable and comfortable wig for people with Alopecia Universalis due to its grip, comfort, soft lace and lightness of hair. Thank you Hair to Ware for supporting me since my hair fell out a year ago and thank you Maisie for being by my side throughout my whole journey, from shaving my head when I had barely any hair left to finding me the perfect wig.
nicola frayne
nicola frayne
2024-02-05
I left my wig with Steph to do a colour refresh….. just a few hours later, my wig was ready and looking fabulous…… thank you so much.
Harry Scott
Harry Scott
2024-02-02
Terrific service, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. No pressure selling, simply great service with attention to detail. Website and salon impressive and very helpful. My wife Penelope got all the assistance she needed. Thank you
Nikki Brown
Nikki Brown
2024-01-30
I have been on a hair loss journey for 3 yrs now. From dermatologist to various online wig suppliers to hair loss services. Hair to Ware is far and away the best place I've encountered. They intuitively know what you're trying to convey & let you guide whilst giving expert advise. I always feel so safe in their hands.
Carole Dunn
Carole Dunn
2023-12-14
I have been visiting these lovely ladies for a little while and every visit has been just amazing. I purchased another wig 3 weeks ago and went back today for a little tweaking. Firstly Maisie spent so much time with me helping to choose colours and when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed, Maisie thank you, and to day I met Stephanie who was so lovely nothing was too much trouble and at the end my lovely hair was styled an looked just as I wanted. Stephanie thank you for listening and giving me my confidence back when I stepped outside. Sorry if this seems long but I cannot praise these lovely ladies enough. Have a great Xmas xx
Sylvia Langsdale
Sylvia Langsdale
2023-11-27
It was a wonderful experience today at Hair to Ware ,I couldn't have had better treatment and so thrilled with my new wig I love it. And the wonderful service I got well done thank you Amanda you made my day . Love Sylvia Langsdale xx