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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.

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Sara Lines
Sara Lines
So quick & easy. Made to feel immediately at ease. Loving having my new hair. Feeling 10 years younger. Wish I’d done it months ago. Thank you ladies. X
Jane Swan
Jane Swan
I have had a wonderful experience with Hair to Ware! I had been looking for a solution to my thin hair for years and thankfully came upon their Instagram account a few weeks ago. I booked for a consultation and met the brilliant Maisie! She was so patient, kind, empathetic and knowledgeable. The solution she came up with has far surpassed my expectations and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her, and Hair to Ware, to anyone. Absolutely brilliant!!!
Jennifer Witchell
Jennifer Witchell
I am so happy with the service provided at Hair to Ware by Poppy. I picked up a beautiful wig that makes me feel like me again. I cannot fault the professional and compassionate help I’ve received. I can thoroughly recommend.
Denny Cox
Denny Cox
Thank you so much Amanda & Poppy for advising me. I went to work the next day and completely forgot I was wearing a Topper and made me feel a lot more comfortable. Xx
Caroline Fountain
Caroline Fountain
The team from Hair to Ware always go the extra mile. I have just got a topper after years of using a full wig. The topper has made it so much easier to keep cool in the summer. I have also tested the topper on a roller coaster and had no problems. I am over the moon with the product.
Lesley Cudd
Lesley Cudd
More than pleased with my wig and the one to one attention I received. All the staff are so pleasant and patient helping me to choose
Louise Cudd
Louise Cudd
Fantastic place. Such kind and patient stylists with so much knowledge and choice of hair.
Marie Robinson
Marie Robinson
From start to finish, Hair to Ware could not have done more to help me in a stressful time when my hair rapidly fell out from chemo. Despite being a bank holiday weekend, HTW read my email and contacted me straight away to ensure that I was offered the first appointment they had once they reopened. The consultant was so kind and helpful. I told her a budget and she showed me only things I could afford. She took her time to make sure all my questions were answered fully and talked me through the whole process of wig wearing and maintenance. The staff went out of their way to make what was a horrible situation for me, really pleasant and positive. Thank you.
Lady P
Lady P
I am writing to offer the biggest thank you to Maisie for the amazing job she did in applying my hair extensions yesterday. She has completely transformed my hair and the way I look. To say I am over the moon is an understatement. The colour and texture blend in so well that no one except Maisie and I would know my secret. Although I have wanted this done for quite some time now, I was very apprehensive about the process before meeting Maisie. However, I needn’t have been as she instilled me with the confidence in knowing that everything would look really natural and that no-one would know. I have to say, the transformation for me has been incredible. She has given me so much more confidence than I could have ever dreamed of and this has made me so very happy. I will definitely be recommending your amazing salon to all my family and friends, and I am forever grateful to Maisie for her friendliness and professionalism. You are all an amazing team and I can’t thank you enough.