Here at Ultimate Looks, we LOVE wearing both synthetic and natural human hair wigs. But if we’re honest, we would rather not have the whole world know when we’re wearing a wig.
The whole point of wearing a wig is to feel just as beautiful and confident as you did when you had a full head of natural hair, and that is hard to do if you’re worried about strangers whispering, “Is that a wig?” at the grocery store or while you’re in line at the bank.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to make sure your wig is your best-kept secret. And, no, that doesn’t just mean going out and buying the most expensive human hair wig possible.
Buying a high quality can go a long way towards creating a natural look, but if you don’t attach, style, and care for that wig properly, it will look just as unnatural as $50 synthetic costume wig.
1. Replace Your Wig Regularly
The best way to broadcast to the world that you’re wearing a wig is to wear an old smelly wig.
Unfortunately, no one has invented a wig that grows new hair yet, so we’re stuck with wigs that lose their quality over time. No matter how hard you wish, no amount of wig styling products or cap adjustments can save a wig that’s past its prime.
Plan to replace your synthetic wigs every 3 to 6 months and replace your human hair wigs every 6 to 12 months.
2. Two Words: Rooted. Colors.
Unless you naturally have very dark hair, it’s unlikely that your hair is just one color.
Most people have shades of color and gradients throughout their hair.
Your stylist calls those gradients “dimension.” We call them “the reason wigs dyed with one flat color look really fake.”
Wigs with rooted colors, on the other hand, mimic the natural gradients in bio hair by blending several colors.
Can’t find a wig that you like with rooted colors? Look for a wig that is a ‘blend’ of two colors or ask a stylist to give your wig highlights and lowlights two shades away from the wig’s base color.
3. Look for Lace Fronts and Monofilament Tops
Keira Knightley wore wigs on set and at red carpet events for years, and no one knew she was wearing them until she spoke publicly about her issues with hair loss.
How did she keep everyone in the dark about her hair?
With lace fronts and monofilament tops.
Lace front wigs create the illusion of a natural hairline, making it look like your wig hair is growing right out of your head.
Monofilament tops do the same thing, but for the wig’s part. Each hair of a monofilament top wig is individually sewn into the wig, rather than being machine applied. This allows the wig hair to move freely and lets you to part the wig anywhere you want.
4. Mess Up The Part
When something looks too perfect, especially with wigs. It’s usually a sign that that thing is fake. Apparently, wig companies haven’t learned this yet.
Most wigs come out of the box with eerily perfect parts that scream, “This isn’t my natural hair!” when you wear them.
As soon as your new wig arrives, take a pair of tweezers and carefully pluck out a few strands. Then, using baby scissors, cut a few strands so that they look like they’re just growing out. Last, choose a couple of hairs to place on the ‘wrong’ side of the part.
Imperfection never looked so perfect.
Check out this quick video on how to make your wig look real!