This page provides answers to our most frequently asked questions and expert guidance for those that are new to wigs. There are subtle differences in wig styles, sizes and colors that can make a big difference in overall appearance. If you are not ordering something that you have previous experience with, this page will also give you some insights into style and color selection that we have picked up over our 35 years in the wig business. You can scroll down or click on the buttons to jump to sections you are interested in.
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HEAD SIZES FOR WIGSFirst of all, for hairpieces you don't have to worry about head sizes. Hairpiece sizing concerns itself with your hair length, body size and style preferences. But to own wigs you need to know something about your head size. Fortunately almost 19 out of 20 women can wear average head size wigs. That means your head size when measured is between 21" and 22½ you can wear average size wigs, which is most of the market anyway. If you are not sure that you have an average size head by looking, measure your head with a tape measure going around the forehead at the hairline, under the hair, behind the ears and around the nape of the neck. If this is too difficult to do by yourself, have someone help you.
Ultra-Petite or Child's - Fits very small head sizes - 19.5" - 18" -
Petite Fits most petite head sizes - 21" - 20"
Petite-Average Fits a small average or a full petite - 20.5" - 21.5"
Average Fits Most Women - 92% off all wigs are sold as average - 21.5"- 22.5"
Large-Average Fits average and a tad larger than average - 22" - 23"
Large Fits larger head sizes - 22.5" - 24"
REASON FOR CONSIDERING WIGSThere are two basic reasons to consider owning wigs:
- Style Changes
- Hair Loss Replacement
If you are thinking about wigs or pieces for fun fashion style changes, the sky is the limit! You can go from short to long, from straight to curly, blond to redhead, and the only real rule will be "does it look good?" For the fun fashion customer these guidelines are great tools. They cue you into some basic cosmetic knowledge that takes years of experience to become one's second nature.
For the hair replacement wig, selecting a wig close to your own natural style is usually the most comfortable decision. Still you might want to think of your style as a general guide. For example, "my hair is short and curly, but let's look at this short lifting wedge which is the same general shape as my hair outline but fuller and not curly." That's a good idea. So you might not need this guidance if you are just choosing a wig just like your own hair style.
Remember, wigs do not come in excessively thinned styles. That is because fullness is one of the main reasons that people buy wigs. Fullness, body and shine in hair are universally symbolic of health and beauty. In fact the three attributes that convey beauty in a woman across all civilizations and spanning the generations are:
And healthy hair is ranked first!
- healthy hair
- clean complexion
- body shape
USING YOUR FACE SHAPE TO CHOOSE WIGS STYLES THAT ARE MADE FOR YOU
This handy guide will help you choose wig styles like an expert! The first thing you must consider is FACE SHAPE. There are seven basic face shapes. Stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself which face shape is yours!
OVAL | ROUND | SQUARE | DIAMOND | HEART | PEAR | OBLONG
After you decide what face shape is truly yours, use what you learn below to eliminate styles that may not be ideal for you. Why does this work? Hair style is all about drawing the eye to your good points. OVAL is deemed to be ideal. Use hair/style to work the 6 other shapes more towards an oval, and you've got the big picture. Keep that in mind as you read through the face shapes. Soon, you will get the knack of it. When you see the beautiful results, you'll like being your own personal wig expert. Read on...
The OVAL Face Shape has MANY CHOICES
As its name implies, the OVAL Shaped Face is longer than wide, with a jaw that's narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas and is so proportional, the oval shaped face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture.
AVOID WIDTH with the ROUND Shaped Face
The ROUND Shape Face is characterized by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. The client may be overweight and the neck may appear short. These faces look very good with a geometric or linear style, which breaks up the "round" appearance. ADD HEIGHT, when possible, and long, wispy side areas to make the cheeks look narrow. Comb hair close to the head on the side and at the neck.
AVOID STRAIGHT LINES with the SQUARE Shaped Face
The SQUARE Shape Face is characterized by a wide hairline and jaw. Square shaped faces need height or waves on top and narrowness at the sides, to break up the "squareness". Comb the hair off the forehead to add height to the face. CURLY or WAVY texture and wisps of hair around the face break the wide, straight lines common to the square face.
REDUCE WIDTH at THE SIDES with the DIAMOND Shaped Face
The DIAMOND Shape Face is characterized by a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Diamond shaped faces need narrow sides and fullness at the chin. Bobs work very well for this shape. Avoid wearing height on top or volume on the sides. Use some fringe or bang to cover narrow forehead.
ADD VOLUME at THE CHIN with the HEART Shaped Face
The HEART Shape Face is characterized by a wide forehead and a narrower chin. Bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. Keep hair close to the head at the eyes but make it slightly full around the jaw, and below and in front of the earlobes.
ADD VOLUME ABOVE the JAW LINE with the PEAR Shaped Face
The PEAR Shape Face is characterized by a small or narrow forehead and a rather large pouchy-appearing jawline. Comb hair to add width from the eye level through the crown of the head. Set and comb hair close to the head on the sides and at the nape.
ADD SOFTNESS to the OBLONG Shaped Face
The OBLONG Shape Face is characterized by a very long and narrow bone structure. The client who has an oblong facial shape often has a long, thin neck. Use a fringe or half-bang across the forehead by creating soft waves or curls in the crown and nape areas. This helps to create the illusion of an oval.