Wig Care & Sizes
What Size Am I?
We have designed this Wig info page to answer all of your questions relating to how to care for your wig or hairpiece, how to wear your wig, and how to send us a sample of hair to match your color.
Ultra/Petite Measurement: 18.5" to 20" Most children and petite women
Petite Measurement: 21"
Petite/Average Measurement: 21.5"
Average Measurement: 22"
Average/Large Measurement: 22.5"
Large Measurement: 23"
Extra Large Measurement: 24"
Mens Wigs Measurement: 22.5" to 23.5"
Assume all wigs are made in the average size, unless wig description says petite or large cap size. This means ALL wigs on our website are average sized, unless stated petite or large or otherwise. Also- the petite section and the large section is found on our menu, under wigs, on the left side of website. Please navigate to those sections if you find an average wig wont fit you. If you cant find the large or petite department, please email us for the direct link.
WashingShampooing frequency depends on wearing frequency. Generally, a wig should be washed after every 6-8 wearings in warm climates or after every 12-15 wearings in cooler ones. However, if you\'re especially active, use heavy hairspray, or live in an especially humid or poor air quality climate, you should wash about once a week to remove excess perspiration and dirt.
StorageWhen you remove your wig, keep it on a wig stand (or "head form") to maintain the shape. Smooth out straight hair or fluff curls with a wire brush or pick. Cover with a hair net that holds the style without matting. Avoid leaving your wig near heat (radiators, vents), humidity (showers), or dusty areas. Do not place a wet wig on a foam head, use only a metal stand or a plastic stand, so the inside cap dries properly.
Hair Types: Synthetic or "Real"Synthetic and human hair wigs are equally durable and can both be matched to your own hair color and desired cut. Many women favor synthetic wigs, since they are easier to maintain, hold their set longer, dry faster after washing, and are far less expensive than "real hair" wigs. At the same time, human hair wigs win fans for natural feel and versatility; in fact, you can reset as often as real hair and touch-up using heat appliances (i.e., curling irons, blow dryers, etc.) that would melt a synthetic wig. Human hair wigs can even be re-dyed or permed by a salon professional.
Cutting, Shaping & BrushingAll wigs need to be styled. Some more than others. Do not expect to open the delivery and have a wig exactly as depicted waiting for you. All wigs are packed in plastic, and a few come in boxes. Either way, they are flat when you get them. While all wigs (except for Jacquelyn, Yaffa & Clarys ) are cut as shown, they still will need some help from you with some styling product - see our menu for these wig care items- and a styling tool, to acheive the style depicted. Many wigs are made with extra hair, to allow for styling the wig to best accent your own features, or extra long bangs, so you can cut them to fit your face. Trimming and setting it for the first time is a job for a professional stylist. Wear your wig during the styling (don\'t send it out), for the cut that best flatters your face. Natural looks involve bangs or wisps to obscure the hairline. Shorter styles are less likely to tangle and easier to maintain. Once the expert hairdo is done, keep it fresh with day-to-day upkeep. Use only a wire wig brush or pick (regular hairbrushes cause damage) and work gradually from ends to roots. Never use any tools on a wet wig!!! Remember that you can\'t use heat appliances (i.e., blow dryers, curling irons, etc.) on synthetic wigs, only on human hair, but standard rollers and pins are useful. Heat is fine for human hair wigs, but monitor for overheating (easy to forget when it\'s not your own hair). To hold style in place, use our wig spray. You should never brush, pick, comb or curl a wet wig.
Fitting your wigStart with a soft nylon cap to keep your wig comfortable and snug. Then, hold the wig from the front and slip it over your head, front to back. (Note: The manufacturer tag is usually at the back, resting on the back of your neck.) The two wig tabs should be set in front of the ears, with ears pulled out from under the wig, like your own hair. Pull the wig down in the back for a secure fit, checking that the front of the wig begins at your natural hairline. Once you\'ve had some practice, your wig should be easy to put in place. You may want to alternate your wig with falls, bangs, ponytails and other add-ons. These can come in handy, particularly when your wig is being washed. Or you might choose to buy two reasonably priced wigs, rather than one expensive selection. In fact, two synthetic wigs can be set in different styles, affording more versatility without human hair upkeep. Usually, there are hooks or Velcro in the back of your wig that you can adjust for a tighter fit. Wigs with wide headbands attached at the hairline are good, casual backups. Stylish hats or scarves make great style options, as well.
Medical InsuranceAsk your doctor to prescribe a "cranial prosthesis", if health insurance will cover your wig.
Wig Care SuppliesWhen you purchase your wig, you may also want to pick up these supplies: wig caps, wig stand, wig shampoo, wig spray, wig conditioner, hair nets, hair pins, rollers, and a wire wig brush. Shipping is a flat rate fee, so order products to ship with your new wig and save on ship fees later.
It is important to remember that there is no reason for anyone to feel inhibited or to change their life style because of hair loss. Today's technical advancements made in hair replacements (wigs) have brought wigs far beyond what they use to be years ago. Being open minded and seeing for yourself in this situation is important. For example, did you know there are wigs made today with a sheer silk material (almost nylon stocking like) which have hair crocheted one at a time, duplicating how hair grows? Your own scalp shows right through as if the hairs were growing directly from your scalp. Being able to see the many alternatives all on one web site is quite the experience; everything from basic inexpensive wigs to innovative hair replacements with totally undetectable illusion front hairlines made of 100% human hair with a soft European texture.
Hair loss due to medication can be easier to deal with if you are aware of what is available in today's technology of hair replacement and what's right for you. The transition can be easier and more natural than you realize if you go about it correctly.
Here are some important tips to help you understand how best to plan your transition into a hair replacement:
Depending on the type of medication used, you may have several weeks before you will really need a hair replacement or a wig. During this time it is advisable to seek advice from organizations such as "Look Good-Feel Better" chapters who have a lot of experience and knowledge in such matters. Secondly, visit one or two wig specialists who specialize in hair replacements. Remember the best time to visit a hair replacement specialist is before you lose your hair. Why? It will afford the stylist who helps you to see your present hair style, your own hair color, and to possibly measure your head size to be sure your head will fit within an average size wig. If your head is exceptionally large or small a custom wig may have to be made for you, and this can take a number of weeks to make.
Why is this important to you? For Example, trying on a wig before you lose your hair will force you to stuff all your hair under the cap of the wig; but after you lose your hair the bulk of your hair is gone and the cap may feel looser. The establishment should know this and must be able to alter the cap should this happen down the road.
Plan the care and maintenance of your wig as well as what type of support products (such as shampoo, conditioners, brushes) to use. This can effect the longevity of your hair replacement.
Because wig fitting and care is a specialized craft, it takes special training and education to be good at it. There will be times you will have to have your wig cleaned and restyled to look like new again and it can make quite a difference when done professionally. Be sure the establishment you purchase from offers this service.
Be sure to look for what is called tape tab material inside of the wig. The tape tab areas inside the wig cap allow you to use little pieces of double faced tape that really make the wig cap cling to your scalp, keeping it in place hour after hour, all day, all night long. You can even brush and style your hair replacement without any movement or sliding. This is a wonderful feature to have and only by experience can you appreciate the feature.
It will be advisable to do what you need to in order to make your experience of living in your new hair alternative (wig) a better and more secure experience. Remember, if you are active in you daily life, you will be living in your new wig every day. Anything you can do to make it more pleasurable is what should be done. (For example) When your own hair lose is about 50 to 60% the stylist should suggest cutting off the remaining hair at the points where the tape tab material within the wig cap touch your scalp; thereby enabling you to start using double faced tape to secure the wig to your scalp. This will eliminate the fear of the wig slipping or coming off while brushing or pulling on the hair itself.
From the time your treatment stops, it usually takes about one month or so for your own hair to start growing in. Hair usually grows at the rate of about 1/4" to 1/2" per month, and at this point it will still take several more months to have enough hair to wear on its own; even in a new short hair style. In most cases, from the time your hair loss starts to the time it grows long enough to wear on its own, it may take up to 10 to 12 months time, depending on how you want your hair to look before you no longer wear the wig. During this time of using a hair replacement you will be living in it day and night, seven days a week. Therefore, you may want to consider owning two of them so you can alternate, or leave one to be cleaned and restyled while wearing the other. It's a good thing to have a second wig.
Most insurance companies today will pay up to 80% of the cost of the new hair replacement. But there is an educated process insofar as how you prepare the paperwork to submit your claim. If you follow these couple of procedures you should have no trouble:
Ask your doctor for a prescription written as follows: "Hair prosthesis due to the effects of chemotherapy". When purchasing your hair replacement (wig) ask the establishment to make out your invoice stating: "Hair prosthesis as prescribed by doctor", then the amount. Submit your insurance claim and copies of both the doctor's prescription and invoice from the establishment where you made your purchase, and it should work well. Remember, insurance companies do not consider a hair replacement as a medical treatment and there are some who will turn the claim down if not done in a correct manner as outlined above; even then some still may reject it.
Tax Note: It is important to remember that a wig for medical reasons is also tax deductible when you file your federal income taxes. You can also legally deduct any state sales tax you may pay from your state income tax return at the end of the year. So it is important to save your receipts and copies of doctor's prescriptions.