How to choose the right wig for you

How to choose the right wig for you

So how do you choose the right wig for you?

With so many options available, choosing the right wig can seem daunting. There's full lace, lace front, 360 lace wig, 5x5 lace closure wig, 4x4 lace closure wig, U-Part, V-Part and everything else in between....but choosing the right wig doesn't have to be complicated. 

To simplify the process consider these five things when looking for a wig.

  1. Budget
  2. Versatility
  3. Colour
  4. Density
  5. Texture


This is important as it'll dictate the quality and longevity of your wig. If your budget is on the lower end, expectations will need to be managed in terms of hair quality and the wigs general life span. Wigs that tend to be more expensive are usually ones with double drawn bundles ( contain no short hairs, so they are extremely full), use real raw hair ( hair that hasn't been chemically processed in any way) or are full lace. Wigs that tend to be cheaper are usually regular virgin hair, single drawn and have been chemically processed or steamed to create texture patterns.

Being clear on your budget will let you know which brands to gravitate towards and which ones to avoid.


How versatile do you need your unit? Do you want to be able to put it up in a ponytail? or will you be wearing it down most of the time? Keep your budget in mind as this will also dictate how much versatility you can have. For example, if your budget is £200 and you want to be able to put your hair up in a ponytail it's unlikely you'll get a good quality full lace wig or a 360 lace wig for that price. You may have to opt for a 4x4 closure wig instead and be resourceful with how you style it.


If you're looking to experiment with a bit of colour but aren’t sure what shade to go for, try searching for models/actresses with similar complexions to you and see how the colours they choose work with their skin tone. Pinterest is a good one to use for this OR try 'Haircolour Virtual Try-On' by Redken, it allows you to explore new hair colours virtually.


With density, most wigs will start at 130% and go all the way up to 200%. 150% is the 'normal' density for a natural looking lace wig. For wig lengths 20" and longer, go for 180% density for fullness. For curly units density between 180% - 200% are usually best.

Wig Density


Finally, texture. Choosing a texture that works best with your day to day routine and lifestyle, will make wig life slightly easier as it means your 'get ready' time will be kept to a bare minimum. For example if you're someone who is very active (gym, swimming etc) and has minimal time to get ready in the morning, curlier textures will work better as you won't have to worry about the texture reverting back ( even straight hair will develop slight waves when in contact with water or humidity) and restyling it again when it does. 

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