An Ultimate Guide on Choosing a Wig – Types and Factors That Affect Their Price
There are multiple reasons why people buy wigs. But commonly, there are three main ones: to hide imperfections, protect your natural hair from daily damage, or create a new style that is not possible otherwise or is considered too outrageous for daily life.
If you are going to wear a wig from time to time, for example, to change your style, then you can buy an inexpensive synthetic wig. But if you need a wig for regular wear and don't want it to look fake, it's better to consider natural-hair wigs that use a higher-quality foundation and materials. Although they typically cost more, you will be able to wear them longer without significant changes in their appearance.
Let's find out what types of wigs, how much they cost, and what factors to pay attention to to choose the right one.
Types of Wigs
Types of wigs vary depending on the evaluation criterion. Below are the main types available on the market.
Based on originality: ready-made wigs and semi-custom wigs. Ready-made wigs are one-size-fits-all models that don't take into consideration your personal preference and individual head size. You can easily buy one in a store or online. They have a stretchy foundation that helps them suit almost everyone. Semi-custom wigs are those with better fit as they are manufactured based on the exact customer's head measurements. These wigs are typically hand-knotted.
Based on the manufacturing method: hand-tied wigs and machine-made wigs. Hand-tied wigs look quite natural as they use different shades of hair and are completely handmade. They are more expensive and require much more time to produce. Machine-made wigs are those that are mass-manufactured in the factory. For their manufacture, hair is woven into wefts. If the wind blows or you flip your hair, the foundation becomes visible. Thus, they are less realistic but also less expensive as they are easier and faster to produce.
Based on the material used: synthetic wigs and natural-hair wigs. Synthetic wigs are less natural and of lower quality. As a rule, you can easily understand they are fake just by touching the hair. Also, they are more delicate and have some restrictions. For example, they can be harder to style and heavier to wear. Also, they commonly require more frequent repair or replacement if you wear them regularly. Human hair wigs are more realistic and expensive. Also, they are easier to style and last longer if you treat them properly. On average, a natural hair wig can last from 2 to 6 years.
What Factors Affect a Wig Price?
A wig price depends on the type of material used, manufacturing method, hair length, and the quality of the foundation and the whole construction. The most expensive are monofilament wigs. They provide superior quality as they use high-quality materials. The hair here is hand-tied to a nylon lace cap. This provides a very natural hairline look.
There are also handmade lace front wigs. Their material is thick, with the hair at the front of the construction hand-tiered into the lace. However, the lace here doesn't continue to the back, so it can be a problem if you want to make an updo hairstyle. You can also consider lace cap wigs which provide a more natural all-around appearance but have less support in the back.
Finally, there are weft wigs, which are the least expensive. They are machine-made wigs, which are faster and easier to produce. However, they always come with a drawback in the form of a less natural look.
How Much Do Wigs Cost?
The cost of a basic wig can be between $30 and $2,000, or even higher. This gap is due to the different types of wigs available, so it all depends on which wig you choose. Here are the average prices for:
Synthetic wigs: $30 to $100.
Human-hair wigs: $200 to $5,000.
Lace front wigs: $100 to $400.
Lace cap wigs: $200 to $8,000.
Weft wigs: $30 to $700.
The prices are approximate. The exact sum will depend on hair length, type, and other factors.
So buy nice or buy twice. Try not to sacrifice the wig quality because of the higher price if you're going to wear it regularly. Even if you need extra money to buy a wig of superior quality, it's better to set aside the needed amount over some time or turn to additional financing options. Otherwise, you'll have to overpay in the long run.
How to Choose The Right Wig?
If you want the wig to look as natural as possible on you, try to choose the one with a hair color that matches or is close to your natural color. It's also important whether it is a cold or warm shade of hair. Also, give preference to handmade human hair wigs. If you are looking for a casual wig and want a cheaper option, pay attention to how the foundation is made and how acceptable the quality of the hair is.
When it comes to the hairstyle and hair length, it's always at your discretion. But keep in mind that some hairstyles can accentuate certain facial features in both good and bad ways. For example, a shortcut almost always visually weighs down the chin and the face. Nevertheless, such a haircut usually goes to women with a thin, neat face and looks very stylish.
If you want to make your oval face shape visually smaller, consider choosing a short haircut wig with a fairly voluminous top. This way, you will look much younger. If you want medium-length hair, it's better to choose a cascading haircut.
Also, bear in mind that wigs tend to gradually take on the shape of your head over some time. Therefore, even if your wig doesn't feel very comfortable during the first several wears, it will fit you better after a few days. The practice shows that individuals who start wearing a wig for the first time get used to it after about a week of regular wear, even if there was some discomfort at the beginning. The wig just becomes like a part of everyday clothes.
At Lucke By Keisha, we're here to help you design the look that you desire. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.