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Wigs and weaves: A flawless fit

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Knowing how to make a wig look seamless is often a concern for beginner and experienced wig wearers. We’ve put together some tips on how to make your wig look as natural as possible

You don’t necessarily need to buy the most expensive wig to achieve a natural look. While synthetic wigs are a great option, the best tip to make a wig look natural is to start with one made of 100% human hair.

You care for a human hair wig much like your natural hair. Regularly washing and brushing it will keep it looking natural.

A great option is to take your wig to the hairdressers to have it styled on your head as if it were your natural hair. A stylist can also help you blend in your hairline or leave it out depending on the type of wig you have.

What kind of Wig is best for You?

If you’re unsure which wig type to choose for a more natural look, lace front wigs are a great option as they’re designed to look as natural as possible. Lace front wigs have a feature that gives you a virtually natural hairline, which is seamless and looks like the hairs along the hairline are growing right out of your head. The wig hair moves freely, and a delicate finish allows you to part your hair in whatever place suits you best.

Placement of Your Wig

Where you wear your wig will make a difference to how natural it looks. If it’s too far down on your forehead, it’ll be noticeable. First, you want to make sure it’s the right size. Then, we recommend wearing a nylon or mesh cap underneath. It’ll conceal your hair and help any hair fall out under the wig. Your wig should lie right on your natural hairline. If you don’t have any hair and you’re trying to figure out where your natural hairline would be, you can use the 90-degree- angle trick. Hold one hand in front of your face pointing upward whilst resting your other hand on top of your head. Touch the fingertips of both hands together, creating that 90-degree angle. Your hairline is where your fingertips meet.

A smooth hairline

For a lace front, cut the lace as close to the hairline on the wig as possible. Make your first cut in the middle of your forehead towards the hairline, making sure not to cut any baby hairs you want to keep.

(Some people choose wig glue or tape to glue the lace front hairline of their wig to their forehead, which isn’t necessary but can help if the wig’s not sitting flat at the front of the hairline.)

If you aren’t sure how to secure a wig with no hair, wig tape is a great place to start. It’s a more scalp-friendly alternative to wig glue, as adhesives can irritate a sensitive scalp, particularly for those recovering from cancer treatment.

You can use tweezers to carefully pluck away hairs from the first few centimetres or so of the hairline if you want it to look more gradual. You can also tweezer out fibres that stick up on their own or don’t quite look right. Use foundation and a makeup brush to blend the front of your lace with the colour of your skin. Blend the very front of the lace, making sure to cover any parts you can see.

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