You know that saying, “Just because it’s in your size doesn’t mean it’s for you”? Well, just like clothing the same is true for wigs. Wigs are fun as they allow you to change up your style from classic to funky or whatever else you’re feeling, but you should still keep a few things in mind—like your face shape and natural texture—before settling on a new ‘do. Feel free to use this as a guide to make sure your mane complements that gorgeous face of yours!
For starters, make sure your natural hair underneath is pulled back or braided down flat and neat. This is the foundation for your whole style. To prevent a lopsided or bumpy wig, your hair underneath must be flat. If your hair is natural and/or really thick, you may need to blow it out first and cornrow or flat-twist it down. If your hair is super long, try wrapping it and securing it with bobby pins. Make sure you get a quality wig cap with enough elasticity to keep your hair flat and in place. A good wig cap will smooth the surface and also minimize friction between your natural hair and the wig.
Take note of your face shape. Keep in mind that just because a certain style, like long and straight or big and curly, is “in” for the season, that doesn’t it will complement you. You can play with trends, but ignore the ones that aren’t a good match for you. If you have a charming and round face, like Glee actress Amber Riley, try units that elongate. On the other hand, if you have a graceful and slender face, like starlet Liv Tyler, try a style with volume or one that rounds out the face. In the lucky event that you have a more oval face shape, you can play with bunches of styles! Have fun and dabble in the vast textures, but remember to opt for something that could pass for your own.
Texture is especially important if you do a half wig or “my own part” wig because the wig texture has to mesh with your natural texture. Whether you do a full or partial unit, though, make sure that your edges are blended if they are exposed. R&B starlet Brandy is a master at playing with a variety of textures and styling them in the most natural looking ways! Check out these two very different but equally gorgeous styles she pulled off!