CHOOSING A WIG
What style is right for me?
If you are buying a wig for the first time, choose a length, texture (straight, wavy or curly) and style which closely resemble your current hairstyle. That way you will “look like yourself” and most people will not even realise you are wearing a wig! When you are ready for something different, try longer or shorter versions of similar styles or a subtle change of colour, highlight or even roots for a more natural look.
Unless of course your aim is to achieve something totally different!
Personalising your wig
In some cases your wig can be worn straight out of the box! Minor adjustments such as trimming the fringe, thinning or minimal shaping by a professional hair stylist while wearing your wig will ensure that it suits your features. Remember to always seal the ends of synthetic wig fibres with conditioning oil straight after cutting.
The degree to which a wig can be styled using hair products, hairdryers, curling tongs and straightening irons depends on the type of hair your wig is made of – see our Wig Care section.
FACE SHAPE GUIDE
Certain facial shapes are flattered by certain styles. Whether you stick to a style that you are used to or choose to go for a completely new look, taking your face shape into consideration will help you to achieve the best result.
The following guide will help you to determine your face shape and the type of styles that will compliment it best.
We also list the “ideal face shapes” suited to each wig in their individual descriptions and by clicking a face shape you will see our suggestions.
A way of knowing your face shape is to draw the outline of your face on a mirror with lipstick or a non-permanent marker.
Now compare your face shape in the table below and click on a matching head shape to see our suggestion of wigs that you could wear:
click a head shape for suggested wigs
|The diamond shaped face has wide cheekbones and a narrow forehead and chin||Wigs which are narrow at the sides and full at the chin help to balance diamond shaped faces, bobs and layered shoulder-length styles work very well! Fringes can be used to cover a narrow forehead.|
|Heart shaped faces are wider at the forehead with a narrow jaw||Swept fringes and medium to long lengths flatter this shape. Keep hair close to the head at the eyes but make it slightly full around the jaw, and below and in front of the earlobes. Chin length bobs and longer, layered styles should suit.|
|Oval faces are longer than they are wide and in perfect proportion!||Oval shaped faces can look good in any wig, choose styles that accentuate your best features.|
|Pear shaped faces have a small or narrow forehead, and progressively wider cheekbones and jawline. The chin may be rounded too.||Aim to add width above the jawline. Choose wigs that are fuller at the crown and draw attention away from the jawline.|
|Oblong faces have high foreheads and long cheeks and chins.||Choose wigs to minimise the length of your face, such as short to medium styles with long layers or a graduated bob. Fringes or hair swept across the forehead and curly or wavy textured longer styles will flatter the face.|
|Round faces are almost as wide as they are long, having a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones.||Adding height at the crown (not ears), long, wispy side areas or longer styles with a side part help to make the cheeks look narrower.|
|Square shaped faces have strong, square hairlines and jawlines.||Styles that are narrow at the sides and add height help to elongate this shape, while a wispy fringe, off centre part or wavy or curly texture will help to soften the angles.|