A Hair Piece Or A Wig? The Sizes and Materials

Considering a hair piece or a wig? They come in standard sizes for men or for women based on average adult head sizes. To find your correct size, you should measure the circumference of your head. Wrap a flexible measuring tape around your hairline, behind your ears and around the nape of your neck, and record the measurement. Then, check your measurement against the manufacturer sizing for the brand your are interested in.

Ultra Petite and Children’s Sizes: Most wig manufacturers designated head circumference of 18.5-19.5 inches for ultra petite and children’s wigs.

Petite Sizes: A woman’s head circumference of 20.5 to 21.5 inches will likely wear a petite sized wig.

Average Size Wigs: Between 90 and 95% of women wear average sized wigs. These are made for women with a head size between 12.5 and 22.5 inches.

Large Wigs: Some women wear a large sized wig. While manufacturers might vary in sizes, a large wig usually fits a head circumference of 22.5 to 23.5 inches.

Adjustable Sizes: Many average-sized wigs can be adjusted a bit for a slightly more snug fit.

Still not sure if you need a wig or a hair piece? Here‘s an article that’ll give you some handy advice.

When It Comes To Hair Pieces, Which Material Is Best For You?

The material that the wig hair is made from will affect the appearance and care of the wig. Different materials also come with different price points and longevity. If you suffer from hair loss, here‘s another article for you.

Human Hair:

Because they are made from real human hair, these wigs can be styled, washed and worn just like natural hair. This gives the most realistic appearance of any wig, but also means you’ll need to stye it every time it gets wet and condition it regularly You can also bleach or dye natural hair wigs for a different look. Look for natural hair wigs that are labeled “Remy”, which indicates that the hair on the wig runs the same direction (from root to tip) as natural hair growth, which preserves the cuticle and makes the hair lay smoothly on the head without tangling badly. These wigs can last up to a year when worn daily, but are the most expensive wigs. Because these wigs require a lot of upkeep, people looking for low-maintenance wigs should consider a different type.

Synthetic Hair:

Synthetic wigs are made from synthetic materials like nylon or the synthetic materials Toyakalon or Kanekalon. Even though they are not human hair, well-made synthetic wigs are often very similar to their natural counterparts. They also have the advantage of holding their style longer. However, synthetic hair wigs cannot be exposed to extreme heat or they will melt, which means no curling irons or straightening irons to achieve your desired style. Synthetic wigs often last up to six months when worn daily and are the most affordable wig option.

Heat Friendly:

Heat friendly synthetic wigs are made of synthetic fibers but can withstand high heats, usually up to 350-400 degrees. This allows you to style the wig using a curling or straightening iron. These wigs are a bit more difficult to style than human hair wigs and generally last three months when worn every day.

Natural Blend:

Also called human hair blends, these wigs combine human hair with a heat-friendly synthetic fiber. These wigs can generally withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees, which means you can style them with a curling iron or straightener. They are more affordable than natural hair wigs.

Consumer Affairs also has some handy advice. Read here to gain a better understanding around hair loss and what you can do to get your locks back.

1 Comment

  1. 16 March 2018 at 11:43 pm

    To decide a wig size is really the most important thing especially when we buy a wig online. Deciding on the material and type is also very difficult at times. Thank you so much for sharing such detailed information and making it easy for first timers to decide upon.