1) Certain types of acrylic hair fibre can be heat-treated
The use of heated hair appliances such as straighteners, curling irons and hairdryers are commonplace when creating styles with natural hair. While these appliances can be used freely (but sensibly) on real hair wigs, wig manufacturers previously warned against the use of appliances on acrylic fibre wigs. However, if you research the market thoroughly, there are manufacturers that now create hair fibres which can withstand heat. This means that you still have a degree of styling versatility if you opt for a ready-to-wear fibre wig. Look out for innovative ranges from global brands, available at a reputable online wig store.
2) Fibre hair wigs can be more resilient than real hair
Thanks to advances in hair technology, fibre hair can be up to 10 x more resilient than human hair. Certain manufacturers have developed a type of hair which also responds to moisture like natural hair. This means that you can go swimming or face wet weather conditions without ruining your wig. Again, look for a reputable manufacturer and always check guidelines before purchase.
3) Bases are available in multiple materials for added realism, comfort and security
It’s a common myth that wigs consist of a heavy cap with hair densely-packed hair attached to it. Nothing could be further than the truth! Wig bases can be made from lightweight, breathable materials including lace, fine nylon gauze and secure silicone. Lace front wigs provide a near-invisible front hairline. The most realistic wig bases – called Monofilament Top wigs – have a skin-coloured surface where the hair join is invisible. The wig looks like your scalp from above which means that you can part your hair any way you like.
4) Colours can be blended, hightlighted or supplied with darkened roots
Undyed natural hair is rarely one solid block colour – so when it comes to creating a ladies wig, hair colours are made up of a range of natural-looking hues. A typical blonde wig will probably contain white blondes, honey hues and fine caramel strands. Real hair wigs can be highlighted and lowlighted according to your needs. Ready-to-wear wigs are also available in hundreds of colours – including ‘rooted’ colours – where the roots are darker to emulate real hair and growing out highlights. All of these products result in a very realistic appearance!
5) Real hair wigs are not necessarily a better option than ready-to-wear fibre wigs
If you need to wear a wig, it is natural to think that real hair wigs are going to be more realistic and overall better for you. However, many ready-to-wear fibre wigs feature such fine, soft and silky hair that the two product types are sometimes indistinguishable! The latter type of wig often comes in a set style – so if you want to get ready and go, then a ready-to-wear wig might benefit you more!