8 Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing a Wig

Hair loss is a common problem that breast cancer patients have to deal with. Some women choose to display their hair loss with pride, as a badge of bravery for enduring chemotherapy treatments. Other women feel more comfortable and more themselves with hair. This is where wigs come in to play. Wigs can give you the extra confidence you need to push you through treatments and focus on getting healthy. If you are considering a wig, here are the biggest do’s and don’ts for getting and wearing one with confidence and style.

8. Don’t: Wear a Wig Straight from the Package

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Never wear a wig straight from a box. Have you ever heard of hat hair? Well, the same thing happens with wigs, but it becomes box hair. The wig takes on the dimensions of the package in which it’s shipped.

7. Do: Wash and Style It First

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Before you go out and about, give the wig a good wash to infuse it with some shine and supply it with a natural look. Then, style it to your own individual look and preference. A good hair stylist can help with this step, especially if it’s your first try.

6. Don’t: Part It Too Far to the Side

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Avoid any extreme side parts when styling your hair. This usually gives your wig an unnatural, bulky look. More modest side parts can do the job and still maintain the integrity of your wig.

5. Do: Opt for a Natural Hairline

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Along with a natural-looking part, also opt for a natural hairline. A hairline that’s too far back can expose your real hair, becoming a flashing neon sign that you’re wearing a wig. A hairline too far forward can look a bit wrong with the shape of your face. Go natural.

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4. Don’t: Wear a Wig Past Its Prime

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When your wig is beginning to show wear and tear, it’s time to retire it for a new one. Typically, wigs last anywhere from three to 12 months depending on the type of hair used. Synthetic wigs have a shorter lifespan at three to six months, while natural-hair wigs last from nine months to a year.

3. Do: Follow All Care Instructions

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If you want your wig to last, then follow the care instructions carefully. This includes washing and conditioning it with products intended to treat wigs. This also means not wearing it all day. At night, put it on a wig head.

2. Don’t: Get a Wig Without Considering All the Options

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Don’t choose a wig randomly or on a whim. Try on different styles, consider the colors available, and make an educated decision. You don’t want an uncomfortable wig that’s too tight, itchy, or just not “you.”

1. Do: Whatever Works for You

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If you like something and it appeals to your sense of self and style, then get it. Be creative and unique. This is your thing. Allow yourself to have fun with it.

When looking for your wig, don’t be afraid to ask questions. People understand that your wig is an important part of your image, and you should be happy with the way it looks and feels. And remember — you are beautiful regardless of your hair, so if you don’t find something that suits you right away, try not to worry. You have enough on your plate without having to stress over hair!

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