Beginner's Guide to Wigs
Ah, decisions, decisions, decisions! Do you often have trouble finding that perfect wig for a specific character or just for yourself? We can help! When choosing your wig, there are many factors to consider. By following these simple tips below, you’ll be able to pick the best one for your needs.
“Start with your character’s hue or basic color on a color wheel, such as red or green. Next, think about the tone, brightness and saturation levels.”
Matching Your Character's Hair Color
The first step to achieving your desired look for your cosplay is picking the color that works best with your vision. Start with your character’s hue or basic color on a color wheel, such as red or green. Next, think about the tone, brightness and saturation levels.
To understand this, visualize for a moment a character like Zero Two (second character from image above) and Persephone (third character). Fusion Vanilla Pink would typically be the better choice because it is the lightest shade of pink that we offer, and Zero Two has hair that's significantly lighter. Raspberry Pink, on the other hand, has more of a deeper shade of pink with purple undertones. Hinata (first character) has a very dark and deep shade of blue so our Midnight Blue would be the most fitting because it is our darkest and deepest color in the blue family.
Of course, the main battle you may struggle with is not being able to see the color in person. Different computer monitors, phones and iPads are all calibrated differently and have different settings that may alter the colors. To ensure color accuracy, we strongly recommend purchasing color samples first.
Matching Hair Color to Your Skin Tone
Here is an example of a cool tone wig and a warm tone wig on the same model, who is more warm tone. The wig on the right is Dark Plum Purple, a more red based purple. The wig on the left is Royal Purple, a blue based purple. Depending on fashion goals, clothing and other accessories, some tones may be more complementary than others.
Choosing the Right Size
Our standard wigs can stretch up to roughly 23". Our specialized wigs may run differently, this includes lace front wigs, as most of them run smaller and typically can stretch up to 21". Our specialty wigs (wigs that have already been tied up/prestyled) aren't as stretchy as our other styles so they are more rigid.
Should you have any issues with the fit of our specialty wigs, try removing the hair ties so that the hair is completely down, once it's down put the wig on your head (or your mannequin head)and retie the wig. What this does is that it reshapes and resizes the wig into the shape and size of your head.
If your wig is too loose, you can use your adjustable straps in the back to make the wig tighter.
Checking the Wig Length
The length of the wig can be deceiving when it's on a mannequin form. The reason is most mannequin heads are significantly smaller than the average adult sized head. As you can see in the image above, the wig on the left sits just above the chin of the model whereas the wig on the right sits below the chin of the mannequin. Both are wearing the Chronos in Light Brown! Before purchasing your wig, be sure to check the length measurements of the wig you're interested in and take a tape measure to see how the length sits on your own head. If you have trouble finding the length of any of our wigs, you can always contact us!
Determining the Right Hairline
There are three main hairlines that we have and each one have their own benefits!
This is our standard style. Bangs are great if you want the hairline to be hidden.
We suggest this type of style if you want the hairline to be exposed and you want the hairline to look realistic. The lace front has extra lace attached to the hairline which you will need to trim off. You will also need wig tape or lace glue to glue down the hairline to your's. Lastly, the hairline of the wig can be split in any direction.
The difference between lace front and bangless is that our bangless wigs do not have lace attached to them. This means the hairline of the bangless wig will not look as realistic as the lace front but it is a more affordable option. The current bangless styles we have, from shortest to longest: Atlas, Aries, Helen, Eros, and Daphne.
How to Cut Your Lace Front Wig and Wear it!
Going For a Cosplay Look or Natural Look?
You will most likely either want a wig for your cosplay or you just want an everyday wig that looks more natural. For our natural wig wearers, consider getting a wig that has less fibers. The thinner the wig is, the more natural it may look. These wigs include our Pish Posh Wigs line, the Iris style and most of our lace front wigs. Our thicker wigs, like the Daphne style, are more suitable for cosplays. They may not look as natural as our own hair but they offer a lot of volume and more options for styling.
In short, thinner wigs are more natural but may be more difficult to style and thicker wigs typically do not look completely natural but they do have more flexibility with styling.
Congrats on your new wig! Whether your wig is for cosplay or everyday wear, you’ll want to equip yourself with a little bit of maintenance knowledge to keep your wig in tip top shape.
Epic Cosplay wigs are tangle resistant due to the high quality Futura fibers we use to keep each of our wigs--but tangle resistant doesn’t mean 100% tangle free all day every day until the sun implodes and the universe collapses. It means that when the wigs do tangle, untangling them is easier than the average wig.
Recommended de-tangle tool kit:
- A wide tooth comb
- A wig brush or a regular brush with the ball tips cut off
- Silicone spray
For shorter wigs (shoulder length wigs and shorter), tangles shouldn’t be much of a problem. A wide tooth comb should take care of the occasional tangle.
For longer wigs (from shoulder blades to mid thigh), since the fibers will be constantly rubbing up against your back, you will find a few more tangles then a shorter wig. The longer the wig, the more maintenance and patience you will need!
Preventing Tangles Before, During, and After Wearing Your Wig
Before wearing your wig, you can help prevent tangles by giving your wig a good brush prior to putting it on. Once you’re finished brushing, give it a light coat of silicone spray, paying extra attention to the area between the nape of your neck and shoulder blades as this is where major tangles like to hide!
While you are wearing your wig, keep a small comb or brush with you, especially if you plan on wearing it for several hours or more. If you’re at a convention for example, you can finger comb your hair in between pictures, while you’re waiting in line or just standing around talking to friends. When you’re able to sit down and take a longer break, you or a very helpful friend can brush out our wig to keep it looking fabulous all day. This is especially important the longer a wig is!
After wearing your wig, give it another spray of silicone spray and run your brush or comb through it, making sure to take care of any tangles you find before you store your wig.
Sometimes your long wigs will need a full on detangling session. Here is a guide we’ve put together to get your long wigs back to fighting form!
Detangling Straight Wigs:
Get your wig ready for a good detangling
A good way to prep your wig is a light spritzing of silicone spray to lubricate the fibers. This can help prevent the fibers from snapping if you comb the wig too hard while working through knots. Frizzy looking wigs are typically the result of fibers that have snapped while brushing. We’ll take about how to fix this further down!
Divide and conquer
Separate the hair into sections to make it a little easier and keep your freshly untangled hair from the hair that has yet to be taken care of.
Tackle the knots first
Use your fingers to comb through the fibers and pull apart any knots you find. Start with the biggest knots you can find. It’s important that you start by pulling at the knots instead of trying to force your fingers through as this can snap the fibers and cause frizz. The goal here is to pull apart the biggest knots to allow your comb to finish the job and keep the fibers intact.
Ready to comb
Break out that comb and start from the bottom and slowly work your way up. If you comb across a knot that you have to force your comb through, go back to step 3 and try to pull it apart as much as you can with your fingers before trying to comb through it again.
The longer the wig, the longer it will take to detangle so patience is key!
Detangling Curly Wigs:
For curly wigs the same principles apply as detangling straight wigs. The biggest difference is that you will be working curl by curl. Once you’re finished detangling, you can re-curl your wig using our No Heat Re Curling Guide below:
Washing Your Wig
Synthetic wigs do not need to be washed anywhere near as often as real hair since there is no oil that builds up over time. However, if you wear your wig on a regular basis (ie, twice a week or more) it’s a good rule of thumb to wash it after every 10-15 wears. If you only wear your wig every so often, it most likely will not need to be washed unless you’re wanting to wash out any hair product you’ve put in it.
Here is a step by step guide to wig washing:
Make sure your wig is brushed out before you wash it. Water might make the tangles worse so save yourself the headache and make sure your wig is nice and brushed!
You can use the tub, a sink, or a bucket of lukewarm water.
You can use wig shampoo, baby shampoo or even dish soap. Remember, this isn’t real hair so human hair shampoo isn’t needed! Pour your shampoo of choice into the water.
Place your wig in the water and gently swish it around for a few minutes.
Once your wig has been thoroughly swished, drain or dump out the old water and run it under the facet until all of the shampoo has been washed out.
Place your wig on a towel or drying rack and let it air dry.
DO NOT BRUSH YOUR WIG WHILE IT IS WET. This could cause the fibers to snap and give your wig a frizzy look.
After the wig is completely dry, brush it out and enjoy your nice clean wig.
Caring For Your Lace Front Wigs
Lace front wigs require a little extra care then hard front wigs. The hair is hand tied to a very fine tulle to create a realistic looking hairline. The lace, while not overly fragile, does need to be handled delicately while brushing.
When cutting the lace, there is no hard and fast rule on how close to hairline to cut, but a majority of lace front wig owners typically leave about a quarter inch of lace while cutting off the excess. This helps keep the hand tied fibers from falling out.
If you use glue to put on your lace front wig, be it spirit gum or Got2B Glued, residue can slowly build up after multiple wears. Likewise, if you’ve used makeup foundation to blend the lace into your skin, this will also lead residue and eventually it will be time for a good cleaning!
Materials needed to clean a lace front:
Using warm to hot water, run the lace under the water, taking special care to soak the areas where there is the most build up.
Take your shampoo and apply it to the lace.
Using your toothbrush, scrub the lace in small, circular motions.
Run the lace under warm to hot water again. If there is still buildup and makeup product, repeat steps 1-3 until lace is clean.
Storing Your Wig
There are many ways to store your wig until the next wear and no, on the floor halfway under your bed is not one of them.
On a wig head/wig stand - A great way to store your wig if it’s heavily spiked and styled and you want to hold its shape.
In the bag - Not only does it save space, but it also keeps your long wigs from getting tangled. For extra freshness and less static, toss in a dryer sheet.
Check Out Our Other Guides!
Once you've mastered the basics, you can check out our other guides and tutorials below!