The Good, The Bad, The Wig Cap
In life, there are days that are good, bad, and somewhere in-between. And like in life, it is hard to say that wearing a wig cap is always a good thing or a bad thing. One thing I can say – like life, it is an individual thing! The good news is you have choices.
The good – also known as the benefits of wig cap-wearing: If you have a sensitive scalp, some find it helpful to have that barrier between wig and scalp. They seem to be most popular with those who have had total hair loss. A wig cap can help cut down on the irritation of the friction caused when the wig moves around on the scalp. When a wig is placed on a bare scalp it can be uncomfortable. The wig cap provides not only comfort but the assurance that your wig won’t move around. (Please check this site for my blog on securing wigs and/or go to the WigStudio1 Facebook page for many tips, and helpful videos).
A wig cap is not just for those with no bio hair, however. They can also be beneficial for wig-wearers who have partial or no hair loss. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the cap also smooths out any unwanted lumps caused by natural hair underneath. This allows the wig to sit better and look more natural.
The bad – also known as the downside of wearing a wig cap: One of the biggest complaints seems to be heat, making the head too hot. (Check out our Facebook page, my other blogs. How to keep your head cool.) The other “biggy” is the cap feels too tight and causes headaches after wearing it for long periods.
Wig Cap materials: There are several, from nylon, mesh, cotton, and bamboo. The cost is low to moderate for caps and worth trying several to see what works best for you. Also, check out the bamboo liners that can help with comfort and that absorb sweat to make wig-wearing more comfortable, especially in the summer.
Do you have to wear a cap? No, you do not. In fact, I do not. I am lucky in that I found a brand and two styles that fit my head well. But with that said, if I did not opt for a mono top, and hand-tied, which I find most comfortable for me, I might consider a cap. While cap can offer some security in that your wig might stay in place better, it is not meant to solve all your wig security problems.
Wig Security: As noted earlier, there are many ways to secure a wig. There are clips, tape, glue, and grips. How you use these, if you use these, is a personal decision based on your preferences, comfort level, and need. Most wig-wearers that I know have experimented with several methods. Again, I don’t use these methods at all. I have two long bobby pins that I use, one on each side between my temple and forehead area. I know this is not the answer for everyone. I just happen to have the head shape and size that is a good match with one brand and two of their styles in particular. You will find what works for you too, it just might take a bit of experimenting. Please do take advantage of the other blogs on this site and our Facebook group for so many tips on this and other wig-wearing challenges.
There is nothing better than stepping out into the world knowing that you look the way you want to look, and not worrying about your hair. With a bit of experience and time, you will come to appreciate the advantages of being able to never have a bad hair day. You can change your hairstyle, color, and your total look in minutes. Wigs are so well done these days that most experienced stylists can’t tell the difference when looking. Just don’t make those “uh-oh, does this look like a wig?” mistakes by not learning which wigs are the right ones for you. Know your face shape, coloring, and what a style and color do FOR YOU, not for the model on the website.
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