Synthetic wigs can look just like natural hair.

How to Choose a High-Quality Synthetic Wig

by Kimberly Johnson

Modern wigs are nothing like the old-school helmet styles of long ago. Today’s styles look completely natural, thanks in many cases to new types of cap construction, synthetic materials and color choices. Whether you're choosing a wig out of style boredom or necessity, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the variety of options. Synthetic wigs are a great choice for women who don’t want to spend a lot of time on their hair. These hair pieces give you a truly grab-and-go beauty accessory.

Decide on a single hairstyle you think you would like on most days. Synthetic wigs cannot be styled like human hair. Although it can be fluffed up a little, the look of the wig you buy is the one you will be stuck with.

Turn the wig inside out and look at the cap underneath that holds it together. Opt for a lace-front cap if you want to wear your hair back off your face. Opt for a hand-tied cap if you want the hair to move around like natural hair.

Determine how much time you want to spend on your hair each day. Longer wigs require more care, such as brushing, while shorter wigs are ready to wear when you put them on.

Take the wig to a nearby window, or outside, and compare the color to your natural hair color. Try to find a wig that closely matches your natural color for the best look.

Try on the wig to ensure it feels comfortable on your head and that you like the style. If you feel pressure or pain, try on another wig with a different cap style.

Shake your head while looking in a mirror to observe how the hair moves. Wigs are made of different synthetic materials, so choose one that moves most like natural hair.

Visit your hairstylist and ask her to cut the wig to accentuate your face. This may include cutting bangs or framing your face with additional layers.


  • Synthetic wigs will last approximately four to six months if worn every day.


  • Never use hot styling implements on synthetic wigs, or the strands will melt. If you want to heat style, opt for a wig that is heat-resistant.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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