It’s no secret that wigs have been gaining in popularity over the years. And it’s easy to see why. Wigs bring you the ultimate in style, control, and versatility. But here’s what a lot of people don’t realize: Even the best wigs only get you about 90% of the way there. The rest is up to you. So, let’s take a look at a few of the most common wig mistakes. Because knowing what to look out for is a huge part of looking your best.
Mistake #1 – Laying a Bad Foundation
A really sharp-looking wig always starts with what’s underneath—make sure you’re laying a literal foundation for success. Smooth out any existing hair and make sure that everything lies even and flat. And if you’re wearing a wig cap, make sure it’s square and level. When a wig appears to be lumpy or unnatural, sometimes the culprit is what’s down below. So, start off with a great base. The best wig experiences begin long before you slip into one.
Mistake #2 – Veering Too Far Out of Your Lane
Taking risks and shaking things up is definitely part of the fun of wig-wearing. In fact, that’s what attracts some people to wigs in the first place. But as you experiment, try to identify your “lane.” Figure out what makes you look and feel like yourself. Is there a certain color palette that’s really flattering for your skin tone? Is there a style that helps you feel bold and confident? If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable. So, try to identify your strike zone and find a way to lean into it.
Mistake #3 – Failing to Secure the Wig
Most people, especially in the early days, are worried that their wigs are going to slide around. But rest assured, there are plenty of great ways to make sure everything is secure. Try using some pins, clips, or a textured wig band. You’ll even find some adhesives that are completely safe to put directly on your skin. So, make sure that you account for wig security. Because knowing that everything’s in order helps you carry yourself with confidence.
Mistake #4 – Forgetting to Style Your Wigs
Another big misunderstanding is that wigs are ready to go straight out of the box. But oftentimes, they’re still crying out for your personal touch. Don’t be afraid to curl, style, and really accessorize. Whether you throw in a designer hair clip, or pull your hair into a nice updo, look for ways to make that wig your own. Because if it looks too perfect, it might read as unnatural. That little extra tousle goes a long way.
Mistake #5 – Forgetting to Maintain Your Wig
Wigs don’t just look like real hair, they also come with a similar hair-care routine. Make time to (gently) brush your wig and smooth out any knots. You’ll also want to get on a regular wig-washing schedule to manage grime and buildup. Whether it’s shampoo and conditioner or styling balm, be sure you always use products that are specially formulated for wigs—using products for natural hair can damage synthetic strands. Just like any other product, you have to put in maintenance to keep your wig looking and performing its best.
Wigs give you an incredible way to express your individuality. But remember that they’ll need your help before, during, and after. Start by smoothing out any existing hair and pick out a piece that really plays to your strengths. From there, take the proper steps in securing your wig, give it a tousle, and keep it clean, fresh, and tangle-free. A wig might do most of the heavy lifting, but it’s up to you to give it that little extra something.