How to Choose the Right Wig: A Step-by-Step Guide

Struggling with how to choose the right wig? You’re not alone!

According to a recent study, “46% of participants reported that wearing a wig had a positive impact on their everyday life.“; and thanks to my years as a beauty expert, I’ve seen how wigs transformed lives with just that magic touch [1]! 

In this article, you’ll learn an expert-approved, 8-step approach anyone can use to get their perfect wig – it’s dead easy!

Dive in, and let’s discover that perfect wig ASAP!

Key Takeaways

  • Dive into Diversity: Step into the eclectic world of wigs. Weigh the feel, look, and vibe of various materials and styles to find your match.
  • Personal Touch: Your face shape and features aren’t just yours; they’re your superpowers. Find a wig that bows to your uniqueness.
  • Informed Choices: The more you know, the bolder your choice. Arm yourself with the nitty-gritty to pick a wig that’s as bold or as subtle as you.

How to Select the Right Wig in 8 Simple Steps

Start by looking into the types, sizes, and textures of wigs available. Next, figure out your face shape – round, oval, or square – to find a wig that highlights your best features.

Remember to try on a couple – and don’t forget custom wigs; they’re made to fit you and can be a great way to express your style.

Now, let’s dive into the 8 essential steps to pick your perfect wig!

Step #1. Research the Different Types of Wigs Available

I get it; stepping into the world of wigs can feel like venturing into uncharted territory. I’ve walked those aisles, engaged with experts, and delved into resources to simplify the process…

Human hair wigs? They’re a gem for their lifelike appeal and styling versatility. 

But let’s not overlook synthetic wigs. They’re a canvas of colors and textures, a haven for those with a flair for experimentation, just like I once was.

A Confession: Each type has its unique charm and functionality, catering to a variety of preferences and needs. And (I know) it can be a minefield to get the right one.

Also, in short lace front wigs human hair creates a natural-looking hairline, while monofilament wigs, which can also be made from human hair, have a mesh cap for ventilation and comfort.

With this knowledge, you can find the perfect wig to suit your style and needs.

Next, let’s talk about the shape of your face and how hairstyle can amp up your looks!

Step #2: Consider Your Face Shape and Hairstyle Preferences

Finding that wig can be soul-destroying! But not if you know your face shape and hairstyle preferences. 

It’s true – Your face shape is a pivotal factor in this quest. For example, my face is a little round, and I always go for asymmetrical or layered cuts. It creates that perfect balance.

woman with white wig

Meanwhile, if you have a square face, a side-swept fringe or a lob can work wonders in softening the jawline.

As you’ve learned, each face shape comes with its own set of complementary hairstyles, turning the challenge into an opportunity to showcase your unique beauty.

Now, if you adore shorter haircuts, go for a bob cut if you have an oval face with a high forehead or a pixie cut for heart-shaped faces.

But preferences change, and so do comfort and personal style – so mix and match. You’ll find what’s right for you!

Skip to the next step to learn how to measure your head…

Step #3: Measure Your Head for the Perfect Fit

Ever thought geometry at school was a waste? Think again! Measurement in finding a wig is tantamount to success. 

To get this right, drape a soft measuring tape around your head, positioning it just above your eyebrows and ears.

And ensure it sits snug, but not tight. Jot down the measurement and match it with the manufacturer’s size chart. If you’re caught between sizes, opt for the larger one.

You can always tweak the fit using the inner padding or straps. 

A well-fitted hat or helmet isn’t just about comfort—it’s your ticket to optimal protection.

So, spare an extra minute to get those measurements spot-on, ensuring a fit that’s as safe as it is comfortable.

Be sure to explore our other articles on “90s hairstyles black women,” “Why does my hair go fluffy after washing,” and “How to hot comb natural hair” for more insights.

But what’s the point if you don’t know where to buy it? See next…

Step #4: Find a Reputable Vendor to Buy From

Selecting a trustworthy wig vendor amidst a sea of options can indeed be a task. Those choices can sometimes make the decision-making process a bit overwhelming.

However, a systematic approach can make a world of difference.

First, evaluate the vendor’s website; a well-crafted, professional site often indicates a serious business.

Next, sift through customer reviews and ratings; these firsthand accounts can offer invaluable insights.

Don’t hesitate to contact the vendor with any queries – a reliable seller is always ready to assist and provide detailed information.

Armed with these strategies, stepping into the world of wigs and making informed purchases becomes a breeze.

Do you know why experimenting is great? Scroll on to find out…

Step #5 Try The Different Kinds of Hair Used in Wigs

Choosing the right wig involves considering the material it’s made from, each offering distinct benefits.

Synthetic hair wigs are a popular choice, known for their affordability and versatility – they’re especially great for those eager to try out varied styles without breaking the bank.

different wigs displayed on manequins

Human hair wigs, on the other hand, are a premium option offering a more natural look and feel, making them a favorite for everyday wear.

Keep in mind that there are animal hair wigs, a less common yet unique choice for those seeking something different.

What I like is that each type has its own charm, so use these as selection criteria – both for your style and budget!

As they say: style makes the woman! Let’s see why…

Step #6: Experiment with Different Styles and Colors

So, you’ve got the basics down, but are you ready to dive into the world of styles and colors? Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

Ever wondered how you’d look as a blonde or with a pixie cut? Wigs offer that magical space to experiment without commitment.

I’ve switched styles and colors, and each wig brought a new vibe, a new me. It’s like having multiple-style personas, and who doesn’t love a bit of variety?

But here’s the catch – while it’s tempting to go wild with options, consider your lifestyle, profession, and personal style.

A neon green wig might steal the show at a party but could raise eyebrows in a corporate setting. Balance is key!

Quantity or quality? Find out the answer in the next step…

Step #7 Pick a Quality Wig that Fits Within Your Budget

Finding a wig that marries quality and affordability requires a keen eye and informed decision-making.

woman holding 2 different wigs

In fact, the material is your starting point; synthetic wigs, often budget-friendly, can offer a surprisingly natural look.

Style is your next stop.

Being open to exploring various cuts and hues can lead you to cost-effective options that don’t emphasize aesthetics.

And then, there’s the marketplace – vast and varied.

A thorough hunt through specialized retailers, a careful comparison of prices and a deep dive into reviews, can land you a deal that ticks all boxes: price, quality, and style.

Almost there: let’s learn what you should do next…

Step #8: Maintenance and Care

Now, let’s get real for a moment. Owning a wig is one thing, but taking care of it? That’s where the real journey begins.

Whether it’s human hair or synthetic, each wig needs love and care. I’ve learned that the longevity of a wig is deeply tied to how it’s maintained.

For instance, human hair wigs require washing, conditioning, and occasional styling, almost like your natural hair.

Synthetic wigs, though low maintenance, aren’t fans of heat and can be damaged if exposed to high temperatures.

And here’s a golden nugget – store your wigs properly.

A wig stand or a mannequin head can be a lifesaver, maintaining the shape and style of the wig. It’s an investment that pays off by keeping your wig looking fresh and ready to wear.

So, are you ready to step into the world of wigs with confidence? With these steps, not only will you choose the right wig, but you’ll also be a pro at maintaining it. Happy wig shopping!

Here’s a nifty little video to review the above steps – in only a New York minute!

Now that we’ve unraveled the steps and even dived into the bonus tips, you might still have a few questions bubbling up. Let’s tackle those next!


1. How do I pick the right wig material?

Consider your lifestyle, comfort, and the look you’re going for. Human hair wigs offer versatility in styling, while synthetic ones are a low-maintenance, budget-friendly pick.

2. Can I style my wig like my natural hair?

It boils down to the wig type. Human hair wigs are your playground, while synthetic wigs hold their style but offer some wiggle room for tweaks.

3. How long will my wig last?

It depends on how you care and maintain it.
Besides, human hair wigs can grace your looks for over a year with proper care, while synthetic ones can be your companion for a few good months.

4: How do I ensure my wig fits securely?

Fit is fundamental.
Measure your head accurately and consult the size guide. For extra security, consider adjustable straps, clips, or even wig tape to keep your lovely locks in place.

5: Can I wear my wig every day?

Absolutely, with a catch.
Ensure it’s well-maintained and clean, and give it (and your scalp) a break now and then to maintain its allure and your scalp’s health. Rotate between wigs if you’re an everyday wearer.


Learning how to choose the right wig isn’t just a shopping expedition—it’s a personal journey of meshing comfort with style.

With my tips, you’re not just choosing a wig—you’re selecting a companion that will stand by you, embracing your unique style and confidence.

Remember these seven steps when shopping for a new wig: understand wig types, consider face shape and hairstyle preferences, measure for the perfect fit, find a reputable vendor, know wig hair types, choose a quality wig within budget, and consider professional styling and maintenance.

Happy wig hunting!


1. Montgomery K, White C, Thompson A. A mixed methods survey of social anxiety, anxiety, depression and wig use in alopecia. BMJ Open [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2020 Apr 5];7:e015468. Available from:

2. Park J, Kim D-W, Park S-K, Yun S-K, Kim H-U. Role of Hair Prostheses (Wigs) in Patients with Severe Alopecia Areata. Annals of Dermatology [Internet]. 2018;30:505–7. Available from:

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