One of the most underrated components of modern hair systems are wigs and hairpieces . These fun, empowering elements in your wardrobe can give you the ability to drastically change your appearance from one day to the next. And there are so many options to choose from! Today’s men and women can benefit from wearing a wig or hairpiece, and no two reasons for doing so are quite the same.

In this article, we’re teaching you everything you need to know about modern wigs and hairpieces. This includes the typical costs and common materials, which should help you make an informed decision when it comes time to choose your wig.

The actual number of people out there walking around with a wig or hairpiece on their head is quite surprising. Everyone has their own reason for choosing to enhance their natural hair, and each one is unique. However, in today’s modern world, the most common reasons people choose to wear a wig or hairpiece are because:

  • Wigs Protect Natural Hair
    Washing, detangling, brushing, and tying, especially frequently, is quite straining on natural hair. Protective styling underneath a wig can help prevent and slow hair loss.
  • Wigs Remove Commitment
    Instead of committing to a new hairstyle or color that you love, wigs and hairpieces allow you to make changes to your heart’s content. And you can do this without the fear of damaging your natural hair.
  • Wigs Cover or Enhance Thinning Hair
    Modern wigs cover thinning and receding hairlines with ease. Most offer the appearance of a real hairline, enhancing the look of your natural hair.
  • Wigs Can Increase Confidence
    Wigs and self-esteem can definitely go hand-in-hand. Wigs and hairpieces empower you to choose your hair color, style, volume, length, and so much more. While the transition to wearing a wig might seem daunting, actually doing it will feel so much better.

As mentioned above though, each wig is different. For this reason, you should always do your research before spending your hard-earned money. The three most important factors to consider before purchase are cost, material, and quality.

It’s no surprise that wigs can get expensive. There are lots of great-quality cheaper options, too. For the most part though, the price depends on the materials used to make the wig or hairpiece, the size/length of the piece, and the features included. Most wigs and hairpieces fall into a price range somewhere between $45-$3,000+.You can purchase lots of nice-looking synthetic wigs for under $100-$200, while those made from human hair are almost always at least $1,000.

The quality of your wig or hairpiece isn’t the only thing that matters. The material used to make it is also incredibly important. Synthetic hair wigs are typically made from plastic or acrylic that’s been shaped to mimic hair, while human hair wigs are created from real human hair. The type you choose is entirely dependent upon your personal preference, but there are some benefits and downfalls for each.

Pros and Cons of Synthetic Hair
Synthetic hair wigs are cheap. This doesn’t mean they look cheap, but they are almost always cheaper than human hair wigs, which makes them extremely attractive to the first-time buyer. Wigs and hairpieces made from synthetic materials also tend to boast a better style memory and take color much easier than human hair wigs.

These types of wigs do, however, often contain an unnatural shine to them and cannot be recolored once color has initially been added. This is quite limiting for those who like to change up their look and style.

Pros and Cons of Human Hair
100% human hair wigs are extremely popular. As we talked about, they are quite expensive, but they can be styled, colored, and recolored just like natural hair. Human hair wigs can also be worn for longer periods of time, without much worry about your natural hair underneath.

There are some downfalls to wigs and hairpieces created from human hair though. Not only is the price a huge disadvantage for many, but they also require quite a bit of upkeep. Human hair wigs need to be shampooed and conditioned regularly to keep their luster and shine, and are also much more reactive to the environment.

Today’s modern wigs and hairpieces offer a little something for everyone, it’s mostly just about knowing what you want. Thankfully, there are many different options to try, colors to explore, and styles to appreciate. The perfect wig is out there, waiting for you to find it. And now you’re ready!



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