Wigs, ponytails and other hairpieces make hairstyling easy and fun. Hairpieces are created from synthetic hair or human hair. Shop for them online, or go to local beauty supply shops or wig salons. This article includes tips for attaching hairpieces to your natural hair for secure daily wear and for stage performances.
Synthetic hair is lightweight, easy to care for, relatively inexpensive, and is available in a wide range of colors and styles. Avoid putting heat on synthetics, since they will melt. They are also very comfortable to wear, even under hot stage lights and during dance performances. Styles are durable; curly synthetic hairpieces stay curly, and straight styles stay straight.
Hairpieces made from human hair are more costly, feel heavier on the top, and curly styles require more maintenance. These could also be dyed to match your natural hair and restyled with hot rollers. A hairstylist can cut, dye and style it in order that it blends well with your natural hair. These hairpieces are a very good choice for women who want a straight hairstyle that appears very natural.
Caring for hairpieces is straightforward. Comb through with fingers after wearing to remove tangles, and make certain the hairpiece is completely dry before storing. Frequent shampooing is not necessary; shampoo only as needed. Wig shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays and other wig care products can be found at beauty supply shops and wig salons.
Wearing a hairpiece
Under normal circumstances, the elastic and combs on your hairpiece could also be enough to carry it in place with no extra security. Hairpieces that are well-worn may have loose elastic and need extra securing. One of my friends told me a narrative of how the elastic in her wig was so worn out that it slipped off on the office one morning at the water cooler.
If you are wearing a hairpiece on stage for a dance performance or other physical activity, more anchoring is required to stop slipping. Dancers with unsecured ones have had their hair fall off while performing, and this is kind of embarrassing! Avoid having this happen to you by attaching your hairpiece securely and testing it to make sure it won’t shift.
Fine or thin hair: French braid your natural hair, securing the tip with an elastic band. If your hair is long, wrap the end of the braid around to create a bun, then secure with bobby pins. If using a fall (3/4 wig) leave the front portion of your hair loose, to blend in later with the fall.
Coarse or heavy hair: French braid as described above, or create a ponytail on each side of the head, secured with elastic bands.
Placed on the hairpiece, then use roller pins (available at beauty supply shops and drugstores). Roller pins appear to be elongated bobby pins, are about 3 inches long, and come in brown or black. Anchor the sides and back of the hairpiece with the roller pins. Take the roller pins through the inspiration mesh of the hairpiece, and into the braid and hair beneath. (Fine or thin hair: Cross the roller pins, creating X shapes with the pins.)
Check to make sure that all roller pins are covered in the hairpiece, and never sticking out or visible. For falls, style the front of the hair to blend in with the hairpiece. For ponytails, an optional decorative fabric may tied around to cover the bottom of the pony and secured with bobby pins. A headband or other elastic hair accessory is an alternative choice to help your hairpiece blend together with your natural hair.
Test! Check your hairpiece by moving your head around to make sure it is secure. You’ll sense if your hairpiece is shifting. Add bobby pins or roller pins as needed. If you will be dancing or performing on stage, it is a good idea to run through your routine to make certain that the hairpiece is secure during physical activity.