Sunnybrook Hospital Salon
"Such a great, reputable place!"
- Marilyn Denis

How to Shop for a Wig

Ask Michael , Blog , Hair Replacement , Wigs

Shopping for something new can be difficult. The fact that you are new to the product and the process can be daunting. Add to the fact that maybe you do not actually want to get a wig but circumstances are such that you need one makes it even more stressful. I hope that these tips can help you find the perfect wig for you.

The first thing I tell a woman who calls about buying her first wig is that she should see it as shopping for anything else. If it was a jacket or a car or a phone its basically the same thing; you want the right colour, style, fit and price.

The first thing that you may encounter is sticker shock. There is a wide range of prices for wigs and that depends on the type of hair used and its manufacturing method. Its really not practical to get into every aspect of wig making and the details of how a wig is made, but there are a few things you should know.

The least expensive hair used in wigs is synthetic. Then comes processed human hair and then virgin European. The processed hair is natural but it has been bleached and dyed so the lighter colours sometimes can be a bit wonky. Virgin European is the most natural but it comes at a premium.

Like any shopper you should be “results oriented.” You need a wig that will do all of three things. Its like a bar stool needs all three legs to work.

  1. It must look good.
    Their reputation aside many wigs can look amazing. And this can be done with a synthetic or a human hair. Try stuff on and get a good look. Remember that most wigs will require some styling so you will have to use some imagination to have it
  2. It must fit comfortably.
    Sometimes a wig cap can have scratchy materials inside. Some have combs and clips that are worse than useless if you have no hair. You should be able to move your head from side to side without the cap moving. If you look straight up a t the ceiling you should feel it living at the nape. If you look at the inside is there anything there that could cause irritation? This can sometimes be hard to judge because many women try on wigs before they lose their hair. But you can usually be able to tell.
  3. It must be reasonably secure.
    You have to remember that a wig is essentially a hat with hair, so it does have some limitations when it comes to security. It should be fine in a regular gust of wind, but not if you go off the three meter board. Many times if you still have some of your own hair that can make the wig slide a bit. You may require a ‘wig cap’ or a special headband to wear under the wig to give it some traction. That is not a biggie.

If you are able to satisfy these three issues you should have a lovely wig that you will enjoy with confidence. If you have any questions please email me at

Author Info

Michael Suba

Owner and President of Continental Hair.
Comments closed