Selecting a Wig

There are many things to consider when selecting a wig.

There are countless reasons that people decide to purchase and wear wigs. For some, it can be a fun accessory to alter the appearance for a special occasion. For others, it is a necessary replacement for medically induced hair loss resulting from alopecia or chemotherapy. If you are considering selecting a wig that is high-quality, there are many things to consider before making your investment.

Head and Cap Size

Standard adult wig sizes in the US range between petite, average and large. Many wigs contain adjustable straps that will give or take up to half an inch for a more comfortable fit. An experienced and professional wig retailer will always measure your head carefully and accurately to ensure the best fit. There are three measurements which determine cap size:

  • The circumference of your head from the front hairline to the nape of the neck.
  • The distance from ear to ear across the top of the head.
  • The measurement from the front hairline down the center of the head to the nape.

Cap Type

The base or cap is the foundation on which the hair is attached. Since this component will determine the comfort level as well as the finished look, it is the most important feature to consider.

100% hand tied (hand knotted) wigs are the most comfortable caps and recommended for sensitive skin or hair loss. Each hair on the entire cap is hand-tied to the base. The hair can be brushed and styled in any direction, offering maximum styling versatility.

Lace front wigs create the illusion of a natural hairline with an invisible sheer lace that blends with your skin’s complexion. Hair is tied to a section of lace and can be styled away from the face.

Monofilament caps give the illusion of hair growth at the scalp and can be parted and combed in different directions. Hair is hand-tied just at the part or crown.

Basic caps are the most affordable of all wig options with sections of hair sewn to the cap. The hair is often pre-teased and styled at the root to help cover the cap.

Hair Type

There are several options for the actual hair portion of your wig.

Human hair wigs have the most natural look and are very durable with proper care. Typically, four types of human hair are used in wigs: Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and European. In general, European hair is the most sought after for its fine denier. Human hair wigs can be styled and colored to match client requests.

Synthetic hair often looks and feels similar to human hair, and requires very little maintenance. However, there is limited styling versatility, and hot implements may not be used. Synthetic wigs can last 4-6 months with proper care.

Heat friendly synthetic hair can be styled with hot implements although they are less durable than regular synthetics and are prone to tangling.


Once the wig is on your head, it should be professionally styled to suit your particular facial structure. Most wigs are made with a certain amount of excess hair to account for styling. If you have purchased a synthetic hair wig, be sure that the stylist is experienced with these wigs because the tools and training are different than working with real hair.


Human hair wigs can be colored, highlighted and dyed to specifications, whereas synthetic wigs cannot be altered. A professional wig consultant can recommend the most flattering hair color for your skin type, and some companies will provide color swatches for comparison.

If you are experiencing hair loss due to illness, genetics, chemotherapy or other reasons, Artemis Hair Studio will be your partner in selecting a wig that’s just the right fit. We specialize in creating high-quality, natural looking wigs that are custom designed to match the style, color and cut you want. Call 713-576-6918 or complete our online form to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced stylists.

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