Oct 31, 2018

How does your face shape influence the wig style?

Your face shape is one of the most important factors while making wig buying decisions. The shape of your face will determine which wig style is the best for you. Wigs work the same way haircuts and lengths work. Different face shapes and features decide which cuts are ideal for a person. Then other factors fine-tune the choices including their profession, daily activities, personal style quotient, and dressing style. Even today, there are several people, who shop for what they like on the mannequin or display online. These products might be of a delectable quality, and they might be bespoke designer creations, but that does little to ensure that they will look great on you.
Why do people struggle to find the correct wig style?

A wig that looks good on a mannequin or a Styrofoam head might not look good on you. That does not raise any questions about the quality of the hair or the weave. It only says that you did not pay enough attention to your face shape while choosing your new wig. The equation is quite straightforward. Either you buy a wig with a particular cut that will flatter your face shape, your neck, and overall personality. Or, you get a generic looking wig in the right color and take it to a hair stylist for a cut that will accentuate your features.

Each person has different sets of defining features. You might have beautiful eyes, high cheekbones, a perfect pout or a really pretty petite forehead. Unless you pay attention to these features individually, you will never understand what you should highlight. A good wig can slim your face, accentuate your cheekbones and hide high foreheads. Thus, it is essential for each buyer to know their basic face shape and type before they go out and splurge their hard-earned money on expensive and designer wigs. Each face type is unique, and there is a perfect wig for each face shape. That is a mantra you need to remember while going wig shopping. If you do not have even the slightest clue as to how to classify your face shape or find your best features, you should speak with your salon stylist, who cuts your hair.

How to choose wigs and haircuts according to face shape?

There are a few general types of face shapes that you need to keep in mind. One of these basic shapes should resemble your face shape. Now, your best friend might have a round face and a wig might look gorgeous on her. The same wig might look artificial and cheap on your heart-shaped face. So here is a brief guide on the different cuts and lengths of the hair you should pick based on different face shapes –

Oval face shape

If you are the lucky few, who have naturally oval-shaped faces, you may have never faced any problem finding a wig that fits perfectly. You are also the lucky ones who never struggle with "odd" haircuts and new hairdos. At this moment, you might be wondering "what wig problem? I have never found one that is unflattering”. That is probably because your face shape, eyes, cheekbones and chin have perfect balance. However, that does create a new kind of problem. There are so many wig choices at hand that you do not know which will look best on you. Well, it is always smart to begin the screening by choosing a parting style. Oval shaped faces look great in side parts. You can choose soft curls that frame your face perfectly. Or, you can go with poker straight lobs that will give you a sophisticated, yet understated look. Always pay attention to your skin tone while buying wigs. If you have a warm undertone, go with cooler colors. Black and brown are generic hair colors that look good on more or less all skin tones. To be on the safe side, you can pick one with subtle highlights. Try the wigs on and go with the ones that live up to your expectation of texture and movement.

Square face shape

People with a square or square-ish face shape have highly angular cheekbones, and jawline. The primary aim for you should be to soften the angles of your face with the help of the wig. While you should not be hiding behind the hairpiece, it should take complete responsibility to highlight your best features. Some natural textures work best for square face shapes including loose curls, wispy bangs and messy tendrils around the face. Most flattering wig styles for this face shape include media and short lengths with heavy volume and noticeable texture. It is always a smart move to avoid completely straight angles, especially ones that end at chin length. These might accentuate the angles of your face instead of softening them. In short, you should be looking for something that screams "feminine," and you should be good to go. Hairpieces will meet the same purpose, and you should try wigs of front lace for maximum security.

Diamond face shape

Those with a diamond-shaped face often face the problem of finding a haircut and a style that does not give their face an overly angular look. A diamond face shape already has broad and pronounced cheekbones and a narrow chin. You might be highly photogenic, and almost all sunglasses may flatter your face, but finding the right wig is a pain in the neck. So, what you need to do is find a few styles that lay flat on either side of your head. You do not need to add any more volume on the top and the sides. Your wig needs to be light so as not to add volume to the area around your ears, or your cheekbones will look more pronounced. So, while picking out your wig, investing in a breathable and tight wig cap is absolutely mandatory. Full lace wigs and frontal lace wigs are the best choices for you since you wig should be light, flirty and wispy. Shorter hairstyles including pixies, formal bobs, and asymmetric bobs will flatter your face. They should carefully frame the temple area of your face, but not draw much attention to the narrow-angle of your chin.

Pear-shaped face

If you have a pear-shaped face, you must have an enviably small forehead and a visibly pronounced jawline. It is a unique face shape for women, and it takes some amount of effort to find a wig or a haircut that suits this face shape. You are one of the very few in the world with this face shape, and you should seize this special opportunity to have some fun with the full lace wigs. Go with wigs that add volume to your eyes. Layered looks are the best for you because you can afford to add volume around your ears and around the neck. Adding full layers will deflect attention to the eyes and your neck, and away from the middle of your face. A classic shag should look fantastic on you. Pear shaped faces are the only ones, who can carry of a full shag hairstyle without making it look unprofessional or messy! However, remember to steer clear of blunts, and bobs, and basically any other cut that ends at your jaws.

Heart face shape

People with heart-shaped faces are quite lucky since they get all the fancy short bobs and trendy lobs. Heart shapes are a little different from diamond shapes. You might have a narrow chin, but a broad forehead that calls for bangs, fringes and clever layering. The idea is to bring some hair on the forehead with your new wig. The new lace frontal wigs make it possible to add hair on the forehead in the form of bangs or fringes without really making the source of the hair too evident. Proper blending of the wig with your natural hairline will make even the best hair stylists in the city second guess all night long! Always keep the volume to the nape region and go with subtle layers. Remember to not go with choppy layers and super short, but high volume cuts during this season.

Apart from this basic guide, you do not need much to shop for the right style of the wig. You must remember that confidence is the key when it comes to wearing a wig out in the open. If you do not want to make it too apparent that it is artificial hair you are wearing, then choose subtle colors and simple styles. Begin with something that looks a lot like your real hair to avoid unwanted attention. If you do not find something that matches your dream wig, take it to a salon where a stylist can trim and add layers to the wig to give it a more natural look. You can gradually move onto the bolder colors and cuts once you gain the confidence of “wigging it out” in public. Confidence is the only glue that can hold the entire style together and complete your whole look. 

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