How To Select A Wig For The TG Woman, by Denae Doyle www.FemImage
Hi Karen- Thank you for your email, regarding how and where to select a wig. A good wig is soooo important. I do not sell wigs, makeup or any products. I coach girls on feminine movement and voice, and of course I cover wigs, makeup.
Now, having said that….I think a good wig that moves in the wind, and bounces when you move—is generally a more expensive wig, as it has some human hair with synthetic—perhaps 50-50.
Next, if you know how to use a curing iron, then purchase a human hair wig, as it IS real hair. I do teach my girls how to use a curling iron, rollers, or a flat iron.
Another important factor is your budget. I tell my clients more serious clients to save for a better wig. Also, this depends on how much you dress. If you’re a full time girl, or someone who is transitioning—I put my clients in a real human hair wig I teach them to curl it, as real human hair will go straight. I determine there skin tone and eye tone, and it is important you put several colors in your wig. You generally want darker roots, as the darker root color will bring out your eyebrows and eyes, giving your face dimension and this will bring attention to your eyes. After a layer of darker roots, then have fun with lots of different colors of highlights, as this looks more natural then ONE color. These highlights can be ash blonde or golden blonde or even put in a dash of golden red along with the gold. Look at your skin tone, is it light, medium or dark.?And, your eyes. The darker your skin and eyes the darker base color you can wear. or with dark skin and hair you can wear one dark color of hair. However, if you’re light skin that burns in the sun, you probably need lighter colors with perhaps a small percentage of darker roots.
Where to go in your city? Do your home work. Use the phone book and the Internet. Call and ask their prices. Are they a wig shop or do they custom design one for you. Also, I did not mention…there are many new lace front partial wigs the salons will color to match your hair (on the sides and back, and in front if needed) The partials are very light, and simply blend into your male hair, made to cover any balding area. These are also ideal for the tg woman who has THIN hair all over).
Again, if your just going out at night, and having fun…then select less expensive wigs. This allows you to test several colors and styles over time. If you see someone with great looking wig, ask them where they got it! I am never shy to say to another woman, Oh, I love your ___________(dress, shoes, haircut,) may I ask where you purchased it, I really love it. Most of the time, they will be happy to tell you.
I would go in and try on the wig., and only over the internet if you occasionally dress (then I would suggest The Breast Store for the less expensive wig). I would go for a straight wig, not curly. I would cover your neck and once you purchase the wig, have them taper (cut) the wig so it comes in on each side with some light bangs to cover any lines on the forehead (like Jennifer Anniston use to wear her hair). This tapering should begin at the chin, then a second layer coming in on both side for any Adams apple, and the third layer comes in at the chin. If you want it long, your tapering will stop at the chin, and then you ask them to leave the back longer and oval it (not a straight across cut).
Wearing a long curly cheerleader wig, save those for home. Avoid wearing a really curly hair. And, avoid a really bleached all blonde wig, (as it will not have darker roots and will wash your face out, especially if you’re over 45 or 50).
This is the rule I follow when I am selecting a color for a client. Determine the amount of gray you have in your hair. The gray “Lightens” the wrinkles. If you are 50% gray, then go with that percentage of highlights. If you are only 10% do the same. People over 50 generally should put some highlights in their hair. (Remember Elvis before he passed, and he had black hair, with his skin which had wrinkles at his age—this brought more attention to the wrinkles).
Take some photos , with you of the style you want. And, stand up for what you want, not what they want to push onto you.
Ask pricing, before you make an apt. If you don’t find something you like, then tell them you still want to look. It is like buying a car. You want to find the style that turns you on, the color, and the price!! The right color wig, will lhelp you select the ideal colors of makeup and give you an over-all natural look.
You may need to shop at several places, and when traveling, always try wig salons.
Are You Afraid To Go In?
Wig salons probably sell more wigs to CD’s or TS women, than they do genetic females. So, call you make an apt, and say…I am TG and I am looking to purchase a wig that is ———-fill in the blanks. Try on as many wigs as you can. If you’re going full time, a good wig is an investment that you will wear every time you walk out the door, so save your money for the highest quality you can afford, and always remember what their charge will be the cutting the wig into any style you want, or what the charge will be for touch up bangs or a little shorter in the back, etc. and do your research.
I hope this helps you , in your wig journey.
All my best,
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