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Buying a Wig or Hairpiece from Peter Hart Stylish Wigs

1. How do I know what cap size I need?

Measure with a tailor’s tape around your head. You may need a helping hand to be accurate – measure from your natural front hairline, behind your ears to the nape of your neck and around your other ear, back to the front of your hairline.

2. How do I measure the length of a wig?

Measure from the top of your head (the crown) to the bottom of the length. Curly wigs are the same length so you may want to buy a slightly longer length to allow for the curls. Remember tight curls will make the wig shorter, where a bigger bouncier curl will not make the wig as short.

3. What are the different types of wigs and caps?

Caps are what the hair is attached to and this is the bit that sits on your head. Making sure you have the right cap will help you find a wig you are comfortable wearing. Each cap type different advantages advantages.

Most wigs have hair attached in "wefts" (these are strands of hair doubled over and sewn closely together in long sections). These sections are then machine sewn, hand sewn or hand tied horizontally onto a wig cap.

A standard cap is the most common and widely used on most standard wigs creating an affordable wig. The wefts of hair are machine-sewed onto the standard cap. The hair is styled at the crown by either crimping or teasing the hairstyle to create a natural body to the style, and to cover where the wefts have been sewn into the cap crown. An affordable, easy to care for wig.

A capless wig is not very different to a standard cap design. The difference is the wefts of hair are sewn vertically not horizontally into the cap crown, this leaves small gaps (not noticeable) between the wefts, it also allows more ventilation to the head, making the wig lighter and cooler to wear. Ideal for the summer or for people who wear wigs for long periods of time.

Monofilament caps are made from a thin, breathable nylon or polyester mesh, the mesh is so fine that your scalp will show through and create the most natural looking hairstyle. Monofilaments are also very adaptable, the hair is individually hand tied to the crown allowing the hair to be styled in any way required. These wigs are the most expensive style of wigs, but are especially good for people with very little or no natural hair as the cap area is so soft on sensitive scalps where the standard cap and capless wigs can be itchy and irritate sensitive skin.

Monofilament and wefted caps are a good combination, the soft monofilament is great for sensitive skin, the weft areas can be used at the sides and back to create a wig that is affordable and comfortable to wear.

4. Will wearing a wig damage my hair or stop it growing?

The quick answer is no. But you can do things to stimulate your hair growth. Make sure you wash your scalp and hair regularly, and don’t use heavy conditioners as these can block your pores. Massage your scalp daily for about 10 -15 minutes to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage growth.

5. How long will my wig last?

Taking care of your wig will help it to last longer, but if you wear your wig most days it will generally last for a round 2 years

6. How do I take care of my wig/Can I wash my wig?

• Keep your wig on a head model when you are not wearing it.

•  To wash your wig, fill a sink with hand warm water and a gentle shampoo just a small squirt, as much as you would use to wash your own hair.  Submerge the wig for about 5 minutes, gently swirling the hair through the water to clean. Do not rub or scrub the hair. Refill the sink with clean hand warm water and repeat to remove all traces of shampoo, keep repeating until the water is clear. Very gentle squeeze excess water from the wig (do not twist the hair), place the hair on a head model and sit on a towel and leave to dry naturally overnight. Do not brush your wig when wet or use a hairdryer.

When the wig is dry carefully style it to the original style.

7. Can I cut my wig or straighten or curl my wig?

Your wig can be cut, but we don’t recommend it – like hair it has been styled into a specific design and if you try to restyle it you could ruin your wig. Peter is a qualified stylist for wig and would be happy to chat to you and advise whether your wig can be restyled. Straightening a wig will damage the hair as will curling your wig. We recommend you buy two wigs so you can change between a straight style and a curly style.

8. Can I dye my wig?

Only human hair wigs can be dyed, Synthetic hair will not hold the colour and you will damage it. If you do want to dye a human hair wig we recommend you have it done professionally, please contact Peter to discuss.

9. How do I choose the best colour for me?

The colour guides on our website are for a guide only as different monitors, laptops and phones will display a different shade.

Generally I would choose a colour that is not far from your natural colour, if you choose a lighter shade this can create a more youthful look but don’t go too light or you can look pale and drawn. Darker shades create a more dramatic look, and ladies may need to wear stronger make-up to complete the look.

10. Will my wig move or fall off when I do sports?

If you measure your cap size correctly there is no reason your wig should fall off.  Hairpieces for men with receding hairlines are created in such away that they will not move.

11. How long will my wig take to deliver?

On the day you place your order your wig will be requested for the warehouse and dispatched by your chosen postal method as soon as we can – this usually take 3 – 5 days. If you need your order for a specific date please let us know and we will do our best to help you.


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