Wigs can be synthetic or made of human hair.
Wigs can be man-made (synthetic). The way these wigs are made has improved over the last few years.
- These wigs are cheaper than real-hair wigs, and are light and easier to look after. They can cost anything from 50 to several hundred pounds. But they may be free on prescription. See our information below on paying for a wig.
- The style is heat-sealed into the hair, so that they can be hand-washed with shampoo, left to dry overnight and are then ready to wear the next day. They can be combed or brushed through gently.
- They usually last for around 4 to 8 months.
- All wigs come with instructions on how to look after them and you should follow these carefully.
These wigs may be made from different hair types, which are often bleached and then dyed.
- Human-hair wigs can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. They are not usually available on the NHS.
- They may need regular cleaning and styling by a professional, which can be expensive.
- Some human-hair wigs can be shampooed and styled at home on a specially-designed wig block. Your wig maker can advise you about this.
- It can help to have two wigs so that you can wear one while the other is being cleaned.
Due to the high demand for real hair, human hair can be mixed with synthetic hair. The synthetic hairs will stretch and frizz when a hairdryer or hair straighteners are used. Ask your hair supplier for more information about this.
Using your own hair
Many people wonder whether they can have their own hair cut off and made into a wig. This may only be possible if your natural hair is long and in good condition. Even if it is, you may not have enough hair to make a full wig. This is a specialised technique, so it will be expensive (around £2,500 or more) and will usually take at least 10 weeks to make.