How to Wear a Wig


How to Wear a Wig

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Find out everything about wigs with “How to Wear a Wig”! Watch tutorials and learn how to wear and style a wig, and make your hair look exactly as you wanted!
– Step by step tutorials on putting on a wig!
– Tips for choosing the right wig!
– Learn how to trim your wig where needed to make it look perfect!
– Find out how to make your wig look more natural and realistic!
– How to take care of all different types of wigs!
– Learn how to put long hair under a stocking cap!
– How to choose a flattering hairstyle for your wig!

A wig is a head of hair made from horsehair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair, or synthetic materials which is worn on the head for fashion or various other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, including cultural and religious observance. The word wig is short for periwig and first appeared in the English language around 1675.

Some people wear wigs to disguise the fact that they are bald; a wig may be used as a less intrusive and less expensive alternative to therapies for restoring hair. Wigs may also be used as a cosmetic accessory, sometimes in a religious context. Actors often wear costume wigs in order to better portray a character.

In Britain, most Commonwealth nations, and the Republic of Ireland special wigs are also worn by barristers, judges, and certain parliamentary and municipal or civic officials as a symbol of the office. Hong Kong barristers and judges continue to wear wigs as part of court dress as an influence from their former jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Nations. In July 2007, judges in New South Wales, Australia voted to discontinue to wearing of wigs in the NSW Court of Appeal. New Zealand lawyers and judges have ceased to wear wigs except for special ceremonial occasions such as openings of Parliament or the calling of newly qualified barristers to the bar.

A number of celebrities, including Lil’ Kim, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Tina Turner and Raquel Welch have popularized wigs. Cher has worn all kinds of wigs in the last 40 years- from blonde to black, and curly to straight. They may also be worn for fun as part of fancy dress (costume wearing), when they can be of outlandish color or made from tinsel. They are quite common at Halloween, when ‘rubber wigs’ (solid bald cap-like hats, shaped like hair), are sold at some stores.

Jewish law requires married women to cover their hair for reasons of modesty (tznius). Some women wear wigs, known as sheitels, for this purpose. Haredi, Orthodox and Modern Orthodox Jewish women will often wear human-hair wigs. Wigs are used in film, theater, and television. In the film and television genre Jidaigeki, wigs are used extensively to alter the cast’s hair styles to reflect the Edo Period when most stories take place. Only a few actors starring in big-budgeted films and television series will grow their hair so that it may be cut to the appropriate hair style, and forgo using a wig.

Wigs are worn by some people on a daily or occasional basis in everyday life. This is sometimes done for reasons of convenience, since wigs can be styled ahead of time. They are also worn by individuals who are experiencing hair loss due to medical reasons (most commonly cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or those who are suffering from alopecia areata).

There are two basic kinds of human hair wigs: lace wigs and non-lace wigs (skintop or mono-filament.) Lace wigs are made partially (lace front) or entirely (full lace) of various forms of lace. Regular human hair wigs are similar to synthetic wigs in their design.

Hair type is the distinguishing factor in human hair wigs. Four main types of hair are used in manufacturing human hair wigs: Chinese or ‘Malaysian’, Indian, Indonesian or ‘Brazilian’, and Caucasian or ‘European’. The majority of human hair wigs are comprised of Chinese or Indian hair, while European hair is considered the most expensive and rare.

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