Wigs and Hairpieces: Your Practical Guide

Wigs are not what they used to be, and that’s a great thing. Far removed from artificial wigs of old, today’s versions are crafted from quality synthetic or human hair and available in a huge range of styles, so that they look and feel perfectly natural. Hairpieces have also developed in recent years with a huge range now accessible.

Here’s our guide to wigs and hairpieces, including which to choose and when to wear them.

Wigs and hairpieces: an introduction

There are plenty of reasons people might look for a wig or hairpiece. Medical conditions that have resulted in hair loss, naturally thinning hair or even the urge for a new look are all valid reasons for choosing a wig or hairpiece. To differentiate, a wig refers to a full head of hair, while a hairpiece might refer to extensions for length or volume, or a sectional piece such as a ponytail, bangs or a crown cover.

Why wear a wig

Wigs are often the best option for women with major hair loss from either chemotherapy or conditions such as alopecia or lupus. The great thing about a wig is that it can give you a new look immediately. Many people still associate wigs with ill-fitted, synthetic types of old, but wigs these days look and feel natural and are available in a wider range of colours and lengths. Best of all, they are comfortable as they’re light, breathable and very easy to wear. Human hair wigs can also be washed, styled and blow-dried, so there’s plenty of versatility.

When to wear a hairpiece

Hairpieces are available for those looking to create a new style by adding length or a feature such as a chignon or fringe. Hairpieces may also be a lifesaver for those experiencing significant hair thinning or partial hair loss. One of the best options in these cases is a hairpiece for the crown (called a topper or toppette) as this is where thinning and bald patches tend to manifest. The best hairpieces will blend with your own hair to provide volume, and cover imperfections in the most natural way possible.

Tailored for you

Both wigs and hairpieces are available ready-made, or they can be custom-made. In both instances, they can be tailored so that they will be perfectly colour-matched and designed to suit your face, style preferences and lifestyle. Hair extensions are another consideration. These are bonded to existing hair and the latest bonding treatments even allow for activities such as swimming. Or clip-in hairpieces are a popular alternative, allowing you to remove the hairpiece when relaxing at home or sleeping.

Best options

In addition to human hair wigs, hairpieces and extensions, hair loss solutions include cosmetic hair thickeners, laser therapy and hair transplants. If you’re after hair extensions in Sydney or would like to discover other ways to improve the appearance of your hair, then we’d love to organise a confidential appointment to help you rediscover great hair and regain your confidence.