Wig Problems: Knowing the good from the bad

All of our lives, neither me or my Mum have ever had any hair. This means that between us we have bought and owned hundreds of wigs. But, not only have we bought and owned wigs, we have learnt a lot about them. So I have decided that to share some of the things that we have learnt through a series of blogs that I will post over the next few weeks, along with others, named “Wig Problems”.

One of the biggest issues that we have faced when buying wigs is knowing which ones are good and which ones aren’t so good. By this, I mean knowing which ones will last like this –

Rene of Paris

and which ones will turn into this –

November 2006

From these pictures it may look like the bottom one is just older and less well looked after but in actual fact, this isn’t the case. It may be hard to believe but some wigs stay in great condition for months and others go tatty and horrible within weeks. Yes weeks. It’s all about knowing which ones will last and which ones won’t.

However, this can be extremely tricky when you are faced with hundreds of wigs; all of which look the same (at first!) So this week I have decided to share with you everything that me and my mum have learnt about wigs over the years.

Finding a good manufacturer:

The first piece of advice that I would give to anybody that wishes to buy a wig is knowing which manufacturers to look at. This is because, like anything else, some companies sell better quality wigs than others. For example, in the above pictures, the top is a Rene of Paris and the bottom is a Natural Image. I mean, why would you buy Banston beans when you can buy Heinz (but let’s not start that argument here). Okay, so it’s a bit different but hopefully you get the idea. Now, I have created a list of five good manufacturers and three manufacturers to avoid. A list that I have created based on my own personal experience with these companies.

Good manufactures:

  1. Rene of Paris
  2. Noriko
  3. Armore
  4. Henry Margu
  5. Revlon

Manufacturers to avoid:

  1. Natural Image
  2. Hot Hair
  3. Jon Renau

Many manufacturers also have “collections” such as Inspired by Natural Image and Raquel Welch by Hot Hair so when looking at wigs be mindful of that.

Wigs by these manufacturers and many more can be found on sites such as;

http://www.directwigs.co.uk ,

http://www.simplywigs.co.uk and

http://www.reneofparis.com

Hospital Prescriptions:

One thing that most people don’t know about wigs is that you can get pretty much ANY wig on prescription. If you leave it to the hospital, they will show you wigs from manufacturers that they have contracts with (usually the cheaper manufacturers that sell the worse quality wigs). However, if you ask for a (couple of) particular wig(s) they can order them in and you can try them on and get one on prescription, ALL FOR FREE.

In order to do this, you can look for wigs by the better manufacturers, such as Rene of Paris, on sites such as http://www.simplywigs.co.uk and give the specific details of the wig to your hospital and most hospitals will order it in for free. Alternatively, if you have a wig already that you really like but just want a newer one or to have it in a different colour etc, you can give the details off of the tag.

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Personal Experience:

From all of the times that I ever bought a wig, I also found that many shops don’t have a clue what they are talking about! When I was little, someone in one of these shops told us that we could use curlers on a synthetic wig. Using heat on plastic fibres, yeah, that’s a good idea! However, don’t get me wrong, there are many extremely helpful people out there. I have mentioned her before but the best place that I have ever been is Andreas Hairoom (www.andreashairoom.co.uk); Andrea is a lovely women who has personal experience with alopecia and knows exactly what she is doing and talking about.

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