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  • We LOVE to get questions. . .

    The Simply Wigs team loves to get any questions about wigs and hairpieces because it is our passion. There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing a piece and here at Simply Wigs we have put together some guidelines that will hopefully make your decision easier.

    If you can not see the answer that you are looking for, then simply get in touch and we promise to do our very best to help answer any question that you have.

    There are several ways you can get in touch. . . Just give us a call on 01484 844557 for an immediate response, or just use our contact us page where you will find several different easy ways to get in touch.

  • Fibre wig maintenance


    General advice - The most important guideline is to use products that have been specifically formulated for use on synthetic fibre wigs and hairpieces. Even the most mild and gentle products intended for human hair will eventually dull the fibres of a synthetic wig. Hairspray for human hair is especially damaging to a synthetic wig, and it can actually deteriorate the fibres. It is important to use combs and brushes that are designed for use on synthetic wigs, or if using a regular hairbrush or comb, be sure it has the rubber "tips" at the end of each brush bristle or tooth of the comb. This will prevent the fibres from splitting, and keep the wig from looking fuzzy and dull before its time.

    Synthetic (Fibre) Wig and Hairpiece Care
    Synthetic wigs are very easy to care for. A full wig or hairpiece generally needs to be washed about once every 10 to 12 times it is worn. The reason most wigs need cleaning is to rinse the accumulated scalp oils from the cap, rather than to wash the actual fibres. However, if you use a lot of styling products such as mousse, gel, or spray on your wig, it will likely need to be washed more often. Remember, each time the wig is washed, it shortens its lifespan. The idea is to use as few styling products as possible, so that it won't need to be washed as often. Also, wearing a wig cap underneath your wig will help to absorb the scalp oils.

    Here is our general advice for keeping your purchase in tip top shape . . . .

    • 1. Gently brush out the wig to remove any tangles (unless the wig is extremely curly and/or it came with a tag telling you that it shouldn't be brushed)
    • 2. Most of the longer styles may become quite matted towards the back, and it may be necessary to gently separate the tangled strands with your fingers. TIP: Apply wig spray as lubricant to aid brushing and easy removal of any tangles.
    • 3. When the wig is ready to be washed, fill the sink with cool to luke warm water. Never use hot water, as this could damage the fibre.
    • 4. Pour about 2 capfuls of synthetic wig shampoo into the water and then submerge the wig. When the wig is fully wet, swish it around for about a minute and then let soak for about another minute. TIP: Leave the wig to soak in the shampoo and water for 5 minutes before washing. This will loosen any stubborn debris and require less rubbing friction. Repeat the washing process if you feel that the first wash has not fully cleansed the hair or fibre.
    • 5. Remove the wig and rinse in cold water until no suds remain. Then place the wig on a bath towel to completely dry overnight, or you may place it on a folding wig stand, which will speed up the drying process.
    • 6. It is all right to blot the wig with a towel, but don't twist the wig or ring it out. You can use your fingers to gently separate and arrange the strands as the wig is drying, but don't try to comb or brush the wig while still wet. The fibres could be stretched to the breaking point. Tip: Always rinse the shampoo off with the water flowing in the direction of the hair fibre.
    • 7. Lightly spray conditioner onto the wig after towel drying to aid later brushing and to return oils lost through the washing procedure.
    • 8. If you wish, you can use a spray-on conditioner on the wig while damp. Work the conditioner through the strands with your fingers, NOT a brush or comb.
    • 9. When the wig is completely dry, you can brush it and style it as you usually would.

    Do not ever use any type of electric styling appliances on your synthetic fibre wig. Even on the coolest settings, a hair dryer or straighteners will frizz the fibres, and may even melt them. Not a good look!

  • Human Hair wig maintenance


    General advice - Washing a human hair wig is a different process than washing a fibre wig. First of all you have to use different products. We recommend that you use a product that has been designed for HUMAN HAIR wigs such as the Ellen Wille Human Hair Shampoo. Or you can use top quality normal shampoos & conditioners. As long as you are using the top brands!

    Human Hair Wig and Hairpiece Care

    • 1. Gently brush out the wig to remove any tangles (unless the wig is extremely curly and/or it came with a tag telling you that it shouldn't be brushed)
    • 2. Pin the wig to a poly head and use a shower head to keep the water running in the same direction
    • 3. Drench the piece with water then apply a small amount of shampoo.
    • 4. Comb the shampoo through the hair from top to bottom using gentle downward strokes one section at a time. Do not scrub the hair.
    • 5. Rinse with cool water from the top down and from the inside of the cap to remove excess shampoo.
    • 6. Apply conditioner and repeat step 4 and 5. (The conditioner can be left on for up to five minutes to improve consistancy).
    • 7. Gently blot hair with a towel. DO NOT rub vigorously.
    • 8. Lightly comb through and allow the wig to air dry naturally.
    • 9. To restyle your human hair wig, you may use a hair dryer, rollers, or straighteners on low heat settings.
  • This is caused by friction. Let's see if we can help. . .

    Wig Cap

    Occasionally, a wig may tangle or knot up at the nape (back of the neck). This is caused by the hair rubbing the back and shoulders and is called 'Friction Rub' - The thinner the hair, or if the hair is around shoulder length, the more likelihood there is that it will matt.

    How to help prevent this:
    Brush the wig on a regular basis and you may use a small amount of leave in conditioner to prevent dry hair and tangling as the piece receive natural oils from the head. Also, store on a wig stand overnight. Sadly though friction rub can be a common occurence in fibre wigs.

  • Basically there are 5 different types of construction

    We know that there are many different variations of wig construction, but to make it easier for our customers we have narrowed it down to just 5 types.

    1. Traditional - Identified by the traditional closed flower net lace top. Open wefting on sides and back which are machine sewn. Very durable and has good lift at the crown and root areas. Can weigh slightly more than other types of construction.

    2. Capless - Identified by the open wefting through out the wig allowing the air to circulate. The construction creates volume and lift due to the slight pre- teasing found at the root area. Light weight, airy and comfortable.

    3. Monofilament - Identified by the hand knotted sheer base which creates a very natural look and allows you to style and part the hair in any direction you like so that the hair looks like it is growing from the scalp. There are 3 construction types: Monofilament top, monofilament parting and monofilament crown. Very popular and natural.

    4. Hand tied - Identified by the hand knotted sheer base which is extremely light and contours to the shape of the scalp. Specifically designed for people with total hairloss or sensitve scalps. The hair can be styled or parted in any direction and has a very natural look. Light weight and very comfortable.

    5. Lacefront - Identified by the hand knotted lace front. Very popular due to creating a natural hairline and allowing you to wear the hair away from the face. The 2 basic types of construction are Ready To Wear which has a pre-cut lace front and the Professional lace front which will need to be cut back to create a custom hairline (will require adhesive or tape).

    Further reading?: Then read our Magazine article on Lace Front Wigs

  • First decide on your face shape

    Face Shape

    Stand in front of a mirror and decide which shape best suits you:

    Deciding for the first time which wig will suit you can seem to be a daunting task. Follow this useful guide and you will soon be making that decision with confidence.

    Heart shape face

    The OVAL shaped face is longer than wide, with a jaw that's narrower than the cheekbones. Because the oval shaped face has no dominant areas and is so proportional, the oval shaped face looks good with just about any hairstyle, length or texture. .

    Round shape face

    The ROUND shape face is characterised by a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones. These faces look very good with a geometric or linear style, which breaks up the "round" appearance. ADD HEIGHT, when possible, and long, wispy side areas to make the cheeks look narrow. Comb hair close to the head on the side and at the neck. Avoid lots of width.

    Oblong shape face

    The OBLONG shape face is characterised by a very long and narrow bone structure. Use a fringe across the forehead by creating soft waves, or curls in the crown and nape areas. This helps to create the illusion of an oval. Adds softness.

    Heart shape face

    The HEART shape face is characterised by a wide forehead and a narrower chin. Bring some hair onto the forehead to disguise its width. Keep hair close to the head at the eyes but make it slightly full around the jaw, and below and in front of the earlobes. Adds volume towards the chin.

    Diamond shape face

    The DIAMOND shape face is characterised by narrow sides and fullness at the chin. Bobs work very well for this shape. Avoid wearing height on top or volume on the sides. Use some fringe to cover narrow forehead. Reduces the width at the sides.

    Square shape face

    The SQUARE shaped face is characterised by a wide hairline and jaw. Square shaped faces need height or waves on top and narrowness at the sides, to break up the "squareness". Comb the hair off the forehead to add height to the face. CURLY or WAVY texture and wisps of hair around the face break the wide, straight lines common to the square face. Soften up the edges..

  • Don't worry. . . it is very easy to measure for a wig


    All our wigs are adjustable in size using elastic adjusters located in the nape of the wig.To measure the circumference of your head for your size, simply take your cloth tape measure and measure from your front hairline to just above the ears, to where your neck bends and back around to the front hairline.

    Follow our very simple guide in our Magazine article to show you the easy steps.

  • There are lots of colours available. Which is the right shade for me?


    Colour is such an important consideration when purchasing your products, so we have made it clearer & easier for you to make your decision.

    The colours for each of our brand products are divided into blondes,browns, reds and greys. Within these 4 colour groups you can decide if you want to see blended colours, highlighted colours, dark rooted colours…or all of them! These are shown on the fabulous Colour Queen   If in doubt. . . then give us a call!

    Colour Queen at Simply Wigs. Colour choice made easy.

  • Not necessarily. Unless you are doing something that makes you hot!

    Modern wigs have been designed in various ways to let the scalp 'breathe' and you'll be surprised at how comfortable a wig is to wear. As with most things you normally do get what you pay for! For a lightweight, comfortable feel, look for wigs that feature a hand tied or monofilament top. Perfect for greater air circulation and a cooler feel.

    If you do perspire more than most, then we do sell products that will help eliminate the build up of moisture. One of most popular products is a thin disposable liner that affixes securely inside any wig to form a protective, breathable barrier and are engineered specifically for your needs to stay dry and comfortable. - HeadlineIt

  • Depends upon if it is a fibre or human hair wig.

    This is quite a simple one. . .
    If you have a synthetic fibre wig you will not be able to colour the piece with dye. You will not be able to straighten or curl your piece.

    NOTE: Do not use any type of heated appliance on a fibre product as it will damage it!

    If the piece is human hair then the answer is 'yes', but remember that the hair has already been processed so any colour that you put on will 'take' faster than normal due to the hair being more porous.

  • There are a few factors to take into account. . .

    A lot will depend on the environment that you wear it in. As a general rule of thumb, with the piece being worn on a regular basis and the maintenance being correctly applied - then you can expect:

    Fibre wigs and hairpieces: This type of wig can last from 4 months to 1 year
    depending on various factors such as quality, construction and maintenance.

    Human Hair wigs and hairpieces: This type of wig can last for up to 1 year or even longer -
    depending on various factors such as quality, construction and maintenance.

  • At the end of the day, it's a matter of choice. . .

    Wig Cap

    If you are wearing a wig for the first time then you may ask 'Do I need a wig cap?' and 'What is the point of a wig cap?' - Firstly, a wig cap is a stretchy nylon cap that is placed over the head to keep all the hair secure. Same look as 10 dernier tights! The cap should feel snug, but still be comfortable.

    At the end of the day it is a personal preference and it may be best to try one to see how you get on with it.

    For all the Pros & Cons of wearing a wig cap then please view 'Do I need a wig cap?'

  • Here we are. . . Right in the middle of the U.K!

    Simply Wigs offers expert advice & guidance, via our amazing telephone Customer Services team. We do not offer the services of a shop, where it is possible to visit our premises.

    We are very proud of our company and very proud of our staff. We believe that we have the very best knowledge, skills and expertise when it comes to wigs, hairpieces and accessories. For that reason we like to make it as easy as possible to stay in touch. We like to chat and listen to our customer views and queries.

    We are at Units 2a/2b Spa Fields Estate, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5BB, U.K.
    Full details can be found on our CONTACT page.

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