Guide to Wigs

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Millions of people around the globe wear wigs of all sizes, colours, styles and for different reasons. The wig industry is an ever-growing market full of stunning, realistic looking, high-quality styles from world-renowned brands. There are plenty of wig wearers out there trying to find the perfect match to maximise comfortability and find a style that suits them best. However, with such a huge number of options to choose from, it’s easy to get a little lost and feel a bit bewildered!

This essential guide to wigs has all the information you need, all in one place. From understanding the differences between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs to learning how to measure your head for a wig, this guide will ease your concern and ensure you know exactly what to look out for when finding a wig. Whether you’re considering a wig to switch up your style and match the latest trends or you require a wig for medical reasons, here’s everything you need to know.


Joseph's Wigs range of designer human hair and synthetic wigs


Everything you need to know about buying, wearing & owning a wig.

In order to feel and look your best it’s vital you find the right wig to avoid discomfort and to maximise your confidence. However, finding a comfortable wig that meets your requirements can seem like a mammoth task, especially when there are thousands of styles to choose from. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. This is your one stop shop for everything you need to know about buying, wearing and owning a wig to avoid confusion and help you find, wear and maintain your new wig in the best possible way.

This guide will include:

Choosing a Wig

Wearing a Wig

Owning a Wig

Choosing a Wig

From human hair wigs and synthetic wigs to understanding wig cap constructions, this section will bring you up to scratch on what wigs you should go for to make the right purchase. There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a wig, however there are factors to consider that’ll help determine what type of wigs you’ll prefer and will suit you best.

Different Types of Wigs

In recent years wigs have become increasingly realistic thanks to world-renowned wig technology that creates wigs that look just like normal hair. Both human hair and synthetic wigs offer an array of benefits, however depending on your personal circumstances and preferences, you might prefer one over the other.

Synthetic Wigs

Don’t be fooled by the fact synthetic wigs aren’t made out of human hair; their high-quality fibre strands showcase total naturalness and can often be mistaken for real biological hair. Natural looking synthetic wigs offer popular qualities that might appeal to you: they require less maintenance, they’re cost-effective, they hold their style for longer periods of time and conveniently they don’t frizz, regardless of bad weather conditions.


Human Hair Wigs

Made from 100% Remy human hair, if you’re looking to replicate your biological hair colour and style, human hair wigs are for you. With a huge range of styles from leading brands such as Ellen Wille and Raquel Welch, human hair wigs offer versatility and glamour.


Synthetic Wigs Vs Human Hair Wigs – What’s the Difference?

Both types of wigs have their pros and cons: human hair wigs may be the more ‘natural’ looking option but higher in price, whereas synthetic wigs are more cost-effective and hold their style for longer but lack the overall styling versatility human hair wigs offer.

Why not read more about the difference between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs in our blog to answer your questions in more detail.

Understanding Wig Cap Constructions

Joseph’s Wigs offer a range of different styles, wig fittings and cap constructions specifically designed to suit every need. It’s important to find the right wig fitting to increase comfort and ensure you feel confident when wearing your wig. From wefted and lace front cap constructions to monofilament and hand-tied wigs, read more about wig cap constructions and learn how to choose the right one for best results.

Ellen Wille monofilament cap constructionEllen Wille lace front wig cap construction


Buying a Wig for Medical Reasons

Initially buying a wig for medical reasons can be nerve-racking and daunting as the concept of wearing a wig might be totally new to you. But there’s no need to worry, wigs are designed to help you feel confident, look beautiful and feel more like you again so there’s no need to feel embarrassed or self-conscious. With the right style, you’ll understand what a difference a wig can make to not only your overall confidence but also your general daily life.

Wigs for Cancer

Our friendly, compassionate and private service ensures a positive shopping experience for our clients undergoing chemotherapy who have decided to try a wig. We offer a huge range of wigs from off-the-shelf to custom wigs, tailor-made to your design with cap constructions that ensure your scalp feels protected and comfortable. From modern cuts to timeless classic styles, we offer a range of wigs for cancer to suit your every need.

Wigs for Alopecia

There is a lot to consider when buying a wig for alopecia, but our experts are here to guide you and make the experience a pleasurable one. From fibre wigs to human hair wigs, blonde wigs to darker wigs, each person has their own needs and preferences. It’s important you find a wig that helps you feel like you again, a wig that sits well and feels comfortable on sensitive scalps and enhances your natural features to bring out that inner glow.

How to Measure Your Head for a Wig

Wigs come in a range of different sizes; it’s important to take accurate head measurements to ensure you’re buying the correct size for you. A wig should feel as secure and comfortable as possible and getting the correct measurements can help to achieve this. Read our page on how to measure your head for a wig with a video demonstration to follow along.

Choose a Wig Style and Colour

The visual element of a wig is essential to feeling gorgeous and showcasing complete confidence, so you feel ready to face each day stronger than before. With such a wide selection of different wig styles and colours to choose from it can be quite a mission to find your favourites, even for the most decisive wig wearers.

Wig Styles

With a range of wigs from leading brands including Raquel Welch, Ellen Wille, Amore and Jon Renau, you can rest assured the perfect wig for you is out there. From chic, short wigs to long, elegant waves, you can find natural looking human hair wigs and fibre wigs to suit every budget. In order to find the best style for you, take a look at our wig style guide full of expert guidance to get you started.

Wig Colours

From fiery red wigs and darker chocolate brown shades to bright blondes and midnight black wigs, there’s a colour available for every mood. Whether you want to perfectly match your biological hair colour or go for something out of the ordinary, we have a unique collection that will allow you to make anything possible. Discover our wig colour guide to help you find the perfect match.

Shop Best Selling Designer Wigs You’ll Love

Joseph’s Wigs aren’t short of supplying the very best designer wigs including world-renowned styles in fashionable colours to meet your wants and needs. Our wide selection of wigs for ladies gives you every opportunity in finding the perfect wig, whether you’re looking for a shorter bob cut with a hand-tied wig construction or a longer style with a natural looking lace front. Browse our collection of designer ladies wigs from the likes of Ellen Wille, Jon Renau, Gisela Mayer and more.


Best selling designer human hair wigs and synthetic wigs at Joseph's Wigs


Wearing a Wig

So, you have ordered your first wig, you’ve received your parcel in the post, you open up the box and see your wig neatly presented - but now what? Experienced wig wearers may see wearing a wig as second nature, however wearing a wig for the first time can feel strange; one may be clueless as to where to even begin. Don’t panic, this section will ease the nerves and guide you through each stage to help you feel at ease.

How to Wear a Wig

Our guide on how to wear a wig will help you put on your wig in the simplest way, taking you through each stage, from the moment you receive your wig in a box through to styling the wig to your liking. You can also watch and follow our video demonstration to help understand each stage of putting on and wearing your wig so that you feel most comfortable.

Owning a Wig

Once you’ve bought your wig, the fun doesn’t stop there. It’s essential to continue caring for your wig to ensure it lasts and maintains its out-of-the-box brand new appearance each time you wear it. There are specific protocols we recommend you follow in order to maintain your wig and keep it looking its best, depending on whether you’ve bought a human hair or synthetic fibre wig.




Wig Maintenance

There are many elements to wig maintenance that help to maintain your wigs natural glow. Just like any delicate item, wigs can get damaged when mistreated which can result in breakage. Discover our wig maintenance products to help ensure your wig stays full-bodied and lush for as long as possible.

Looking After Your Synthetic Wig

As mentioned previously, synthetic wigs are particularly popular as they don’t require nearly as much wig maintenance as a human hair wig. However, they do still require adequate attention to increase their longevity and maintain their stunning appearance. Read our top tips on how to care for your synthetic wig.

Caring for your Human Hair Wig

Just as you would wash, care for and treat your own head of hair, human hair wigs require the same, careful attention. If you’re looking to maintain your wigs initial volume and bounce, consider treating it correctly: learn how to store the wig properly, use suitable products and treat it like your own in our how to care for your human hair wig guide.


Wig Accessories

The right wig accessories can not only help to keep your wig looking gorgeous and in top condition, but they can also help to wear your wig perfectly to maximise comfort and ultimately increase your confidence when wearing a wig. As experts in the field, we can advise you on the best wig accessories for your unique needs.

Wig care accessories at Joseph's Wigs


Get in Touch with Joseph’s Wigs

Joseph’s Wigs are a small, friendly wig supplier who are passionate about helping people like you find a wig that meets their needs. If you’re in need of any particular help or guidance, feel free to get in touch with Claire or Stuart by emailing or call 020 8648 5541. Alternatively, fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Book a Private Wig Fitting Appointment

If you’d like to have the opportunity to try on as many wigs as you’d like to see what looks best and find the right fit, book an appointment with Claire who will help you with anything you need. All appointments are conducted in a private room where you’ll discuss your favourite styles, colours, how to wear a wig, cap constructions and more.