Here’s Everything You Need To Know
Buying a wig can often be confusing and overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. But it doesn’t have to be. SHEVY’s Founder Shevy Emmanuel breaks down everything you need to know when it comes to finding, choosing, and purchasing the right wig for you.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH BRAND TO PURCHASE MY WIG FROM?
There are a lot of wig brands in the market, so it’s really important that you go in-depth to research the quality and reputation of the brand before you make a purchase. Social media follower count and pretty Instagram pictures can be quite misleading, so you need to take the time to evaluate the reputation of the person who’s selling the product, they need to know what they’re doing, have experience in the field, really care about their customers and offer after sales service. They need to be there for you if you need to have anything done, long after you have made that purchase, because that shows that they really stand behind their product.
The consultation phase should really give you insight into the kind of service and product that a company offers so pay attention to how they treat you, how much time they give you and ask a lot of questions to find out what’s included in the services and what’s not.
THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF HAIR USED IN WIGS. WHICH IS BEST?
European hair is the best quality hair out there, with Russian hair being the best hair money can buy. Caucasian hair is considered the best for its variety of color, texture, and softness, and it’s known for being the kind of hair that needs the least treatment. Other kinds of hair, such as Indian Remy hair, is always treated which simply doesn’t give the same effect; the longevity and quality of a high-quality European hair wig is simply unmatchable.
But even with European hair, there are different qualities and textures, and the good hairs need to be carefully selected from the bad hairs. People have gotten really good at faking it and treating hair to look the part, which is why I only buy hair for SHEVY wigs from a handful of trusted suppliers, because to make a high-quality wig, you need to make sure that the quality of the hair you work with is uncompromised. That’s why our wigs really stand out, not just for the way they look and feel, but also for how long they last when taken care of.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SPEND WHEN BUYING A HIGH-QUALITY WIG?
The length of a wig, and how it’s been made will impact its price point. But as a ballpark, the starting price for a high-quality European hair wig is somewhere between $4000 - $5000. And this would be for a shorter one. As a rule of thumb, longer wigs are typically more expensive, as are hand-tied ones.
HAND-TIED WIGS VS. WEFTED WIGS, WHICH SHOULD I GO FOR?
Hand-tied wigs are those where the hair is sewn individually by hand throughout the base, where are wefted ones are sewn by machines. Hand-tied wigs are completely handmade, and are usually lighter in weight, more comfortable and more expensive since each hair is individually stitched in by hand. A good quality wefted wig should still have a hand-tied crown area. At SHEVY’s we offer both kinds, catering to different price points without compromising on quality or comfort.
WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING CARE OF MY WIG, WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND?
You need to treat the wig properly to get the most out of it. If you’re going to wear your wig every day, you need to get it washed it every four weeks. And then, in between, it will need to be regularly brushed and maintained. If you only wear your wig once in a while, then you can go as much as three months between getting it washed. It’s really important that you let a professional wash and care for your wig to get the most out of it, otherwise the lace can fall, the net can stretch or rip, and the color can change. How long your wig stays with you will depend on how well you look after it.
HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE BEST COLOR AND STYLE OF WIG FOR MYSELF?
There are a few factors here to keep in mind. First, the obvious one is aesthetics. You want to work with an expert who can help you find the right color for you, one that not only brings out your personality, but also which accentuates your skin tone and eye color. Next is the fit, which is really important. Your wig should sit comfortably on your head, and you should never worry about it falling off. Lastly, it’s really important to consider your lifestyle. Longer wigs tend to be better suited for less active days and special events as they do require more upkeep just as real hair would, whereas shorter or mid-length wigs are more low maintenance. A lot of people have several wigs they rotate between, depending on when and where they will wear them.
WILL WEARING A WIG EVERYDAY AFFECT THE HEALTH OF MY SCALP?
Not if you choose the right wig and look after your scalp. I have customers who have been wearing SHEVY wigs for 20 to 30 years and they have no scalp damage. There are a few easy pointers that can help make sure your scalp always stays healthy.
- Make sure your wig is not too heavy and its breathable. All of our wigs, irrespective of how long they are, are lightweight and comfortable.
- Give your scalp time to breathe. It’s totally fine if you wear your wig all day, but its good practice to take it off once you get home so your natural hair can breathe and have that exposure.
- Do scalp treatments regularly to keep it healthy and dandruff-free.
- Look after your natural hair, just like you would if you didn’t wear a wig. Wash and condition it to ensure everything stays in good shape.
CAN I WEAR A WIG WHEN WORKING OUT?
Yes you can but make sure you get a separate wig or piece for that which is super lightweight and can easily be thrown into a ponytail. Given that you will be working out in it, it will need to be washed more often to keep it fresh and sweat-free.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A CUSTOM WIG MADE AT SHEVY?
For a fully custom piece, 8 weeks, but we also have a lot of pieces in stock which can be customized, thus cutting down the amount of time we need to get it ready. We can turn around wigs in as little as 48 hours because of how attentive our stylists tend to be during the consultations.