As a general guide ensure that your wig does not arrive before you do. In other words it should be part of your total ‘look’ rather than dominate it.
Avoid extreme styles and ensure the colour is within two shades of what ‘Mother Nature’ chose for you. Do not be tempted to go for an expensive ‘real hair’, they are much harder to look after and almost immediately lose their style.
When you select your wig be guided by your personality type, figure, height, face shape etc, and remember that ideally your head should be (or at least appear to be) one-seventh the length of your body and your hairstyle can either create or destroy this illusion of near perfection. For example:
A rounded hairstyle is most flattering to a fuller figure, but if the face like the figure is full, the wig style should not be so rounded. If in addition the person is on the short side, a very short style will tend to lead to a dumpy appearance.
A style smaller at the crown, fuller at the bottom (triangular-shaped) will create the illusion of more height, making the short neck appear longer and drawing the eye up to the face. Ideal for the small TV.
A longer hairstyle – anywhere from the top of the shoulders to the middle back – draws the eye down, which is ideal for the taller amongst us who must avoid the small, sleek head which has the visual effect of a long ‘T’ without the horizontal bar at the top.
If you are built along horizontal lines – broad shoulders and hips – a short, full hairstyle with upturned ends draws the eye away from those wide, ‘big-boned’ lines and up to and past the cheekbones.
A long neck appears shorter, more rounded when hair is worn long with soft lines and fullness.
A square, heavy-set face needs a hairstyle with height and curvy waves that will break the square lines.
A high forehead looks most attractive with fluffy trails swept to the side.
A thin, sharp-featured face asks for a rounded hairstyle with fullness at the sides.
A double chin appears less noticeable when hair is carried forward on the face, rather than swept tightly back.
A long prominent nose is balanced, brought into proportion by gathering hair at the back of the head with a cluster of curls.
Styles to suit your features
Prominent Nose Fullness of hair on top and width at the temples makes a large or long nose seem more delicate from the front view. In profile the nose is shortened when hair projects up and forward in a high, puffy style. Keep the back of the head full and rounded, the ends long enough to cover the neck. Avoid both straight lines and tight curls.
Diamond-shaped Face Fullness of hair on top and width at the temples makes a large or long nose seem more delicate from the front view. In profile the nose is shortened when hair projects up and forward in a high, puffy style. Keep the back of the head full and rounded, the ends long enough to cover the neck. Avoid both straight lines and tight curls.
Square Face Soften any sharp angles and slim the width by wearing the hair shorter or longer than chin length, with a wave or curl coming in at the cheekbone. The height at the crown and a dipping side also helps.
Round Face To counteract roundness, you’ll want to wear your hair smooth at the sides, curved in towards the face at about the chin line. Create height at the crown and some fullness a little below the ears. Choose a side rather than a centre parting which has a broadening tendency.
Heart-shaped Face This face has a piquant charm. If you have a pretty chin, feature it by keeping the chin line clean. If, however, your chin is too pointed, keep the hair smooth on top – close at the temples – and make the fullness start below the ears.
Oval Face If you have an oval face and your features are also regular, you can wear just about any hairstyle.
Pear-shaped Face Height in front will balance the wide jaw and narrow forehead. Width should start at the jaw line and move up to the temples. A diagonal parting slanting out from centre to side makes the head appear wider.
Long Face Here, your aim is to cut the length of your face and add width at the sides. Keep some fullness at the crown. Hair worn over the forehead dipping to the side in an irregular line is good camouflage.