As if wearing wigs wasn’t challenging enough. Add a pair of coke bottle glasses from the eighties to the ear tabs of your newly bought tresses and you won’t have enough hands to tend to the daily chore of adjusting behind your ears while not sabotaging your ear coverage, hairline and the precisely glued nape so she doesn’t slide back off of your head.
Well, maybe not coke bottle glasses. Remember those? Lenses so thick that a crumb quickly morphed into a whole three layer cake right before your eyes.
Today’s lenses are thinner, but there hasn’t been much of a change in the size of the temples, the parts of the glasses that go behind your ears. These are the tiny little problem makers that can frustrate the most poised wig wearer.
First of all, you want to know your ear-tabs. Every wig is different in this category. There are closed ear-tabs, open ear-tabs, wonderful coverage ear-tabs, and those that can hardly be presented as ear-tabs. A wig that is too large will come too far forward over the ear, hindering the way your glasses sit against your head. If the ear-tabs are too small, you face the pain of the temples pushing against the edges.
I’m not expecting you to buy different glasses to match each wig’s ear-tabs. I wouldn’t want to get that credit card bill in the mail. Just understand that it’s going to feel a little different, and takes getting used to.
You can cut off the ear-tabs so the edges of the cap sit just above your wig. But then you’re left with a really strange looking hairline. You can glue some of the hair under the wig to your temples(yours, not the glasses)but most of us like to throw on a wig and boogie. No time for all of that extra stuff.
A lot depends on the style of glasses. The rigid plastic frames are going to be the most difficult. You can use heat to mold and bend the frames to fit the extra cushion that basic caps have. This is best left to your optical team.
Lace front wigs and hand tied wigs will give you more of a “normal” fit due to the lack of permatease or padding at the sides. Long straight wigs will be thinner at the sides than curly styles. Short pixie style wigs will have less hair at the ear-tabs.
Those who wear contacts and use “helper glasses” to read up close don’t really have the choices that regular prescription glasses give wig wearers. The frames are usually cheaply made and you just get what you get. There are some flexible reading glasses, but most I’ve had experience with are rigid plastic.
Which brings me to what I think is your best option: Flexible frames. The ones that flip back into place if you’re hit with your child’s football. Your nose may take a beating but your peeper shields will prevail. These will be the most flexible around your ears, giving your head the comfort it deserves.
Honestly wearing glasses with wigs simply is trial and error. Frames today are practical, and the styles are endless. (I prefer a little bling on mine.) When you’re not wearing them, slide them on top of your head. Nothing makes a wig look more realistic than a pair of glasses, or sunglasses for that matter, poised atop your helper hair. Who would put sunglasses on a wig, right?
At the end of the day what we care about is comfort. We already have a tight band of hair on our head like a tourniquet. Find that jazzy but practical pair of frames that doesn’t squeeze the intelligence out of our heads. We need that. At least I do!