I have heard over and over again…oh I can’t wear long hair or oh I look awful in short hair. Oh I wish I could wear this or that. One of the biggest reasons we feel we can’t wear a certain length wig is our idea of what looks good on us. Most often its because we never had anything but the length we feel comfortable in. In my case I have super baby fine bio hair. BW (before wigs 😉) I wore pixies most of the time. Mainly because my hair didn’t look good in longer styles. Notice I said my hair didn’t look good not me.
I have experimented on lengths and colors for the last two or so years that I have been wearing wigs and have come to the conclusion that you can wear any length within reason..lol) What you need to know and understand is your face shape. Then you can choose lengths and styles that balance your face shape. Below (images 2 & 3 ) is CysterWigs easy way to measure and determine your face shape.

Its fun and easy to determine your face shape and you might be surprised with the results.

Its not only fun to find celebrities who have your face shape it helps you verify yours.

Wearing Mia by TressAllure in Sunset Glow

Now I have an oblong face shape. Basically an oblong face is an elongated oval face shape. Oval is the ideal shape. My face doesn’t scream out oblong at first glance. She isn’t super long and you might be thinking but aren’t oblong faces thin? Not necessarily. Your face shape has nothing to do with your weight or how fat your face is. A little fyi…you don’t see this straight on view (image 5) from me very often. I prefer a three quarter view…why you ask? Again its a balance thing and a three quarter view makes my face appear more oval. Measurements are important. As I remeasured the length of my face for this blog I realized its 4.5” not 4.25” like I always thought. So take your time to get accurate measurements.

It helps to know all your head measurements. One that I know I had been taking the wrong way for quite awhile until I saw Heather’s video was my ear to ear measurement. I think I had originally measured barely 11” which is really really small. After viewing Heathers video I measured and my ear to ear is 12.5” which is between a child and petite size. Soooo yeah I know my head is fairly flat up front. (insert intelligence joke here 😂) So in my finding wigs that look good on me balancing this out is also important.

Above in image 6 are some stills from Heathers video. Its pretty self explanatory how not to measure. Lol Fyi… I originally measured over top like the photo of Heather in the upper left of image 6.

In image 7 Heather demonstrates the right way to take your ear to ear measurement. Measure about 7” from your hairline to your crown. Now take the tape rotate it and keeping the tape at your crown measure from the bottom of your sideburn (this would be the bottom of the ear tabs on a wig) to your other sideburn.

I have found to balance my oblong face I need volume on the sides. This breaks up the straight line I have by softening or obscuring this line. A side sweeping bang is also something I look for as a way of visually shortening my face. The same goes for needing volume on top to balance my head shape. In all the wig lengths I want to wear I always keep this in mind. Now the fun part. Lets take a look at some of my wigs and why they work for me.

Lia works because she has side fringe and enough volume on top to give me the illusion of an oval face. The bangs on one side gives my face visual width right where I need it..mid face. Fringe/bangs especially a sweeping side fringe will break up the straight line and visual length of my forehead. This is especially important when I want to wear a longer wig.

Ahh my beloved Kahlua. She does the same thing as Lia but even more effortlessly because of the curls. Again visual width on the sides gives the illusion of an oval face. The height on top (mainly from the curls, not permatease) balances out my head to give me an ideal shape. The curly side fringe breaks up the visual space of my forehead and visually shortens the appearance of my face.

Dylan has enough hair and overall volume to work for me. I do play with the layering on the sides to get some volume along mid face. Even though she has an impeccable mono top there is plenty of hair to get some lift. The bangs look best when I let them sweep to the side (to visually shorten my face) as in image 10. Overall this style is the most universally flattering one I have.

Simmer works for me which I’ll admit came as a bit of a surprise. Normally straight longer styles accentuate my straight oblong face. Simmer has volume at the crown that visually helps balance out my head. And there is a beautifully sweeping side fringe and wave to simmer that does two things. The wave pattern gives me just enough width mid face to balance out the length of this style. The sweeping side fringe/bang has a little lift right at the part that gives me just enough volume to again balance her length that would have otherwise drawn the eye downward and would have made my face look longer and droopier.

Finn works on many levels..the volume on top and on the sides (especially mid face) is perfection for me. Finn is long but the visual weight is not at the bottom. The layers get thinner towards the bottom so the visual weight even with a wig of this length and texture is mid face. Again you have a sweeping side bang that visually shortens my face.

Last but not least you have the beautiful Sloane by Tony of Beverly. First of all she doesn’t have a lot of permatease so not a lot of volume on top right out of the box. I really had to work with her. The layering and hair fibers are so light though that I was able to get enough volume on top and still have her look very natural and believable. Her big loose curls/wave pattern also gives some width visually to my face. Notice I have her swept to one side in image 13. This gives me visual width mid face just where I need it. The take away here is that anyone can wear short to long wigs you just have to know your face shape and in my case head shape so you can look for wigs that balance out your unique face shape. These tips are for my face but the concept goes for everyone. Its certainly more fun shopping for wigs when you know what to look for. Enjoy!


You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.

The four finger rule applies here.

Take your hand (excluding your thumb) with your fingers together and press them up against where your eyebrows are / should be.

Wherever the top of your hand is, that is generally where you should guide the measuring tape.


This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!

By Julia

Have you ever looked at one of your wigs and wondered, “What the hell did I do to this thing?” Did it look frizzy, dull, dusty, dry and just fried? If your wigs look like this regularly, you can’t attribute the damage to age or wear and tear. Most likely, the culprit is how you’re styling or caring for your wigs.

The hair on a wig doesn’t grow out of your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can be rough with it or do whatever you want to it. With your bio hair, you know you can’t fry it with heat styling tools, brush it roughly, weigh it down with styling products or use products with damaging ingredients. The same goes for wigs. There are specific things that you should avoid when it comes to styling your wigs. It’s imperative to keep these things in mind so that you can enjoy your wigs for as long as you possibly can.

Here are some bad habits to avoid.

Brushing your wig from the roots

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never brush your wig from the roots to the ends. This method can knot the wig and cause easy breakage. When brushing, carefully start from the ends, working your way up, as this avoids any unwanted knotting that leads to damage. This is one of the most straightforward tips around. Be sure to stick with it to see results.

Using Abrasive Hair Ties

You want to avoid super-tight holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair. It’s preferable to aim for hair ties that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands. These are freaking cute and don’t tug like most traditional hair ties tend to. You can even use a headband or a satin scarf to pull your hair back. Just make sure you avoid headbands with plastic teeth or if you opt for a scarf, don’t tie it too tight.

Brushing Your Wig When It’s Wet

If your hair mistakenly gets wet, brushing it might seem like the normal course of action. But doing so can cause significant damage if you’re not careful. Your wig is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. If you want to straighten things out, use a wide tooth comb to help detangle knots. Also, make sure to spritz on a detangling spray beforehand to help make the process easier.

Excessive Use Of Heat Styling Tools

Tools like flat irons, blow-dryers, and curling wands are undoubtedly good at what they do—but excessive heat styling your heat-friendly wigs can lead to damage. You don’t have to ditch your favorite heat tools altogether. Give them a rest from time to time.

Tying Hair Up Tightly

Sweeping your wig off your neck and into a tight updo may be convenient for sleeping or working out, but it can also cause stress on your mane. You can give your hair a break by opting for low ponytails and swapping out elastics for soft fabric hair ties. Be careful with hairpins, too. They can damage the wig cap if forced into the hair.

Using the Wrong Products on Your Wig

We’ve stressed this a number of times over the years. Don’t use your old styling products that you used on your bio hair on synthetic wigs. Use products that have been specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Products made for real hair may contain ingredients that are way too harsh for synthetic hair. So use shampoos, serums, conditioner and hair sprays that were made for synthetic hair or for human hair if you have human hair wigs.

IN CONCLUSION

When you know better, you do better. Now that you know what bad habits should be avoided, you can start on the path to preserving your wigs better. With extra care and a little prevention, you can protect your wig and make it last from the first hair toss to the very last.


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