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!


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Curls come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Each of these attributes will have a significant impact on how much VOLUME you can expect your wig to have.

Curly wigs ALWAYS appear to have more hair than straight wigs. This is because the texture encourages volume and body with minimal amount of styling and will not lie flat unless you straighten it.

Shape: round curls – such as barrel curls or those that look as though they’ve been styled with a big, round brush – will give you more volume (i.e. bigger hair) than narrower curls or waves.

Size: bigger curls will give you bigger hair!

Configuration: The higher up on the hair shaft and the closer to the “scalp” of the wig the curls begin, the more voluminous your hair will be!

We’re going to use some examples to show you how this works!

Curl Appeal by Gabor

 

Shape: The curls here are corkscrews.

Size: In terms of tight corkscrew curls, these are fairly large.

Configuration: The curls start about 2” away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jamila Hi is a wig with a LOT of volume all over!

This is Charlotte by TressAllure.

Shape: The curls here are blown-out barrels, similar to what you would achieve with a round brush.

Size: Very, very large and loose

Configuration: The curls start about 3” – 4” away from the base of the hair and are ONLY in the back of the wig.

The Result: Charlotte is a wig that is sleek and fits close to the face in the front, and “blooms” with volume in the back. The volume in the back is substantial and has lots of built-in lift, courtesy of the permatease in the cap and the hair texture.

This is Ashley by Envy.

Shape: The curls here are classic round barrels.

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls start about 5.5” away from the base of the hair, or around the mid-face on most women.

The Result: Ashley is a monotop, lace front wig so she has relatively low volume on the top (and has a LOT of hair up there to compensate for the lack of permatease). The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location. This is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places . . . but it will make the lower part of the face look bigger due to the volume, so it’s not a great shape for round faces.

This is Jessica by Jon Reneau.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Medium

Configuration: The curls start about 3” (in the front) and 5.5” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jessica is a permateased wig so she has built-in volume on the top. The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location, though there is ample volume all over due to the cap construction. Variations in the directions of the curls make this a more natural looking curl pattern AND adds some volume. Like the Ashley above, this is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places.

This is Socialite by Gabor.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Very large

Configuration: The curls start about 5” (in the front) and 8” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair, or around the jawline on most women.

The Result: Socialite is a partial mono wig, so she has a cap with a very light amount of permatease, particularly at the crown. The curls are large and open, giving this wig a very soft and relaxed amount of volume below the jaw, and loose, open curls in the layering around the face as well. The volume is relatively sleek above the jaw, since so much of the top of the wig is straight.

This is Scarlett by Jon Renau.

Shape: Open, wind-blown (read that as “intentionally sloppy,” “shabby chic,” or “Boho”) corkscrews

Size: Large, at least by corkscrew standards

Configuration: The waves hug the face in the front and the bulk of the rest of the waves start about 4” – 5” down from the base of the hair.

The Result: Scarlett has built-in volume in the cap due to the permatease, so there is plenty of volume all over the wig. The curls are intentionally unruly, so while it “blooms” slightly above the mid-face, it will have volume in a casually elegant and uneven fashion all throughout the wig, particularly in the front.

This is Amber by Jon Renau.

Shape: VERY loose, barely defined barrels

Size: Extremely large and open

Configuration: The curls are extremely soft and open. They start below the jawline, with most being below the shoulders. There are some soft curls added to the layers near the face.

The Result: Amber isn’t really a curly wig. There may be some texture, but it is VERY loose and soft and doesn’t really add much in terms of body or volume; it is concentrated too low on the hair shaft and is too loose to give you “big hair” with this wig. The monofilament top and lace front further encourage this wig to have a more natural amount of volume than the product photos might indicate, especially after it’s been washed. The texture merely softens the wig and makes it a bit more feminine.

Shape: Long, well-defined corkscrews

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls are clearly defined and “bloom” at the bottom of the face area, approximately 8” from the base of the hair in the back of the wig with some soft curled layers near the front of the face.

The Result: Brianna, unlike Amber above, IS a curly wig. The uniform corkscrew pattern gives this wig a very classic and pretty amount of volume towards the bottom of the wig. The monofilament top on this wig makes Brianna relatively flat on the top and very voluminous as you go down the length of the hair.

Now that you’ve seen this concept in action, you should be able to apply it to hair while you’re shopping to give you a really good way to determine what the volume will be like on your potential new hair!

You and I both know the product images can be a little less than perfect at times. This kind of knowledge will make it much easier to beat the marketing! Have fun! 🙂

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