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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:18:58 No.6773680

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I'm a girl who is starting to suffer from pattern baldness, and I'm looking into a wig as a cosmetic solution. I didn't think I'd find an answer on /fa/, so I came here. I have no problem paying what it costs for a good wig, but I do have some questions:

- Are wigs actually passably realistic looking? I've seen plenty that look great in the model shots, but do they still look good in person, in direct sunlight?
- Would a sufficiently ventilated wig be comfortable to wear while I work out, or should I just cover my head during exercise?
- How long does a good wig last? Does the color fade from sunlight?
- Can the low profile caps be styled in updos without showing cap?
- How much am I looking at spending? I don't mind a shorter to medium length hairstyle, but it seems like a good wig can run anywhere from $200 - $1000.


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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:20:51 No.6773686
If it matters, I'm 22, Caucasian, with a sort of dishwater blonde hair. I figure I ought to get fitted in person, since it will be difficult to match the color of my eyebrows online. Since it's on its way out, would I get a better fit on the wig if I just shaved my remaining hair?

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Jezebel 2013-04-17 18:27:12 No.6773697
Are wigs actually passably realistic looking? I've seen plenty that look great in the model shots, but do they still look good in person, in direct sunlight?
For shine try I think baby powder or the fabric softener trick and it should take away a lot of the shine and make it much more passable. Especially on fashion wigs.

- Would a sufficiently ventilated wig be comfortable to wear while I work out, or should I just cover my head during exercise?
Might want to just cover your head.

- How long does a good wig last? Does the color fade from sunlight?
Depends on how well you take care of it. I've got wigs still that I bought over a year ago and are still going strong.

- Can the low profile caps be styled in updos without showing cap?
I think lacefront wigs can

- How much am I looking at spending? I don't mind a shorter to medium length hairstyle, but it seems like a good wig can run anywhere from $200 - $1000.
Not nearly as much as all that. I've payed less than $20 for a wig that I actually wear out that I got on Taobao

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:32:56 No.6773708
My mom and I both have pattern baldness, she wears wigs but I'm not at that point yet.

Her wigs are very realistic, but they're high quality human hair wigs made specifically for bald women (AGA, cancer, etc.). She's had her current wig for about 6 years and her previous one for maybe 10 years? She got rid of that one because the style was severely dated, not because it was falling apart. She tends to dye them and cut them or get extensions added as necessary to update the style in accordance with current trends. Hers can't be moved around much. The most she ever does is a low ponytail or clipping back the upper half.

I wouldn't wear a wig while working out, but my mom does because she's extremely vain. She also sleeps with it on because she doesn't want her bf to see her without it. Hers is stupid expensive, but I have nice wigs I've gotten from Taobao, eBay, and the like. I have a nice brown fashion wig from Fantasy Sheep that I use if I want thicker hair and bangs (my hair is too thin for bangs) but their wigs can be hit or miss.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:38:50 No.6773721
Although the *majority* of the colours are darker, you might want to look into buying Korean wigs as well - gabalnara is the most popular store as far as I've seen. Their wigs are meant to be generally realistic.
You might have to search a bit for blonder colours.
I think that, if you don't want to get an expensive, dyeable, human hair wig, you're better off getting one that's in your colour range, and then either dying or just colouring in your eyebrows to match.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:38:56 No.6773722
There are always bun attachments that you can buy. And/or ponytail attachments.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:42:10 No.6773726
>>6773722
>>6773708 here, those don't really work when the hair on the front of your head is that thin. It's camouflaged when my hair is down, but pulling it back? More scalp than hair shows.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:52:31 No.6773752
>>6773726
No, I meant as an attachment to your wig. In order to style it.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:56:24 No.6773762
>>6773697
What kind of styling options do you have with your cheaper wigs?

>>6773722
>>6773752
Yeah, but I like the look of all the hair pulled back into a bun or ponytail and I was wondering if it could be done without showing the cap.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 18:57:16 No.6773764
>>6773752
Oh, yeah, same restrictions apply to them as they do to cosplay wigs. You'll pretty much always have the clip-on effect unless you go in and add upside-down wefts, heat-train the fibers into place, etc.

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Jezebel 2013-04-17 19:26:47 No.6773811
>>6773762
I've yet to see a really cheap lace front wig but I wear mine braided and in low pony tails all the time. Any lower styling option is open to you with non-lacefront wigs.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 19:29:04 No.6773813

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>>6773811
Could you do the back in something like a high ponytail and leave the front free? Or is the cap visible from the back as well?

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Jezebel 2013-04-17 19:53:51 No.6773859
>>6773813
Just tried with my wig and totally could. But I couldn't really see the back so not sure how well it looked from there.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 20:19:34 No.6773934
Hi OP, I'm not a wig expert, so for any styling questions its better to listen to other anons, but I read your first question and wanted to answer it real quick because I hear it a lot at work.

I work in an oncology (cancer) office and we have a lot of female patients that are losing/have lost their hair and want to wear a wig but are afraid that it won't look natural and people will be able to tell it's fake. You don't need to worry, there are a lot of wigs that look very natural and can be styled however you wish. They can be either synthetic fibers or even real human hair. They are pricier then what you've probably seen here on /cgl/ though, because they are a much nicer quality than most people care about for cosplay. I think that for a wig that you would be wearing nearly everyday its smarter to spend a bit more money to get something nicer though. See if you town has a wig shop and stop by there. I've referred many patients and they have all been very pleased with what they get.

Hope this helps, best of luck!

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 20:46:48 No.6774002
>>6773934
That's super helpful. Do you know what kind of expenditure I'm looking at?

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 22:37:21 No.6774297
>>6774002
The wig shop wigs in my area are like, hundreds. Even shitty ones were 200 or 300. IMO price isn't always everything, these wigs weren't that great. Look around, maybe look for web forums about this thing and see what brands people like. Good luck anon.

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Anonymous 2013-04-18 00:25:11 No.6774526
I HEARD YOU CAN MAKE A WIG OUT OF YOUR OWN HAIR.

Okay, sorry. That was just super exciting for me.

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Anonymous 2013-04-18 00:35:51 No.6774548
>>6774002
Hmmm, it really depends. The wig shop I send patients too is associated with the cancer foundation, so cancer patients can get 1 or 2 wigs for free. I think it all just depends on the shop and what the wig is made of? Obviously human hair wigs will be more expensive.

We also have this catalog full of wigs and special bras and such that pts can order from and I've seen some nice looking wigs range from $60-$180 in there. Try googling 'cancer wigs' and checking out a few sites?

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Anonymous 2013-04-20 07:48:04 No.6779997
Hi OP,

I'm 21 female and have been wearing a wig daily for 4 years now.

I use a synthetic fibre wig, wor me they last good for about 1 year. My home country gives me around 500 euros a year to buy a wig, so I just use that money to buy a new one once year. I've always had rather short styles as I just find them more durable and easy to keep.

I buy my wigs from barber shops that sell wigs for cancer patients, old people or people who have alopecia like me. They let me try on as many different styles as I want and will order different colours if wanted. They also cut the wigs for free for me.

About how realistic my wigs are... I'd say that 95% of people around me (school, work, friends) don't notice I have a wig until I tell them (yeas, I tend to tell closer friends etc. because it makes life easier), and well, having had alopecia since a young age I don't really care so much any more so I'm okay with going to public saunas, onsen etc. I just take my wig off and usually the only ones who would react would be my friends etc. if I haven't told them beforehand. Though I must admit I wouldn't do stuff like go to a swimming hall with let's say all my classmates etc. because I don't necessarily want everyone to know that I wear a wig. But yeah, normally people don't notice. Even some people haven't noticed during sleepovers etc. when I have removed my wig for the night and worn a beanie instead since I tend to choose wigs that are similiar colour to the natural hair that I still have.

But, my cosplay friends etc. notice that I'm wearing a wig like 80 % of time so just be prepared. It's just you know, in conventions etc. people sometimes wear wigs for style etc. so people are conscious of the bosibility and have experience about wigs. "Normal" people in school/work just don't even think that a young person might wear a wig daily so they have much less change of noticing.







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