One aspect of hairstyling that doesn’t often get covered in cosmetology school is working with wigs and units. The addition of these skills can help every aspect of hairstyling from salon to session work. Jada Jenkins (@jadajenkinsco), Sam Villa Ambassador, Mizani Artist and L'amour de Rose Salon Owner is offering expert insight into how to master measuring and detailing wigs/units for a seamless installation by breaking down the different types of wigs and how to install them on Instagram Live, Thursday, July 22nd at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET, learn more below and check out more information here!
Types of Wigs
- Lace Frontal: Have a small sheer lace panel along the front hairline attached to the front of the wig for maximum versatility when styling.
- Closure: Lace in a small portion of the wig, typically 4x4 or 5x5, there’s not as much versatility.
- U Part: Allows a part of the natural hair to be left out of the wig, great for blending and manipulating over the top of the wig.
- Fall/Half: Only covers a portion of the head.
Measuring – To properly measure a head and hairline for a secure and personalized wig installation, use a tape measurer to measure the circumference of the head temple to temple, the nape (behind one ear to the other), front to back, and sideburn to sideburn. The wig cap size is based on the circumference – small, medium, or large.
Detailing the Hairline – A proper foundation is key to a seamless wig installation. Selecting the correct lace, bleaching the knot on the lace and/or using a tent spray help with blending. The lace should match skin tone. If any hair is left out, make sure to choose hair that is similar to the nature texture and finesse blending with a comb or iron.
Storage – Storing on a stand helps to keep hair fresh and prolongs longevity, covering with a plastic bin over the stand prevents dust from settling. “I encourage my clients to have me shampoo and refresh their wigs every 3/4 weeks (everyday wear) and 5/6 (if not worn every day) …one wrong move can jeopardize a wig and we don’t want their investment going down the drain,” explains Jenkins.
Scalp Health - Trim and treat hair before applying a wig to prevent breakage and use Mizani Scalp Care to ensure scalp is healthy and can withstand wearing a cap and wig.
“Don’t forget to advise clients to take a break every so often to allow their scalp and hair to breathe,” adds Jenkins.
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