As someone who loves to experiment with different hairstyles, I’ve found that braided wigs are a great way to switch up my look without committing to a permanent change. However, I’ve also learned that not all braided wigs are created equal – finding the perfect one for your face shape is key to achieving a flattering and natural-looking style. Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way.
Understanding Your Face Shape
Before diving into the world of braided wigs, it’s important to understand your face shape. There are six main face shapes: oval, round, square, heart, diamond, and oblong. To determine your face shape, pull your hair back and use a tape measure to take the following measurements:
Forehead: Measure the widest part of your forehead, from one side of your hairline to the other.
Cheekbones: Measure across your cheekbones, from the outer corner of one eye to the outer corner of the other eye.
Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jawbone ends.
Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.
Once you have these measurements, you can use them to determine your face shape:
Oval: Forehead is slightly wider than the chin, and the length of the face is about one and a half times the width.
Round: Prominent cheekbones and a rounded chin, with the width and length of the face being roughly equal.
Square: Prominent jawline and forehead, with the width and length of the face being roughly equal.
Heart: Wider forehead and cheekbones with a narrow chin.
Diamond: Narrow forehead and chin, with wide cheekbones.
Oblong: Long and narrow face, with the forehead, cheekbones, and jawline being roughly the same width.
Choosing the Right Style
Once you’ve determined your face shape, it’s time to choose the right braided wig style. Here are some tips for each face shape:
Oval: Lucky you – this is the most versatile face shape and can pull off any braided wig style. Have fun experimenting!
Round: Look for braided wigs that add volume on top and length at the sides to elongate the face. A side part and face-framing layers can also help to slim the face.
Square: Opt for braided wigs with a side part and face-framing layers to soften features. Adding volume to the crown can also help to balance out the face.
Heart: Look for braided wigs that add volume at the jawline and a side-swept fringe to balance out features. Avoid styles that add volume at the crown, as this can make the forehead appear wider.
Diamond: Enhance your cheekbones with a braided wig that has volume at the crown and layers at the sides. A side part can also help to balance out features.
Oblong: Add width to the face with volume at the sides and a side-swept fringe. Avoid styles that add height, as this can make the face appear even longer.
Consider Length and Thickness
When choosing a braided wig, it’s important to take the length and thickness of the braids into consideration. The size of the braids can have a significant impact on the overall look of the wig and how it flatters your features. Smaller braids are ideal for those with smaller faces, while larger braids can balance out larger features. Thicker braids can add volume and dimension to thin hair, while thinner braids are better suited for those with thick hair. The length of the braids is also an important factor to consider.
Longer braids can create a dramatic effect, while shorter braids can be more practical for everyday wear. Ultimately, the choice of braids depends on your personal preference and what will look best on you. Whether you prefer smaller or larger braids, thicker or thinner braids, or longer or shorter braids, there is a braided wig out there that will suit your needs. By taking the time to consider the length and thickness of the braids, you can find a braided wig that will flatter your unique features and match your personal style.
Styling Your Wig
Styling your braided wig is critical for achieving a natural and unique appearance. Parting your hair in a way that complements the braided wig style is a fantastic place to start. Heat styling appliances such as curling irons or straighteners can be used to give curls, waves, or texture to human hair wigs. However, it is critical to apply heat protectant treatments and avoid excessive heat exposure to avoid wig fiber damage. Hair accessories such as headbands, scarves, and barrettes can also lend a personal touch to your braided wig. They can be used to achieve various appearances and to add a splash of color or texture to the wig. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and accessories to find what works best for you. With some creativity and effort, you can create a unique and stylish look that complements your braided wig and enhances your features.
Caring for Your Wig
Washing your braided wig is an important part of maintaining its quality and keeping it looking fresh and natural. Regular washing can also help to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup that can accumulate in the wig over time. To wash your braided wig, start by filling a sink or basin with cool water and adding a small amount of gentle shampoo. Gently swish the wig in the water for a few minutes, taking care not to rub or twist the braids as this can cause damage. Rinse the wig thoroughly with cool water, making sure to remove all traces of shampoo. After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water and lay the wig flat on a towel to dry. Avoid using heat to dry the wig, as this can damage the fibers. Instead, allow the wig to air dry naturally, taking care not to disturb the braids as they dry.
It’s also critical to utilize wig-specific conditioner to maintain the fibers supple and controllable. After washing and rinsing the wig, add a tiny amount of conditioner to the braid ends, avoiding the roots. Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cool water.
Heat styling equipment should be avoided while wearing synthetic wigs because they can harm the fibers. Instead, untangle and shape the wig with a wig brush or wide-tooth comb. To add volume or hold, you can also use styling products created exclusively for synthetic wigs, like as wig mousse or wig spray.
In conclusion, finding the perfect braided wig for your face shape takes a bit of effort, but it’s well worth it for a flattering and natural-looking style. Take the time to determine your face shape, choose the right style, and consider the length and thickness of the braids. Experiment with styling and accessories to achieve your desired look, and make sure to care for your wig properly to keep it looking great. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect braided wig for you.