Welcome back to our two-part series on hats around the world!…
Wearing a wig may be a conscious fashion choice, or it may have to do with hair loss or thinning due to alopecia, cancer, hormonal changes, or chemotherapy. If you’re currently a seasoned wig-wearer and are looking for new ideas, or you’re new to the wig-wearing game and need to know where to start, here are some ways that you can accessorize your wig with a hat. There are hundreds of unique designs you can choose from, and, when worn properly, wigs with hats can be pleasant to the eye, comfy, and very natural looking.
Wearing Wigs Under Hats
It’s a fact of life that your wig will sometimes feel hot and itchy – even in the wintertime. Add the heat from your favorite hat, and you could quickly become very uncomfortable. Wearing wigs under hats can be challenging, but it is definitely possible. With some forethought and a little bit of technique, wearing your favorite hat can be simple and cool – both literally and figuratively.
Hats that come with wig hair already attached provide a way to cut back on some of the warmth. There are hats available for purchase that have wig hair already attached, but you can also make your own. Your favorite hair salon can help you source out some hair extensions, and then you directly attach the extensions to the inner lining of your hat with Velcro, glue, or a needle and thread. Your old wigs are also ideal for this because you can cut them apart and attach the pieces to your hat or cap to repurpose them as hat wigs.
A Few Tips
Wearing a hat over a wig comes with a little bit of a learning curve. Here are a few tips to follow to be sure that you’re comfortable and look great:
- There is no one-style-fits-all hat, so choose one that looks natural on you. Try on the hat and see if it fits your appearance. If you’re looking at a hat with pre-attached wig hair, the hair should look like it is attached to your scalp and not attached to the hat.
- Never force your hat down over your wig because that’s a surefire way to create a “fake” look. Wig hair does not feel or flow the same way as real hair, so you have to be extra careful about how you style it. Squishing the hat down over wig hair tends to flatten and crimp the hair, making it stand out at odd angles instead of falling naturally from the head.
- Take advantage of anti-frizz hair care. These products straighten hair and keep it sleek and shiny. Wig hair tends to be dry and brittle. Treating hair with anti-frizz products will smooth and straighten it to make it fall more naturally.
- Lastly, make sure to attach your wig to your hat well to avoid any problems. It’s easier to feel if a standard wig is askew because it is attached directly to your head. It’s a little bit more difficult to tell if your hat wig is positioned correctly because it is attached to your hat instead. Be conscious about how you secure your hat wig to your head, so you avoid any wig malfunctions.
Just because you wear a wig doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a hat, too. Have fun with the options. Wigs and hats (and wig hats, too, of course) provide great ways to express your personality and burnish your look.