Women may choose to wear a wig for many different reasons. A wig could accentuate a hairstyle a woman already has, or may give her options for a completely different look. A woman may need a wig to cover up the effects of illness, may want to have a different look than her normal style, or may not have time to style her hair.
When choosing a wig, it's important to select one that flatters the shape of the face. This will help to make the hairstyle look more natural. In finding the perfect wig for the different face shapes, women should look for styles that accentuate their positive attributes, while drawing attention away from areas that may result in an unbalanced look.
Types of Face Shapes
There are seven different basic face shapes, and each face shape has certain styles that are more flattering.
The most common face shape for women is oval. With this face shape, a woman's forehead, cheekbones, jaw line, and chin are perfectly proportional and balanced. The length of the face is longer than the width.
Because everything is so balanced, the oval shaped face tends to look good with almost any wig hairstyle. Wig styles that have short or long hair, and wavy or straight hair, are all very suitable for this face shape.
Women with an oval face should consider their best features, like their eyes, cheeks, or lips, then accentuate them with the wig style.
Women with round faces are described as having a face that is relatively short and broad with rounded contours. Generally speaking, the widest part of a round shaped face is at the cheekbones.
A woman with a round face can appear thinner in the face if she adds height to the top of the crown, but not at the ears, as that would add width. This face shape tends to favor a wig style that is short with layers and wispy diagonal bangs. Also, wigs that have an off-center part can help to reduce the roundness of the face.
Other options for women with round faces are wig styles with hair longer than chin length.
The square face shape has a broad forehead and cheekbones, as well as a wide chin. This face shape has a strong square jaw line and equally square hairline.
Like women with round faces, finding a wig that adds height on top, but narrowness on the sides, will create the illusion of length. Women who want to add height to the face should choose a wig that allows her to comb hair off the forehead to expose it more.
A wig that helps to soften the angles of the face is also a good choice. Mid-length to long curly wigs, as well as those that produce wisps of hair around the face, are also options that flatter a square face. Avoiding wigs with styles that feature one length is generally recommended.
Diamond shaped faces have a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Because of the wider cheekbones, it is best to choose a wig that does not add volume to the cheek line and focus on adding more fullness at the chin. Wigs that allow women to pull their hair behind their ears also will reduce the width of the cheekbone area.
A wig in a bob hairstyle is quite flattering for women with a diamond shaped faces. Another flattering wig option is one that produces a fringe or bangs that covers the narrow forehead.
Also, wigs that create volume at the hairline, rather than just coverage, give the appearance of fullness or width in the forehead area down to the upper cheekbone.
A shoulder-length wig with a layered cut will add movement and give the appearance of the more common oval shaped face.
The heart face shape has a wide forehead, eye, and cheekbone area along with a pointed chin, reminiscent of an upside-down triangle. Sometimes the heart shaped face has a widow's peak hairline.
Women with a heart-shaped face should look for a wig that brings some hair onto the forehead, while keeping the hair close to the head at the eyes. The wig should also be fuller at the jaw and below and in front of the earlobes. The pageboy style, or a wig with longer and subtle layers, is flattering as it makes the jaw appear wider and more balanced with the rest of the face. Avoiding short hair and choppy layers is recommended.
Least common of all, the pear-shaped face is widest at the chin and jaw line, and most narrow at the hairline and forehead. Pear-shaped faces look best with full layered looks that add width and volume from the eyes to the crown to balance out the face, such as the classic shag style. This look removes attention from the middle of the face. It is best to avoid jaw length blunt cuts.
Layers give the appearance of fullness to the upper half of the face, and women could accentuate the top half by showing the forehead, as that draws attention away from the jaw line.
Wigs with bangs should be angled slightly and tucked behind the ear to frame the jaw line and focus attention toward the upper portion of the head.
Oblong faces are narrow from the forehead, through the cheekbones, and to the jaw line. This face shape usually is found on women with a long and thin neck.
Choose a wig that adds width and fullness at the sides by incorporating soft curls and waves, as well as any wig that would minimize the vertical length of the face. This will flatter the face and neck and obscure the straight long lines of the face.
Having bangs shortens the facial appearance by softening the upper portion of the face. Bangs could be straight across, feathered, or half bangs with side parts, as all of these styles soften the forehead.
Women with an oblong face should avoid wigs that are one-length cuts, and those with short layers that add volume to the crown area.
Wigs styles that flatter oblong faces are short to medium in length with longer top layers, such as a graduated bob cut or wedge. Women can also add width with a wig that is chin or shoulder length that turns under or flutters out.
Determining Proper Wig Size
Wig size is not determined by the overall size of the person. To measure for a wig, use a flexible seamstress measuring tape. Start at the forehead and measure around the head. Start just above the eyebrows and follow the hairline around, taking caution to go behind the ears. Continue until the start is reached, and that measurement is the head circumference.
The following are general sizes for wigs:
Fits heads smaller than 20 inches
Fits heads 21 inches or smaller
Fits heads 21.5 to 22.5 inches
Fits heads 22.5 inches and larger
It is important to have the proper measurement to ensure the best possible fit.
How to Buy Wigs on eBay
Wigs and hairpieces of all styles to fit any shape of face are available for auction or sale on eBay. Wigs are found in the Fashion section of the site. You may also begin your search from the homepage by typing in relevant keywords in the search box. If you're looking for a pageboy style wig, for example, type "pageboy wig" in the search box. You may further narrow your results by adding in a color, such as "blonde" or "brunette."
Review the results of your search to find the right wig for you. To read the description of an item of interest, click on the listing for more information. The listing also will include information about the condition of the item, if it has been worn before, and information on shipping. If you have a question for the seller, you may ask a question via the link on the listing. Also, check if the seller offers a return policy, in case the wig is not the right fit for you.
Research the eBay Seller
Take the time to get to know your seller. If you have not conducted business with a particular seller before and want to learn more about prior customer experiences, click on the seller's handle and look at the feedback reviews. You have the opportunity to offer your feedback on the transaction, as does the seller have the opportunity to share feedback on her experience with you.
Place a bid or purchase the item once you've made your buying decision. You may pay with credit card, PayPal, or any other payment method accepted by the seller.
Women have many reasons for purchasing a wig. Regardless of the reason, there are wigs to flatter women of all different face shapes.
Fortunately for women who have oval faces, just about any style of wig would complement their face well. On the other hand women with the less common pear shaped face, which is wider in the lower section of the face and more narrow toward the top, have very specific styles to choose from that are flattering.
For any face shape, there are wigs that accentuate the areas that are more flattering, while taking away from areas that are more detracting.