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Can I color my wig / hairpiece?
 

Coloring my New Wig or Hairpiece

100% human hair wigs and hairpieces can be colored. If an exact match is not available, you can always choose a color that is slightly lighter, and deposit color to match your own hair. Do not try to lift color or add highlights, as this could damage the hair and the base material. It is highly recommended that you have this service done by a professional to obtain the optimum results. Also, over time, human hair will naturally start to fade. This can be remedied by using a color rinse to bring it back to its original shine and luster.
Synthetic wigs and hairpieces cannot be colored.

Do you buy human hair?
 

Hair Donation Programs

No…Sorry we do not buy hair. But we know of some great programs that accept Hair Donations:

*You may donate your hair to
Children with Hairloss, a wonderful charity that provides wigs to disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

You may also donate your hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths which was created to bring people together to share their strength and donate their beautiful, healthy hair for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.


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The Wigsite Team

How do I choose a color that matches my hair? Can I send you a sample?
 

Choosing the Right Color

Every manufacturer has their own color selections for the products they make. We have obtained images from these manufacturers of all of their available colors. Next to every style, there will be a link to view these images. Please note that not every style is available in every color. The colors available in the particular style you are interested in will be shown in the drop down menu listing all available colors in that style. To achieve as natural look as possible, try to choose a color that will be close to or a shade lighter than your own hair color.

Another wonderful option that is exclusive to Lori's Wigsite are our custom "
Color Charts". We've created these charts to help our customers be able to see the individual wig manufacturers color choices in a grid layout, making it much easier to view all of the color options in varying degrees of lightness or darkness.
~ Due to varied monitor quality and type, the actual wig color will differ slightly from the colors on your screen.

Also, another way to make sure that you receive the closest possible match is to mail us a sample of your own hair, and we will match that hair sample directly to all available colors in the style (or styles) you are interested in.


How do I Choose a Wig?
 

Choosing A Wig

When choosing a wig it is important to consider the following: the type of hair/fiber (human hair, synthetic or heat defiant synthetic), style & texture or curl pattern, cap size (Lori's Wigsite offers a service for custom sizing if needed), cap construction (hand tied, lace front, monofilament or wefted) and color by viewing our custom designed color charts.

*(Lori's Wigsite offers a free service where you may send in a hair sample where we will do our best to match the sample to a color in the style you are looking at).
For more detailed information please watch our VIDEO ON CHOOSING A WIG CAP, or view Wig Frequently Asked Questions.


How do I choose the right hairpieces?
 

Choosing the Right Hairpiece

In choosing between a wig and a hairpiece you must know the benefits of each. While full coverage wigs can often feel like the obvious or only solution for your hair-loss needs it is to be mentioned that there are many types of hairpieces that can give you just the right amount of coverage you need. There are Clip-In Bangs/Fringe, ¾ cap hairpieces (a.k.a. falls), ponytails, extensions, hair additions and integration pieces.

Clip on ponytails are the easiest to attach and can give you amazing ponytails of all lengths and curl patterns.

Wigs For Women simply clip into your own hair, using small pressure sensitive clips, to add length and fullness.

Add-on pieces called "Halo
s" are worn with hats and head-wraps, are a great option if you prefer not to wear a full wig or just don’t want to wear your wig every day. Attached to the inside of a hat or head-wrap (usually with Velcro), the add-on hairpiece falls naturally from beneath, providing the illusion of a full head of hair.


The best solution to thinning or diffused hair are Hair Additions or the wonderfully popular Integration hairpieces. The Impressions Collection features 100% Remy human hair integration pieces that are completely handmade. They are soft and comfortable to wear. Some of these integration units are designed for full-head coverage, which provide many attachment points for security. Other units are designed for people with either major hair loss throughout
(sometimes referred to as Female Pattern Baldness) or just diffused hair loss in certain areas of the head. Review each product description to decide which prosthesis will work best for your personal needs. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact us for additional advice.


Please note ~ for best results, most hairpieces will look best after cutting and blending in with your existing hair. It is best to bring your new hairpiece to your stylist so the hair lengths can be made to match your own.


How do I know what size wig will fit me?
 

What Size Wig Will Fit Me?

VIDEO: How to Measure a head for a wig by Jon Renau



Most people wear
“average” sized wig caps. However, if you feel that the average cap will not suit you, click here for instructions on how to measure your head to determine a better cap size.

Please also note that all wigs can be adjusted to fit your needs. Wig caps will have Velcro tabs or plastic sizing hooks located in the back which can be tightened or loosened for fit. If you wig is still too large, you can secure it with bobby pins.

At Lori’s Wigsite we are able to custom size any wig of your choice as well.
  • The cost is $75.00 for machine made wig caps and $145.00 for hand tied wigs.
  • The sale does become final once the wig is altered.
  • This process can take up to two weeks for completion.
At the time of purchase, when checking out, (under the special instructions section of the online order form), please type in the exact measurements so we may custom size the piece for you, thus authorizing us to charge your card the custom sizing fee.
All sales are final for this service.

How do I put on my new wig?
 

Easiest Way to Put On A Wig

The two ear tabs must be centered; the wig should sit right at your natural hairline. It should be worn behind the ears, not over them. Pull the nape of the neck all the way down. Tuck excess hair behind your ears. Always tease the front of the hairline down towards your face and trim bangs if needed. Basically, tease the hairs in the direction you desire.

For interactive directions,
watch the video on how to Put on a Wig.


How do I send in a hair sample for you to match my own hair color?
 

Hair Samples for Color Matching

  • First, cut a piece of your hair about ½-inch wide by 1-2 inches long, with enough strands in it to be able to view the actual color.
For hairpieces, cut your sample to match the area where the hairpiece is going to be placed. For example, if your hairpiece is going to be placed in the back section of the head, take a sample from the side of your head so that your hair blends naturally into the point where the hairpiece begins.
  • Please tape the hair sample to a white piece of paper, along with a note of your desired wig or hairpiece selection.
Along with your sample, please be sure to include your name, address, phone number (with area code) and e-mail address. We will notify you once we receive your sample and determine the appropriate color. After your approval, we will process your order!

Please send all hair samples and orders via Regular Mail to:
Lori's Wigsite
128 Ramblewood Drive
Easton, PA 18040

How long should a wig last?
 

How Long Do Wigs Last?

This will vary from one person to another, and also will depend on the whether it is a human hair wig or a synthetic fiber. In most cases, human hair will have the longest life (6-8 months on average), followed by standard fiber (4-6 months), then heat friendly fibers (3-4 months). The gentler you are with your product, and if you maintain it properly, it will last longer.


How often do I wash my hairpiece or full wig?
 

Washing my Hairpiece or Full Wig

Wash your new human hair or synthetic hairpiece-toupee at least once a week, depending on your daily activities. Many people find it easier to have more than one hairpiece, not only to provide additional styles, but also to allow proper time for cleaning and drying.

Wash your full wig after wearing it 10-12 times. Though, if you work out & tend to sweat a lot, then you could wash your wig more often, making sure to condition well after shampooing.

View our wonderful products for washing and keeping your wigs in the best condition possible.


How to Choose the Right Wig?
 

How To Choose The Right Wig

When choosing a wig it is important to consider the following: the type of hair/fiber (human hair, synthetic or heat defiant synthetic), style & texture , cap size (Lori's Wigsite offers a service for custom sizing if needed), cap construction (hand tied, lace front, monofilament or wefted) and color (Lori's Wigsite offers a free service where you may send in a hair sample where we will do our best to match the sample to a color in the style you are looking at).
For more detailed information please watch our VIDEO ON CHOOSING A WIG CAP, or view our WIG FAQs.

What are Non-Slip Wig Kits?
 

Non-Slip Wig Kits

Any wig with this special Non-Slip Wig Kit material added to the inside of the wig cap will allow you to regain your confidence, with the knowledge that your wig is securely anchored to your head.

By incorporating a very special material called "artificial skin", Non-Slip Wig Kit-enhanced wigs are lightweight and comfortable. No petroleum products are used, which makes them non-allergenic. The wig naturally adheres to your scalp via strategically placed Non-Slip Wig Kit strips around the interior of the cap, using the heat of your body instead of glue or tape.
Non-Slip Wig Kit-enhanced wigs can be worn by everyone, but they adhere best when the hairs are less than 2" in length.
Our customers who have Alopecia swear by this Non-Slip Wig Kit material.

If you prefer to not use our Non-Slip Wig Kit service you may sew the Non-Slip Wig Kit material into your wig cap yourself, for only $65.00.

The kit comes with 11 strips of varying widths & lengths:

The strips are to be sewn into the underside of the wig cap, using the above template (at the top of this page) for the strips placement.

Since each wig cap differs, you can cut these strips to match the correct area of placement on your own wig cap.

Most of the strips are to be sewn into the perimeter (outside edge) of the cap, while the smaller thinner strips should be sewn alongside the inner wefting area (if applicable) of your wig cap. The medium strips should be placed along the ear tabs, The larger strips should be placed along the front & bottom (nape) section.

*When sewing these strips into the cap, it doesn’t make a difference which side of the Non-Slip Wig Kit strip you use.

What are the different types of human hair?
 

Different Types of Human Hair

Human hair types vary from rough (lower-end quality) to the almost silky soft (higher-end quality). The human hair in today’s market has three primary origins:
Asian Hair: This hair is mainly from China and Indonesia. It is a thicker, courser hair, which is naturally straight with very little wave or bend to it. Since the hair is thicker, it can be quite difficult to alter the style. This type of hair is ideal for someone who is looking for a straight style with little or no wave.
Indian Hair: Hair from India is the most popular for the Caucasian market. It is very close to European hair, but not as expensive. It has a finer texture to it, and has a natural soft wave pattern.
European Hair: European Hair is the most desired hair, as it is the finest quality hair that you can buy in today’s market. It is also the most natural looking hair for the Caucasian customer. The texture is outstanding and feels exquisite to the touch. European hair is very durable and will last longer due to the high quality. However, this type of hair is very hard to find in the market, making it the most expensive.
Besides the origin of the human hair, there are also two types of human hair used for making wigs and hairpieces:
Mixed Human Hair (the standard human hair used): This hair is purchased from the market in large bundles with the hairs facing different directions. The hair is then processed to remove the cuticle from the hair shaft in order to minimize matting and tangling. This will weaken the hair, and may cause it to become dry and frizzy after a period of time.
Remy Human Hair: Remy human hair is the complete hair strand, including the cuticle, and has not been weakened by “stripping” (a process used by most companies to force unnatural hair direction). When human hair is labeled as “Remy”, it means that the hair used has been collected from individuals with all of the hair follicles and cuticles facing the same direction. It is then sewn into the wig or hairpiece also with all of the follicles facing the same direction. This means the hair is stronger and silkier in appearance & texture. All of the highest quality human hair wigs and hairpieces will be made of this Remy Human Hair.
Note: Remy hair is also referred to as “virgin hair” or “cut hair”.

*Please watch these informative videos (produced by Jon Renau) on:

Difference Between Chinese, Indian & European Human Hair


The Difference Between Remy & Non-Remy Human Hair

What does "Heat Friendly" or "Heat Resistant" synthetic hair mean?
 

"Heat Friendly" or "Heat Resistant" Synthetic Hair

There are primarily two different types of fibers used for synthetic hair; Standard Fiber and Heat Friendly Fiber (also known as Heat Resistant Fiber & HD Heat Defiant). The advantage of wearing synthetic wigs and hairpieces (other than affordability) is that the majority is ready to wear right out of the box. They require minimal styling or no styling at all. They are made with memory curl, so even after washing, the original curl pattern will remain.

The new Heat Friendly fibers allow you to use styling tools such as hair dryer, curling iron or flat iron (up to 350 degrees), so you can change the style of the hair as desired. It is not as easy to do as human hair, but you at least can have the option of changing your style when needed. These fibers are made with a slightly thicker denier in order to withstand the styling tools, and tend to frizz a little easier than the standard fibers (adding silicone hair serum helps). If you have no desire of altering the style of a synthetic hair extensions, or synthetic wigs, then the standard fiber blends would be the most suitable for you.


What is a Cranial Prosthesis?
 

What is a Cranial Prosthesis?

At Lori's Wigsite we offer Cranial Prosthesis designed for those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or as a result of medical treatment, most commonly chemotherapy.

View our High end cranial prosthesis like our: Fire & Venice styles. These superior styles are crafted from 100% European hair, specialized caps and other materials that are designed to provide maximum slippage (like the non-slip skin material used in these caps), and perfectly replicate natural hair-growth patterns.

Reclaim your life with a Cranial Prosthesis
by Angela Rose
"You have cancer." These three little words have devastated the hearts of millions. Few diagnoses are as chilling to receive or as difficult to accept. As the mind of the patient is overwhelmed with a tumult of questions, one seemingly insignificant rises to the forefront; "Will I lose my hair?"
For many of us, our hair is our crowning glory, the one feature of which we have always been (though often secretly) proud. Sure, we may battle it and berate it, using blow dryer and curling irons to style it into submission, admiring curly locks when ours are stick-straight and vice versa. But we are as loyal to our stubborn tresses as to our best friend, making up after every disagreement with gently strokes from our brushes.
The loss of our hair from a cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, unavoidable heredity, or a medical condition such as Alopecia or Trichotillomania results in the loss of much more than the biomaterial that protects our scalps. Women who suffer from hair loss may feel demoralized, depressed and begin to withdraw from the world. They may feel anxious or saddened by their appearance, avoiding social situations and activities they once enjoyed.
While some studies have shown that the emotional state of cancer patients actually has no influence on their survival rate, depression and anxiety can severely impede quality of life.
If hair is causing you to feel depressed, anxious and withdrawn, there is something you can do to reclaim your life- and your insurer may even pay for it.

*If you know your Insurance Provider covers the cost of a Cranial Prosthesis -
At checkout, please be sure to "check off" the section for us to send (via email) the "Cranial Prosthesis Paperwork".
You'll submit this paperwork
(along with your Doctor's prescription)
to your insurance company for their reimbursement.

What is the difference between heat defiant (HD) and synthetic hair?
 

Difference Between Heat Defiant (HD) & Synthetic Hair

Heat defiant (HD) wigs also known as: (heat friendly, heat resistant) these wigs are crafted from unique synthetic fibers that can stand up to high heat. They are safely manipulated by curling irons, straighteners and other heated tools, so they allow you to recreate your look each day just as you would with real hair.

Raquel Welch Tru2Life synthetic fiber can be styled using a flat iron or curling iron, up to 350 degrees.

Some HD wigs even mix real hair in with the synthetic fibers, creating an authentic softness and added flexibility for styling. These hairpieces take the versatility of full-lace synthetic wigs to a new level and allow you to feel more confident in the quality of your hair.

Regular (non heat resistant) Synthetic hair fibers cannot be exposed to any heat sources. For example, while wearing these types of wigs, they shouldn't be exposed to (hot: open ovens, BBQs or car engines) since it can damage the fibers by singeing the ends, making them appear burnt, fried or fizzy.
...Though our synthetic wigs are still very popular, these regular synthetic hair wigs are designed to fit every style and budget needs.

Find the one that best suits your individual needs with our huge selection of both Heat resistant and
regular synthetic wigs.

*Though we do suggest that all wigs be cut or trimmed for the most natural appearance.

What is the Non-Slip Wig Kit Add-On Service?
 

Non-Slip Wig Kit Add-On Service

Any wig with this special Non-Slip material added to the inside of the wig cap will allow you to regain your confidence with the knowledge that your wig is securely anchored to your head! For those of you who have used Dermafix material in the past (no longer available), you will be very happy that we now have an equally impressive alternative!

By incorporating a very special material called "artificial skin", Non-Slip-enhanced wigs use the heat of your body instead of glue or tape to naturally adhere to your scalp.
(Note: Non-Slip Wig Kit-enhanced wigs can be worn by everyone, but they adhere best when the hairs are less than 2" in length.)

Non-Slip strips are sewn into the interior of the cap at strategic locations to ensure that your wig will remain l
ightweight and comfortable.
No petroleum products are used, which makes Non-Slip Wig Kits non-allergenic.

After placing an order for the non-slip wig kit add-on service we will contact you to confirm the order prior to processing it.
It usually takes 2-3 weeks for delivery. It is definitely worth the wait for this wonderful product!


What kind of wig cap construction is most suitable for me?
 

Most Suitable Wig Cap Construction

    Video on How to Choose the Right Wig Cap Design by Jon Renau




    Additional Information Below:

  • Wig caps today are made of very fine lightweight materials. They are no longer heavy or bulky as they were years ago. These types of caps apply to both human and synthetic fiber wigs and hairpieces.
Though wigs and hairpieces have become trendy, for most people, selecting a wig with so many options to choose from can be challenging and a bit confusing. It is crucial for anyone interested in purchasing a wig, hairpiece or related product to understand the different types available on the market today.

Quality construction can be the key factor when choosing any wig. Since there are so many types of wig cap constructions, Lori’s Wigsite is here to provide you the information pertaining to these wigs, hairpieces, integration pieces and related products to help you determine which will work best for you.

  • Machine Made Caps (or Basic Wig Caps): These caps are made using hair that is sewn onto wefts. Wefts are ribbon-like bands that the hairs are attached to by a machine. The wefts are then sewn into the wig cap. There is a small space between each row of weft, which allows for airflow. Machine made caps will be slightly lighter weight versus the hand tied caps. Besides the lighter weight, these wigs will also be less costly.

  • Monofilament Wigs: Monofilament is a translucent silk material that is thin & breathable and has become an extremely popular addition to wig caps. High quality monofilament give the appearance that the hair is actually growing from the scalp. Hair is hand tied into the monofilament material allowing you to direct the hair any way you desire, as well as create very natural part lines. Monofilament wigs are specially woven to allow for comfort and excellent ventilation. This helps to prevent irritation and itchiness. Chemotherapy patients often opt for these monofilament wig caps for this reason. It will “breathe” while being worn, thereby preventing heat and moisture build up. Monofilament is considered to be one of the most desirable of wig types, especially by those who wear wigs every day. Most wearers feel that its superior comfort and natural look more than justify the additional cost.

The majority of 100% hand tied wigs usually incorporate the monofilament material into the top section of the cap. Some machine made wigs are also made with the hand tied monofilament top, leaving the sides and back made with the open wefts (wefts are ribbon-like bands that the hairs are attached to by a machine). This basically combines the best of both designs; light and airy like the machine made wigs, but also hand tied top to allow styling versatility.

*Some of our most popular synthetic monofilament brands in this category are Amore, Envy, Raquel Welch, Jon Renau & Louis Ferre

  • Hand Tied Caps: Top-of-the-line, hand-tied wigs are the most natural looking. They incorporate the monofilament material at the top and soft hand-tied mesh material throughout the rest of the wig cap. There are no wefts in these hand-tied caps. These are the softest caps and are ideal for people with extreme hair loss due to medical conditions such as Alopecia or hair loss due to chemotherapy.
All of the hair is individually hand sewn into the cap. This allows for a very natural flow of hair, and the hair can be styled in any direction. Should a brisk wind blow your through your wig and separate the hairs it would only show a natural scalp appearance underneath versus showing the wefts of a basic wig cap.

For some wonderful Human hair hand tied wigs, view these collections Impressions, Wig Pro, Jon Renau & Louis Ferre.

  • Lace Front Wigs: Some wigs are made with a lace material. The hair is individually hand tied into this lace material. It will have a very fine density at the very front, and become fuller as you go back. This allows you to wear the hair back off the face, and it will give the appearance of a very natural front hairline. Some lace caps are made ready to wear, where others are made with extra lace material at the front that does not have any hair sewn into it. This is done so you can have the lace material trimmed back to match your own natural hairline. This lace material is very delicate, so you must take care when taking wig on and off, as well as when brushing and styling.
There are two different types of lace wigs:
Full Lace Front Wigs & Lace Front Wigs.

Some human hair and a few synthetic wigs offer Full Lace Front caps. These wigs will look the most natural and will be undetectable. They are crafted to maximize breathability as well as added comfort. The special transitional density of the front hairline is done to replicate the natural pattern of growing hair.

Some highlights of a Full Lace Front wig are:
  • Natural parting is possible throughout the entire wig
  • Versatility (these wigs can be worn in up-do styles, low ponytails, as well as braids.)
  • Breathable, lightweight and very comfortable to wear.
A few cons with these Full Lace Front wigs are:
  • You will have to be more careful, as they tend to be more delicate compared to other bases. (Most likely a Full Lace Front wig will need to be repaired within a year, depending on your usage.)
  • They will have to be glued around the entire perimeter for a natural look. This could be time consuming for daily wearers but will not be an issue if you wear these wigs for extended periods of time.
The Lace Front wig means that baby hairs are tied around the lace edges to appear as if the hair was growing directly from the scalp in the front hairline. Usually, these wigs have this lace ( French lace) along the entire front hair line from temple to temple while the back and sides of these wigs are often made of a more durable material (i.e. monofilament, stretch lace, or polyurethane).

Some highlights of Lace Front wigs are:
  • Easier to apply
  • Hair can be worn styled off the face or pulled back in a low ponytail.
  • Very breathable
  • Provides a natural looking hairline

What's the difference - human hair vs. synthetic fibers?
 

Difference Between Human hair vs. Synthetic Fibers

Human hair and synthetic hair both have their advantages. Human hair is more costly, but it is very versatile. It can be colored, curled or even permed to achieve the desired style. Although human hair is the optimum choice for most customers, it does require daily styling (just like your own hair). Over time, the hair color can sometimes start to fade, but his can be remedied by having your stylist deposit color to bring it back to its original color.

Synthetic hair is more budget friendly, and in most cases is ready to wear right out of the box, so it will require less styling. The new fibers used today by the high end companies are very natural looking, and can be quite difficult to tell the difference between human and synthetic by just looking at the hair. There are different types of human hair as well as synthetic hair used in wigs today. Please see the explanation of the different types of hair offered in today’s wigs and hairpieces.

Why would I need a wig cap liner?
 

Using a Wig Cap Liner for Putting on a Wig
VIDEO: How To Put on a Wig (With or Without Hair) by Jon Renau




Some people feel more comfortable wearing a
wig cap liner for security reasons. A wig cap liner can also be helpful for those with long hair that needs to be secured back.

Will wearing a hairpiece or full wig ruin my existing hair?
 

Wearing Wigs Won't Hurt your Own Hair

Have No Fear...wearing wigs or mens hair units won't hurt your existing hair. Nor will Wearing a women's hairpiece or men's (hair graft, toupee) or any type of "full" wig. These systems will not damage your own hair; especially if you care for the unit in the proper way!