Where to buy wigs in Singapore: A guide on the different types, how to wear them, and more

Where to buy wigs in Singapore: A guide on the different types, how to wear them, and more

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Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

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If you're hesitating on that bangs haircut, or perhaps you just want to rock neon pink tresses for a day, here's a solution to your hairy problem: wigs. Hairpieces can be incredibly powerful when it comes to transforming your entire lewk, and with Halloween coming up, there's no better time to test the waters. Even with Halloween celebrations and parties looking slightly different this year, it shouldn't stop you from revamping your hair (temporarily) to an electrifying blue or a shocking green. Since they don't exactly teach you how to wear a wig in school, here's a quick guide we have for you to metamorphosise into your alter-ego.

The different types of wigs

The wig market is filled with an overwhelming array of varying wigs and hairpieces. The most common three are lace fronts, monofilament, or 100% hand tied.

Lace front wigs

Lace front wigs are said to be the easiest to use and recommended for beginners, due to how versatile and realistic the wig looks. The wig allows for a nearly invisible hair line, creating a natural front that looks as if real hair is growing from the scalp.

Monofilament wigs

Monofilament wigs, made from a mixture of mesh, nylon and fine lace, is lightweight and breathable. This makes the wigs perfect for our island's humid weather, whilst offering flexible styling options.

100% hand tied wigs

100% hand tied wigs are made up of each hair strand being hand-tied to the cap, resulting in versatile styling options as hair strands can be easily styled or parted. It's comfortable and soft, making it ideal for those with sensitive scalps or hair loss issues.

Synthetic vs. Human

When it comes to wigs, it's always a toss-up between synthetic hair or human hair. Both have their advantages, and it ultimately boils down to what you're comfortable with. Human hair wigs are, as the name insinuates, made from human hair that were donated or sold. Since the wig is made up of actual hair, you can cut, colour, curl or style the hair easily. Synthetic hair wigs, on the other hand, are made from fibres that replicate natural hair's texture. They're much more affordable with a larger selection, plus they come in specific styles, so it's easy to wash and dry them to their initial style.

How to wear a wig

Start off by securing your natural hair and making it as flat as possible for the wig. Try braiding your hair to your scalp for longer lengths or wrapping your hair and pinning it for shorter cuts. After securing your natural hair in place, use a wig cap on top of the hair to fully flatten and hold your natural hair in place. Tame any baby hairs by combing them backwards with the help of a toothbrush and good ol' hairspray. Now's the fun part — putting on your new locks. Start by placing the wig at the crown of your head, before guiding it towards the nape of your neck. Secure with either wig clips, glue or tape, and adjust accordingly till your wig sits comfortably with your natural hairline. Voilà — new hair, who dis?

Where to purchase wigs online

There are various places where you can buy your new postiche, such as a wig shop or from your hairstylist, but purchasing them online is by far the easiest and most convenient option. If you're looking for fun wigs in a range of styles and prices, ASOS carries several choices. Check out YesStyle if you're on the market for more Korean-looking wigs — it's also where star YouTuber Jenn Im got her famous blue wavy wig from. Lazada also sells affordable wigs in several different styles and hair textures, plus accessories like wig clips and holders. Wildform, the wig company rumoured to be Kylie Jenner's go-to, is currently open with a waitlist and sells wigs made with a French lace base. LookFantastic stocks an Easilocks x Jordyn Woods collaborative wig, while Fortune Wigs hold more of a traditional collection of hair wigs.

Things to look out for when purchasing wigs online

The only con when you're shopping for a wig online is that you won't be able to try the wig on, so take time to do research and read reviews if you're purchasing a hefty piece. Look for different lace colours if you're buying a lace wig, as it should match your complexion for a seamless blend. Once your wig arrives, ensure it looks somewhat bouncy and not completely flat. You'll also want to keep your eyes peeled for abnormal holes in the wig cap, or excessive shedding of strands. Remember to check for care instructions to maintain the longevity and maintenance of your new transformable tresses, and you'll stay looking snatched.