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Wigging Out: A Crossdresser’s Guide to Finding Fabulous Femme Hair!

Introduction to Crossdresser Wigs

Hello, fabulous fashionistas! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re on the quest for the perfect crossdresser wig. And why not? A wig is the crowning glory of any ensemble, and when you’re crossdressing, it’s no different. The right wig can elevate your look, boost confidence, and allow your feminine side to shine. As a crossdresser myself, I know the struggles and triumphs of finding that ideal wig. It’s not just about picking something off the shelf; it’s about finding an extension of your personality that fits just right. So, buckle up because we’re about to embark on a fabulous journey into the world of wigs!

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Human Hair Or Synthetic

When diving into the world of crossdresser wigs, the first fork in the road is choosing between human hair or synthetic fibers. Human hair wigs have the undeniable allure of authenticity. They can be styled, dyed, and treated like natural hair. However, they come with a heftier price tag and require more maintenance. Synthetic wigs are the easy-breezy cousins of the wig world. They’re more affordable, come pre-styled, and can withstand the elements without a fuss. But, they have their limitations when it comes to styling and longevity. I’ve had my share of both, and believe me, each has its moment to shine, depending on your needs and how deep your pockets are.

Human Hair Wigs: The Pros and Cons

With human hair wigs, the pros are plenty. They’re versatile, natural-looking, and have a quality that cannot be described. But they demand respect and care. You’ll need to shampoo, condition, and occasionally take them to a professional for upkeep. They’re also prone to frizz and the effects of humidity, just like your own hair. I remember getting caught in a downpour, and my pricey human hair wig turned into a ball of fluff. Lesson learned: always carry an umbrella!

Synthetic Wigs: The Pros and Cons

Synthetic wigs, however, forgive the occasional weather mishap. They hold their style rain or shine, and that’s a blessing for someone who’s always on the go. But they can feel less natural and offer less versatility in styling. You can’t apply heat to most synthetic wigs, so forget about that curling iron or straightener. Some of my synthetic wigs have lasted years with minimal care, while others have taught me the harsh truth that you get what you pay for. If you’re just doing some cosplay, go cheap. If you plan to step out in the bright lights of the real world, it pays to pay a little more and get quality. A cheap wig stands out.

Types Of Wigs

Lace Front Wigs: The Illusion of a Natural Hairline

Lace-front wigs are the magicians of the wig world. They have a sheer lace panel at the front that you can trim to match your hairline, giving the illusion of hair growing right out of your scalp. I’ve spent many an hour in front of the mirror, carefully cutting that lace to perfection. It’s an art form. When done right, nobody will tell it’s not your real hair.

Full Wigs: Complete Coverage

Full wigs are your traditional, all-encompassing hairpieces. They cover your entire head and are great if you want a complete hair transformation, need to cover hair loss or have a chrome dome-like me. My first full wig transformed me into a wild head of luscious locks. It was like stepping into a new persona, and I’ve never looked back since.

Half Wigs: The Best of Both Worlds

Half-wigs are hybrids. They cover half of your head while allowing you to blend in your natural hair at the front. They’re perfect for adding length or volume but keeping it looking like your hair. I can’t wear half-wigs; I’m bald or near bald. I know of them; I see them on the sites I shop on, but I do not know if they have good or bad points. You kind of have to have hair to use them.

Understanding Cap Sizes

With wigs, size matters. Most wigs come in a standard cap size, but not all heads are created equal. If your wig is too tight, it’s a one-way ticket to headache city. I made that mistake and flushed a hundred dollars down the toilet. Too loose, and you risk it slipping off at the worst possible moment—trust me, it’s happened. Luckily, it was in the bedroom and not on a busy downtown street. Still kind of embarrassing. Taking the time to measure your head correctly will save you a world of trouble.

The Importance of a Proper Fit

A wig that fits well isn’t just comfortable; it’s secure. It allows you to move freely without worrying about your hair. When you’re not preoccupied with your wig staying in place, you can relax and let your inner diva free. I’ve learned to adjust straps, and wig grips are a must for that extra security, and they have made all the difference.

Custom Cap Sizes

For those with unique head shapes, custom cap sizes are a blessing. They might cost a bit more, but the personalized fit is worth every penny. I’ve never had a wig custom-made. It’s too much on my budget, but if you have the money, I’ve heard they feel like they were molded just for your head. If you can splurge on a custom cap size, I highly recommend it.

Choosing the Right Wig for Your Face Shape

Identifying Your Face Shape

The key to finding the right wig is knowing your face shape. Is it round, oval, square, heart, or diamond? Each shape has its own set of styles that work best. I have a round face, so I go for wigs with volume on top to elongate my features. It took a few tries and wigs; the first couple I bought, I wasn’t happy with my look. I hated my look, but when I did a little more research, the style of my wig made all the difference. So go slow and figure out what types of wigs work well with your face shape before you buy.

Flattering Styles for Each Face Shape

Oval faces are lucky—almost any style works. But for the rest of us, it’s about balance. Square faces benefit from soft, layered cuts. Heart-shaped faces should aim for chin-length or longer styles to add fullness at the bottom. And if you have a diamond face, you’ll want to widen your forehead and chin with fringe and layers. It’s all about playing up your best features.

Consulting with a Stylist

Consulting with a stylist can be a lifesaver if you’re unsure about your face shape or what style suits you. They’re the experts, after all. I’ve never consulted one; I learned the hard way. Stylists can save you from making some tragic wig choices I made and wasting a lot of money. Their advice is invaluable, especially when you’re just starting.

Wig Care and Maintenance Tips

Keeping Your Wig Clean

Wig hygiene is a must. Your wig is an investment; like any investment, it needs care. Washing your wig regularly—but not too often—is vital. A gentle shampoo will do the trick for synthetic wigs, while human hair wigs might need a bit more TLC with specialized products. I schedule my wig wash days like my spa days—regularly and with utmost importance.

Proper Storage

Proper storage can extend your wig’s life by years. I learned the hard way that tossing them in a drawer just won’t do, nor will hanging them on a hook. I ruined a wig that way, ripping right through the cap. Instead, invest in wig stands or mannequin heads to keep their shape intact. It also makes it much easier to choose your wig for the day when they’re all on display, like your personal wig boutique.

Avoiding Damage

Wigs can be delicate creatures. Excessive heat, rough combing, and neglect can send them to an early grave. I treat my wigs with respect. Protecting them from heat and tangles not only keeps them looking great but also makes them last much longer.

Styling Techniques for Crossdresser Wigs

Tools and Products

Like natural hair, wigs can be styled with the right tools and products—with caution. For human hair wigs, heat protectant is a must before using hot tools. For synthetic wigs, there are heat-friendly options that can handle some styling. I keep a toolkit with wide-tooth combs, brushes, and wig-specific products to ensure my wigs look their best.

Creating Different Looks

One joy of wigs is the ability to change your look at a moment’s notice. Want to be a blonde today and a redhead tomorrow? Go for it! I love experimenting with styles and colors, which is so much easier with wigs. With some practice, you can master everything from glamorous curls to sleek bobs.

Learning from Tutorials

Thank goodness for the internet, right? There are tons of tutorials online for styling wigs. Whenever I’m in a rut or want to try something new, I turn to my favorite beauty gurus for inspiration. What you can learn with a little guidance and patience is amazing.

Finding the Perfect Color for Your Wig

Understanding Color Theory

Wig colors can be tricky. You want something that complements your skin tone and feels right for you. Understanding basic color theory helps. Cool skin tones look best with cool colors, while warm skin tones shine with warm colors. I’ve dabbled in both spectrums, and it’s fascinating how the right color can transform your look. I’m a redhead or blonde. Brunette doesn’t work for me.

Trying on Different Shades

Don’t be afraid to try on different shades to see what works. Wig shops often have a variety of colors you can try on, and some online stores offer virtual try-ons. I’ve had my share of color mishaps, but they’ve all been part of the fun. Remember, it’s all about how the color makes you feel and look great.

Consulting Color Charts

Most wig brands provide color charts, which can be incredibly helpful. They show you all the shades and often include descriptions of the undertones. I’ve spent hours poring over color charts, and they’ve helped me pick the right shades. It’s like choosing the perfect paint for your canvas.

Where to Buy Crossdresser Wigs

Online Stores

The online world is a treasure trove for crossdresser wigs. With just a click, you have access to a plethora of options. I’ve found some of my favorite wigs from online stores. The convenience of shopping from home is unbeatable, but read reviews and check return policies.

Specialty Wig Shops

Sometimes, you just need to see and feel the wigs in person. Specialty wig shops offer that experience. They also often have knowledgeable staff who can guide you in your selection.

Wig Accessories for a Complete Femme Look

Must-Have Accessories

Accessorizing your wig can take your look to the next level. Wig caps, grips, and adhesives can help secure your wig. But don’t forget about the fun stuff—clips, headbands, and hats can add personality to your wig. I have a drawer full of accessories that I mix and match depending on my outfit and mood.

Creating a Cohesive Look

Creating a cohesive look is all about balance. Suppose your wig is a statement piece; tone down the accessories, and vice versa. I enjoy coordinating my wig accessories with my jewelry and outfit for a polished appearance.

Experimenting with Different Styles

Experimentation is the heart of personal style. Try different accessories to see what works for you. A bold earring or a delicate scarf can transform your wig look. I’ve had days where a simple change in accessories has given my old wig a whole new life.


And there we have it, my comprehensive guide to finding and rocking crossdresser wigs. From choosing between human hair or synthetic to caring for your wig, and from styling it to perfection to finding the perfect color and accessories, we’ve covered it all. Remember, the right wig can be a powerful ally in expressing your femme self. So go forth, experiment, and find the wig that makes you feel fabulous! And if you ever need a wig wingman, you know where to find me. Keep shining and strutting because life’s too short for dull hair.

Happy wigging out!