Hi lovestodance .. :-)
Glad this thread/link was of any help to you. :-)
I can understand your dilemma and hair concerns .. most definitely!
I take a large sized wig because, #1 my head is large, I knew that from hats I've tried on in the past, but also, #2 because i have some long (albeit thin) hair i need to stuff under the wig.
I'm not confident about suggesting sizing for someone else, but the Customer Service call line ladies (1-800-364-9060) will most likely be able to help you as they have with me in the past. I'm sure they can guide you with which of your head measurements might take priority over yr other head measurements, in the event that the head measurements dont clearly match one particular size. Also, many many cancer survivors use these Paula Young wigs and I believe Customer Service successfully counseled/suggested to them also. Hope this helps.
Customer Svs will perhaps be able to guide you as to which wigs are more easily styled. I've found a medium to short (not short-short) wig to be more easily styled. Out of the MANY wigs I've purchased there, I've only had a problem styling one wig style, and in that case, they were cheerful about returns.
Even tho I like some of the styles, the Christine Jordan wigs seem to be a little too unrealistically full and thick for me to be able to carry off. I haven't tried the Jaclyn Smith wigs yet, but they appear to me that they might not be as easily styled, because the cuts seem so randomly layered to me.
Some of the wigs have more of an open weave and "breathe" a little better than others, The industry seems to lean more and more towards open weaves for breath-ability anyway.
I have to be careful that I dont wear a wig *all* the time, and I need to let my scalp breathe .. 'cause it seems like it thins my hair even more with an all-the-time wig. I have thin, wispy, baby fine hair that is getting thinner and thinner *fast* as I age, esp top and sides! I need all the help I can get for the appearance of a fuller looking head of hair!
The way it was explained to me by my former long-standing, trustworthy hairstylist, there are many normal, everyday factors that contribute to hair loss (in addition to serious medical issued like chemotherapy, for instance) Fine hair & longer hair are more brittle. Perms might make the hair look fuller, but there tends to be more breakage also. Curling irons, and hairdryer dried hair increase damage, as does thyroid or other common (or not to common) medical issues! Lack of the right vitamins or vitamin combo can cause problems with thinning hair also.
My hair stylist of 20+ years was no longer available, and I too was nervous about shopping for a new hair stylist. What I did was to be alert about other people's hair styles/cuts whenever I would shop or do errands. When I saw some one's hairstyle that I wanted for myself, I would approach them, and ask them for the name of their hairdresser, and would they mind me using that person's name, as the style I wanted. When I went to this client's hairdresser, (provided the hairdresser remembered the client when I called to make an appt), I dropped the name, and asked for a hair style/cut just like her.
It worked!! Not only was I pleased with that same/similar hairstyle I'd shopped for, but there have been times I showed up for an appt and told my new hairstylist, I need a change, what would she suggest. I mean that's a trusting relationship we'd built! Thank goodness.
Whew .. what long winded suggestions!
I hope this tome of explanations/feedback. I feel your concern & have been in much the similar situation. I will be interested in how you make out, if you feel like letting us know how it goes!! :-) Good luck! :-)
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