People, especially women, may be sensitive about hair loss. This condition is especially acute in people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, though other physical conditions can cause hair loss as well. Modern wigs may be the perfect solution for these people. Wigs can be made from natural, human hair or synthetic fibers. Those made from hair generally last longer and look more realistic.


Another reason for wearing wigs is to change one's appearance temporarily. Modern wigs are designed to be worn by people who have all of their own hair if a skull cap is used to cover the head. This allows a person to change their hair style or color to fit specific occasions without making a drastic change that can not be reversed quickly and easily. Wigs are used frequently by actors and actresses in film or stage productions.

The beauty of modern wigs is that they can be fitted so that they look completely natural. In past years, wigs looked so obviously fake that wearing one was considered a last resort by most people. Modern wigs, especially those made from real hair, look incredibly real and natural. Wigs can be styled, colored, and brushed just like one's own hair. Some synthetic wigs can not be colored as the color treatment reacts badly with the fibers. All hair wigs can be treated exactly as if the hair were one's own.


Modern, natural hair wigs have a much longer lifespan than wigs had in the past. A well made wig composed of human hair can last up to one full year under normal usage and with proper care and maintenance. Synthetic fibers wigs generally last about six months under normal usage and proper care. Wigs only lasted one to two months under constant usage in the past and care was difficult if one wished to maintain the wig to its maximum life span.

Modern wigs look more like natural hair because the colors are the exact same as those that occur naturally. Wigs made from human hair are not color treated unless the wearer chooses to change the color. All the natural highlights are present in the hair regardless of what color is chosen. Modern synthetic fiber wigs are created and colored in the factory using pigments that create soft, natural looking color combinations. In the past, wigs often had colors that were impossible to find occurring naturally in human hair.