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What Is a Ponytail Wig?

S. Gonzales
S. Gonzales

A ponytail wig is a wig that is specially created to be worn at the end of the hair like a ponytail. Wearing one can be an instant way to give the illusion of long and full hair. These wigs can be made from synthetic or real hair, and hairstyles can vary between them. In addition, they can be worn in casual situations or for special occasions. A ponytail wig can be purchased at drug stores, department stores, or beauty supply shops.

Ponytail wigs are a great way to add immediate length or fullness to the hair. They can easily change a hairstyle without having to depend on the slow growth of natural hair. Ponytail wig hairstyles can vary, however. For example, consumers can opt to buy a ponytail in a standard straight hairstyle or they can choose to buy a ponytail with curls or waves.

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Woman holding a book

An important part of selecting the right ponytail wig is minding the natural or current hair color of the wearer. Choosing a ponytail wig that is too far off from the wearer's hair color can result in making the addition of the hair piece obvious. While a ponytail wig doesn't have to match the wearer's hair color exactly, it should mirror it as closely as possible.

Ponytail wigs often come with a comb-like device woven inside of the ponytail for easy attachment. The wearer's natural hair is placed inside the ponytail and locked onto the hair piece using interlocking combs, a jaw clip, or elastic string. Those who choose to add ponytail wigs to their hair often find that the attaching mechanism doesn't hold onto their natural hair as much as they'd like, so they often secure their wigs using extra bobby pins.

While many are designed for everyday use, a ponytail wig can also serve a specific purpose. It can be used as a part of a costume for a holiday, a theater performance, or another special event. It is an easy way to change the wearer's normal everyday hairstyle into something that is more dramatic and sleek.

Many ponytail wigs can be purchased at drug stores or other general stores where hair care products are found. While selection can be meager and complete hair color matches rare, ponytail wigs purchased at these places can act as a quick fix for those who are looking for an inexpensive hair extension. Consumers looking for more selection and high-quality ponytail wigs made out of real hair can visit a beauty supply store or a wig shop.

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