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    We Tried Cheap Vs. Expensive Wigs From Amazon

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    Wearing wigs has long been a way for anyone to experiment with new hairstyles, colors, and looks. But, let's be serious, whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie to wearing wigs, it can be a very intimidating process. Especially if you're getting said wig online.

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    What's the quality going to be? Should I invest in real hair or save with synthetic? Will it look good on me? Will everyone know it's a wig just by the sheer sight of it?

    In order to take some of the guesswork out of buying wigs online, Joyce and Megan from the As/Is team decided to test out a bunch of wigs from Amazon at three different price points (around $20, $80, and $200). And while Megan steered her search toward longer, more colorful wigs, Joyce wanted some more classic and curly looks — basically, there is something for everyone.

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    The $20 wigs in both cases were synthetic hair (which means you can't curl or heat them) and the $80 and $200 wigs were all genuine human hair.

    First up, Joyce tried the Entranced Styles short wavy bob wig with bangs and NGL, it's a pretty cute haircut! But, at its under-$20 price point, I think the fear for anyone is what it'll look and feel like IRL. Well, spoiler alert, this ended up being Joyce's favorite wig — even compared to the nearly $200 wig she tried! It delivered on the cottage-core look she was trying to achieve and based on how good it looks on her, I'm about ready to buy one for myself.

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    Promising review: "OMGGG I am in love with this wig! I haven’t had my hair short for almost 10 years and I’ve always had it long, I've never cut it. My mom always thought short hair would look cute on me 'cause of my round face. I wanted to get a wig that is the same hair type as my real hair, wavy and curly, so I could know how I’d look with short hair. This wig makes me look so adorable and my mom said it even makes me look younger! 😂 At first, I struggled to put it on because it’s my first time using a wig but a friend showed me and it came out great! It feels like real hair too, which is nice. The only thing I noticed is it kinda sheds a bit like real hair but other than that, it’s beautiful! I might get another one but in a different color! I can’t wait to wear it with some makeup and a cute outfit. I definitely would recommend to people who need a cute wig." —Harley Quinn

    Price: $17.99+ (available in 12 colors)

    Next Megan tried the super long Hua Mian Li wavy wig with bangs. This is a synthetic wig that's just a really pretty purple shade but as is pointed out, when you're wearing it it's very clearly a wig. Megan ended up throwing a beanie on top of it to cover up the obviousness and gave it a 5/5, but not because it's the most amazing wig she's ever seen but rather because at under $20 it delivers on everything it promises.

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    Promising review: "This is an excellent wig for the price! The color is gorgeous and the texture is wiggy but soft and much better than something you’d get at a Halloween/party store. I trimmed the bangs to suit my face and honestly love it more than I anticipated. The color isn’t quite natural but it is a lot more brown looking than I anticipated — fortunately that means it’s super subtle. It does shed but for the price, I’m not surprised. I would definitely buy it again or in different colors!" —verybestpeach

    Price: $17.77+ (available in seven colors)

    Jumping up to the $80-ish price category, Joyce tried Alibeauty's lace curly wig with bangs that's made of 100% human hair. It's a super curly look that can potentially add a ton of volume. But ultimately, this was Joyce's least favorite wig because it just failed to live up to what she had envisioned it would look like on her.

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    Promising review: "True 16-inch of beautiful quality hair. Full, nice body and curls. Lace is perfect as well as the cap. No shedding! No smell! No tangles! Various ways to style! I love this wig, I’ve gotten so many compliments. I’m really surprised by how thick and full it is. The shipping was also very fast. 👍🏽 The cap is soft and comfortable. Ladies, you’ll love the natural look — beautiful curls and soft. ❤️ I’ll definitely be purchasing from this company again." —TheBossBeauty

    Price: $49.72+ (available in nine lengths and three styles).

    For Megan's mid-price point selection, we traveled back to 1999 and borrowed Rachael Leigh Cook's iconic hairstyle. She tried (and loved) the Nadula lace front bob wig with bangs. This wig is also made with human hair and was so incredibly soft.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this hair. I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out but I'm so happy I took a chance on this bob. I chose the 8-inch bob with bangs and altered it just slightly to get a thick and feathery bang look. I was pleasantly surprised that the hair was extremely soft and it didn't have a weird smell when I opened the package. I definitely recommend purchasing this if you've been obsessed with cutting your hair into a similar style as I have. This is just the wig you need to test out the look before taking the plunge." —Taneshia Nicole

    Price: $77.99+ (available in four lengths and colors)

    For her highest price-point wig, Joyce went with an ombre blonde lace front human hair wig which is a gorgeous flowing mane of hair with every detail figured out — from perfectly placed baby hairs to the perfect color job.

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    It's made of 100% Brazilian virgin human hair, has a perfect wave, and a 130% density. It's also designed to be tangle- and shedding-free. Because it's human hair too, you can curl it, blow-dry it...basically treat it just like you would your own hair.

    Price: $91+ (available in seven lengths and four colors).

    And finally, Megan went with the blue Domido lace front wig for a gorgeous and subtle pop of color — she adds to the look by curling the hair and as someone who can't ever get their hair to keep a curl, that just made me want the wig more.

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    Promising review: "Beautiful wig! Do not hesitate in buying it!! Love how true the color of the wig is, holds a nice curl, and bare minimum shedding! Been waiting to find a nice blue wig and here it is!" —Tiana

    Price: $94.90+ (available in nine lengths and two colors)

    In the end, Joyce ranked the cheapest wig as her favorite, and, just being honest with you, I've already bought it because at under $20 it's a great way for me to start my wig journey.


    Get the bob wig for $17.99+, the curly wig for $49.72, and the ombre wig for $91+ from Amazon.

    Megan picked the elegant blue wig as her number one pick, its investment-worthy price seems to be well worth it in her eyes.


    Get the purple wig for $17.77+, the bob wig for $77.99, and the blue wig for $94.90+ from Amazon.

    Check out all these wigs in action on As/Is!

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