Beth, I went to a specialty wig place and the people were wonderful. They are also mastectomy fitters so they are very sensitive and had private booths, most wigs were around $100-$150. I bought a synthetic one tht was curly like my own. Problem is that I looked like a country western singer and I hated it. I learned that longer is not better, it does not flow or hang properly at the collar. I took it to a specialist and she actually cut some of the rows of elastic out to make it smaller for my little face. It was better but I was miserable. I went to another place (the one who cut my first one) and paid $500 for a nice one with gorgeous and natural color, with beautiful highlights. It was straighter and very cute, but not me. I felt better in it though. It was synthetic and natural blend, and was very easy to take care of. I washed it weekly and gave it a quick pick with the brush and that was all.
I learned afterwards that some wigs have a natural looking scalp for a part, which I wish I had. Mine was just a wad of hair at the part and to me, that made it scream wig. I was just so determined to look as normal as I could.
I donated the first one to a wig bank and took the tax deduction, and same with the second one eventually. To me, money was no object, it was so important to be comfortable.
Women who go natural or wear caps or scarves look wonderful, but I was too afraid to do it. Go with what feels right, and don;t worry about
what the others will think. You are the most important one here!