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Choosing the right wig type.

Posted on January 27 2022

Choosing the right wig type.

Different Types of Wigs 

Wigs, the artificial covering of the hair which either covers the particular part or most of the head with synthetic or natural hair to give a more stylish or attractive look. A wig is generally used by people to cover baldness, for cultural or religious reasons, fashion, or by the actors to resemble the character they portray.  

Wigs or hairpieces can always upgrade any style for every occasion and it is always advisable to use high-quality products for the safety of your natural hair and head. Wigs are available in the market for men, women, and children too. 

Types of Wigs

There are plenty of different types of wigs available in the market be it customized or readymade and at times it becomes difficult to decide on what type of wig should we select so here is a small guide discussing on few types of wigs:

  • Human Hair Wigs – These are as real and give a very authentic look as they are made from natural hair though they are comparatively expensive as compared to synthetic hair.
  • – These are made up of synthetic hair hence known as synthetic hair wigs and they are less expensive than human hair providing a realistic and attractive look.
  • Lace Front Wigs – Lace front wigs have the appearance of a natural hairline and a sheer lace material along the forehead rest of the cap is a little thicker and maybe clips are sewn into it so that they stay in place while wearing. 
  • Full Lace Wigs -  A full lace wig is made with a combination of lace frontals and lace closures wherein the hair goes from the temple area and extends over the u-part covering the whole head. They are comparatively expensive than the standard hair wigs but they tend to last longer and are more versatile.
  • Monofilament Hair Wigs – These are the most natural-looking wig wherein either polyester or nylon micro mesh is been used and the individual strands are attached by the hands. These wigs are partially or fully hair tied and later one is comparatively expensive.
  • Capless Wigs – These are often referred to as basic cap wigs or open-cap wigs. These wigs are machine-made wherein the wefts are sewn onto the stips of thin elastic which becomes the cap itself. However, since it doesn’t have a solid surface it is capless allowing the airflow which keeps the scalp from overheating.
  • Hair Toppers – Also known as Partial wigs or wiglets they cover the part of the head more than the hairpieces but not like a regular wig. Partial wigs are further divided into two parts:
  • Honeycomb or pull through – These are perfect for people who have thin hair as they contain large holes and you can easily pull your hair and quickly add thickness and volume to it. 
  • ½ or ¾ wigs – These partial wigs cover either half or three-forth of the head and are similar to honeycomb wherein you can pull the strands of your hair through them.
  • Hairpieces – As the name suggests these are pieces (extensions) that don’t cover the entire head but enhances the look of the natural hair and they are meant to blend with the original hair and are just used to give the shape to the hairstyle or cover up the baldness.
  • Non-slip wig – Also known as suction wigs they are generally preferred by completely bald people. It is made up of transparent polyurethane and monofilament which grips the scalp and there is no need for elastic adjusters. 
  • Types of Hair

    The basic issue generally a person faces is to choose the hair unit and there are multiple types within the synthetic and human hair wig to decide between:

    • Human Hair – This hair gives away the most natural look and feel with styling versatility. 
    • Virgin Hair – Virgin hair is the highest quality of human hair available and the hair is from a single donor which isn’t dyed, permed, or bleached. 
    • Synthetic Hair – They offer a look and feel similar to human hair but lacks versatility. This hair requires less maintenance and can be worn immediately once unpacked.
    • Heat-friendly synthetic hair – This hair offers more styling versatility because of its heat-friendly construction but they are more challenging to style compared to human hair and can just last for 2-3 months with proper care. 

    Difference between synthetic and human hair wigs

    Synthetic Wig

    Human Hair Wig

    A synthetic wig can hold the style even after the wash.

    A human hair wig is made up of real hair so they look and feel are real but they have to be restyled after washing.

    It cannot be styled in many different ways with little or no styling.

    They can be styled in different ways as per the styling you need.

    Synthetic hair wigs and hairpieces can last for up to 4-6 months.

    Human hair wigs can last between 1 and 3 years.

    Synthetic hair lacks versatility.

    Human hair wigs are soft, shiny, and have easy movement.


    A wig is generally worn by people to cover baldness or a fashion statement hence it becomes necessary to understand the type of wig you select, its purpose, and whether it is a human-based or synthetic hair wig.