Wigs are more common than you may expect. And with all the technology out there, some of them are nearly undetectable. Whether you wear a wig as a protective style, just to switch up your look, for a performance, for health reasons, or to transition from relaxed to natural, a wig is a great go to. Here is some must needed information.
Natural vs. Synthetic
- Human hair is the higher quality hair, but if the construction isn’t done right it won’t matter. There are high quality synthetic wigs on the market, and guess what they tend to be more affordable!
- Human hair wigs are often very expensive, but they are a great investment as they tend to last 5-10 years with proper care and maintenance. Synthetic wigs tend to only last anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months (depending on how often you wear)
- Natural wigs are extremely versatile. You can color, style, and clean these wigs as often as you’d like. Synthetic wigs tend to hold their shape longer, even after a quick washing, but can’t be washed often.
Hand-Tied or Machine-Made?
Hand-tied wigs are constructed manually one individual strand at a time. This process is very detailed and labor intense, and therefore these types of wigs tend to be very expensive. The quality of these wigs are amazing, and often yield a more natural result. The hairs will all flow in one direction and will less likely tangle when made this way.
Machine made wigs are made rather quickly and the hair is sew directly on to a cap or nylon strips. Though these wigs have styling versatility, they often don’t move as effortlessly and can’t be parted as easily, like natural hair would.
Full-Cap, Open-Cap, or Half Coverage?
A full-cap wig has hair (often hand tied) onto a mesh cap. There are no gaps between the hair, and it completely covers your head. These wigs provide total coverage and therefore are great for protective styling. On the downside these types of wigs can be uncomfortable, especially in the summer months when you sweat, and your scalp is begging to breath!
An open-cap wig is made with nylon track that are machine sewn on to a wig cap. There are gaps between each strip, providing the head with ventiliation. If this type of wig is made with thin hair it can show your hair and scalp underneath due to the gaps.
A half coverage wig is either a clip on or elastic band structure. This type of wig is meant to help enhance your hair, versus being na alternative. It often requires for you to blend a portion of your hair in with it in order to complete the style. This is perfect if you want your bun to be fuller or your wrap to be longer.