You may be choosing a wig or hair piece for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are going through a medical treatment like chemotherapy, or you are genetically prone to hair loss. Or maybe you are looking for a fun, new hairstyle without the commitment. Whatever the reason, wearing a wig should make you feel confident and chic, and choosing the right wig for you plays a major role in that. Wigs certainly do not come in a one size fits all mold; there is a vast array of wig styles, colors, materials and caps to choose from. Before you decide which wig is right for you, let’s review the different types of wig materials.
Hair Type – Human Hair or Synthetic
Human hair is the choice for the most natural look. While it is more expensive than synthetic hair, it looks real because it is real. Hair comes from one donor or multiple donors and can be styled just like your own natural hair. Human hair wigs do last longer and stand up well to heat.
Synthetic hair wigs have come a long way and now look very natural, too. One bonus of synthetic hair: the upkeep of is much less demanding. Unlike human hair wigs, a synthetic wig quickly bounces back to the pre-set style. It doesn’t react to rain or humidity or ever lose volume. Some short styles are so easy, they’re called shake and go!
Select the Foundation
There are two types of wig caps. The monofilament or mono top is made of micromesh. The individual strands of hair are hand-tied or woven into the mesh. The mesh is soft and breathable, allowing for the bare scalp to show through. This makes a monofilament cap a great option for chemotherapy patients or those with a sensitive scalp.
The second type of wig cap is a lace front. With lace front construction, hair strands are hand-tied to the front hairline, giving the seamless appearance of natural hair growth. This construction is more natural and realistic. It also allows for flexible styling options, including parting and pulling hair up or away from the face.
Start at Wig Elegance
When researching and choosing different types of wig materials, it’s important to start with determining your goal for wearing a wig in the first place. Are you replacing lost hair? Are you filling in volume with existing hair? Are you adding a ponytail or bun for special occasions? Once you know what you want from your wig, you can start the fun process of choosing the right wig materials for you. And if you need help, call Wig Elegance at (215) 945-4900. Our stylists will introduce you to the unique, fun and private shopping experience of choosing your new style!