Monofilament wigs are most popular with people who have total hair loss. The “monofilament” part of the designation refers to the fact that single hairs are tied to each string in the mesh cap. The cap itself is extremely lightweight and made of a nearly transparent material that will take on the color of your natural scalp. This allows you to part in monofilament wigs for a natural look.
Most monofilament wigs have a more solid piece on the crown to give fullness to the piece, but the front, sides, and neckline are hand-tied monofilament. The tied fibers move more freely on the mesh, giving your hair a more natural movement. It also makes it easier to style your wig.
Natural Scalp Looks
This solid piece is the monofilament, meaning single (mono) fiber (filament) where the hairs are attached one by one. It is large enough to cover the length of what would look like a natural scalp.
Some other wig styles are not able to provide a natural look for the scalp. Lace front wigs may have a more noticeable faux scalp. L-part wigs capture the shape of a part with an L-shaped seam but don’t have the see-through quality of monofilament. With other types of wigs, wearers often find themselves adding a bit of foundation make-up to the part of the wig to mimic a natural scalp.
Monofilament wigs simply save you from this trouble.
Depending on how a wig or extension is constructed, hair can tend to move in hanks, clumped together where they are stitched into place side by side. This is not so with monofilament thanks to each hair being attached individually, like naturally growing hair would be.
This allows the hairs on monofilament wigs to move naturally and independently, so it does not seem like they are all sewn to one track. When looking for a natural, can’t-tell-it’s-a-wig wig, monofilament can provide some of the best available motion.
This also expands styling options. Monofilament wearers can part their hair in any direction, so they can change up their style as they would with natural hair. As long as the part rests on top of the monofilament fabric section at the crown, natural skin will show through.
Monofilament wigs come in the same materials that other wigs do: real human hair and synthetic hair. Each material has its pros and cons, and it depends on a wearer’s budget, wear expectations, and need for longevity that dictates which type of wig she will end up with.
Real human hair wigs tend to be the pricier option, but with good reason. Human hair wigs last longer and withstand more styling options. Human hair can be heat-styled similarly to natural hair. It can also sometimes be treated again with hair color.
For everyday wear, many prefer human hair wigs thanks to their natural look and durability. When combined with a monofilament cap, real human hair wigs are a top-of-the-line hair accessory.
Synthetic hair wigs vary in price, but can often be significantly less expensive. This is due to the quality and expected lifespan of the wig. Synthetic wigs make for a great option
Monofilament wigs do tend to be pricier than some other styles due to the way they are made. Each individual hair that is knotted into the cap has been done so by hand. This means a lot of man-hours go into the creation of monofilament wigs, upping the price.
Due to the handmade construction of these wigs, they tend to be stronger. Hairs are less likely to break or snap off, meaning your monofilament wig may last longer.
However, for those with complete hair loss, making an investment in the high-quality, most natural-looking wig for everyday wear may not be a huge price hurdle.
How to Style and Care for Monofilament Wigs
You may find monofilament wigs more versatile when it comes to styling thanks to that individually knotted hair.
Don’t want to mess up your pricey wig investment by styling it incorrectly? Then come on back to Wig Elegance, where we offer maintenance and styling as salon services.
Get started with a typical wash, deep conditioning, and blowdry for your wig. Keeping it in great condition
We offer styling for a new look or an event-ready option. You can cut and safely heat style many wigs—particularly the real human hair ones. Some can even be permed or straightened to add a new texture to an older wig.
Thinking of a different color? Depending on the materials and processing of the original wig hair, you may be able to add new full color, highlights, or lowlights. This can keep you looking fresh and on-trend.
For wigs that have been through the ringer, we offer comb-outs and detangling to revive your wig. With our excellent care and maintenance, you can increase the longevity of your monofilament wig.
Visit the Salon
Try a monofilament wig on at Wig Elegance to see what kind of difference it can make for you. When you visit our salon for a try-on, you get a full-service salon experience. Speak to our knowledgeable staff about the best monofilament wig fit for you as well as custom options.
Getting to check yourself out in the mirror before purchasing this type of wig is an important step in the process. Stop by or call 215-945-4900 to set up your appointment today.