For some women wigs are merely a temporary fashion statement, while for others they are a daily part of life. Whether you wear wigs because you want to, or because you have to, it’s a good idea to know the different types of wigs that are available for you to choose from. Wigs are not only available in a wide variety of colors, lengths, and styles, they’re also available in different fibers and cap constructions.
Types of Fibers
Human Hair -Human hair wigs are the best option for anyone looking for wigs that resemble natural hair. Not only do human hair wigs look and feel natural, they’re also extremely versatile, and can be treated the same as natural hair. That means you can wash, dry, cut, curl, and even dye them any way you want. Although human wigs may be crafted from a variety of different hair types, the most commonly used are Indian, Indonesian, and Chinese. European hair is also used in human hair wigs, but is less popular due to its limited supply. The highest grade human hair you can purchase is Remy hair. For Remy hair wigs, cuticles are kept intact and aligned in the same direction, allowing for a completely natural appearance. Because the process of crafting Remy hair wigs is so meticulous, they’re generally the most expensive wigs on the market.
Synthetic Hair -Synthetic hair is arguably the most commonly worn wig type on the market. These wigs are crafted with durable, man-made fibers, and can typically be worn right out of the package with no additional styling required. Because synthetic hair wigs can’t be dyed or manipulated the way human hair wigs can, they generally cost less, but don’t last as long. Many synthetic hair wigs can be washed and dried, and can also withstand heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Although some synthetic hair wigs can be restyled, they aren’t as versatile as human hair, and the fibers are often resistant. If cared for properly, synthetic wigs can last about 2 to 3 months.
Types of Caps
Half Wigs – Half wigs are designed to cover only a portion of your head. Most half wigs rest around the crown area and are blended with your natural hair. The downside of a half wig is that your natural hair must be styled to match the wig, or it won’t look natural.
Full Wigs – Unlike half wigs, full wigs cover your whole head and don’t require any of your natural hair to be left out. They are also available with or without bangs. The downside of full wigs is that they don’t always have the most natural-looking appearance.
Lace Wigs – Lace front and full lace wigs are one of the most versatile types of wigs on the market due to their natural parting and natural-looking hairline. Most high quality lace wigs can be worn down, up in a ponytail, and even in braids. Some lace front wigs must be glued around the entire hairline for the most natural look.
Monofilament and Hand-tied Wigs – Monofilament wigs are created with individually hand-tied hairs to give the illusion that hair is growing from your scalp. These types of wigs can be parted and styled in any direction since only a natural scalp appearance — instead of a weft — is shown throughout the entire cap. Because monofilament wigs are constructed of thin, breathable material, you don’t have to worry about heat and moisture build-up, or the irritation and itchiness that you may experience with other types of wig caps.