This series has been designed to help you answer the question: “What to look for when looking for a wig?” Knowing the answer may help you decide whether or not a wig is right for you. Earlier in this series we discussed some reasons to wear a wig, the differences between human and synthetic wigs and five qualities to consider.
Building a better wig, a construction overview.
When deciding on a wig, knowing the benefits and drawbacks of different construction types can improve your comfort and over all wig wearing experience. There are four main types of wig cap construction: Wefted, Monofilament, Lace Front and Hand Tied. Here are some key things about each to help you decide which construction type is best for you.
This is the most basic cap construction and typically made from synthetic fibers. The wefted wig is usually the least expensive. A wefted wig works best for short and curly hair styles. The sides of the wig consist of fibers sewn on wefts of fabric running across the wig. The top is typically made up of fibers sewn onto a solid piece of fabric, and for this reason the top is usually pre-teased to obstruct the view of the top construction. This wig is well vented and allows for greater air circulation.
The monofilament and double monofilament wigs typically have wefted sides. The top is designed not only for comfort, but to give the illusion of hair growing out of a natural scalp. The fibers are connected onto a mesh type fabric to offer a realistic part, enabling you to change the part from side to side. The monofilament has a layer of fabric that lines the wig’s underside. The double monofilament has an extra layer of fabric designed to be more comfortable, offering a buffer from the bare scalp and the wig. For this reason, a double monofilament construction is ideal for women undergoing chemotherapy.
For the woman who likes to wear her hair back off her face, or without bangs, this may be the ideal construction. The lace front construction is designed so that the hairs or fibers are attached to a fine mesh, which is designed to blend with your scalp. This construction is in the front portion of the wig from temple to temple, or from ear to ear. The back of the wig may be wefted or hand tied. The top of the wig can be a solid piece of fabric, like that found in the wefted wig, or may have a monofilament top (both noted above). For women experiencing hair loss, the mesh that is used to resemble the hair line can be uncomfortable on a bare head. If you are shopping before your hair has shed from treatment, be sure to consider this. Alternatively, you may prefer a style that has some layering around the face to conceal the hairline instead of a lace front wig.
Hand tied wigs are made to create the most natural hair movement possible. This wig is constructed with each individual hair tied to a breathable fabric, allowing more style options for the hair. Hand tied wigs can be parted, moved away from the face or even worn in a ponytail or an up-do style. Most hand tied wigs are typically made with 100% human hair, and require more of a commitment to care. This wig is a good option for women who experience long-term hair loss, like that associated with alopecia. The higher price tag will be amortized over the length of time the wig is worn. If you decide you want a human hair, hand tied wig, make sure you get your head measured properly. Shopping before hair loss requires proper measuring to account for the shedding of your own hair.
Note for both lace front and hand tied wigs: Be gentle, especially around the front of the wig. Do not pull on the front of the wig. Instead, when putting on or taking off the wig, place your hands on top of the wig, ensuring they are back a couple inches from the front. Then gently remove or adjust. Both Lace Front and Hand Tied wigs may require repairs over time. For any repairs, seek a professional wig stylist.
Just as you care for your finest, most treasured garment, you are valuable and have your own unique care tag, be gentle with yourself.
– Jeanna Doyle
These are the four main types of construction, though there are many variations. For example, you may find a wig that is wefted on the sides, with a monofilament top and lace front sides. Whether you decided to go with one of the four main wig construction types or a variation, consider the features and benefits that will add comfort or confidence. Use this overview to help weigh the pros and cons, and ultimately have a happier wig wearing experience.
Stay tuned! Ahead in this series we will be talking color, coverage (insurance) and more.
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