Wigs are a great way to get creative while doing minimal damage to your hair.
Whether you’re looking to change up your look for a night out or you want to add a wig to your daily beauty routine, wig options are virtually endless.
Wig Learning 101
Wig Type: Natural vs. Synthetic
Synthetic hair wigs are made with acrylic or nylon fibers, whereas some natural hair wigs can be made with human hair or human hair or mixed with animal hair for example : using such animal hairs like horses, angora rabbits, or sheep.
Human hair is usually the highest quality hair, but only when details of construction and processing are taken into account.
- Natural hair wigs can last up to five years with proper care, are thicker, can be styled with heat and often have a more genuine look, Which means Ladies they can tend to be more expensive.
- Natural hair wigs can be a little more versatile and can be dyed different colors (permanent or semi-permanent) and styled with a wide range of styling elements such as curling irons ect. Due Note: after washing, a natural wig has to be restyled unlike a synthetic wigs also keep in mind that synthetic wigs should never have heat applied unless specified Heat Safe and most heat safe synthetic wigs will specify how much heat the wig can take.
There are an abundance of high-quality synthetic wigs on the market that are both beautiful and affordable.
- Synthetic wigs are less likely to tangle but they tend to wear out after 3-6 months, sometimes within weeks.
- They are able to retain their shape and style, even after washing and tend to be cooler than human hair.
- One major disadvantage is there’s not much you can do to a synthetic wig once purchased i.e. dying it various colors or curling it with a curling iron.
Synthetic and Human Hair wigs are made in a variety of textures,styles and colors.
Hand-Tied or Machine-Made?
There are really only a few methods of production of a wigs: This would be hand-tied or machine-made (machine-wefted).
Hand-Tied wigs are the most time consuming these wigs are constructed by humans which individual hairs are attached to the wig cap by hand. This process is very labor-intensive but yields more natural results, since hairs will all flow in the same direction and will be less liable to tangling. Hand-tied wigs allow the hair to be styled more effortlessly and parted in different ways. Hand tied is higher quality so the package will definitely highlight that distinction. Physically, hand-tied wigs should move more naturally.
Machine made wigs are cheaper wigs are made by a machine that sews the hair into a cap or nylon strips. Synthetic wigs are usually machine-made.
Natural hair wigs can either be hand-tied or machine-made. When made by machine, natural hair wigs must be processed with chemicals to dissolve the outer cortex and this may lead to a less-than-ideal texture. Most wigs should say somewhere on the packaging, whether it’s hand-tied or machine-wefted.
If you part the hair and look closely, you should be able to see the long tracks of the machine-wefted wig.
Construction: Full-Cap, Open-Cap, or Partial Coverage?
A wig can be constructed as either be full-cap, open-cap, or partial coverage.
A full-cap wig features hair that has been sewn into a mesh cap, leaving little or no gaps and providing full coverage of the hair/head underneath. seeing that this wig has the most hair and is usually hand-tied, its most likely going to be a more expensive type of wig.
One complaint regarding the full-cap wig is that it can make your head feel really hot and doesn’t allow the hair underneath to breathe. If you are concerned about air circulation, or you plan to wear a wig in the summer, you may want to select a open-cap wig instead.
Open Cap Wig:
A open-cap wig is made of nylon strips onto which hair is machine-sewn. This wig construction normally has gaps between each strip for flexibility and ventilation. This type of wig is not recommended for those with thinning hair, as the scalp may show through.
Partial Coverage Wig:
A partial coverage wig also know as a wiglet . This wig can come in the form of a clip-on or elastic structure and is made to enhance one’s natural hair. Clipping in “wiglets” can make your hair appear longer or thicker and ponytail or bun accessories can be used to create a perfect updo without the hassle of wearing a full wig.
A “Closer” cap is another type of partial wig that is clipped onto the head and covers only the crown. This is great asset for women with hair loss particularly in the crown area of the head. There are also partial wigs that are full in the back and thinner around the front this allows you to blend in your own natural hair giving a more realistic look.
Below are various specialty wigs currently on the market. These include:
This wig has an opening that clips in so you can pull your natural hair through to give the look of a blend, which is similar to how a weave is done and looks. This works best if the exact texture of your natural hair and the wig is a match. If not, then a wig with full coverage is best.
This has the most flexibility and can even be worn in a high ponytail! This is made from a stretch cap in most cases. Individual strands are pulled through the cap and gives the illusion of hair coming from the scalp. It must be applied with an adhesive like tape or bonding glue. This gives the most authentic hairline for the full coverage but is very delicate and must be treated with care. It is possible to sew combs or clips on the full lace when adhesives are not desired.
A lace-front wig is a full wig that has a lace mesh attached in front of the hairline that allows for custom fitting and styling. The lace front is glued to the forehead, providing a seamless transition to the skin. This wig is hand-tied in the very front with machine wefts in the back.
A closure is not a wig but rather, an attachment used to close a weave without the use of the natural hair. This mimics either a lace wig or a silk top and is usually sewn in along with weaving or making a custom wig by hand.
Silk Top Wig:
This is the most natural looking scalp compared to all wigs. Most high end wigs use a silk top as the knots are hidden under a second piece of material which gives an illusion of “flesh tone.” There is some flexibility and it is usually multi-directional at the crown of the head. You cannot wear this in a high ponytail or off the face unless intricate detailing and styling is done to it by a professional. Machine wefts are in the back. This is secured with combs or clips that snap in.
A half wig is basically half of a wig (the bottom half.) This is used when one wants to add fullness and body to their hair along with some length. This is a popular option for women who may not want to cover their entire hair but need fullness and a bit of length. This is secured with combs or clips that snap in.
- Make sure your hair is clean and flat. Either pin down or braid into cornrows.
- Always wear a wig cap! This helps the wig stay on your head and protects your hair from the wig’s inner lining and friction.
- Always secure your wig to your hair using combs that are inside of the wig cap to ensure a snug fit that won’t slip.
- Some wigs are adjustable, so getting sized at a specialty store is recommended for a perfect fit.