Knowing the different types of wigs will help you make an informed buying decision. Our video (below) gives a good overview of the different types of wigs. Some people like short wigs, others like long wigs, some like cheaper wigs while others like luxury and expensive HD wigs.
In this guide, we will show you the different types of wigs and how to choose the right one. But why is wig type important? Can’t you just pick a wig that looks good and be done with it?
Because we all dream of one day being able to change our color and hairstyle and feel like a different person for a while, wigs are the perfect solution. Do you want to be platinum blonde like Brigitte Bardot or short like Audrey Hepburn? Wigs allow you to fulfill all your desires without going to the salon.
Nowadays, however, there are different types of wigs. It is therefore important to familiarise yourself with the different wig models and their different construction methods before making an impulsive purchase.
Let’s first define the different terms you will encounter during your search. Wigs cover the entire skull. Volumetric wigs vary in size and only cover different areas of the head. If it covers 3/4 of the head, it is also called a half wig. Volumetric wigs are fastened with clips, woven or glued. Partial hairpieces, such as voluminous wigs, are covered by the social security system.
Finally, there is a third group: hairpieces. These can be in the form of clips or inserted. A hair crown wraps around the skull and leaves an unfortunate mark. This accessory is often combined with a hat or beanie. Ribbons are used in a similar way to wreaths. It adorns the face and covers the loss of eyebrows. Clasps are also attached to the neck to create the effect of a full and rather long hairstyle. There are hair extensions that create the illusion of length or soften hair that is too thin or short. Sometimes extensions are sewn into the ribbon.
Synthetic wigs are very easy to maintain. They are designed to regain their original shape after each wash. To do this, shake it for a few seconds. The realism depends largely on the quality of the synthetic hair used. This technology has grown rapidly in recent years. As a result, some synthetic wigs are very realistic, while others are too shiny to look natural. However, synthetic materials do not retain heat well, although heat-resistant models have appeared in recent years.
The use of heating tools (straighteners, curling irons) to style them is not recommended. Dyeing is also difficult as dyes have difficulty penetrating synthetic fibers. In addition, conventional products (shampoo, conditioner) are not suitable. Sometimes it is necessary to modify and transform the bathroom into a laboratory. Finally, they are very prone to warping, knots, and cracks. They can be a source of static electricity. However, synthetic wigs are still a good way to get an inexpensive wig if you use them occasionally. Under certain quality conditions, they are covered by social security. They are the cheapest wigs but have the disadvantage that they cannot be dyed or ironed because synthetic hair cannot withstand heat. Then you have to choose a hairstyle that you like and that you cannot change.
Human cheese wigs, often called lace wigs, are made exclusively from human cheese. The hair is usually obtained from various donors. The hair is then disinfected, processed, and finally selected by color and usually dyed to achieve a standardized result. This type of process is applied to all the “classic” natural hair wigs offered on the most popular French sites.
Natural hair wigs have several advantages: they can be dyed, and styled and can withstand all shampoos. Thanks to their natural appearance, they are almost invisible and can be treated just like your own hair. Such wigs last longer, but their main disadvantage is that they are more expensive.
Lace wigs, also called lace wigs, invisible wigs, or lace wigs, are a newer version of wigs. They are made using a complex technique that differs from traditional wigs. Lace wigs are fashionable wigs that are increasingly competing with knitted wigs. In the USA today, big stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna prefer lace wigs to braids. Even men, especially Americans, are now turning to lace wigs. A lace or lace wig is a band whose texture completely mimics the scalp itself: that’s why it’s recognizable. The hair is then sewn into this band one by one, just as natural hair is placed one by one on the scalp. Thanks to the lace, the border between the wig and the scalp is invisible or even indistinguishable. The edges of a lace wig are almost impossible to see. The visual design is completely natural. The only drawback is that lace wigs are much more expensive than other types of wigs.
FULL LACE WIGS
Full lace wigs are also inconspicuous lace wigs. We refer to a “full lace” wig when the lace completely encircles the wig from front to back. Full lace allows the neck to be covered as well as the front from ear to ear. Unlike front lace, full lace wigs allow the hair to be worn high and in a ponytail. You can pull your hair into a ponytail. Full lace wigs are available with or without an elastic band. If the wig is elasticated, it can adjust to the size of your head.
Wigs without a cap
Capless wigs, also called knit wigs, open-cap wigs, or open-thread wigs, are basic wigs with machine-sewn braids (hair fibers attached in strips) attached to the elastic cap of the wig.
While machine-sewn braids don’t appear to “grow” naturally from the scalp like hand-tied locks, capless wigs rely on the PermaTease process to create a volume that covers the attic and partial cap areas of the wig. Capless wigs are highly breathable due to the space between the elastics at the base of the cap.
Combination wigs combine strategically placed hand-tied hair fibers with machine-sewn braided hair fibers (sections or strips of hair fibers per wig) as a more affordable alternative to 100% hand-tied wigs.
Combination wigs use machine-sewn braids to fill in most of the less visible back and side sections. Only the most visible areas are hand-tied to achieve a natural look and effect, usually along the top of the head, the crown of the head, or the normal lines.
The monofilament is part of the nylon wig cap. It is thicker and slightly heavier than lace. The monofilament is placed in the round part of the wig (the tip). It can also be seen on the top of the wig. Sometimes the lace blends in with the contours of the wig. The monofilament is a thin, relatively stiff membrane that mimics the scalp and gives the impression that the hair is naturally placed on the skull.
This is great if you like to experiment with stylish wigs, but not so good if you like voluminous and thick hairstyles. You can choose a single monofilament wig, a double monofilament wig, or a more affordable combination wig with a top part, crown, or monofilament part.