WIGS Q & A
How are wigs priced?
Wigs are priced according to the workmanship construction of the cap and the quality of the hair. For example, human hair wigs cost more than synthetic fiber wigs.
What type of wig cap will work best for me?
It is important to know the different types of caps and how they are constructed:
What is a Medical Wig?
Machine sewn wigs are crafted on a special sewing machine and are made of hair wefts attached to a pre-constructed base. They are also referred to as cap less because the hair is not attached to a mesh foundation.
Hand tied wigs have caps which are constructed of some type of mesh (usually monofilament) with individual strands of hair knotted by hand into the mesh. These are the most realistic in appearance and also the most lightweight option. However, due to the labor involved in the production process, these are also the least common type of wig currently available.
Also known as a monofilament top. The top section is made of a fine, transparent nylon mesh with strands of hair hand-tied into the base, creating a natural look where the hair appears to be growing from the scalp. This useful feature allows you to part the hair anywhere at the top, just like your own hair. This type of wig is suitable for persons with extensive hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia or other medical reasons since the transparent mesh allows the bare scalp to show through. You may sometimes see mono top wigs referred to as medical wigs mainly for this reason. However even women with full heads of hair prefer this type of wig because of their superior natural appearance. Mono top wigs are generally more expensive since a lot of time is taken to hand tie each strand of hair to the base. The back of the wig is machine sewn. This type of wig can be made from either synthetic fiber or human hair.
Medical wigs have special features that make them more suitable for women with hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania and other medical conditions.
Do all mono top wigs have tape tabs or medical tabs?
All mono-top wigs feature “tape tabs” on the inside of the cap. These shiny plastic tabs allow the wearer to use a special double-sided tape to secure the wig to the head if desired.
What is a monofilament part wig?
These are wigs that have a thin strip of monofilament mesh sewn just in the part line area (left, right or center part). For this type of wig, the location of the part CANNOT be changed. Because only a small part of the wig is monofilament, it is slightly less expensive than the full mono top wigs.
Do all wigs have adjustable straps?
Most wigs have adjustable straps at the nape (back neck area) to allow the wig to be sized for a more snug fit. Generally these straps will have Velcro attachments but can sometimes feature hooks that fit into tiny adjustment pockets. Both are effective systems that can be found on all types of wigs.
Can I just add fullness to my hair?
For those who wish to add fullness to their hair, a system or unit may be the answer. A system/unit features monofilament base that has been designed to give a natural scalp appearance. The hair is attached to the monofilament base, and looks as if it is growing out of your own scalp. These pieces give you the coverage you need without having to wear a full wig. You have the ability to incorporate your own hair for a natural and seamless appearance. The systems are attached with clips or an adhesive depending on each individual.
What is a fall?
A fall (or a ¾ cap wig) is designed to be worn with the wearer’s own hair showing at the front hairline and down the temples to the ears. Most falls utilize conventional wig caps and are attached using a half-round comb at the front (bangs area) and another at the back (nape area) for an extremely secure fit.
What is a hand tied wig?
Probably the least common type of cap construction is the hand-tied wig. A 100% hand-tied wig usually starts at $250 for a synthetic style, and can get into the $1000s for a human hair version (depending on the type/quality of the hair - remy or non-remy). Due to the labor-intensive nature of making the wig, the price is much higher than other types.
Will wearing a wig damage my own hair?
Wearing a wig will not harm your scalp or hair or inhibit regrowth. For women with complete hair loss due to medical reasons, a wig helps to maintain body heat and protect sensitive skin from the elements.
Should I buy more than one wig?
Yes, you will find that having more than one wig is very convenient. You may wish to have different styles – one casual and one more styled for going out – or different constructions to wear for different activities.
With a doctor’s prescription for a hair prosthetic, you may be eligible to claim the expense of your wig through your heath insurance provider and/or as a medical expense on your income tax.