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Different Types of Wigs

Wigs are a great accessory to change your appearance or to disguise hair loss due to medical treatments or conditions. When shopping for a wig, there’s more to it than simply choosing a cute wig and wearing it. Since there are so many options to choose from the different types of wigs, it can be overwhelming.

Some wigs are best for those who have thinning hair and need a boost, while others are ideal for those who want a full transformation. Fortunately, the professional stylists at Gabi’s Wigs are trained to help you find the best wig for your needs. We will work with you to make sure that your wig looks as natural as possible.

In this article, we’ll explain the different types of wigs that you can choose from.

Synthetic vs. Human Hair

First of all, you must decide if you prefer human hair or synthetic fibers for your wig. Each type has advantages and disadvantages.

A human hair wig is made from real human hair, so it looks and styles the most like natural hair. Since human hair wigs are made from human donors, they are more expensive.

Synthetic fibers are used to make more affordable wigs that look and feel similar to human hair. However, in most cases, these wigs are not heat-resistant like human hair wigs.

5 Types of Wigs

Different Types of WigsOnce you’ve decided whether you want human hair or synthetic fibers, you can narrow down your search to the type of wig that you want. The construction and design of a wig can impact the:

  • Shape of the hair
  • Coverage offered
  • Styling options available

There are 5 common types of wigs to choose from:

Lace Wigs

A lace wig features a mesh base that adapts to the color of your skull. This is the most common type of wig. The fibers are individually tied to the lace, which makes them move and look more like natural hair. There are two types of lace wigs: lace front and full lace.

  • A lace front wig is a basic wig cap with a 1.5” to 3” lace section around the forehead.
  • A full lace wig is the most natural looking and offers the most options when it comes to styling.

Monofilament Wigs

A monofilament wig is very similar to a lace wig. The primary difference between the two is that the fibers are individually hand-tied. This mimics the way natural hair grows from the scalp. You can find wigs that are 100% hand-tied or wigs that only the crown is hand-tied. Since the fibers are hand-tied, these are often not as full as other types of wigs.

Combination Wigs

A combination wig features both hand-tied and machine-sewn fibers. This option offers a more natural look than the 100% machine-sewn wigs but is more affordable than the 100% hand-tied wigs. Typically, it is the fibers on the sides and back of the wig that are machine-sewn, while the crown and part lines are hand-tied.

Capless Wigs

A capless wig, also known as an open-weft, open, or wefted wig, is a basic wig with machine-sewn strips of hair attached to a stretchy cap. These wigs are the most affordable, making them ideal for those who are on a budget. They are breathable due to the spaces in between the elastic strips in the cap base. From a distance, these look fairly natural, but most people can tell the difference up close.

Polyurethane Thin Skin Wigs

Polyurethane thin skin wigs may also be referred to as PU skin, thin skin, or poly wigs, and feature a polyurethane base with hair attached in a way that it appears to be growing through the scalp. These work well for people with total hair loss, but don’t sit well on a full head of hair. One of the primary disadvantages of this type of wig is that the cap doesn’t breathe like other types.

Let the Expert Stylists at Gabi’s Wigs Help You Find Your Ideal Wig

Shopping for a wig can be an overwhelming experience. After all, there are so many different options to choose from. Therefore, it’s a good idea to let an expert stylist help.

The stylists at Gabi’s Wigs have the necessary experience and expertise to ensure that you get the perfect wig for you.

  • First of all, we’ll consider your facial shape and the size of your head. Some wigs are adjustable, while others are one-size only.
  • There are several different facial shapes, including heart, round, oval, diamond, oblong, and square. However, it’s best to get an accurate measurement instead of just a general idea of the shape of your face. When measuring your facial shape, we’ll measure your forehead, facial length, jawline, and cheekbones. This will give us a better idea of your exact facial shape.
  • Once you understand your facial shape and the size of your head, you’ll need to consider your budget and what you’re willing to invest in your new look. Wigs are available in a wide variety of price points.
  • You’ll want to consider the type of hair fibers you prefer for your wig and the type of wig you prefer.
  • Finally, you can decide the color and texture that you prefer. This is when you can have fun and experiment with different looks. Once you’ve chosen one that you love, we can help you adjust it to fit your expectations perfectly.

Schedule your consultation with one of our stylists today. We are located on Bathurst Street in Toronto. Our salon hours are Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can call the salon to schedule your appointment.

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