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There are variations on the types
of cap styles, machine-made,
hand-tied pre-designed, Full lace, lace front, hair integration and full custom.
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Wig caps are often as important as the wig
hair when it comes to proper fit, comfort and wearibility. Your specific
needs, the type of hair style, and how long you want it to last, should
determine your choice. If you want a long lasting wig,
wefted caps may be your best choice. If you
want a part in your hair it is a good idea to get a cap with a
natural top. If you have
thin or thinning hair and want to incorporate your own hair with the wig
choose an integration cap or
partial. If you have no hair due to medical or
other reasons, a full custom hair piece may be
your best choice.
Caps /Capless Wigs
Wefted construction, means that the cap has
"wefts" of hair sewn onto the woven material of the cap.
Most wigs today are machine made wefted
wigs and are often called "capless." If you look at the cap on the left
you will see that it has open construction woven material rather than
being completely closed like you would think of a cap. The top of the cap
(as shown in this picture) is closed, of a lacy or other material, or of a
much tighter weave.
A weft ( picture on right ) is a long string
of hairs doubled over and sewn in closely
together in long strands.
This weft is then machine sewn, hand sewn or
hand tied to the cap.
horizontal lines added to the picture on the the left shows the weft
(without the hair ) attached to the cap. On the back portion of this
picture you see the wefts with hair.
These wigs, depending on the manufacturer,
can be cool, light, even ultra light and very long lasting.
These cost effective wigs can most often be
worn by anyone with some hair and can be secured with tape, medical
adhesive and clips by those with less hair.
Like anything else, there are various
"qualities" of these wefted wigs made. Many inexpensive
department store and mail order wigs are made in some form of this
material but have a short life and a "wiggy" appearance. They may only
last through 3 to 6 months continuous wear. Although not a hard and
fast rule, the rule of thumb is, "the cheaper the wig, the lower the
quality of material used." What you get depends on your needs and
the quality you are willing to purchase.
Mid-range wigs offer affordable quality
with many good features and last considerably longer than bargain
department store brands. We have those available for you.
All of the styles in the many collections
that use wefted or "capless" caps have high to very high quality wefting
and workmanship designed to last and to give you a good fit. A good wefted
human hair wig should give you about 3 to 4 year's wear.
. Another type of cap is a very fine mesh
material that comes in several types. It is cool to wear. The hairs are
fully hand-tied wigs (which means individual hairs are knotted by hand
onto a fine nylon monofilament or polyester net base) are lighter in
weight and more comfortable and lifelike than wefted bases.
Micro-Skin top --Hair is hand-tied into nylon mesh, and
then a coating of very thin latex is applied, creating the effect of a
scalp with hair growing out of it. It looks like your own skin and is
called a "skin top" or "French Top" and gives you a very natural
look. Wearer's scalp does not show through. Suitable for all types of hair
--Fine flesh-colored nylon mesh with hairs individually hand-tied into it.
May be parted anywhere on the top. Very suitable for persons with
extensive hair loss, as color of scalp may show through.
Hand-Tied or Handmade top
--Hand made wigs are of a better quality
than wefted wigs. They tend to fit better and style more naturally than
machine made wigs. Hair is
knotted by hand into a double thickness of nylon or polyester mesh, not as
fine as the mono mesh, letting the wearer part the hair in any direction,
but the base of the wig may show. Part may be created, but must have some
backcombing at the base to give the illusion of a part. A good,
less-expensive choice if versatility is desired.
These possibilities are certainly appealing
to anyone who doesn't want people to tell them they are wearing a nice
"wig" - to those who would rather get the comment, "I love your new
hair style." That, of course, is most any woman or man who chooses
the option of a wig or hair piece.
You will probably get about 1 year's wear
out of a good hand-tied hair piece, but the wig can be repaired and hair
may be added to make it full again.
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The Perfect solution for
FINE AND THINNING HAIR. A hair integration blends an
individual's hair with an integration hair system to create
fullness, volume and length. It is for individuals with thinning hair or
hair loss who want to make most of their natural hair. An
integration is designed with a cabling system that provides durability and
security while providing a comfortable fit. The integration system is
placed on the head and your own hair is brushed through he openings -
combining the hair integration with you natural growing hair and securing
it to the head. If added security is desired, clips or tape adhesives can
Pull through bases integrate
well with a woman's own hair. Flexible construction that easily adjusts to
frontal and/or crown positions. Comfortable snap-lock comb with cushioned
guard protects natural hair as it secures hairpiece.
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matter what they are called partials are for those who have extreme hair
loss in a specific area from cranial surgery, burns, or any other
reason. They are designed in various sizes and are offered in many base
materials and colors. High quality and medium partials are available from
replacement salons while lower priced Wiglets are found in department
stores, mail order catalogs, or some wig sites.
diagram on the left is what is known as a 3/4 wig. A 3/4 wig can
also come with a french comb attachment rather than this cap type.
In some cases you may want a custom made
wig. A prosthesis that is
Full Custom is made from
specific measurements taken by a hair professional.
Most wig salons do not have the capability of doing
this. If you find a salon that has a wigmaker on staff, or a manufacturer
that they can send your order to, make sure you are dealing with a
reputable company since this takes a lot of trust. Sending a wig to be
made overseas can take two months. The majority of custom wigs are made
using the hand knotted method so be suspicious of a "custom" wig with weft
lines in it. True custom wigs, though expensive, are totally undetectable
and comfortable when done by and experienced wigmaker.
As for the custom-fitted question, it would
depend on whether you have special needs as far as the size of your head
is concerned or a special need such as Alopecia. If your head is unusually
small or large, perhaps you would consider having a wig made for you.
If you have Alopecia Totalis it is highly recommended. However, there are
stock models which could accommodate almost any size. This would be
something you and the company you do business with will need to work
Go to the
Custom Wigs section of the site for a list of retailers
If you want a quick change to your look,
headbands with hair attachments
can be worn.
It's not just a cover up anymore
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