The construction methods for wigs are various. Each has its own merits.
Traditional or Wefted Cap
Traditional or Wefted Cap is the most common construction method. This cap has a lace piece inside the cap under the crown area, providing comfort to the wearer. Usually, this cap has a Skin like a piece in the part area where hair is attached, creating the illusion that you are looking at the wearer’s own scalp when looking down on the part area. The rear of the wig is made up of Machined wefts. It allows for good airflow and is quite durable although this style can be a little heavier. Usually, this style is referred to as a Skin Top Part.
This is a very popular construction method. A capless wig can be a more affordable due to the simpler construction. It has open machined wefts in the rear of the wig, making the wig both light and cool to wear. In order to hide the wefting, the hair in the crown area is often teased a little, which gives the appearance of a good volume of hair in that area. You cannot style the wig to have a definite part because of the way the wig is constructed around the crown area. If you normally don’t have a definite part in your own style, capless is a good option. This is commonly more for mature men and women.
Monofillament Cap (Mono Top)
This construction style method uses a very light as well as translucent mesh in the crown area. And, the hair is hand tied to. The translucent mesh takes on the wearers scalp color when placed on the scalp, which gives a very realistic appearance. Therefore, wearer’s own scalp is visible in the part area while being worn. As the hair can be parted as needed in the Monofillament area (referred to as a free style), Mono top wigs are very versatile. It is one of the more expensive methods because of the monofilament mesh and the labor intensive process of hand tying the hair to the mesh.
Lace Front Wigs
A fine lace is attached to the hair in the hairline area. It can be used to glue the wig in place creating a very natural look. In some cases, the lace piece may be left longer than needed specifically to enable clients to cut the lace to their desired length. Therefore, it is recommended to ask knowledge/experience or a professional to cut the lace to fit the wearer. Usually, we use a strong glue to attach the lace area. It is difficult to maintain lace front because of its delicate nature. Like the monotop cap, this method is more expensive due to the labor involved in its construction. But, it is not as durable as the monotop. This method is mostly used in Ladies wigs.
Hand Tied Lace Wigs
This construction method requires the hair to be hand tied to the lace base. It is very expensive since the entire base is made from lace tying the hair individually takes a great deal of time. However, the lace is softer and tends to mould itself to your head shape. It can be more personally fitted so as to achieve a great fit and more realistic look, if needed. As there is no wefting at the rear which can be exposed, many people like this. However, it requires more care and tends not to last as long as the other construction types because of the delicate nature of the lace. When putting on the wig, it requires a great deal of experience. Often, people who have total hair loss use glues. Therefore, the wig stays on for weeks at a time.
Each cap construction type has advantages and disadvantages. However, it is essentially a balance between the natural/realistic look, the cost of the product and the durability. Although wefted styles are more durable, they don’t offer the level of comfort and natural look that lace caps offer. Wefted styles are also more affordable. Thus, replacing the item more regularly ensures that the piece always looks fresh.
In reality, custom-made lace wigs would be ideal if you have no budgetary constraints.
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