In modern times, wigs have become one of the most popular styles in hair industry. Many women will agree that although they love buying wigs for a variety of reason, they would still prefer to keep their wig wearing a secret. For those of you wig wears who are considering purchasing a wig, there is a lot to learn about the types of the wig caps. When you step into a wig store, you will find that there are many kinds of wig caps, such as the traditional weft cap, the open wig cap, the monofilament caps, the 100% hand tied cap and the lace front cap etc.
The traditional weft cap, sometimes also referred to as classic or standard cap, is a weft construction where synthetic hair is machine or hand sewn into strips of material. A “weft” is the narrow strip of material that has hair, all going in the same direction. There strips are interconnected in horizontal planes going back and forth over the entire cap. This provides overlapping layers of hair and simulates natural hair growth.
One variation on the standard weft cap construction is the open wig cap. As the name states, the wefts are less dense and have a bit more space between them. This provides a lighter weight cap with better air circulation. Many women who wear wigs for medical reasons prefer an open wig cap, because they will more likely wear their wigs for longer periods of time.
As for the monofilament caps, there are a number of variations in monofilament design construction. Monofilament top with 100% hand tied base features monofilament in the top area and a 100% hand tied base, resulting in the most natural looking for the entire wig. While the double monofilament top wig has an extra layer of monofilament to protect people with sensitive scalps. Monofilament top which is sometimes referred to as a mono-top, features monofilament in the top area, allowing the flexibility of parting the hair on the left or the right or in the center.
While 100% hand tied cap is the premier of all wig cap types. A 100% hand tied cap construction has the natural appearance of scalp wherever the hair is separated. The entire cap, front, crown, sides and back, is hand tied, not just a specific area. Quality 100% hand tied cap construction imitates most successfully the natural movement of real hair.
Lace front cap is the only cap construction that permits a natural looking hairline. When combined with monofilament 100% hand tied caps, lace front wigs are typically the most expensive and most natural looking wigs. Depending upon the wig manufacturer, the “lace front” may extend from temple to temple or from ear to ear. With new advancements in lace front design, there will be no need to use tape or adhesive on the lace front caps.
Generally, any of these wig caps has its advantage and different kinds of cap suit for different person. Being more knowledgeable about wig caps would help you choose a wig that is more comfortable and better suited to your needs.