Mono top wig, also called monofilament top wig, is one of the most popular construction types in wigs due to a harmonious blend of long-lasting comfort and quality design. Compared with the traditional or standard wig, it is a kind of high quality and natural looking wigs whose caps are constructed with a thin, nylon-like material called monofilament, abbreviated as “mono”. This wig features an inset of transparent micro-mesh sewn in at the crown, with the individual strands of synthetic fiber or human hair hand tied into the mesh.
The main advantage to monofilament technology is its ability to achieve a more natural looking. A common complaint with standard wigs is that sometimes it feels like there is just too much hair, especially on the top of the head and near the front hairline. But a mono top wig requires significantly less hair to be sewn into the wig than standard wig does. There is less hair and less cap volume as well, enabling the hair to lie very flat and close to the head. Therefore, the mono top wigs are generally more natural looking, as the hair appears to be growing out of a real scalp.
The fabric of a mono top wig is typically clear, often allowing scalp color to show through, so the wig can look like a person’s natural hair. Meanwhile, less hair and materials offer mono top wigs the advantage of lightness and airiness. Because each hair is sewn individually into the cap, the hair fibers in mono top wigs enjoy the ability to move about easily in all directions, which allows for a greater degree of styling freedom. Less fixed in style than with standard wigs, mono top wigs can usually be altered simply with the aid of a light spritz of water during styling to decrease static electricity.
In history, this type of wig was firstly developed for women who had experienced significant hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other medical reasons. You may sometimes see mono top wigs referred to as “medical wigs” for this reason. However, many women with full heads of hair prefer the mono top wigs for their superior natural appearance. With a mono top wig, the hair can be more sharply parted on either side of the head than with a conventional wig. But this type of wig also has its disadvantages, such as the price.
A mono top wig is usually recognized as a higher quality wig product, but is more expensive than standard one. The higher price is due to the labor-intensive nature of the construction. Each hair or tuft of hair is hand tied and individually knotted into the monofilament fabric using tiny hooks. This takes a great deal of time and skill to accomplish.
Mono top wigs are a great choice for those who are sensitive to the perception of a wig. But if you are not suffering from significant hair loss or not appreciating the natural appearance these wigs provide, you will have to decide if the styling advantages are worth the additional cost of a mono top wig.