If you’re looking for a natural-looking, good quality ladies wig, the choice can be daunting. The manufacturing process of a good wig has vastly improved over the years. The production of hair fibre has evolved and there are more types from which to choose. Colour technology is outstanding – and blending different colours to create unique combinations offers redheads, brunettes, blondes, silvers and greys many more options! Thanks to the development of different base materials, wigs can be produced with bases that provide unique benefits to the wearer. Overall, the choice of ladies wigs for consumers is wider than ever before.
The short answer is: it depends. Fibre wigs and real hair wigs offer very distinct benefits and, contrary to popular belief, real is not always the best option for you. It’s worth exploring the benefits of each type of wig to help you in your purchase decision.
The Benefits of Fibre Wigs
Fibre wigs are manufactured using soft, synthetic fibre that looks exactly like good condition natural hair. Good quality fibre wigs are soft and silky to touch and hold their shine. Thanks to new hair technology, certain synthetic fibre wigs respond to heat and moisture just like natural hair i.e. it is possible to use heated appliances or go swimming wearing your wig. Fibre wigs are usually supplied as ready-to-wear which means they are supplied in a ‘set’ style. The benefit of this is that you can simply wear it and go. A ready-to-wear wig in fibre hair tends to be less expensive than a real hair wig. Many individuals undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing temporary hair loss as a result of treatment side effects tend to opt for a ready-to-wear wig as they know its use is not long term. Ready-to-wear wigs also offer different bases – e.g. monofilament base known as ‘mono-tops’ – for an extremely realistic appearance. For instance, a mono-top wig has a flesh coloured base/top where the hair attachments and knots are invisible. The effect is that it looks like hair is growing out of the scalp. In terms of colour, fibre wigs are available in highlighted and lowlighted options, rooted colours (darker roots to emulate growing out highlights) and silver/grey hues. If you’re experiencing short term hair thinning or hair loss, and you don’t like to spend too much time fussing with your hair, then a fibre-wig could be for you.
The Benefits of Real Hair Wigs
Renowned for looking incredibly natural, real hair wigs offer the wearer unparalleled comfort and versatility. Real hair wigs are often supplied uncut – which means you can choose how you want your hair styled and coloured. The hair used in a good real hair wig should be ethically sourced and 100% human hair i.e. not a blend of real hair and synthetic fibre. As you would expect, real hair is at a premium and so the cost of a real hair wig is higher than a fibre wig. However, on the plus side, a real hair wig tends to last longer than a fibre wig – sometimes up to 2 years. If you enjoy styling your hair every day and creating different looks, a real hair wig could suit your needs. (Hair can usually withstand heated appliances for blow-drying, curling or straightening but it is always advisable to check the manufacturers’ guidelines.) Given their natural appearance, lasting quality and cost, real hair wigs are very suitable for those with long term hair loss. A custom-made real hair wig can offer even more versatility as base materials can be created with special features e.g. silicone strips that offer extra security. Custom-made wigs are fitted to your exact measurements. Not only should the wig fit like a glove and replicate your natural, desired style, it can also be life-transforming in terms of a confidence boost.