Wig Caps Explained
Behind The Scenes - The Wig Caps
The hair may take center stage of a wig, but there is much involvement behind the scenes. And like any performance, what goes on behind the stage is just as integral as what happens on the stage itself.
Whether you decided on a human hair wig, a synthetic or a blend, you have to understand that a blob of hair in its raw form will not look like anything at all. The hairs have to be attached to a cap that can take the form of the scalp.
A few years back, all caps were thick hot cloths that covered the whole head and ruined the whole appearance of the wig. Fortunate for us, who live in the modern days, there now are a number of wonderful comfortable and attractive wig cap choices. The type of cap you choose will determine how closely the wig simulates hair growing out of your head. It is also important for proper fit, comfort and wearibility.
Machine Made Caps / Wafted Caps / Capless Wigs
This is system where the hair is machine sewn on to thin strings or wafts which is then attached to the lacy cap. Such caps can be used for human hair as well as synthetic. This is the cheapest kind of cap and, believe it or not, the most sturdy. Why? Because in the wig world it’s the number one question is not how long it will last but how natural it looks and responds. The wafted caps are the least natural caps. They are sewn to suit a certain style and only have limited styling possibilities.
Hand-Tied / Handmade Top
A slightly stretchy nylon or polyester mesh, into which a double thickness of hair is knotted by hand. These wigs tend to fit better and style more naturally then the wafted wigs and are considerably more expensive. Their main drawback is that they are very delicate and hair can easily be pulled out. However, that can easily be fixed by replacing more hair.
Skin Top / Monofilament Top
These tops consist of even a finer and lighter weight mesh than the hand-tied. This involves an extremely delicate process where each individual strand of hear is knotted by hand on the fine nylon monofilament or polyester net base. These are the lightest in weight, most comfortable. Because of its thin nature the natural scalp may be revealed and it is best for people with no hair
Micro-Skin Top / Skin Top / French Top
This is basically the same as the Skin Top with one slight variation. After the hair is tied in a thin latex coating is applied over the cap giving it a scalp like impression. These caps are perfectly natural solution for people wearing wigs over their own hair.
Lace front wigs is the newest technology. Here, the caps are cut short about 2-3 inches (something like falls.) Then to the front a very thin French Lace or Welded Mono lace is attached. This lace is so thin, it is for all practical purposes clear and the hair is attached to that. It actually looks like the hair is coming right out of the scalp. It works best for people with no or little hair
The Vacuum Type Wig
These wigs are designed specifically for people without hair. They have a non-irritating silicone base that is shaped with plaster mold of the head to provide a perfect fit. These are very comfortable and stay on the head without out glue or tape. Hair is implanted into the silicone base one hair at a time.