As we learned in a previous post, wigs come in all shapes and sizes….and hair fibers. Did you know that you also have choices in the cap constructions? Here is a rundown on wig cap basics.
First things first…what is a wig cap? The cap in a wig is the base that holds everything together. If you turn the wig inside out, the cap is the material you see. It truly is the most important part in the wig making process. You could take the perfect style in the perfect hair fiber, but, if the cap isn’t the correct cap for that style, it will alter the whole look. Keeping that in mind, there are so many different ways you can make a wig cap.
One of the most natural wig caps is a hand tied cap. This cap is created with a tule material that someone then hand ties each individual hair strand into. This allows the hair to have full 360 degrees of motion so it can move and groove just like it was our own grown hair. This Can be used with any variety of styles. It is most common to see it used with human hair. This is also the most comfortable cap to wear for someone who has very little to no hair. There are fewer stitch marks so it causes less irritation. Because the base material is a tightly stitched material, there could be less stretch to the actual cap thus making the cap fit a little tighter. However, some companies have created 100% hand tied caps with added elastic in them so they have the ability to stretch.
Another type of wig cap is a machine wefted cap. This is where the hair is sewn into wefts then the wefts are sewn together to make the wig cap. Now, when I say machine wefted, please do not think that there is a long assembly line of industrial machines that are going through and mass producing these wigs. There is actually someone who is personally sewing each weft with a sewing machine. This is a very typical form of wig cap. It is a very breathable wig cap that can help to enhance a wig style. Unlike the hand tied cap, the machine wefted cap only has 180 degrees of motion. This means that they hair will move side to side. This is great for a very structured style. Just like the hand tied cap, it can be used with any type of hair fiber, although it is most common to see it used with a synthetic or heat defiant synthetic fiber. It just depends on the style.
Now that we have touched base on the type of wig caps, lets talk about the different types of wig cap additives. You can have a monofilament attachment. This can be seen as a mono top (the top of the wig) or a mono part (this is just in the wig’s designated part). The purpose of the monofilament is to make the wig look more realistic and give it the appearance that it is growing straight out of your scalp. Another grate feature that is available to add to a wigs realistic appearance is a lace front. The lace front is a very thin, sheer material that lives on the front of the wig. It sits flush with your hair line and gives the appearance that the wig is your own hair. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to wear a bang or only wants to wear a little bit of a bang, although, you could totally rock a bang with a lace front if you wanted to. That’s part of what is so awesome about a lace front and a mono top (or mono part). The hairs that are in those areas are hand tied. That means you have a full 360 degrees of motion. You guessed it! It moves like our own hair! These features can be utilized with any style of wig cap. They are usually added to a cap based on the style of the wig.
Example: Lets say you have shorter stacked bob with just a little face framing. The cap base could be a wefted cap (to keep that structured cut in place) with a mono top and a lace front (to make it look more natural).
So, what cap style is with you? We recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our wig experts!