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What is a monofilament wig?
The term monofilament is a description term for a type of wig construction.
Monofilament wigs have a fine mesh fabric at the crown area. It allows your scalp color to show through and is
usually less dense/full than a classic wig. Each strand of hair fiber has been individually hand-tied which allows the hair to part naturally.
3 more construction options available in a monofilament wig
monofilament crown with lace front and a wefted back
monofilament with a wefted back
monofilament crown with a hand tied back also known as 100% hand tied
Hair Types Available in Monofilament Wigs
Heat Friendly (HD) Synthetic
Beneficial Features of Monofilament:
- Monofilament allows multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth.
- Open cap allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting
- Polyurethane strip for use with adhesive if needed
- Ear tabs allow smooth customization with bendable wire
- Adjustable tabs allow the wearer to adjust the circumference
- Velvet front hairline/nape* allows for increased hairline comfort
- Nape area includes two vertical bendable wires, which allow for customization
Not all manufactures are the same
Most wig manufactures have their own synthetic fiber types, human hair types, hair processing procedures, hair density, hair textures and color patterns. It can be overwhelming. I have done all the research for you. I have worked with the top designers in premade wigs for years and can help you select the best wig construction, hair type, and color that is right for your needs and lifestyle during your consultation. Request appointment
More about Hair Types
Synthetic is considered to be wash and wear hair. It is pre-styled and is considered ready to wear right out of the box with little styling. The fiber used has "memory" for wave, curl and volume which lets hair bounce back into place with minimal effort -- the curl pattern is permanently set. It can even hold up in bad weather and can guarantee no drooping or frizzing. With technological advances, synthetic hair has come a long way in recent years. In some cases it is difficult to tell the difference -- the denier and texture are such that they feel almost like human hair. As a matter of fact, with some of the higher quality synthetic pieces, you would never know they were not natural human hair if you didn't’t have the human hair right next to it to compare!
Heat Friendly (HD) synthetic hair is heat styleable to change the curl pattern. Keep in mind, even the heat friendly fiber can be difficult to style as synthetic fiber is more resistant to change.
Human Hair offers the most natural look and feel. It is remarkably soft and less shiny than synthetic. It is extremely versatile as it can be cut and styled to suit your personal tastes. And while it can be a more expensive pick, with the proper care, it is also more durable and can last longer than synthetic.
There are generally four basic types of human hair used in wigs: Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and European/Caucasian. The majority of wigs are made from Asian hair. Chinese hair has a thicker denier (unit of fineness) which results in the hair being extremely straight. It is a bit more resistant to curl and can therefore be harder to style. Indonesian hair is found in greater supply and is less costly -- it can often be found in ethnic style wigs. Indian hair has thinner denier close to that of European hair but with a bit more texture. European hair is the most sought after for its fine denier but due to its increasingly limited supply in the marketplace, it is more expensive.
The origin of the hair is not the only factor, however. Processing technique is directly related to the strength and quality of the end-product. The chemicals needed, to sanitize and strip away the original color to produce different curl patterns and colors, are very strong and can affect the integrity of the hair depending on method used. When a higher quality of chemicals and a more artful approach to processing is used, the results are higher quality product and thus higher price.
Remy human hair is considered a premium option. Hair follicles are kept running in the same direction when collecting and crafting the wig or hairpiece. With cuticles all running in the same direction, tangling is greatly reduced and hair looks and feels silkier. Beware of suspiciously low-priced wigs..
It is extremely important to use care products specifically formulated for highly processed human hair. Also keep in mind that wearable hair does not benefit from naturally occurring oils from the scalp. It is important to hydrate and condition hair daily.
Human hair is by far the superior choice if quality is the only factor. Other than price, the main drawback to human hair is required maintenance -- as with natural hair, it requires effort. Keep in mind that human hair does not come out of the box ready to wear. You may choose to have it customized by a professional stylist to get exactly the look you like.