Wig Terminology: 8 Fundamentals to Know When Buying Your First Wig

Date Fri, July 11 2014

If you want to try something new this summer and dying your hair isn’t an option, why not try out a wig? Thanks to Hair2wear for this custom guest post, which also has great information for geeky cosplayers!

Whether your hair is thinning, or a change style is in order, a wig is a great esthetic tool used by many individuals to enhance natural beauty. Choosing your first wig can be nerve wracking and may even cause some individuals to have a little anxiety. Before you become overwhelmed with the many options for style, material, fit, and make, learning some of the following basic terminology used in wig making may help you to take the stress out of your purchase. Former model Christie Brinkley has a wig collection with a goal in mind to make wigs easy to use and natural in appearance. These eight fundamental wig terms have been put in place by wig experts like Christie to help you know what to look for in a wig and how to get a natural and beautiful fit that is perfect for you.

1. Adjustable Tabs

Using an adjustable hook and loop system, tabs can be easily changed and quickly tightened to give the wig a better grip or loosen its fit on your head. This unique fit tool allows you to customize your wig’s hold and feel secure while wearing it.

2. Average Cap Size

When looking for a wig, you may come across the term average cap size. This term refers to something similar to what you might see on a hat or purse that reads, “One size fits all.” In the case of a wig, average cap size is usually implemented on a one size fits most basis. The average head size is approximately 21.5 to 22.5 inches, but some wig makers will design custom wig fits for differing head diameters.

3. Crown

As you look to get the right measurements and fit in your wig, be sure to pay attention to details regarding the crown. The crown is the spot on the top of the head and slightly back where one might wear a religious cap or where a natural cowlick might appear in hair. This term will be used in describing the fit of the wig and even the hairstyle such as the volume or cut.

4. Lace Front

A wig that includes a lace front allows the wearer to weave fine hairs into the frame of the face. This creates a more natural hair appearance. Using a lace front wig, the wearer often has more freedom to pull hair back from the face or be flexible with the styles they create.

5. Monofilament Part

A monofilament part is one of the technologies modern wig makers use to give the appearance of hair growing out of the roots of the head.

6. Monofilament Crown

A sheer monofilament crown allows for a glimpse of the scalp creating the natural look all wig wearers are looking for.

7. Nape

When selecting a wig, the term nape makes reference to the hairline on the back of the head.

8. Side Tabs

To properly position a wig, side tabs are used to adjust the placement of the wig and balance it securely on the head.

With these eight basic terms in hand, you will be well on your way to selecting a wig that fits and looks as beautiful outside as you feel inside.

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