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Monofilament Wigs - What Are They?

Aug 17, 2007
If you have looked at websites that sell wigs, you have probably seen that some of them offer monofilament wigs. This type of wig usually costs a lot and is considered to be the most comfortable and desirable. But what makes it so? Learn what a monofilament wig is, and if it would benefit you to get one.

Most wigs on the market are machine-made and have fabric caps. In contrast, a monofilament wig cap is made from a special material which is very thin, mostly transparent and pleasing to the touch. In a monofilament wig, each hair strand is hand knotted to the cap, which lets it turn more freely.

Usually monofilament wigs are made from real human hair. A monofilament cap takes time to make, so there is no point in making top quality wigs from synthetic materials. Besides, synthetic fibers are not as durable as natural human hair.

Most modern wigs marked "monofilament wig" are actually only partially monofilament. Usually the most important part of the wig, the top, is monofilament, while the back has a more traditional construction. This reduces the cost of the wig and makes it easy to adjust with tape tabs. These ensure that your wig fits snugly on your head and will not slide.

Advantages of monofilament wigs

- Best for people with very little or no hair
- Most natural looking, because your own scalp can be seen through monofilament material
- A monofilament cap is soft and perfect for people with sensitive skin
- Because the strands are knotted one by one, the wig "breathes" and provides good ventilation

Many wig designers offer monofilament wigs. Wigs by Rene of Paris and Louis Ferre, in my opinion, are especially comfortable and natural looking. Unfortunately, monofilament wigs are never cheap - they take a lot of time to make. But on the bright side, hand-knotting makes the wig more durable. So with good care, your wig will serve you for several years - even if you wear it every day.

A monofilament wig cap offers a lot of benefits, but they will mostly be appreciated by people with severe hair loss. If you wear a wig just for fun over your own hair, a transparent cap makes no difference.
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