Natural wig: an invisible and accessible solution?

A natural wig is a wig made from real human hair. Unlike synthetic wigs, the natural wig is undetectable and easy to maintain. Worn for purely aesthetic purposes or in the context of alopecia related to a disease or its treatment, the natural wig offers an invisible rendering and incomparable comfort, justifying its relatively high cost. 

Natural wig: what is it?

A natural wig is made from real human hair, unlike a synthetic wig made of synthetic fibers from plastic. The natural hair wig thus has the advantage of making the wearing of the wig imperceptible thanks to its natural, supple, luminous, and nuanced finish. Since it is real hair, this type of wig also offers a 100% natural feel to the touch.

Invisible natural wig: how is it made?

Natural or glueless wigs are made from human hair fibers collected from donors from different countries. The main hair supplier countries for the manufacture of natural wigs are India, Brazil, China, and Eastern European countries.

The hair collected is pre-treated, depigmented, and then dyed in a wide range of colors (from classic colors to intermediate tones in order to create highlights, root effects, or shaded effects), then gathered by shades in the form of braids.

Sometimes manufacturers use hair that has the cuticles (the outer layer of the hair) intact, for added volume, shine, and strength. This is particularly the case for wigs with long hair, which require very good quality hair. 

Advantages of natural wigs

– Human hair wigs are more flexible and durable than synthetic wigs;

– Invisible, the natural wig blends completely into the scalp;

– The hair of this type of wig is maintained in the same way as natural hair: it can therefore be dried, colored, straightened, curled, blow-dried… and withstands most hair treatments.

Disadvantages of natural wigs

– Since it is natural hair, it is sensitive to the climate: it can therefore swell in the event of humidity, become electrostatic when it is cold, etc.

– Their color may slightly oxidize or fade in the light.

– They are much more expensive than synthetic wigs.

The different types of natural wigs

Monofilament or mono-top wigs

The natural hair of these wigs is sewn with a single thread or tied individually on a net composed of very fine meshes, sometimes in lace, transparent, or skin-colored to merge with the scalp. Monofilament wigs are particularly airy, light, and breathable, so they are ideal in hot weather or for people with a sensitive scalp (in the event of medical treatment, for example).

Lace wigs

These wigs are the ultimate in pageantry wigs. The natural hair is hand-woven over a transparent lace made of an adhesive material which eliminates the unsightly demarcation between the forehead and the beginning of the wig. Undetectable, lace wigs show unparalleled naturalness and realism.

There are two kinds of lace wigs:

– front lace

– full lace.

They are distinguished by the fact of being fixed entirely (full lace) or partially (lace front) on the head.

Natural wig: how to choose it well?

To choose the right natural wig, you must first know your head circumference. If you buy your wig in-store, have it measured by the wigmaker? Otherwise, you will have to measure it yourself to define the size of the wig you are going to choose.

Invisible wig for women and men

A standard head circumference is on average between 54 and 58 cm in women and between 56 and 60 cm in men. Then, it is necessary to identify your different needs and desires, as well as the reasons why you want to wear a wig, say a lace front wigs:

– Is it for pleasure or necessity?

– Do I need to focus on comfort or aesthetics?

– Stay in my usual style or dare to radically change?

– What cut, what length, what color?

The prices

Natural wigs are the most expensive models on the market, they are on average 8 times more expensive than synthetic hair wigs. The difference in price is explained above all by the scarcity of natural hair, but also by the comfort and durability of these wigs.

Thus, the price of a natural wig is on average between $500 and $1,500. The price varies according to the length of the hair, the method of assembly, and the fabric used. A wig whose cap is handmade and made to measure – ultimate comfort – costs between $1,500 and $2,000.

Although definitely more expensive, natural wigs can give a look that is hard to distinguish from real hair, thus serving the purpose of most wig wearers, of making others think they are not wearing a wig. Many people are uncomfortable with the thought of other people knowing they are wearing a wig and that is why natural wigs are always sought after.


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