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Wig Terms

Understanding the many features of wigs and hairpieces.

CAP CONSTRUCTIONS: 

Monofilament/Mono-Top Wig: A Monofilament-Mono Top Wigs refers to fine, breathable nylon or silk mesh with hairs individually hand-knotted into the mesh. It allows the hair to fall naturally, giving it more versatility in styling. Often preferred by wearers such as hair loss patients undergoing cancer treatment, those with alopecia, sensitive scalps, and many clients in quest of only the best in comfort and styling versatility.

Lace Front: Lace front wigs feature hand-tied hair fibers in a poly-silk mesh base at either the front of the wig, or from front to back, creating an undetectable and seamless hairline. Part them in any direction for the ultimate in styling versatility and realism in a wig. Perfect for those experiencing hair loss.

Hand-tied: Individually 100% hand-tied hair fibers are placed into the wig cap construction. This results in naturally placed directional hair, greater realistic movement and look of hair growth. The preferred choice for wearers seeking the most natural look and greatest versatility in styling. Brush the hair in any direction.

Cap-less Wig: A capless wig does not have a closed lace layer at crown, but instead features open wefts of hair at the back, crown and sides. The lightest weight cap you can purchase, and allows for excellent ventilation and comfort.

Standard Wig Cap: The most common and affordable cap design. Layers of hair wefts are used in creating a standard cap, with the result allowing ventilation and lightweight comfort. These caps have a closed lace layer at the crown, often in used to give natural lift and volume at the crown.

Skin Part: Refers to a strip of fabric, usually silk, along the part where the hair is threaded. It gives the appearance of the hair growing directly from the scalp. The part cannot be changed.
  
Skin Top: These wigs, sometimes referred to a having a Monofilament Top, have a piece of thin latex of polyurethane inserted into the top of the wig with hair implanted into it. It gives a realistic appearance of hair growing directly from the wearer's scalp.


HAIR FIBERS:

Remi/Remy Human Hair: Refers to human hair (usually Indian in origin) which has been harvested from root to end with the cuticle all going in the same direction. It can be colored of permed and is soft and silky. The hair quality, or integrity has not been compromised and resists tangling like other traditional human hair wigs can.

Human Hair Wig: Pure human hair harvested from donors to make a wig. It undergoes slight processing in lifting the original hair color to prepare it for new color deposit in reaching a given shade made in a particular style. The benefits of 100% human hair allow you to heat style, blow dry as you would your own hair to reach your desired look.

Human Hair Blend: A combination of human hair and synthetic fiber. The synthetic fiber tends to hold it's shape after washing and the human hair looks natural and is more durable. The combination gives the wig more versatility and flexibility in styling. It is usually used in 25%, 35%, and 50% ratios to synthetic fibers.
  
Synthetic Fiber: There are three types of synthetic fiber used to manufacture wigs, which are polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They are not resistant to heat or styling products, therefore NO heat of any sort is to be used in attempting to style synthetic hair.

Heat-Friendly Synthetic Fiber: High heat resistant hair used in making a wig, also referred to as heat-friendly hair or HD fiber. The fiber is heat styleable at noted temperatures, generally at 270 -300 degrees fahrenheit. Designed for the wearer who seeks some degree of control in day to day styling, but with the ease of care and cost effectiveness of not purchasing human hair.
 
European Hair: European hair is differentiated by genetics rather than geography. It actually refers to Caucasion hair. The structure of of European hair is flatter and smoother, so it is softer and more desirable. Because it is less plentiful it is more expensive.

Virgin Hair: Human hair which is left in it's original state as harvested from the grower. It has not been permed, colored or chemically altered in any way. The cuticle goes in the same direction and is preserved to maximize it's special quality. Because harvesting the hair takes more time, it contributes to it's higher cost. In spite of it's higher cost, Virgin European hair wigs are high in demand. It comes in short, medium and long hair styles and is also used in hairpieces and hair extensions.


CAP HEAD SIZES:

Petite Cap: A wig with a smaller base cap size, designed to fit those with a smaller head size from 20" - 21" in circumference.

Average Cap: A wig cap size most often the standard of size for wearers. The cap perimeter at inside measure approximate 21.5" - 22.5" in circumference.

Petite-Average Cap: A wig cap measuring just in between the petite and average sizes. Made for wearers who can wear both sizes at times, however it also allows both head sizes more choices in styles they may like without limitations. This cap size is cut 21" - 22" in overall circumference.

Average-Large Cap: Designed to fit head sizes of 22.5" in circumference. The choice when Average is not quite large enough and Large is slightly to big.

Large Cap: Measuring around inside perimeter of cap 22.5" - 23.5" for wearers with larger head sizes. Made in both women's and men's styles.


MISCELLANEOUS - GOOD TO KNOW FEATURES:

Fall: A Fall is a partial wig most often used to add length to a style. There are three basic types: full falls, headband fall and hat falls. Full falls allow the wearer's own hair to show at the front and be blended into the hairpiece. Headband falls or 3/4 wigs, are worn with a headband to hide the wearer's hair in front. Hat falls, also know as 1/2 wigs, have a bare cap on top where the hair or wefts are attached.
   
Open Ear Tabs: Flexible material at the ears which allow you to adjust and contour the wig to your face around the temple area.
  
Pre-Styled Wig: The wig has been pre-cut, shaped by the manufacturer. The hair holds it's directional pattern or flow of curls, straight or in between wavy hair styles. After washing a pre-styled wig, the style holds it's original shape once airy dried.
 
Ready-To-Wear Wig: Much the same as pre-styled, the wig or hairpiece, arrives ready-to-wear requiring little more than shake and finger style convenience. 
  
C-3 Construction: Cap construction using the 3 C's. Designed for cool comfort, the 3C cap lets your scalp breathe, Comfortable - constructed with new softer and lighter materials, Capless - so light-weight you will hardly know you are wearing it. Many Revlon Wigs are made using C3 construction.

O'Solite Cap Wig: A wig cap construction that is cool, light-weight and secure. The fiber mix is new and feels as soft as real hair. It has enough body to keep it's memory and style.
  
Velvet Front: A small piece of soft, velvety material inserted into the front of a wig to create a more comfortable fit at the hairline.
  
Nape: The area at the back of the neck at the base of the skull where the bottom of the wig fits against the head.
  
Part: A break at the top in the hair where the hair on each side of the parted area takes the opposite direction. In the case of a skin or Mono Top, the hair may be parted all the way to the base and resemble a natural appearance of a scalp between the hairline.
  
Highlights: The process of using contrasting colors of hair to create a sunlit appearance. They may be light or heavy streaks blended throughout the entire wig or just at the front. Highlights are generally used less than a 50-50 proportion.
  
Frosted Color: A color effect that uses two contrasting colors in a 50%-50% equal ratio proportion to create a soft blended effect.
  
Professional Styling: Most wigs will require some cutting and styling to suit your needs and your unique facial features. Incorporating a professional stylist, one who feels comfortable or experienced in working with wigs can assist. Do keep in mind, have the wig on your head while it is being cut, rather than on a mannequin to avoid any errors.
  
Cuticle: The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair follicle. It has three layers: a cuticle (the outer layer), a cortex(the middle layer containing keratin, moisture and melanin, which gives it it's color), and a medulla, which is the center of the hair shaft.

Hairpieces: 

Clip-In's: Ranging from ponytails, claw clips, banana combs, spring action clips and more. These hairpieces are worn simply for fun, fashion or transitional periods waiting for your own hair to grow. They are partial pieces, or add-ons used to create added length, volume and color to your own hair.

Hair Wrap: Simply stated, these pieces have a wrap around attachment, often consisting of an elastic with hair attached, or a wire mechanism that is bendable. They allow you versatility in positioning the piece how you wish versus a stable setting only such in the case of a claw or clip with is fixed.

Top Piece: Designed for wearers with hair loss or thinning hair, most often in the beginning stages of hair loss. They add volume and coverage to problem areas quickly and easily. Generally applied with already attached snap pressure sensitive toupee clips and some degree of existing hair is required to attach to.

Wiglets/Fillers: Used to add coverage and fill in problem areas of hair loss, or simply add more volume and texture. A wiglet or filler piece attaches with in place existing snap toupee clips or pull through system of open honeycomb wefts in combination of attachment clips.

Hair Extensions: Add length, color and volume with individual wefts of hair that range in length and width. Extensions are made in synthetic, human hair and blended fibers, have toupee clips as attachment and are applied easily by you, or by a experienced stylist versed in professional application of hair extensions with customization and methods.