What Do Real Wigs Look Like?
Most people have limited knowledge about wigs.
When most people mention wigs, they often think of low-priced products that are readily available in malls, small shops, and even street markets—easy to pick up and wear.
In reality, these wigs represent the mid-range of wig products and are entirely different from high-end, custom-made, handcrafted wigs.
China's wig industry is currently on the rise, with 80% of wigs sold globally being sourced from China for markets in Europe, America, Africa, South America, and other regions.
Furthermore, the creation of custom-made wigs is a highly intricate process. It involves various stages such as material selection, hair hooking, bleaching, and coloring. Crafting a custom wig demands a significant amount of time and labor.
Therefore, considering wigs as cheap roadside goods is a major misconception!
In today's article, we'll share some lesser-known facts about wigs.
I. Types of Wigs.
Hairpieces, wig caps, and hair curtains are various types of wigs.
Hairpieces are a common type of wig. They cover a portion of the head and are mainly used by individuals with partial baldness. These pieces are tailored based on the specific location of each person's baldness.
Wig caps, commonly referred to as wigs, can cover the entire head. They are popular among women for cosmetic purposes and are also suitable for those with baldness or hair loss due to chemotherapy.
Hair curtains, such as bangs, are a common type of wig. These smaller-sized pieces are suitable for individuals with higher hairlines and are often chosen by women for cosmetic enhancement.
These three types of wigs have distinct characteristics. Hair curtains, which use fewer materials and are easier to make, often appear less natural and more artificial. Wig caps provide a more natural appearance, but they can be more challenging to manage than hairpieces or hair curtains.
Compared to the other options, hairpieces combine the advantages of both. They are easier to create than wig caps and offer a natural look similar to wig caps. Therefore, hairpieces are a preferable choice for those dealing with hair loss.
II. Composition of Wigs.
Wigs consist of two main components: the base and the hair.
Similar to the scalp, the wig base supports the hair and matches the wearer's natural hair.
The base can be categorized into two types: skin and mesh.
① Skin Base
The skin base resembles the scalp and is formed by applying special adhesive to the wig and then heat drying it to create a leather-like texture. Processed leather feels smooth and comfortable, resembling the skin closely. Thinner leather is about 0.03 millimeters thick, making it lightweight and barely noticeable when worn. However, it lacks breathability.
② Mesh Base
Mesh materials, like leather, are a part of the wig and have various compositions. For example, wigs from Dainiya are made from natural silk mesh. Silk mesh materials have hydrophilic properties due to their porous fiber structure, allowing moisture diffusion. They feel soft and offer excellent breathability, making them suitable for summer wear.
Lace mesh materials, another common option, offer high breathability as well. Although their texture is slightly less luxurious than silk mesh, they are widely used due to their cost-effectiveness.
Since silk mesh and lace mesh have their own advantages, many customers choose the base according to their needs when customizing wigs. This ensures that the customized wig is better suited for the individual.
Types of Hair
Wig materials come in various options, with the most common being human hair and synthetic hair.
▲ Human Hair
As the name implies, real hair wigs are made from human hair collected from sources such as hair salons. These wigs can be divided into permed hair, straight hair, and unprocessed hair. Permed hair is collected from hair salons and is often tangled and reversed due to being swept up from the floor. In contrast, straight hair is directly cut from a person's head. For instance, during the Republic of China era, men were required to cut their hair into braids. These braids were directly cut from men's heads, making them straight and not reversed.
Human hair is further categorized into Indian hair, European hair, and Chinese hair. European hair is fine and soft, while Chinese hair is thicker and harder. Dainiya's hair products are made from hair collected from regions such as Yunnan and Thailand, offering rich color and a smooth texture.
▲ Synthetic Hair
Synthetic hair is artificially created and serves as a supplement to natural hair. It is divided into low-temperature silk, high-temperature silk, and protein silk. Low-temperature silk can withstand heat up to 80 degrees Celsius without deformation and is suitable for creating exaggerated, high-volume styles, often used in making hair curtains. High-temperature silk can withstand heat up to 200 degrees Celsius and can be permed and straightened freely, offering enhanced comfort. Protein silk closely resembles human hair and is commonly used as filling material in wig products; it is also fire-resistant.
Synthetic hair has the advantage of color retention and is often used to make white wigs.
III. Advantages of Wigs.
One of the advantages of wigs is that they provide an instant transformation. Well-made wigs can make you look different the moment you put them on. At times, wearing a wig can make you appear decades younger than your actual age!
Compared to hair transplantation, wigs are more cost-effective. With proper maintenance, some wigs can be worn for an extended period. This eliminates the need for expensive hair transplant procedures while achieving a better visual result.
Better for Patients
For patients dealing with serious conditions such as cancer or thyroid disorders, their bodies might be weakened and unsuitable for hair transplantation surgery. Some patients may experience hair loss due to medical treatments. Wearing wigs allows them to regain a beautiful appearance without harming their bodies.
In conclusion, wigs offer a wide range of options catering to individual preferences and needs. They have evolved beyond mere accessories and have become transformative tools for self-expression, beauty enhancement, and personal comfort.