Materials Used in Making Women's Wigs

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Published: 14th February 2011
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In ancient times, wigs were made out of plant fibers and animal hairs, such as goat hair and sheep wool. Today, wig materials are basically classified into natural and synthetic. Wigs are worn for different reasons like health and simple fashion purposes. Generally, more women wear wigs compared to men. If you are thinking of donning a wig for whatever reason, it is important to decide first which type of wig you want to wear.

Wigs made from natural human hair can be expensive. Hair that is used to make this type of wig usually comes from Asian countries. To mimic hair’s different textures and colors, wig manufacturers process natural hair into the desired style. Processed wigs are less expensive and look almost the same as natural wigs.

However, unprocessed wigs are softer to the touch and easier to manage. They can be straightened or curled using hair irons. They also last longer than processed wigs. Unprocessed wigs can be washed and shampooed just like your real, ordinary hair. Human hair wigs are usually custom fitted so they are more comfortable to wear than other types of wigs, especially for women.

The cheaper counterpart for human hair wigs are those made out of synthetic materials. Synthetic wigs cannot be heat-styled like human hair wigs, but they can last a while as long they are not used excessively. In treating and managing wigs like these synthetic women's wigs, the manufacturer’s prescription needs to be followed, otherwise the wig can get damaged. Because synthetic wigs are cheaper and easier to manufacture, there are more of them on the market than human hair wigs.

In buying wigs, especially synthetic women's wigs, it is important to buy those that have the best quality. Good wigs are those that can be washed and styled so that you can enjoy them longer. The best synthetic wigs are those with monofilament fibers because these can retain style memory. They can maintain the wave, curl, volume, texture, or shape and require less upkeeping.

Still, no matter what kind of wig material is chosen for women's wigs, the wig can still have long life if properly cared for. Caring for wigs is just as much as caring your own natural hair. You should use only the recommended and prescribed shampoos and styling materials for the type of wig you have.

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