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Wig Hair Guide: Understanding Wigs

Before you buy a wig, there are a few basics that are helpful to understand about how wigs are constructed and what type of hair is used. Because, while they may all look the same in a picture, there are some important differences.


In this section of the wig buying guide, we’ll cover all the essentials you need to know about wig hair fiber, wig density, length, and texture. 

Have you spent a ton of time online or at the salon trying to figure out what are lace wigs? Or, which wig material is best for you? You’re not alone.


Lace wigs are amazing because they offer you so many options such as lace frontals and closures, full lace, and 360 lace wigs. While all are constructed with lace (rather than cotton or nylon), they each offer different benefits depending on the look you want to achieve.


In the following sections, we’ll break it all down to help you understand the essentials for choosing a lace wig including wig fibers, density, and texture.

Complete Guide to Lace Wigs

Wig hair fibers can be broken down into two categories: human and synthetic. Both are popular choices for various reasons, but they require a completely different type of care and consideration, particularly when choosing a wig.


Longevity is often a concern when investing in a wig and proper care for both human and synthetic units is vital to keeping your wig lasting for the long-term. Factors like washing, drying, how long the unit is installed, and product used all contribute to keeping your wig fresh.


Beyond the simple care of your human or synthetic wig, you also want to consider wig density. The next section will give you a glance at why hair density matters and how it can be a total game-changer to getting the look you’ve always wanted. 

Different Types of Wig Hair Fiber

Investing in a high-quality unit is key to getting the best wig. One way to make sure you find just the unit you want is to understand wig density.


Wig density is expressed as a percentage and tells you how much hair is actually on the unit. The more hair in the wig, the thicker it is and the higher the percentage; the less hair, the thinner it is and the lower the percentage. Yet, even if you choose a density you love, there are still so many options for customization and styling like plucking and even cutting a wig to give it a more natural appearance. We’ll explore all of these topics in this section in addition to gearing you up to learn all about wig texture.

Wig Hair Density Chart

When shopping for wigs, you’ll find that they are offered in various lengths. But what if you want a curly, or straight style–how does the wig length apply? 


The measurement listed on the wig is an approximation of where the hair on the unit will fall after it’s installed. Those measurements are generally taken from the root of the hair around the crown, to the ends. While curly and wavy styles are measured in a similar way, it’s important to remember that if you pull the hair straight, it will have a different measurement. Remember that will come in handy if you decide to straighten the wig or trim it.

Wig Length By Texture Guide

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