Types of Wig Caps to Consider for Your Next Purchase

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Are you planning to buy a new hair wig (also known as a toupee, hairpiece, and hair system) this month? If yes, you have probably made up your mind about the following: 

  • Wig hairstyle

  • Hair color  

  • Hair system supplier 

That’s great but have you selected the right cap construction from different types of wig caps available in the market? 

A wig cap is essentially the foundation of a hairpiece. If you don't take the time to choose it correctly, it can cause you to choose entirely the wrong hairpiece for you. 

In this blog, Lordhair will introduce you to different types of wig caps and also talk about the pros and cons of each type so that you can select the one that best matches your requirements. 

Since some of you might be in a hurry to learn about the different wig cap types and don’t want to know the minute differences and advantages, here’s an FAQ version of the blog! 

Type of wig caps FAQs

What is a wig cap? 

A wig cap is the base material of a hairpiece on which the hair is woven either manually or mechanically to create a wig. 

 

What are different types of wig cap constructions? 

The following are the different types of wig cap constructions to consider for your next purchase:  

  • Basic wig cap (wefted) 

  • Monofilament wig cap

  • Lace front wig cap

  • Full lace wig cap

  • Skin wig cap 

 

What is a basic wig cap? 

A basic wig cap is a hairpiece with a wefted wig cap construction. Popularly known as a traditional weft cap, open weft cap, standard cap, and classic cap, it has an open construction at the wig’s scalp which makes it lightweight, breathable, and affordable. 

 

What is a monofilament cap? 

A cap that is constructed using polyester or soft, ultra-fine mesh material that is durable and versatile is known as a monofilament cap. It allows the ability to change the hair parting and style at will. 

 

What is a lace front cap? 

A lace front cap is a natural-looking wig cap construction that is made using lace material at the front. It helps achieve an ultra-real frontal hairline. 

 

What is a full lace cap? 

In a full lace wig cap, the whole cap is constructed using lace material. It might not be as durable as a lace front cap but it is more flexible, comfortable, and airy.  

 

What is a skin cap? 

A skin wig cap is a hair system cap in which the hair strands are pulled out of a thin blend of polyurethane (PU) material that mimics the appearance of real skin. 

 

Now that we are done with the TL;DR version, let’s dig deeper into types of hair wigs. 

 

Let’s clear up some basics first! 

 

What is a Wig Cap? 

A wig cap is the base material of a hairpiece that covers the head. Also called the foundation of non-surgical hair wigs, it covers the scalp very much as a baseball cap or hat does. 

Wig caps provide a smooth surface on which the rest of the wig materials are integrated by hairpiece experts. It's also the cap on which the glue or tape is applied.  

 

 

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What are Different Types of Cap Constructions?  

When purchasing a new hair wig, the cap should get a lot of attention. To make sure that you select the right type of toupee cap, we have created a list of popular types of wig caps. 

Here are different types of cap constructions: 

  • Basic wig cap (wefted) 

  • Monofilament wig cap

  • Lace front wig cap

  • Full lace wig cap

  • Skin wig cap 

 

Let's look at them one by one:

What’s a Basic Wig Cap?

As the name suggests, a basic wig cap is the most simple of wig cap constructions to buy in 2022. Better known by as traditional weft cap, open weft cap, standard cap, and classic cap, it has open construction which makes it lightweight, breathable, and affordable. 

Hair strands are machine-sewed into fragments of material used in the basic cap. These fragments are wefted together to give the appearance of natural hair coming out of the scalp and growing in different directions. 

 

Pros of a basic wig cap: 

  • Affordable

  • Pre-teased 

 

Cons of a basic wig cap: 

  • Lack of styling versatility 

  • Less hair fiber options 

 

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What’s a Monofilament Wig Cap?

Men and women who want their wig cap to be durable and versatile should go with a monofilament wig cap. It uses a sheer polyester or soft, ultra-fine mesh material (especially at the top and crown area) so that your skin color can show through and create a neat appearance.  

Hair strands in a monofilament cap are hand-tied which provides you with the ability to change your part and style. Meaning, you can wear a side part one day and a center part the next day. 

 

Pros of a monofilament wig cap: 

  • Durable 

  • Ability to part hair in different styles

  • Hand-knotted 

  • Soft 

 

Cons of a monofilament wig cap: 

  • Ranks low in realness

  • Costlier than the basic cap


What’s a Lace Front Cap?

A popular hair wig cap, a lace front cap is a natural-looking wig cap construction that mimics the look of hair growth at the front hairline. This type of wig cap is ideal for men and women who are experiencing hair loss along the front hairline. Each strand is tied into a sheer lace material. 

A lace front cap allows the human hair to move naturally at the hairline and create a more realistic transition from the forehead to the hairline. Known for its styling versatility, many Hollywood celebs wear lace front hairpieces for men to attain hairstyles that match their real personalities and not simply their on-screen characters. 

 

Pros of a lace front cap: 

  • Natural-looking hairline

  • Breathable

  • Helps with frontal hair loss

 

Cons of a lace front cap: 

  • Delicate

  • More expensive than the aforementioned wig caps