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    Wig Density: Meaning, Types, Selection Tips, and More


    When asked to choose a toupee or wig, most of us think about hair length, color, and base. But this doesn’t mean wig density is any less important. In fact, wig density holds great value for men who have thinning hair and want a hair system that looks uber-realistic. 

    In this blog, Lordhair aims to cover every critical aspect of toupee and wig density. From meaning to types, selection tips, and expert recommendations, we will touch up on everything in this wig density guide. 

    By the end of this resource, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to make an informed hairpiece density decision. Let’s start! 

    Note: Wigs are commonly referred to as hairpieces, toppers, hair systems, and toupees.  


    What Is Wig Density? 

    The term wig density refers to the total number of hair fibers present on the surface of the wig cap. It plays a pivotal role in determining the overall appearance, volume, and realism of a non-surgical hair recovery unit. Now, many people think of hair density as thickness. 

    Hair density actually represents the quantity of hair distributed across the base of a wig. It’s distinct from hair thickness which represents the width of individual strands. One can have low-density hair even if the strands are thicker or vice versa. 

    The more the wig density, the thicker and fuller the hair looks! 


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    Why Does Wig Density Matter?

    As a leading non-surgical hair replacement manufacturer, Lordhair makes men's toupees and women's wigs with diverse hair densities. While each unit is designed to deliver a unique appeal and look, picking a unit without considering your degree of hair loss and hair type can lead to second glances from people.

    Therefore, recognizing the important role of density and achieving the appropriate balance becomes paramount. The density directly impacts the realistic appearance of the hair unit. A toupee or wig with the right density will mimic the natural hair pattern and volume, ensuring a seamless blend with your existing hair. 

    Wrong density can lead to an unnatural contrast between your wig and your scalp hair. It will also draw attention and might make you feel uncomfortable. The comfort and wearability of a hair replacement unit is also linked to its density. If it doesn’t match your natural strands, you may feel discomfort due to the extra weight and bulkiness of the hairpiece. 

    In simple words, having the best toupee density isn’t just about how it looks but also how good it feels and how real it seems. 


    What Are the Different Types of Hair Density? 

    Before delving into different types of hair density, it’s important to note that our default densities for our men's stock wigs and toupees are medium and medium-light, with some models even featuring lighter densities. Having said that, let’s explore the various density options that can be considered while buying hair replacement units for overcoming thinning and baldness: 


    • Extra light 60%: This density for wigs is super thin. It is mainly suited for older individuals who prefer a delicate look. 

    • Light 80%: Known for offering a very light appearance, the light 80% density might reveal your scalp when parted. It will help in achieving a minimalist aesthetic. 

    • Medium-light 100%: The most common choice for men, it delivers a natural look with moderate hair volume, striking a balance between density and authenticity.  

    • Medium 120%: A regular density often favored by young men who are suffering from hair loss or thinning. Medium 120% hair density in wigs and toupees helps in maintaining a youthful appearance without being overly thick.

    • Medium-heavy 140%: Slightly denser, medium-heavy 140% is suitable for men in their 20s and early 30s. Hair replacement units with this type of density deliver a fuller look while retaining a natural appeal. 

    • Heavy 160%: This density offers a dramatic volume that isn’t generally intended for everyday wear. 


    As you saw above, each density option caters to distinct preferences and styling needs, providing men with a wide range of choices for achieving the desired hair look and feel. Women usually go with heavier densities since their hair loss is not as diverse as men's.

    But wait, how exactly will you select the right option for you? Let’s discuss that in our next section! 


    Check out these informative resources as well: 


    - Beginner's guide to buying wigs for the first time

    - Best beginner-friendly hair wigs to buy in 2023

    - Discover our complete range of premium men’s hairpieces

    - Here's how to wash human hair systems


    How to Select Density for Wigs and Toupees

    With the following key points in mind, men can select the appropriate density option for hair toupees


    • Consider your own hair density: Start by evaluating your natural hair density. If you have thin hair, opting for a lighter-density wig or toupee can create a seamless blend. Those with thicker hair might find medium densities to be more complementary.


    Also, make sure the density matches your remaining hair at the sides and back. This will help wearers blend their wigs with their existing hair. 


    • Age: Age must play a crucial role in your choice. Lighter densities, like extra light or light, is suitable for mature individuals looking for a softer, more natural appearance. Younger individuals might prefer medium or medium-light densities for a youthful fuller look.

    • Hairstyle: The style you want to achieve matters too. For more intricate hairstyles or those requiring more volume (such as layered cuts), thick hair might be more suitable. Simple styles could work well with thin hair density.

    • Face shape: One of the biggest factors to consider while selecting density for your hair unit. Lighter densities can soften angular features while light-medium, medium, or heavier densities can provide balance to rounder face shapes. Therefore, look into the mirror first to determine your face shape and then pick the density accordingly. 

    • Personal preference: Your comfort and preference are paramount. Choose a density that aligns with how you envision yourself. Do you prefer a natural look? Do you want more volume? The decision is up to you! A lot of mature men who buy from Lordhair choose heavy density and we humbly oblige after sharing what kind of look it will deliver. 

    • Activity level: Another important factor that men should consider while finalizing density for their toupee or wig. Heavier densities might demand more care due to the increased volume. Short hair wigs with light or medium-light densities require less maintenance. This makes them suitable for those with busy routines.


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    How the Lordhair Thinning Service Can Help You

    We bet that you are now better prepared to choose the hair density of your next wig. In case you like a stock hairpiece from our collection but find the density a tad heavy, consider opting for the Lordhair density thinning service. It’s an express route to achieving the perfect hair toupee and wig without the wait of a custom order. 

    The density of any ready-to-ship men’s hairpiece present in our catalog can be thinned down by 5, 10, or 15%. And the best part? It’s not a time-consuming procedure! Once your order is complete, we’ll have it shipped to you in just 2-3 days. This is significantly quicker than the time it takes to craft our custom hair toupee or wig. 

    All you need to do is pick any stock hair unit and choose our density thinning down service. The minor adjustment to the density will be accomplished within a couple of days. We will then promptly dispatch your order to your doorstep. 

    Even if you want to buy a custom hair toupee or wig, we can go the extra mile to match the desired density. That’s right! Our team of experts is capable of modifying the density on different parts of your unit, ensuring a perfect tailor-made solution. All you need to do is to send in a hair sample. This will allow us to achieve the most precise density replication. 

    Note: While we work wonders, it’s important to note that a toupee with medium density can’t be thinned down to extra light. If you have any queries or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to support@lordhair.com



    Shop Realistic Wigs and Toupees

    There you go! We've shared all the important insights you need to make an informed decision about wig density. Remember, finding the right density isn't just about aesthetics. It's also about aligning with your age, style, and comfort preferences to achieve a seamless and natural look.

    Contact us today if you’re facing trouble selecting the best hair density for your hair toupee. The Lordhair team will be more than happy to help you out!