Soft as silk or unruly as straw - that's one of the crucial differences when it comes to the quality of a hairpiece. In the beginning, they're all the same: silky soft hair that gently nestles against your cheek and shimmers healthily in the sun. But after a few washes, that expensive bliss turns into a straw-like disappointment. In the 12 years I've been wearing hair replacements now, this has happened to me a few times. Why? Because I trusted "second hair specialists" without doing my own research. For you as a sufferer who has to wear the hairpiece or wig every day, it is extremely important to know what constitutes good quality. Inform yourselves and become responsible hair replacement wearers who don't let themselves be robbed of their money!
The Hair quality
The origin of the hair for a hairpiece or wig plays a big role. The hair differs depending on which heads it grows on. Asian hair is usually thicker, black, and straight as a die. Indian hair is black or dark brown, can be straight or wavy, and has a thinner texture. European hair occurs in many different colors, can be straight, wavy or curly and has a rather small diameter. So if we women in Europe want a hairpiece, it is important what hair is used for it. European human hair is very expensive - this is for the simple reason that hair intended for wigs and hairpieces must never be dyed or treated. In our latitudes, it is damn hard to find a woman who has never dyed or permed her hair. At best, you can only find such hair in Russian villages. So you go in search of hair that is at least similar to the European texture. As a rule, one finds it in India and Brazil. Here, too, there are straight, wavy, and curly hair. There is only one color - black is far from suitable for everyone. That is why this hair usually has to be dyed. Of course, dyeing also affects the life of the hairpiece, but if the whole thing is done as gently as possible, you can also enjoy Indian and Brazilian hair for a long time.
The Montur (Cap)
The material on which the hair is tied is called the montur. The most common is the so-called "lace", a fine tulle fabric with small hexagonal holes, at the edges of which the hair is individually knotted. Monofilament is another type of make-up that is thicker and tighter than lace - this is also a mesh fabric on which the hair is knotted. Foil can also serve as a mounting - here the individual hair is literally "shot" into the material. The montage plays a crucial role in the naturalness of a hairpiece because it determines how the parting and hairline will look. Mono-tops (monofilament montur) or lace-tops can look unnatural, because you can see that the hair does not come out of the scalp. The knots that connect the hair to the monture are visible from the front and top - at a distance, this may be okay. But if someone stands close to you or is taller than you, he/she will inevitably see the crown. To prevent this, there are the so-called "silk tops". The hair is tied through a piece of silk and only then knotted at the lace. This makes it look like the hair is growing right out of the head. For me, this is the absolute most natural option on the market - I don't wear anything else.
What must a high-quality hairpiece offer?
In my opinion, the hairpiece should be made of European, Indian or Brazilian hair. But beware: European hair is very expensive, as I mentioned at the beginning - if you are offered European human hair for a few hundred euros or dollars, there is something wrong. Personally, I am very happy with Brazilian human hair. The hair is a bit thicker than my thin fluff, but still close enough to European quality. Yes, the hair needs to be treated because I am dark blonde, not black-haired. But with good care and little heat exposure, you can enjoy this hair for up to 2 years. I no longer compromise on style - a silk top is a must for me! It's the only way to create a believable parting that doesn't immediately give away that you're wearing hair replacements.
What's the best for you?
Many women wear lace wigs and are happy with them - it wouldn't be for me. I find the knots just too noticeable and I'm also not convinced by a lace front (the hairline made of tulle is glued to the head). What's best for you, only you can figure out. It's important that you do your research before you fall for "second hair specialists" who want to sell you "the best on the market". If you know what is currently available and if you are familiar with the technical terms, then you can make an informed decision. I have trusted these specialists for years without studying the subject matter. This not only cost me a lot of money, but was incredibly frustrating because I had to deal with inferior quality. That's why I want to pass on my experience to you, so that you don't have to make these mistakes. I hope you now have a little better insight into the world of hair replacement. You want to know more? Then feel free to ask me your questions in the comments!