Wigs have been around the corner for decades. For some wearing a wig means looking younger and for others, it helps to embrace more appealing hairstyle options. Whatever be the case, it is important to understand one important feature while buying a wig of any style - wig density.
Often you can get confused about how to choose wig density? This post will clear your doubts and help you know everything about it.
What is Wig Density?
By definition, wig density is the amount of hair that is added on the cap to create a fuller look. It helps to determine how thick or thin the hair on the wig cap appears. While understanding wig density it is important to understand the difference between hair density and thickness.
Hair thickness is the width of an individual strand of hair. On the other hand, density is the term used to address the amount of hair present in the wig cap. This means that you can have low-density hair even if the hair strands are thicker or vice versa. The more the wig density, the fuller and thicker the hair will appear.
Just like human hair has different hair densities, wigs are also characterized based on hair density. The standard hair density for wigs is 120% which is called Natural/Medium Density. This is almost equal to the hair density of the average human head that varies between 100-120%. It gives a realistic appearance and is light on your head, making it very much comfortable to wear.
Why wig density matter?
If you were thinking that wig density is not that important, let us correct you - "IT MATTERS A LOT!" Most companies make wigs of different densities and each gives a different look and appeal to the viewers.
Getting a wig of the right density will ensure that you can embrace the hairstyles that would look perfect and natural on you.
Generally, the best move is to buy a wig of hair density that matches the density of your natural hair. Otherwise, it will be easy for people to detect whether you are wearing a wig or not. A matching wig density will also ensure that you do not experience discomfort on the head or damage your scalp.
There are three main reasons why you should consider hair density before buying a wig-
1) Styling options
The density of the wig will largely determine the hairstyles that you can put on. Different density wigs have different features that let you customize them. Depending upon the style and look that you want to have, you'll have to buy a wig of particular hair density.
When you buy 100% Natural Human Hair, the wigs are expensive and need to be cared for. Low-density wigs need to be treated with lighter hair care products to maintain the richness and feel of the hair. Knowing the wig density will ensure you can take better care of the hair.
Higher density wigs are more expensive than low-density wigs. Getting to know the different hair densities will ensure you can find the right balance between budget and quality. Knowing the features of wigs with different densities can help make the right purchase decision.
How many levels of density in the market?
To provide customers with options to choose a hair density of their choice, many companies make wig caps of different densities. This ensures that the customers can select a wig density of their choice. Here is a list of all the popular wig densities and their features -
80-90% (Extra Light Hair Density Wigs) - It is the lowest level of hair density found in wigs. The concentration of hair on extra light density wigs is less and is only recommended for women who have a very thin or fine hair. This wig density is usually used for hairline or to give an age realistic look.
100-110% (Light Hair Density Wigs) - This is light and wearing it will not make you feel that you have put on a wig. It is constructed with light density texture near the hairline which gradually turns into medium density towards the rest of the hairline.
120-130% (Natural/Medium Hair Density Wigs) - This is the regular hair density found on an average human head. The wig does not feel too thick or too thin. It replicates the look and fullness of natural-looking hair and is the standard density of any wig. Most customers prefer to buy natural density wigs as it perfectly resembles their natural hair.
150% (Medium/Heavy Hair Density Wigs) - It gives a more full and voluminous look over medium density wigs. It is a little heavier and is worn by women to get a fuller look. Heavy density wigs give a lot of bounce, movement, and style options. You can also customize the hair into curvy and wavy hairstyles using heavy density wigs.
180% (Heavy Hair Density Wigs) - It is exceptionally heavy and has a peculiar look. Heavy density wigs are worn by women who want a full and high volume look, mostly by artists or actors who need to perform. The high-density wig allows you to embrace opulent hairstyles but might be slightly uncomfortable on your head.
200% (Extra Heavy Hair Density Wigs) - This is the heaviest density of wigs. It is not worn by average women and is only used by professional artists. Extra Heavy Wig Density is hard on the head and might feel extremely uncomfortable. Nevertheless, it gives stage artists an option to wear the wig in distinctive styles.
Density and Length, recommendation
An important thing to consider when choosing the hair density of your wig is the length of the hair. For a short length wig of 12 inches, 180% heavy density wig will not look good. Instead, 100% or 120% hair density will look good on short length wigs.
Here is a chart for wig lengths and corresponding wig density that is recommended preferred by experts -
Wig Length - Hair Density
12 to 14 inches - 120% / 130% / 150%
16 to 20 inches - 150%/180%
22 to 24 inches - 180%
26 to 30 inches - 200%（very rare hair length）
Some companies also offer the option of ordering wigs of custom length and hair densities. In this case, if you are confident about getting a custom made wig as per your preferences, you place an order for Custom Wig.
Wig density recommend for full lace wig
Full lace wigs have a complete lace base. The hair strands are knotted to the holes of the base by hand. This helps to give a natural and fuller look than lace front wig. A wig base of 120% density will look thicker with a full lace cap than on a lace front wig cap of the same density. We recommend a wig density in the range of 130% or 150% for full lace wigs.
Wig density recommend for lace front wig
Lace front wigs are made from half hand and half machine-made technology. Generally, the front part of the lace has the hair knotted by hand. The rest is sewn by a machine. This enables more hair to be added on the base of the wig. To get a fuller and thick look you need to have a higher hair density for lace front wigs. We recommend 150% Medium/Heavy Wig Density for lace fronts(You can also find a wig in 130% density on the hand-knotted front lace area and 150% density on the machine-made part).
Wig density recommend for 360 lace wig
360 lace wigs are similar to full lace wigs but cover a wider area on the head with the lace. The hair is also hand-tied over the entire area of the cap. This helps to give a more pronounced and fuller-looking hair. Like full lace wigs, we recommend a hair density of 130% and 150% for 360 lace frontal wigs as well.
How to choose your best wig density?
This is the most amazing part. Now that you are aware of different wig densities and features, it finally gets down to select one of your choices. Many people are of the view that hairstyle and color are the only important things to consider. But as we told you before, hair density has a very important role in deciding how great the wig will look on you.
You should carefully consider the below mentioned things before deciding on how to choose wig density.
1) Natural Hair density
The first thing you need to check is your natural hair density. It becomes all the more important when you are going to use the wig to blend it with your hair. Additionally, if you want the wig to give a realistic look, it is necessary to get wig density that matches that of your hair.
2) Hairstyle requirements
Depending upon the hairstyle you are looking for, you will need to pick a wig density. For example, if you are looking to curve your hair, lower density options would be helpful. On the other hand, if you want a straight and sleek look, heavy hair density wigs will be a better option.
3) Your age
The older you get, the thinner the hair becomes on your head. If you want to get that natural feel with your wig, you should not consider buying heavier density wigs. Settling for lighter density wigs will help you to put on a realistic and jubilant look. One that looks apt with your age.
4) Design of Wig Cap
Different wig caps with the same hair density, give different looks. You should consider the wig cap design that you are buying and then select a hair density for your wig. Full lace and 360 lace wigs have the hair hand-tied to the base, this gives them a natural and voluminous look.
5) Hair length
Another important thing to consider is the length of the hair. We have already discussed the different hair lengths and corresponding hair density recommended by experts. Once you are sure about the length of the hair, refer to the chart for deciding the wig density.
Now Select Your Wig Density and Enjoy!
We made knowing wig density easy for you. Reading this post would have helped you learn everything about wig density. Just like several individuals have different hairstyles and hair density, wigs are also designed in various styles and densities to replicate that natural feel.
Now you can shop confidently when looking for wigs on our website. Just consider the points mentioned in this post and select a hair density of your choice.
What is your favorite density? What rules would you apply when you choose a wig? Please share below!
I’m new to wig wearing, but I would like to find one that is long and wavy about 16-18 inches and about 120% density and full lace I need one that looks natural as possible.