Posted on May 21 2018
Hand-tied wigs and machine made wigs are worlds apart in construction and cost. If you're looking for a no frills low cost wig, machine made wigs are always the way to go. They usually have a set style and are limited in their range. However, if you require the absolute most natural looking and high performing wig on the market hand-tied wigs will deliver.
Hand tied wigs are much lighter, often weighing about two ounces or less, and uses a soft lace based cap. Each human hair is hand ventilated and/or sewn into a lightweight, mesh cap by a wig maker. This painstaking process often takes 80-100 hours per wig. This creates an awesome natural look and allows for unlimited style versatility, such as changing the position of a part, putting your hair in an up-do or ponytail. Construction is labor intensive which makes a hand-tied wig more expensive than its machine-made counterpart. However, the comfort factor makes a hand-tied wig the better choice for patients going through chemotherapy who have sensitive scalps. Hand-tied lace wigs are so discrete someone can run their hands through your hair and they would never know you're wearing a wig.
Machine Made Wigs
A machine made wig will most likely always cost less because they are mass produced in a short period of time. Machine made wigs are constructed using thick caps which create the appearance of more lift and volume to the hair. However, if a person has a sensitive scalp, a thicker cap can create irritation problems.
There are also wigs available with a combo of both manufacturing processes. For example, a lace front wig is hand tied along the hairline in front to create a natural appearance with limited style versatility. Most of the wig, however, is machine manufactured. For women who have lost some, but not all of their hair often a machine made wig may be a better option. The existing hair can be pulled through the wefting to help keep the wig in place as well as give the hair underneath a place to go. Otherwise, it would have to be pulled up and hidden under the cap potentially creating a visible lump. With that said, a machine made wig or partially machine-made wig can be a great economical option and can look just as natural as hand tied wig.
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