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Hand Tied Wigs vs Machine Made Wigs?

By: Ann Koch

Posted on May 21 2018

Hand Tied Wigs vs Machine Made Wigs?

Hand-Tied Wigs

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. natural lace wig hairline

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.

lace front wig cap | Model Lace Wigs and HairThere 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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Ann Koch ann koch
Ann is the founder of Living with androgenic alopecia for over 20 years after the birth of her children, she aspires to provide solutions and an invaluable guide to anyone suffering from hairloss.

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