Wigs - Weft's types
Wefts are a sort of fringe, something similar to a net/web, with milimetric sizes. One side is cover completely of hair while the other a free
to be adhered to our scalp. When we carry a wig, our scalp is always in contact with the scalp.
The big advantage of modern weft is that are very difficult to detect. On the left you can see a sample of how the little net
disapear while in touch with the skin. This is a weft from the manufacture Ultralace.
Today there are different types of weft manufactured with 3 different materials:
Poliester, Nylon and Polyurethane.
The life-span and invisibility of the weft depends of the thickness, material and wuality. As better the weft, longer the life-time of the wig.
So we strongly recommend to choose a good quality weft for your wig.
Most of the time, the weft of a wig is manufakturer combining materials. For example, can be made by nylon on the back and Poliester on the entrances
or front area.
In order to use the correct terminology, we present the types of mesh with each of the names known in the jargon.
Thus, it will be easier to order the prosthesis or communicate and reach an agreement with the manufacturers.
The combination of materials is the secret of a good prosthesis
- Lace: Made by polyester that allow proper oxygenation of the scalp.
The thinner is invisible when in contact with the scalp.
The hair of the prosthesis is attached by knots that are tied to the same mesh.
There are several kinds and numbers. Manufacturers known them as "Laces" and unfortunately there is no standard covering them all:
French Lace, Swiss Lace, Fine Swiss Lace, etc.
Some brands use their own names to define the thickness of them. Companies like Ultralace, CoolPiece
o TopLace are good examples.
The important thing is to know that these tissues as thinner, more invisible but less resistant.
That's why in general are used for the frontal or the edges of the wig.
- Monofilament: They are made by nylon and there are various kinds.
They allow proper oxygenation of scalp and are more resistant than Laces, but also more visible.
Today we can find very thinn monofilaments that allow them to be used even at the edges of the wig.
But overall, Monofilament mesh are more visible. The hair of the wig is also tied over the mesh.
- PolySkin: There are made by Polyurethane sheets are not need any glue. They adhere contacting the scalp and
undoubtedly are more visible than monofilament and laces. They are never used in the frontal regions or edges the wig.
They are very resistant and they have no pores, sometimes not allowing in some sectors a proper oxygenation of the scalp.
There are various thicknesses and some have multiple layers of polyurethane that hold the hair prostheses without knots.
While the mesh is invisible to the eye, sometimes the maintenance is worst, placing the adhesives, cleaning, etc.
It's better a combined prosthesis so you can have an invisible front but the rest of the wig is more robust.
Recently there were many numbers to define the thicknesses and materials of a wig. #3, #18 and #64 were three classical numbers that
today you can not get without advice.
Unfortunately, each company will put the name and number they want to their products.
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