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Common Words and Terms Used

Wig - A general term used to describe different types of products to replace hair.

Machine-Made Wigs - Wigs that are made from wefts of hair that are sewn on by machine.

Hairpiece - Hairpieces are worn in place of growing hair. They are partial pieces or add-ons used to create additional volume or length to existing hair.

Custom Wig - A custom wig is made to your particular specifications. The manufacturer will use any combination of hair fiber, cap, styles, color to get you exactly what you want in a wig that looks and feels like you.

Cap-less Wig - is very similar to the standard cap design. However, it does not have the closed lace layer at the crown. It is open-wefted in the back, sides, and crown. This allows for maximum ventilation and for the ability to pull your own hair through. It is also the lightest weight cap you can purchase.

Adjustable Cap - A wig cap construction with adjustable tabs that extend from the crown to the nape of the wig cap. Average wig cap can either be adjusted to a smaller or larger cap size.

Monofilament/Mono-Top Wig - A Monofilament/Mono-Top Wig refers to fine, breathable nylon or silk mesh with hairs individually hand-knotted into the mesh. Disappears against the scalp allowing natural skin tone and appears as a natural looking part giving it more versatility in styling. It is recommended for hair loss patients, and allows comfort and excellent ventilation.

Lace Front - A wig made with a mesh insert in the front into which individual hairs are hand-tied. It creates a realistic looking hairline. When properly worn with special adhesive, it is almost undetectable that it is not the wearer's own growing hair. They are more expensive and difficult to manage, and do not last as long as other wigs.

Human Hair Wigs -Wigs made of human hair primarily cut in India, China, and parts of Europe which are obtained and contracted through a factory for the specific purpose of making wigs/hairpieces. Wigs made with Human Hair are very durable; however they require more upkeep than synthetic wigs and must be styled on a regular basis. Generally speaking, although Human Hair wigs are much heavier than their Synthetic counterparts and more expensive, they can actually look and feel more authentic and are worth the money.

Unprocessed Hair – Refers to hair that has not been chemically treated.  

100% European Human Hair - Is differentiated by genetics rather than geography. It actually refers to Caucasian hair. This is Human Hair that has retained the cuticle and has undergone a special process to prevent tangling and retain the quality of this extremely fine Caucasian hair. The structure of European hair is a bit finer, flatter and smoother, and more desirable. It has a silky texture and is usually available with a wave and very rarely curly. It comes in all colors from a very pale blond to jet-black. Because it is less plentiful it is more expensive.

Virgin Russian Hair - Due to its fine hair strands, easy movement, and amazing durability these qualities make this hair the most expensive and sough after hair in the world.

Virgin Unprocessed - Very fine quality human hair in its original state which has not been chemically treated in anyway, (processing removes the cuticle) only sanitized and blended. It has not been permed, colored or altered in any way. The cuticle goes in the same direction and is preserved to maximize its special quality

Italian Hair - A less expensive choice is Italian hair. On the average Italian hair has a medium texture with a lot of body with the end of the hair being full and blunt. It varies from a slight body wave to a wavy texture. It comes in all colors from a very light almost white to jet-black.

Human Hair Blend - A combination of human hair and synthetic fiber. The synthetic fiber tends to hold its shape after washing and the human hair looks natural and is more durable. The combination gives the wig more versatility and flexibility in styling. It is usually used in 25%, 35%, and 50% ratios to synthetic fibers.

Remi/Remy Human Hair - Refers to Human Hair (usually Indian in origin) Remy which is less expensive than European, Italian or Russian hair. The hair has been harvested from root to end with the cuticle all going in the same direction that prevents the hair from tangling and is very easy to care for. It may be colored or permed. It is soft and silky and is used for making higher quality wigs, extensions and hairpieces. This quality of hair is often used in a cranial prosthesis (wig). It looks very real, however, sometimes can frizz from its texture. Using an ionic straightening iron on the piece will smooth out the frizz.

Baby Hair - Is the small strands of hair, often curly at the base of the frontal hair line to add to a realistic look. Also baby hair can often camouflage the edge of the wig. Much of the time angora and/or baby Yak hair is used to replicate baby hair.

Textured Relaxed Human Hair - This is hair that is specially processed and is used in wigs and cranial prosthesis especially designed for most ethnicities including Latina, Persian, and African American Women.

Synthetic Fiber - There are three types of synthetic fiber used to manufacture wigs, which are polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They are not resistant to heat or styling products, and are available in many different lengths and styles.

Synthetic Hair Blend - A specially made synthetic fiber that is just like your own hair that you can curl or blow dry. All synthetic wigs are made with this fiber. It reflects the look of human hair and dries quickly. They are less expensive than human hair and are lifelike and durable.

Part - Refers to a break where the hair is parted and is usually located at the center or side of the cap.

Skin Part - Refers to a strip of fabric, usually silk, along the part where the hair is threaded. It gives the appearance of the hair growing directly from the scalp. The part cannot be changed. Wigs with a skin part are more affordable than a full monofilament and still give you a very natural look.

Skin Top - These wigs, sometimes referred to as having a Monofilament Top, have a piece of thin latex of polyurethane inserted into the top of the wig with hair implanted to give a natural look.

Simulated Part - A part that is not clearly defined and usually at the center or side of the cap.

Multidirectional/Multidirectional Part - Higher quality skin top wigs which can be combed or parted in any direction, much like your own hair. It allows you to change the part to right, left or center as desired by wearer.

Hand-Tied - A term for individual hair fiber that is tied by hand onto the wig cap/base using a single knot. Offers styling flexibility and resembles the movement of natural hair.

Honeycomb Wefting - Can be found in either a full or partial hairpiece. Often referred to as an "Integration" piece it is made with large open holes designed to pull your own hair through.

A partial hair piece - not a full wig. Hairpiece that temporarily attaches either by interlocking combs or butterfly clip to your own hair to add instant length, volume and texture.

Wiglet - A spot enhancer that is designed to work with your own hair to add volume or length in a specific area.

Top of the Head - 'Toppers' as they are often referred to is a partial piece that fits on the crown to be used to add volume for a fuller look. They come in many lengths and base sizes.

Integration System - An integration hair system refers to the type of base material used and is ideal for women (or men) with thinning hair or diffused hair loss like that in Female Pattern Hair loss. An Integration System allows you to pull your existing, growing hair directly through the unit. This allows you to wear a custom hair replacement system without shaving your head. Your own natural, growing hair is combined with the hair in the system to create a more voluminous and complete head of hair. Depending on the thickness and fullness of your growing hair, there are a variety of different integration hair systems all with varying sizes and shapes of holes in the mesh.

Bleached Knots -The latest innovation in ventilation these days are called bleached knots. As the name is self-explanatory, these knots are put through a delicate bleaching process after being tied to the base with extremely tiny half knots. This removes most of the dark color and leaves a virtually invisible knot that really appears to be growing right from your scalp!

Blending -To achieve the most realistic color graduations in a final wig, hairpiece, or extension, multi-colors of fiber are mixed together. This process is called "hackling" or "blending."

Toupee Clip - For added security, this is a small clip with groves that is sewn into the base of a wig cap, add-on, fall, or partial. They come in several sizes and one must be careful when removing the wig from their head and not rush and carefully remove the hair that may still be in the clip or they will rip the hair. They are a wonderful adhesive - if you are careful and patient Finger Clip - The lastest innovation in clip attachments

Stretch Ribbon Lace - Used in the lining of a wig cap to add stretch and security. Flexible, Open Ear Tabs - A soft piece of metal that allows to adjust the piece closer to the scalp for a more secure fit and to contour the face at your temple.

Cuticle - The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair follicle. It has three layers: a cuticle (the outer layer), a cortex (the middle layer containing keratin, moisture and melanin, which gives it its color), and a medulla, which is the center of the hair shaft.

Adhesive - Available in either liquid roll-on or tape form, aids in securing wig to scalp. Hair Enhancer - Often referred to as "Top Piece", Topper, Topette®, Halo. May or may not be a full cap size. It's designed to work with your own hair to add volume.

Hair Extensions - Hair strands, either one piece or multiple strands that are designed to add length and volume to your own hair. May either be temporary or semi-permanent and are available in synthetic or human hair. Hair Frames - Your classic headband with heat resistant hair attached that can be styled for her desired look . Designed to work with the front of your hairline.

Glass Loops - A flexible opening in the cap to allow for a more comfortable and secure fit when wearing eyeglasses. Few manufacturers can do this correctly as everyone's facial structure and measurement is individual there is no one measurement that works completely.

Pinking Shears - Scissors whose blades are a zigzag pattern instead of a straight edge. Especially designed for cloth or any fabric to prevent from easily fraying.

Bonding - A process by which a hair piece is glued on to the head for a period of time. Extended Wear - Bonded pieces that are meant to stay on for 4-6 weeks at a time before needing to be taken off, cleaned, giving the scalp a moment to breathe before being replaced and re-glued. Stays - A small piece of metal placed at the temple and nape to secure the fit of the wig.

Velcro Closures - Located at the nape of most of our wigs, these closures adjust easily for a custom fit.

Wig Liner - A lightweight mesh or nylon cap worn underneath the wig to help keep hair in place. Open

Ear Tabs - Flexible material at the ears which allow you to adjust and contour the wig to your face around the temple area.

Pre-Styled Wig - The wig has been pre-cut, shaped by the manufacturer.

Ready-To-Wear Wig - Refers to a wig or hairpiece that is pre-styled. What you see is what you get.

Nape - The area at the back of the neck at the base of the skull where the bottom of the wig fits against the head.

Part - A break at the top in the hair where the hair on each side of the parted area takes the opposite direction. In the case of a skin or Mono-Top, the hair may be parted all the way to the base and resemble a natural appearance of a scalp between the hairline.

Polyurethane Tabs - An incredibly resilient, flexible, and durable manufactured material that can take the place of paint, cotton, rubber, metal, and wood in thousand

Thin Skin Material - This is a material that is used in a specially designed cranial prosthesis. It has a very natural appearance and is extremely fine and thin. It produces an effect as if hair is naturally growing from the scalp. This is often used for bonding a wig onto the scalp with a specialized bonding glue that will hold it in place for six weeks before it will need to be taken off, cleaned and reattached with fresh glue.

Transparent Tape - This is a tape that is used to adhere to the poly-skin like material and scalp to provide extra security so that the wig will not shift. Few people are allergic. However, to be sure you will not have an adverse effect to the tape, take a small piece and place it on the top of your hand or arm for five (5) minutes. Make sure your skin is dry with no oils or moisturizer or the tape will not adhere correctly. If he area starts to itch, or burn, or when you remove the tape it is bright red, you are most likely allergic to the tape and should seek the advice of an experienced dermatologist for suggestions on another type of tape.

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