Wigs are available with different types of cap. Here is an explanation of the different types:
This is a machine-made cap made from rows of hair stitched onto strips of material, known as 'wefts'.
As they are machine-made, wefted foundation wigs are usually cheaper to purchase than hand-knotted net foundation wigs.
Wefted foundation wigs generally come in pre-cut styles and are 'ready to wear'.
This is a cap made out of mesh and each hair is knotted by hand. Net foundation wigs can come 'pre-cut' but more commonly you choose the length and colour of the wig and a hairdresser cuts it to the length and style you want.
This involves the hair being hand tied to a sheer base such as lace. This style is comfortable for the wearer as the lace is soft on the skin and the cap will mould itself to their head.
The hair in the crown and hairline area is attached to a fine lace. The lace is cut to fit the wearer (some prior knowledge or experience is required - a wig professional will be able to advise). The lace area is often attached using strong glue. The delicate nature of lace means it is more difficult to maintain and not as durable as other caps.
These are custom designed pieces ideal for concealing hair loss in the crown area, as well as adding extra volume to your existing hair. These are a popular choice with people with androgenetic alopecia and some scarring alopecias resulting in one single area of hair loss. A full wig is not always the best option in these cases and a top piece, sometimes referred to as a 'topper' can prove really successful.
Designed to make the hair look like it is growing from your head. Individual grafts of hair are hand-placed onto the thin material at the crown and the special construction on their top and front make the scalp look natural. Hair can be parted and brushed in any direction. The thin material used allows excellent ventilation.
Vacuum or Suction Base
Made with silicone, these are made by a plaster mould of the head or digital scan so it can fit perfectly - a vacuum fit without the need for tape or glue. Hair is implanted into the silicone base by hand. To wear this type of base, you must be completely without hair on your scalp (or willing to close shave your scalp).