Fashion wigs (like Forever Young wigs) are cut to be very daring-looking because they’re targeted at a younger audience. They’re meant to be worn to switch up your look once in a while, but not to replace your hair.
Medical wigs, on the other hand, are specifically created to be medical prosthetics for women experiencing hair loss. These women, as a group, tend to be a bit older demographically, hence the advanced cap features, conservative cuts and colors, and the bigger price tag. (The wearers generally need to maintain a semi-professional appearance.)
People often go in between the two types of wigs, and that's a-ok as long as you have realistic expectations of the products you're buying. I own a lot of inexpensive hi-fashion wigs in my personal collection and they're a hoot to wear. However, I know that they aren't as realistic looking as my medical wigs. I am comfortable with that because I like them for what they are.
You can’t make a zebra a horse. You can’t make a horse a zebra.
By this, I mean that you can always opt to wear hi-fashion wigs as an alternative to medical grade goodness, provided you keep in mind the differences go WAY beyond just the price tag.
Because fashion wigs are targeted at a younger demo who just want to switch up their look once in a while . . .
- Funky and fun unnatural colors are the norm
- The cuts are daring because women are buying them specifically so they don’t have to cut their hair to achieve a certain look
- The cap features tend to be minimal because the women wearing them don’t need to worry about whether or not they’re particularly convincing (they generally have biohair)
- The caps tend to be larger because they are designed to be worn over a full head of hair
- The products are not particularly durable – and they’re not really intended to be
Because medical wigs are targeted at a (generally) middle-aged demo who just want to look as normal as possible . . .
- Very few unnatural colors, if any
- The cuts tend to be very conservative – they are the only ones that sell! You’ll see a lot of very traditional bobs, shags, and pixie styles.
- The cap features will tend to be more advanced, with emphasis on comfort, realism, the reduction of product weight / density, or some combination thereof
- Caps tend to be snug (with some exceptions) because they are designed to be worn with very little or no hair underneath
- The products can be slightly more durable, depending on length and fiber composition; most are made to be worn for extended periods of time
We all know (or ARE) someone who doesn’t neatly fit into these demographical definitions. Unfortunately, as with all mass-produced products, what appeals to the majority is what ends up getting made. Consumer demand always dictates the marketplace. The majority always wins. :(
I (Heather @ CysterWigs) will continue to seek out cool colors when I review wigs! If there is an outlier – a hidden hi-fashion color in the medical mix – I will do my best to shine a spotlight on it so we can make sure they don’t discontinue it. That is the #1 thing we can do in this store to ensure that more of these super-fun colors and styles continue to be made in the future for all of the unique non-conservative ladies (like me) who roam freely among the unassuming masses. ;)