From a customer e-mail:
My question is this: Can you recommend a low volume wig? I’m looking at Emotion by Ellen Wille, but am afraid the cap will be too small. I’m also looking at Carrie by Jon Renau; my reservation with that piece is that it looks like a ton of hair.
It’s often surprising for a lot of long-time wig wearers to hear that there is a HUGE segment of the wig wearing community that actually prefers low-density wigs. It’s true! These folks are not a minority!
You’ll see this most regularly in folks who are very slight (people for whom a lot of hair may be overwhelming), or people who have experienced gradual long-term hair thinning (people who are not used to seeing themselves with a lot of hair and may even find it kind of jarring).
The way I typically handle this inquiry is thus:
- I advise the client to avoid permateased wigs like the plague. I personally really like permatease, but I tend to be a volume kind of gal. This is not their taste level, so they should probably skip them.
- I also ask them if they’ve ever worn 100% hand-tied wig before. The reason I ask: these tend to “deflate” with a little bit of wear. The hair pivots naturally at its base where its tied. Gravity moves that process along and before you know it – boom! – the wig is substantially flatter in volume than when you started. This is a big reason why so many of these wigs come with more hair than necessary. Another reason is to account for shedding that naturally occurs as the knots loosen with wear.
- Another thing to steer towards: straight texture. Wigs with a poker-straight hair texture WILL ALWAYS appear to have less density than a wig with a curl or wave added to it. There is also a dark side to this that you should be aware of. A little bouncy / curly texture can hide a multitude of sins. If there are any flaws at all in your wig, they will almost always show up in a straight textured style because they hang very close to the body and are very sleek. Straight wigs also need more combing, so they break down faster . . . and wefts are generally more visible in the back of poker-straight wigs, especially in non-rooted light blonde colors. If your heart is set on getting a poker-straight, non-rooted platinum style because you love the color and the density is just right, you may want to spring for the 100% hand-tied cap specifically to avoid this. Wig wear is usually FULL of compromises like this.
My thinking on the matter is that basically any hand-tied wig will work as long as it fits you well. This is especially the case after you wear it for a little while. However, if you need to thin it, that is a MUCH preferable situation in my opinion than being stuck with a wig that is too thin right off the bat.
A wig that is too thick gives you the inexpensive DIY option to thin it with thinning shears. A wig that is too thin leaves you no inexpensive options!