Before we get to the customer email, I just want to say for the record:
Wigs with monofilament features should be treated gently, as if they are the most delicate lingerie in the universe. When you wash or style wigs with these features, you will need to be very gentle!
Open capped (wefted wigs) are the way to go if you crave a more grab-and-go, rough and tumble, low-fuss wig experience. ;)
Now, onto the show!
From a customer e-mail:
I am hoping that someone with your company can tell me why I seem to get lots of hair coming thru my wigs to the underside very quickly. I don’t know if this is a “natural” consequence of the wig wearing over time? When I was wearing a different kind of hairpiece, I was told to use something called “knot sealer” but it was ineffective and made the wig very stiff and uncomfortable. Thought I would run this question by you because you are so honest and so knowledgeable.
During the process of answering this question, I of course had to figure out what kind of wig she was talking about. This is a common occurrence in wefted or partially-wefted wigs. However, the wig she was discussing was actually determined to be a Sophia by Jon Renau, which is 100% hand-tied.
The difference, so you know what I’m talking about . . .
A wefted wig:
A hand-tied wig:
What we’re discussing is why this would happen to a completely hand-tied wig.
It usually boils down to the following confluence of factors:
- The denier (diameter and thickness of the individual hair fibers) on a wig like this is extremely fine.
- The mesh, particularly in the back of the wig, can have pores in it to help the cap breathe that are wider than the denier of the hair.
- Aggressive washing or styling can push those hairs through the cap to the other side of the wig. If you are facing this issue and are sitting there shaking your head thinking that you don't handle the wigs all that “aggressively,” I urge you to reexamine that position. These hand-tied wigs can be extremely delicate. You need to be very gentle when you handle them, moreso than wigs with wefts. This delicate handling will prevent this particular problem AND it will prevent the knots from becoming loose and falling out of the cap.
The Verdict: Consider a change in how you handle the hair and / or the frequency of washing!