Wigs: between history and the future


Today we show you what are the main types of wigs on the market and we give you some useful information to be able to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Wigs were first worn by Western peoples such as Egyptians, Assyrians, Phoenicians and Greeks, mainly to protect the head from the sun or simply as an ornament. In the 16th century the wig was used as an embellishment and in cases of baldness.
Today there is a wide assortment in real hair or in high quality porous fiber and on a hypoallergenic basis, with a wide choice of colors and models available.
Let’s see some classifications:

Based on use, we can distinguish mainly in chemotherapy wigs which are usually high quality fiber or natural wigs, with particular characteristics of transpiration and anchoring. The chemotherapy wig must be made to perform at its best in a period of 6-8 months as hair regrowth usually occurs after this period. Then there are the wigs for aesthetics, which are very different from therapy wigs in terms of design and functionality. The duration of the latter type of wig is greater, about one year, and guarantees a great aesthetic result.


Another classification that we can make concerns the materials used, which can be real hair, or porous fiber, the first with logically higher costs.


A further classification concerns the construction technique of the wig and in particular the way in which the hair is fixed to the cap. We therefore distinguish the monofilament wigs in which the front and upper part are built with a very light and breathable material, which then gives a very natural look, while the elastic seams ensure the flexibility and adaptability of the cap. It is recommended for those with significant thinning, such as in the case of chemotherapy. Another technique is called a weaving or weft in which the individual fibers are sewn onto various strips of fabric then joined together. These types of wigs are less homogeneous than monofilament.

Finally, a distinction is made between hand-worked or machine-made wigs.


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