Permatease, short for “permanent teasing," is a structural component placed in some wigs to give it lift and volume. It also hides the wefts in open cap wigs from showing. It's usually located on the top of the wig and is made up of short, matted fibers at the base of the cap. Longer hairs then sit over these shorter hairs to give it that lift. In longer wigs, the hair fiber at the root is lifted or crimped to hide the wefting and add volume. Many wigs with basic caps already come with permatease in the crown area. Some wigs with a monofilament crown or monofilament part may have permatease but not usually as much as in an open cap wig.
This built-in volume gives wigs a natural look and helps hide wefting, visible in many machine-made wigs.
An Example of Permatease On A Basic Cap
Now that we’ve covered what permatease is. Here are some of its advantages and disadvantages.
1. Helps Maintain the Style of the Wig
Your wig will retain its style and never go flat with permatease since it's permanently part of the wig's construction. Plus, the less you have to style the wig, the longer it will last.
2. Covers up the Cap and Wefting
Wefted wigs or open cap wigs are among the most popular wigs on the market. These wigs are made from wefts of human or synthetic hair, spaced out across the wig cap. However, the wefting can be noticeable, and permatease will hide that.
Click by Ellen Wille Has A Basic Cap with Permatease
3. Keeps the Wig's Shape
They will keep their shape after washing, air drying, and moisturizing your wigs because of permatease. There is no need for you to reshape the wig once it is dry.
4. No Need to Tease
The lift and volume you get from permatease will last throughout the day; gone are the days of brushing your wig at the base with your fingers to give it some volume. You can leave it alone!
5. Great for Summer Weather
As mentioned earlier, wigs with permatease have open wefts. Capless wigs with open wefts allow the scalp to breathe and wig wearers to go without a wig cap, which can cause perspiration on the scalp. These permatease wigs are breathable, have lighter density, and are even more affordable.
Longer Wigs like Jessica by Jon Renau Also Benefit From Permatease
1. It Needs to be Tamed
With permatease, it’s normal to have flyaways, but they can easily be tamed using a leave-in conditioner or even a spray bottle with water at the base. It can then be flatted out utilizing a hairdryer. Over time, however, those short hairs will flatten out on their own.
2. A Little Too Voluminous?
Depending on your style, sometimes that built-in volume can be too high for your liking. However, after a couple of cleanings, your wig will likely lose some lift.
3. Permatease can be Noticeable
The short hairs that stick up tend to be more prominent on lighter color wigs. Choose a wig in a dark or rooted color to hide some of those stray hairs.
4. The Part can Look Matted
While those matted hairs are meant to give volume and body to the wig, up close, they can also look unkept or matted. A quick combing out at the base of the permatease will loosen it up and hide some of the matting.
5. There Isn't A Defined Part
Since the permatease is placed at the wig's root, it hides the parting. If you prefer a lace front monofilament top with a part that you can customize to your liking, then a wig with permatease may not be for you.