What is wig cap construction?

april 20, 2023

Looking for a wig but overwhelmed by all the different options? The secret lies in the cap construction! Whether you're looking for a low-budget and basic option or you’re willing to splurge on intricate craftsmanship, understanding the different cap designs is key. Let’s explore what makes each of them stand out. 

Basic Cap 

The most durable and affordable design. Wefts of hair are sewn together to create the cap with either a layer of full lace-like fabric, usually referred to as a “traditional cap”, or more open wefts at the crown, referred to as an “open cap”. The hair sewn into the wefts is ever-so-slightly crimped or teased at the root to hide the wefts underneath, giving these styles lots of volume.

Lace Front

Lace front wigs create the illusion of natural hair growth along the hairline and allow you to style your hair away from your face. Some come ready-to-wear and others may require customization. Because each hair is hand-tied to the translucent lace and the material itself is made thin enough to be undetectable, this area of the wig should be handled with care.


Monofilament caps are made of a mesh material on either the full or partial crown, with each hair hand-tied on to offer parting versatility and give the illusion of hair growing from the scalp. 

Double monofilament wigs are a great option for sensitive scalps because they offer an extra layer of soft mesh at the crown that covers the knots from the hair on the inside of the cap.

100% Hand-tied

Fully hand-tied caps are also monofilament and provide the most natural look and movement as well as stylability. Most have a lace front, but there are options without lace fronts as well, especially if the style has bangs. The most time consuming to create, styles with this cap design will be the most pricey but well worth it. Because the entire cap is made of mesh with each hair hand-tied on, it’s considered the most delicate, so be sure to handle carefully.

Cap design may seem like it has everything to do with the inside of the wig, but it actually affects how natural a wig will look, how much volume it has and how it moves. We hope this breakdown of the basics is helpful to you when picking out your new do!

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