Understanding wig density is an important part of choosing a wig, but you also want to make sure you’re getting the best hair with the most longevity. And to do that, you want 100% virgin, human hair wigs.
When it comes to the best density, there really isn’t one that’s better than another. It comes down to the look you’re trying to achieve. If you want more fullness, you’ll likely choose a higher density, like 150% or more. Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding what wig density is most suited to you:
• Hairstyle: Short or long, curly or straight, up-do or down? Depending on which style you’re after, you may want more or less density. Typically, a long, straight style requires a higher density to appear full, whereas a curly unit can be less dense and still look full. You also want to consider if you plan to process or style the hair with heated tools as that may affect which density you choose.
• Your lifestyle: If you want to align your hairstyle with your signature look, consider choosing the density that matches your events. Going out for a night with your friends? Choose a higher density for a full-look. Is the gym your second home? A lower density wig will be easier to pull back in a ponytail for your workouts. Or, simply choose whatever density you love!
• Your natural hair: If you’re trying to achieve a look that closely resembles your natural hair, invest in a unit with wig density that’s closest to your own. Not sure what your hair density is? Try smoothing out your hair and pulling it into a ponytail. Then wrap a flexible measuring tape around the ponytail. If it’s less than 3 inches, your hair is lighter. If it’s more than 3 inches, it’s denser.
Choosing the best wig takes some time, especially if you’re planning to invest in a high-quality unit. One of the main things you want to be aware of when searching is wig density.
Wig density is expressed as a percentage that tells you how much hair is actually on your wig but does not refer to the texture. The higher the density percentage, the fuller it will look; the lower the density percentage, the thinner it will look. Density percentages range from extra light (about 60%) to extra heavy (about 180%).
The most commonly chosen density is around 120%, which is considered medium to thick, and more closely mimics the density of the average human head. Many units are less dense around the hairline and gradually get denser towards the back, giving the units a more natural appearance.
Density is different than the actual thickness of each individual strand. You could have very thick strands of hair, but still have low density, and vice versa.
This density is considered the lightest and best for people whose natural hair is quite light in density. Some scalp may show but can still appear natural.
This is another great option for people with naturally thinner hair without a lot of volume. It’s a common choice for those whose hair has thinned out.
This wig density is still on the lighter side but offers significantly more coverage than the 80% or less. It’s a great option if you have naturally thin, fine hair.
Medium density wigs are the closest to the density of natural human hair making it a very popular choice. It offers some volume, but not too much for a very realistic look.
If you want a full look with plenty of volume, a heavy wig density is a great choice. It provides fullness without being overwhelming.
This is a very heavy wig density that is best for that celebrity look, or for performers who want the ultimate in fullness.
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