What is "monofilament", and what is
a monofilament wig? And how is it different from a standard
A monofilament wig is a of higher quality construction
than a standard cap wig, resulting in a more natural
look, depending on the hairstyle desired. Monofilament
construction wigs have been steadily growing in popularity
for many years.
Monofilament, sometimes abbreviated as "mono"
is a type of a thin mesh nylon fabric, that is used
in wig construction. So the base of a monofilament wig
is made up of this monofilament material instead of
the traditional lace or wefts. Whether it is a synthetic
hair or a human hair, the construction is the same:
instead of rows of hair, the hair on monofilament material
is sewn in a hair (or a few hairs) at a time creating
an effect that looks like the way hair naturally grows
out of a scalp.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of
monofilament construction compared with standard wigs?
Natural Look With A Natural Part and Less Hair
The main advantage is a more natural look. Monofilament
wig offers the most natural and realistic look as each
hair is hand-sewn into the monofilament mesh and the
semi-transparent material allows for the wig to show
off your scalp with natural parts in your hair style.
In other words, a Monofilament wig is almost indiscernible
from natural hair to even the most curious onlooker.
Aside from an amazingly realistic part area which simulates
the look of a human scalp, the other reason a monofilament
wig looks very natural is because there is less hair
on the wig.
A common problem with wigs is that sometimes it feels
like there is just too much hair, especially on the
top of the head and near the front hairline. A monofilament
wig is less bulky in these areas. There is less hair,
and less cap materials as well, causing the hair to
lie very flat and close to the head. For this reason,
we especially recommend monofilament wigs to anyone
who has thin or fine hair.
Lightweight and Cooler
A monofilament wig is usually more lightweight than
a standard cap wig because there is less hair on the
wig and less materials in the cap fabrics. Also because
of this, the wig is cooler and allows more airflow to
prevent heat being trapped under the wig.
Directionality And More Styling Options
Oftentimes a monofilament wig will allow more styling
options since each hair can move more easily in different
directions because each hair or few hairs is sewn in
individually. In other words, the style is less fixed
and can usually be altered simply by brushing it, or
with the aid of a little bit of water during styling
to make the hair more flexible. For this reason, you
can alter the location of the part in most monofilament
wigs, something that is not possible to do with a standard
This directionality also allows the hairs on the wig
to move more like your natural hair. Each hair has a
little more individual freedom of movement.
The main disadvantage is that monofilament wigs are
more expensive than standard cap wigs. The higher price
is due to the extreme labor-intensive nature of the
construction. Each hair or tuft of hair is hand-tied
and individually knotted into the monofilament using
tiny hooks. Of course this takes a great deal of time
and a great deal of skill.
Not As Much Hair
One of the main advantages of a monofilament wig can
also be a disadvantage. While many people are pleased
with the thinner hair volume of monofilament wigs, some
people want more hair and more volume.
For a flatter, more natural style, monofilament is a
good choice. But what if you want your hair to have
more height or more volume? Then a monofilament wig
might not be a good choice for you. It really depends
on what type of hairstyle you are trying to achieve.
What are the differences between different
types of monofilament wigs?
The caps of most monofilament wigs are not entirely
made of monofilament material, but are a combination
of monofilament and wefted construction. The most important
and difficult areas to make look right in a wig are
the top and crown of the head, and the edge of the front
hairline, so those are the areas where you will most
often see monofilament construction. The sides and the
back of the wig are usually wefted even on a monofilament
However, the very highest quality construction wigs
are entirely 100% hand tied with monofilament construction.
Also some wigs have a "monofilament part"
solely to achieve a natural part, but have regular construction
in the rest of the cap.
Some monofilament wigs have a double layer of materials
which they call two-layer construction. This provides
an additional layer of very thin material between the
monofilament and the head for extra comfort.
The extent to which a wig is composed of monofilament
material often depends on various factors, but the main
factor is what hairstyle is being achieved. Many hairstyles
don't require monofilament to achieve a stunning look,
or only require them in certain portions of the wig's
cap. For this reason, the exact cap construction may
differ is some minor ways from style to style.
Is a monofilament wig the right choice for
Perfect for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
or women suffering from significant hair loss, it is
also a great choice for anyone who wants the most undetectable