What is a Hairpiece?
Whether they are called hair systems, toupees wigs, or strand-by-strand insertion systems, all hair prostheses are constructed in a similar fashion using similar materials. All wigs and hair systems are machine sewn or hand-tied. Occasionally, some may use a combination of both. The cost and appearance of a hairpiece will vary based on the materials and craftsmanship used in their creation. Machine-made prostheses are sewn with the hair arranged in even rows; when the hair is blown or parted, the sewn hair tracks are visible. With Hand-tied prostheses, the knots can change direction allowing them to move more like real hair when brushed or blown.
The highest quality wigs and hairpieces are constructed from human hair. Human hair is easily matched to the client's own hair color, texture, and all levels of curl, wave, or straightness. The best quality hair is European hair which is used in the most expensive hairpieces. Human hair wigs and hairpieces can be washed, blown dry, or set and curled just as you would your own growing hair. Remi hair (hair from India) is a popular, slightly less expensive alternative to European hair. Inexpensive hairpieces are made from low-quality human hair, animal hair, artificial fibers, or a combination of all three.
These hairpieces often "fuzz" quickly and need to be replaced more frequently. The least expensive wigs and hairpieces, which are made of synthetic fibers, can be washed and placed on a wig stand to dry. They will return to their natural shape when dry.