Essential Wigs' Glossary

Choosing the right wigs option for you starts with knowing the key terms.


Natural Human Hair Wigs: Made from human hair, these wigs can be pricey, ranging from $350 to $4,000, says Isaac Davidson, co-owner of Wigbar in New York City. But there are benefits to shelling out all that money: “You’ll get much more longevity from natural hair, which can last for months—even years—with proper care,” says Brittany Johnson, a hairstylist and senior content manager for online wig company Mayvenn. If it’s a more realistic look you’re after or you want to be able to style your wig as you would your own strands, human hair is definitely the way to go.


Synthetic Wigs: These wigs are fashioned from polyester or acrylic fibers, and, according to Davidson, you can purchase a decent one for well under $200. But besides mere affordability, synthetic wigs do have other pluses. For one, they’re weather-resistant. “When synthetic hair is styled, you can pretty much walk outside in a hurricane and nothing will change,” says Davidson. Faux versions are also an excellent choice for commitment-phobes. “It’s a great way to experiment with different colors without spending a million bucks,” he adds. The one major drawback, Johnson says: Artificial hair isn’t as suited for everyday use and will start to show wear and tear sooner.


Lace-front Wigs


Lace-front Wigs: A lace-front wig is made with a thin piece of mesh attached to the front that allows for a more natural-looking hairline. “In the past, lace-front wigs were too pricey for the average person, but now you can buy inexpensive ones for $30. They’re not amazing, but for certain things they work,” says Davidson. The lace can be secured with glue or adhesive to prevent slippage, but pros suggest doing so with caution and carefully following the instructions. Additionally, there are several types of lace-fronts you can choose from.


Full-length Wigs: A type of lace-front wig that can be parted anywhere while still maintaining the illusion of natural hair.


Frontal Wigs: This style can be parted only in, you guessed it, the front.


Closure Wigs: With a stationary part either in the middle or on the side, closures aren’t as versatile, but they’re easier to install and less expensive than frontals. “If you’re not yet a pro at cutting lace, opt for a closure wig,” says Johnson.


Custom Wigs: For a 100 percent foolproof option, this is the way to go: An expert designs and crafts a unit that is perfectly tailored to your head size, face shape, and tastes—a service that’s worth it if it fits your budget and lifestyle. sells various styles of high-quality wigs online, the wigs here are affordable and cost-effective, and can meet your needs for different types of wigs for different occasions.