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I often get asked what kind of wig cap is better, a standard one, or a monofilament top? That can be a hard question, because although a monofilament top is an added feature for natural appearance and comfort, some of it can still come down to personal preference. So let's compare to help you decide which might be best for you, but first let's quickly define two important terms for you.

Monofilament: A type of wig base made of fine mesh. Hair is individually knotted onto the mesh which gives the wearer the ability to style the hair in any direction. The light mesh is airy, comfortable, and nearly undetectable because it blends in with the wearer's own scalp. Some wigs feature 100% monofilament caps, while others utilize a monofilament area only at the top. Some wigs feature a monofilament crown which has a small monofilament portion about the size of a quarter at the back of the crown.



Permatease: The hair is teased or crimped right at the base where it is attached to the cap. This permatease gives instant lift the same way back-combing would, and prevents you from seeing the wefting underneath.



Pros of a Standard Cap:

  • Affordable
  • Lots of built-in volume and fullness
  • Large selection as many styles are offered in a standard cap
  • Very durable, you don't have to be as careful when washing, or using conditioner. 

 Things to consider with a standard cap:

  • Harder to change the part due to how the wig may be sewn.
  • Not everyone likes the look of permatease

 Pros of a Monofilament Top

  • Realistic looking part
  • Ability to change the part
  • Lightweight and comfortable (especially a double mono top that has a soft layer on the inside)

Things to consider with a Monofilament Top:

  • Costs more than a standard cap
  • Needs to be handled with care, especially when brushing or washing the lace area
  • May lay flatter on top


As always don't hesitate to contact our team with any questions you may have. We are always here to help! :)


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  • Name Brand Wigs Support on

    Hi Elka! That is a great question! Our faces do change has we get older, and gravity takes over! Lol Some of it depends on what your face shape you were born with. However, a good rule of thumb is avoiding super long hair, and favoring volume on the sides or top. We will certainly cover this in a future blog post! I think it would be very helpful for many! In the meantime you can also call our support team at 1-866-597-9447 to talk style options!

  • Elka on

    When a wig indicates that it is suitable to a certain face shapes, how can I determine if it will suitable for an older lady with fallen jowels. Fallen jowels change the shape of the face and I would imagine that a wig suitable for square and rectangle shape would be appropriate. Could you discuss this?

  • Name Brand Wigs Support on

    Thank you, Catherine! So glad we could be of help! It is very true, there always seems to be more to learn. We will continue to break down different cap constructions in the coming weeks!

  • Catherine Lartigue on

    Thanks for the clarification. Honestly, I was confused about monofilament tops because I love lace front wigs and was a bit confused. I thought mono tops were the ones without lace. It’s never too late to learn more things about the hair we wear!!!!

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