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:
- 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