What Is Wig Density?

 What is Wig Density?

Wig density will tell you the amount of hair added to the wig cap to create a fuller look. Wig density is not referring to the texture of a wig, even though you will start to notice that certain wig textures can trend toward a certain density. For example, many curly wigs can have a higher density due to imitating the natural density of curly bio hair. 

 Curly Hair

Style Similar to: Ellen Wille Disco


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The higher the density percentage of a wig, the fuller it will look; the lower the density percentage, the thinner it will look. I will go into detail on the numbers just slightly so that you have a base knowledge, but for the standard manufacture, wig density isn't typically listed. Since it isn't listed, I will also give you a couple quick tips to estimate a wig's density on your own.


Hair Density Percentages

Low hair density is typically going to be around 50-60%, while the most popular choice is around 120% density, which is a medium hair density. Heavy density ranges around 150% and will mean the hair is thicker than usual, giving it a lot of body and movement. So, say you are looking for that perfect curly wig, then you will probably find the density closer to 150%. 


How Can I Tell A Wig's Density?

Here are a couple quick-tips to discover where a wig may fall in the density range.

1. What is the wig's weight? This first tell can be found on every product page listed under Weight.

Find a wig's weight


The heaviness of a wig can indicate that there may be more hair sewn into the wig cap and mean that it is a higher density wig. However... one other factor to consider is the cap construction itself, which you can find listed here on every product page:

Find Wig Cap Construction


The reason you want to factor in the type of Wig Cap in your density measurement is because the construction of a wig cap also plays into how heavy the wig is. For example, a Hand-Tied wig cap is going to be made with a mesh-like material and therefore going to be much lighter than the Standard Wig Cap, which has lots of sewn wefts in it, making the cap heavier. Caps with more monofilament in them will also have more of that mesh-like material and typically will be lighter. In short, more monofilament = lighter weighing cap. More wefting = heavier weighing cap. (*Not necessarily meaning more density to the cap, just meaning a heavier cap itself.)

The example above is saying it has a Mono Crown, this means that there is going to be some monofilament mesh material only at the top of the head, while the rest of the cap is going to be mostly wefted.


How to practically apply this knowledge?

The knowledge of weight and cap feature combined, is going to be most helpful when you are comparing the weight in similar cap types. So for example, comparing a Hand-tied cap with a Hand-tied cap, or to use our example above: comparing a Mono Crown wig with a weight of 3.3 oz. to another Mono Crown with a weight of 2.9 oz. This lets us know the 3.3 oz. is going to be heavier and thus you could tell that it has a higher wig density than the 2.9 oz.


Why is Wig Density Important?

Wig density is just another tool in helping you find the right wig for yourself. If you have a general idea of what your bio hair is like or the type of look you want, then knowing the density of the style can help narrow down the correct choice. Bounce and a lot of body means you are probably looking for a higher density wig. If you are not into lots of volume and want something more chic, then a lower density will better fit your needs.


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Style Similar to: Belle Tress City Roast


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Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning more about wig density and that it helps in choosing the right wig.  If you have any questions you would love us to answer in a blog, then email us at: support@namebrandwigs.com - We would love to hear from YOU. Stay tuned for our next blog post!  NBW Family


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