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5 Wig Cap Designs & Their Importance

“The trick is getting the right cap design”… But what does that even mean? Luckily you have come to the right place because today we are covering all the details on cap construction for wigs. The top five wig cap designs are Capless, Standard Cap, Lace Front Caps, Monofilament Caps, and 100% Hand Tied Caps. Each of these designs have specific features to help your wig fit every-day life while bringing a natural look to your style. Some of the benefits of different caps can range from giving a more natural hairline, keeping your scalp cooler, offering multi-directional parting, and much more. So, let’s dig into the details!

1. Capless / Open Wig Caps

Capless or Open Cap Wigs are loved for their open wefting on the top of the cap, this style is a great option for a day in the sun! The cap is made of a light-weight material designed with open spaces between the wefting that will help you “keep it cooler.” A durable cap and quite similar to your standard cap makes this a very affordable option.  

Open Cap

1. Open Wefted Top + Back - Allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting.

2. Open Ear Tabs - Allows customization with bendable wire.

3. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference.

4. Velvet Front Hairline/Nape - Allows for increased hairline comfort. Nape area includes two vertical bendable wires which allow for customization.

 

Pros: 

Superior Ventilation

Light-weight

Durable design

Consider:

Not as versatile for styling

 

Shop Capless

 

2. Standard / Traditional Wig Caps

Standard Cap constructions are one of the most common cap styles and an affordable option! This traditional design features an open-wefted back and sides, closed sewn-material on top, and provides maximum volume. 

Traditional Cap

1. Enclosed Wefted Top - Allows maximum coverage with a full lace crown.

2. Open Wefted Back - Allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting. 

3. Open Ear Tab - Allows customization with bendable wire.

4. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference.

5. Velvet Front Hairline/Nape - Allows for increased hairline comfort. Nape area includes two vertical bendable wires which allow for customization.

 

Pros: 

Affordable

Maximum Volume and Fullness

Very Durable

Large Selection To Choose From

Consider:

Not as versatile for styling

Has Permatease, so I hope you’re a fan!

 

Shop Standard/Traditional Caps

 

3. Lace Front Wig Caps

Lace Front caps focus on creating a natural hairline. This is done by tying individual hair fibers into a light lace material which lays across the forehead. Lace fronts are included on many different cap designs from hand-tied to monofilament caps, or even on a standard cap design. This feature is enjoyed for the ability to create off-the-face styling and a discrete look with your wig.

Lace Front / Single Monofilament

1. Smartlace Front (Welded Monofilament Lace) - Mimics a natural hairline, hair is hand tied one by one.

2. Single Monofilament - Allows multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth.

3. Open Wefted Back - Allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting.

4. Velvet Ear Tabs + Nape - Allows smooth customization with bendable wire.

5. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference. 

 

Pros: 

Offered on a variety of cap designs

Creates a Natural Hairline

Style Off-The-Forehead

Consider:

Some find the lace front itchy

 

Shop Lace Fronts

 

4. Monofilament Wig Caps

Monofilament Cap constructions come with a variety of options, spreading from a full mono (monofilament) top, to a partial mono top, and even a mono crown. Monofilament is the portion of a cap referring to the mesh-like material that is uniquely configured to resemble the appearance of a scalp. Each hair fiber is individually pulled through the mesh and this is the reason it creates such a natural look. 

Another benefit to monofilament is the ability to change the part on your wig. Due to this unique feature’s construction you can easily maneuver the part from left to right, to crisscross, or whatever you dream of. 

Lace Front / Single Monofilament Part

1. Welded Monofilament Lace - Allows Multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth.

2. Open Cap - Allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting.

3. Velvet Ear Tabs + Nape - Allows smooth customization with bendable wire.

4. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference.

 

 

Lace Front / Single Monofilament

1. Smartlace Front (Welded Monofilament Lace) - Mimics a natural hairline, hair is hand tied one by one.

2. Single Monofilament - Allows multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth.

3. Open Wefted Back - Allows superior ventilation for maximum scalp cooling with machine wefting.

4. Velvet Ear Tabs + Nape - Allows smooth customization with bendable wire.

5. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference. 

 

Pros: 

Realistic Parting

Minimal Permatease

Light Weight 

Consider:

Cost more than a standard cap

Needs a gentle touch with the mesh, don’t loosen the knotting!

Will have less volume than a standard cap

 

Tip: Monofilament can accompany many different cap structures including lace fronts, hand tied caps, and your standard wefted caps. Many times you will see monofilament and lace front features on the same cap.

 

Shop Mono Top

Shop Mono Part

 

5. 100% Hand Tied Wig Caps

Hand tied caps are considered the epitome of a natural looking wig. Think about it like having the entire wig cap made of a type of monofilament material. That is how I picture it, but to break it down further the hand tied portion of the cap is typically located where your normal wefting would be and is made of a resilient material that molds to the shape of your head. Each strand of hair is individually tied to this light-weight material and gives the ultimate illusion of natural hair growth. These caps are more time consuming to make and so you can expect them to be at a higher price point. Customer’s favorite part about this cap is the ability to have the hair move or shift on any part of the wig and it still just looks like your scalp, no weft showing, means no worries!

100% Hand Tied Cap

1. Smartlace Front ( Welded Monofilament Lace) Mimics a natural hairline, hair is hand tied one by one.

2. Sing Monofilament - Allows Multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth.

3. 100% Hand Tied Cap - Each hair is individually hand tied, creating the appearance of natural growth.

4. 100% Hand Tied Stretch Section - Allows customized stretch from front to back and ear to ear.

5. Velvet Ear Tabs + Nape - Allows smooth customization with bendable wire.

6. Adjustable Tabs - Allows the wearer to adjust the circumference.

 

Pros: 

Most Realistic Cap

Maximum styling versatility 

Provides Natural Hair Movement 

Consider:

Less Ventilation

Higher Price Point

 

Shop 100% Hand-Tied

 

 

Final Thoughts

Now you have all the details on the most common wig cap designs! Thankfully, modern technology keeps advancing the comfort and design of your wig so that you can enjoy the lifestyle you love. Let us know if you have any questions!  

 

-NBW Family 

Email: support@namebrandwigs.com

Phone: 320-685-7100