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Difference Between Wig and Toupee

Posted on January 29 2018

Halloween, Mardi Gras, Weddings, Date Nights, or just because—wigs are always in style. Its' cousin, the top piece, also can be in style for any occasion! Read more to learn about the differences between a wig and a top piece, and also why people use them for various reasons.

 

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Wigs and the Whole Head

Wigs are hair pieces that cover the whole head. The synthetic or human hair strands are sewn into a circular mesh base. The strands can be different lengths to create different layers; curled, straightened, or dyed. There’s so much variety with wigs. The only thing that remains the same between wigs is the full coverage achieved when placed on the head.

 

 

Top Pieces: What Are They?

Top pieces—or toppers—clip into the hair at top of the head. It’s a like mini wig with pins or clips to securely fasten to hair close to the base of the scalp. They do not cover the whole head and, therefore, do not hide natural locks. Toppers are great for adding layers to hair and giving hair that va va voom look. (Pro-tip: Add a high-end topper to a fabulous updo. You won’t be able to keep up with the compliments!) Top pieces also make great accessories for people who want bangs every now and then.

 

 

 

What Else Are Toppers and Wigs Good For?

As fun as wigs and toppers are, there is a community that really benefits from their  use—women, in particular, who experience female hair loss. There is a variety of reasons women experience hair loss. Unlike male hair loss, female hair loss is unpatterned. It really just looks like thinning hair. Some parts of the scalp might have more concentrated hair loss than others, but the majority of the time, the strands just look too few and far between with female hair loss.

 

Thinning Hair—Especially on the Crown 

Stress, lupus, hormonal decline, and a really toxic environment can cause telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is when the majority of hair follicles are in a resting state and not attached to blood vessels. Hair looks brittle, thin, and sparse. This type of hair loss is usually reversible with time or intervention. More noticeable at the top of the head, a topper or top piece might be the perfect fix for a woman that needs to cover a patchy or thin hair on the scalp. Telogen effluvium is most noticeable at the crown of the head because of the light, angle, and the part of hair.

 

Complete Hair Regrowth

Women who undergo chemotherapy might choose a hair piece during the time of hair regrowth. Hair regrowth after chemotherapy grows back fine and randomized. A wig will cover the whole scalp, and you can have fun with it. Ever wanted a purple bob? Go for it. You can switch it out for a chic snow-white color with long straight locks. Wigs are such a great way to reflect different moods.

 

For Fun and for Confidence

Whether you’re taking a vacation to Vegas or adding some self-assurance, wigs and top pieces are great tools to spice up looks. They add versatility to your style—perhaps, some mystery too. Don’t be afraid to add some to your collection for fun, confidence, or any other reason. Enjoy!

 

Do you prefer wigs, toppers or both? 

 

4 comments

  • Dana: February 28, 2018

    What is the wig that Roxie puts on in the first video?

  • The wigs for black women: February 27, 2018

    Hi Darla!
    We recommend you measure slightly past the area of coverage needed. You need a decent amount of healthy hair in order to secure the clips. If you do not have enough hair, it could damage your bio hair. The good news is… wigs are a fabulous option when toppers aren’t!

    Hope we helped!
    -The wigs for black women

  • Tina Kohler: February 27, 2018

    Thank you very much now I will look into buying one for myself. Thank you again.

  • Darla: February 26, 2018

    My hair is very thin on top, will a topper be secure?

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