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Struggling with hair loss? Want a style change? Here's everything you need to know about wigs and hair toppers.

What are the differences between wigs and hair toppers?

If you’re a woman looking to add extra hair to your existing hair or looking to conceal your hair loss, a women’s hair system is exactly what you need. There are a few to choose from, but two of the most popular hair replacement systems for women are wigs and hair toppers. How do they differ and which one should you get? This blog post will explain it all.

What are wigs?

Wigs are a kind of hair system that covers the full head. They are usually worn by women, but men can also wear full cap wigs especially if they prefer longer hair. That’s because wigs usually carry long hair as they are meant for women. That’s not to say all wigs have lengthy hair. Some women prefer shorter hairstyles and so, there are women’s wigs which have lengths of just 6’’. The typical hair length of a wig is usually between 10’’ and 18’’, but it can certainly be longer (or shorter) if desired.

Wigs use either synthetic or human hair which is attached to the base cap. They can come in many different styles such as lace front wigs and full lace wigs. In essence, a wig is like a hat which you can put on seamlessly before taking it off at night. While they can be attached with glue or tape, most wigs can be clipped on or fit right into place without the need of any adhesives.

What are hair toppers?

Hair toppers, meanwhile, are a smaller kind of hair system that only covers certain areas of the scalp. Also known as half-wigs or wiglets, toppers are mainly worn by women as well and are not only good for adding thickness and volume to one’s natural hair, but also concealing balding areas or thinning hair. The hair length usually ranges from 6’’ to 14’’ but again, it can be longer or shorter if that’s the wearer’s preference.

Like wigs, hair toppers for thinning hair use either synthetic or real human hair as the type of hair and can be attached without the use of any adhesives. They can also be worn on a semi-permanent basis.

Wig vs. hair topper differences

What are the main differences between a wig and hair topper? The biggest is their use and what they cover. Wigs are meant to provide full coverage of hair on the head of the wearer while toppers only cover certain areas, mainly on the top of the scalp. Another way to look at it is wigs are meant to replace your current hair while toppers are meant to complement and blend with your existing hair.

While wigs can be slept and showered with, it’s not recommended as this can cause hair shedding. Toppers, on the other hand, can be worn to bed with and showered with as they are a more semi-permanent addition to the hair.

Wigs are also more durable than hair toppers given their base constructions as well as bigger size and hair. However, this also means hair toppers are lighter and more comfortable. Not to mention cheaper. You can expect to pay at least $100 for a high quality human hair topper with some toppers costing more than $500 depending on where you’re looking. Human hair wigs, meanwhile, can range from $300 to even more than $1,000.

Which one should you get?

Now that you know what wigs and hair toppers are as well as their differences, it’s time to figure out which one is perfect for you. And it’s not that hard either. Do you have complete and total hair loss or are at an advanced stage of hair loss? Or do you just want to experiment with different hairstyles and lengths that you don’t usually have? A women’s wig is ideal for you in those situations.

On the other hand, if you’re dealing with bald patches, bald spots or thinning hair, but still maintain a good amount of your natural hair, a hair topper is better suited to your needs.


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