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How To Choose The Right Wig Density?

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When looking for a new wig, you are most likely in search of a natural-looking wig that complements your face shape and hairline. When looking for the most natural wig there are a few key components you will have to keep in mind. Is the wig human or synthetic hair, does it have a natural-looking hairline, are the knots bleached, is the hairline plucked, are there baby hairs, and is the wig density.

Today we will be focusing completely on the wig density and what it means and how it can help you choose your wig. Keep reading to understand how to choose the right wig density.

What Is Wig Density?

Wig density is the measurement of how full your wig is. It is shown in the form of percentages ranging from the lowest hair density (50-60%) to higher hair density (200% and upward). Basically, the higher the hair density of your wig the fuller your wig looks. The lower the hair density, the thinner your wig looks.

Wig Density Chart

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To visually understand how much of a difference wig density makes below we have included a chart.

Wig Density Classified

There are so many options when choosing wig density. Wig density ranges from 50% to 250%. Another way wig density is classified by low-density hair wigs, medium-density hair wigs, and high-density hair wigs. Here is a list of wig densities broken down.

  • 60%-90% wig density: This is classified as the lower density offered. These wigs are extra light.

  • 100%-110% wig density: This wig is classified as very lightweight as well there arent generally seen on the market.

  • 120%-130% wig density: This wig density is generally the standard for the most natural-looking wig, and used by many.

  • 150%-180% wig density: These wigs offer a little bit more fullness and easy purchase from various hair vendors. These wig weights are perfect for shirt hair wigs and long hair wigs.

  • 200% wig density: This density is ideal for anyone who loves longer wigs, they are also full and offer a good bit of volume. Also if you are in search of a wig that can be styled into up-dos this is the perfect wig for you.

  • 250% wig density: These wigs are the fullest of the fullest. These wigs are celeb-inspired wigs that offer length and volume.

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Lower Density Wig: (60%-90%): These wigs are for individuals who have thinner hair.

Medium Density Wig: (130%-180%): These wigs offer more volume than the lower density wigs, but it is not an overwhelming amount.

Higher Density Wigs (190%-250%): This wig offers you complete fullness and volume. Most celebs and influencers have this density wig.

Density Recommendations Based On Hair Length

Wig densities look differently on different hair lengths. While you should make the decision based on your preference, here are our density recommendations based on wig hair length.

  • Short Wigs (12’’-16'’): With the length of your wig we suggest 120%-180% density, your hairstyle mustn’t be too bulky. Whatever way you do between those numbers is up to how full you want your style to be.

  • Medium Length Wigs (18’’-22’’): When you have longer wigs, you should have a higher density to give yourself more volume and fullness, we would suggest densities between 190%-200%.

  • Long Length Wigs (24’-30’’): For this length, we suggest 250% density. This density will ensure that your hair is voluminous and full from the root of your tips.

The Hair Thickness VS The Hair Density

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These two are often thought to be the same thing when they are completely different. The density of your wig is the amount of hair that has been placed on the cap. This shows how thick or thick the hair is seen on the wig.

The thickness of the hair is the width of a single strand. So, you can have thick hair on your wig, and also have low density.

How To Choose The Best Wig Density

Choosing the ideal density requires you to take in a few factors, including your preferred hairstyles, length preference, and more. Keep reading so we can help you choose the best wig density.

  • Hairstyle and Length Preference: When you are on the market for a new wig, you must consider if the hair will be short, long, curly, or wavy. Different textures and lengths also make a difference in how your wig looks. High-density wigs go well with long straight hair. Low-density wigs are ideal for short hairstyles and wigs with coarse textures.

  • Consider Your Hair Density: If you generally wear your hair down and you want your wig to be identical, pick a density similar to your hair's density. For example, if you have fine hair, choose a wig that density is close to your hair density around 130% to 150% range. However, if your hair is on the thicker and the fuller side, you should choose a high-density wig around 190% and 250%.

  • Consider The Hair Texture: Take into consideration your desired wig hair texture. For example, curly textured wigs look fuller to the eye. So when choosing a wig density, a higher density is not as necessary as it would be if you were purchasing a straight wig.

  • Hair Matters: Be sure to purchase a wig that is made with virgin or human hair.

Why Do You Need To Know The Hair Density

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Although, not talked about often knowing your wig density is important. Some may think it is not, but here are a few reasons why it is.

  • You need to know how to care for your wig and what products to use. For example, low-density wigs should only be maintained with light hair products because the wig is already thin. Using a heavy product will only weigh the hair down giving it a stiff, greasy look.

  • What style are you trying to accomplish? Different hairstyles call for different hairstyles. For example, if you want Kim Kardashian curls you should purchase a wig on the upper end of density weight, her hairstyles call for volume and length.

  • Hair density also dictates pricing. The higher the density of the wig the more it will end up costing.

How Do I Care For Each Density

For all wigs, you should take the proper steps to reduce shedding and increase the lifespan of your wig. You can do this by gently taking care of your wig, avoiding harsh products, and brushing gently. 

  • Low-density wigs: Low-density wigs require being clean. If there is product buildup or heavy products on the wig the hair will be weighed down. Remember to use light products, a little goes a long way. Also, try using products that add volume to the hair if you require a volume.

  • Medium-density wigs: These wigs are the easiest wigs to take care of because it mimics your natural hair. Wash your wig regularly with a shampoo and conditioner that is made specifically for wigs. Also, use products that have a bit of weight to them.

  • High-density wigs: When washing these wigs you should be sure to clean them thoroughly. Due to the amount of hair, this may be a hard task. Also, this wig requires a bit more product to tame the hair and flyaways.

Wig density in our opinion is one of the top aspects of your wig. High-density wigs are extremely popular and provide a voluminous, full head of hair while low-density wigs offer a minimalistic wig experience. 

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