When you’re looking for a wig, you probably want to find the most natural-looking wig that complements your hairline and your face. Getting that look means considering a few key aspects of a wig:
• Human vs. synthetic hair
• A natural hairline
• Bleached knots
• Plucked hairline
• Baby hairs
• Wig density
We’re focusing specifically on helping you better understand what density means and how to choose the best wig using our handy wig density chart.Let’s start by looking at the basics of wig density.
What Does Wig Density Mean?
Choosing the best wig takes some time, especially if you’re planning to invest in a high-quality unit. One of the main things you want to be aware of when searching is wig density.
Wig density is expressed as a percentage that tells you how much hair is actually on your wig but does not refer to the texture. The higher the density percentage, the fuller it will look; the lower the density percentage, the thinner it will look. Our density percentages range from extra light (about 60%) to extra heavy (about 220%).
The most commonly chosen density is around 130%, which is considered medium to thick, and more closely mimics the density of the average human head. Many units come pre-plucked, meaning they are less dense around the hairline and gradually get denser, giving the units a more natural appearance.
Density is different than the actual thickness of each individual strand. You could have very thick strands of hair, but still have low density, and vice versa.
How Wig Density is Classified
To help people easily choose a wig, manufacturers tend to use general guidelines for wig density. This way no matter which brand you choose, you know what to expect it to look and feel like.
Natural hair density is around 100% to 120% but can fluctuate depending on diet, hair processing, or genetics. With a wig, you can feel confident that your hair will always have the lushness you desire–and the better the quality of hair, the less likely it is to get tangled and shed.
It’s important to remember that each manufacturer may have slight variations on density that depend on the type and quality of hair they use. The wig density chart is meant to be a reference to help you make an informed decision and feel good about your investment. As you search for the best human hair wig, keep in mind that units made from 100% virgin human hair will offer you the highest quality and be closest to matching the texture of natural hair.
Wig Density Chart
To help you understand wig density, we’ve made a wig density chart as a reference for what to expect when you’re looking at different types of wigs in our online store:
Medium Density: 120% to 130%
Medium density wigs are the closest to the density of natural human hair making it a very popular choice. It offers some volume, but not too much for a very realistic look.
Heavy Density: 140% to 150%
If you want a full look with plenty of volume, a heavy wig density is a great choice. It provides fullness without being overwhelming.
Extra Heavy Density: 180% and Higher
This is a very heavy wig density that is best for that celebrity look, or for performers who want the ultimate in fullness.
Is There a Wig Density That’s Best?
When it comes to the best density, there really isn’t one that’s better than another. It comes down to the look you’re trying to achieve. If you want more fullness, you’ll likely choose a higher density, like 150% or more. Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding what wig density is most suited to you:
• Hairstyle: Short or long, curly or straight, up-do or down? Depending on which style you’re after, you may want more or less density. Typically, a long, straight style requires a higher density to appear full, whereas a curly unit can be less dense and still look full. You also want to consider if you plan to process or style the hair with heated tools as that may affect which density you choose.
• Your lifestyle: If you want to align your hairstyle with your signature look, consider choosing the density that matches your events. Going out for a night with your friends? Choose a higher density for a full-look. Is the gym your second home? A lower density wig will be easier to pull back in a ponytail for your workouts. Or, simply choose whatever density you love!
• Your natural hair: If you’re trying to achieve a look that closely resembles your natural hair, invest in a unit with wig density that’s closest to your own. Not sure what your hair density is? Try smoothing out your hair and pulling it into a ponytail. Then wrap a flexible measuring tape around the ponytail. If it’s less than 3 inches, your hair is lighter. If it’s more than 3 inches, it’s denser.