How to select a wig for a sensitive chemo scalp

When selecting a wig, you want it to look natural, fit properly and be comfortable. To this end wig makers have devised innovative and diverse manufacturing techniques to make wigs.

Synthetic wigs now look as natural or almost as natural as human hair wigs and they actually have a wider variety of styles and colors. Wigs come in three sizes and almost all wigs now have some sort of adjustable tabs to assure the wearer a good fit. The area that most affects the wearer and that has the most diversity is wig comfort.
A wig's comfort is primarily determined by what the base or cap is made of and how the hair is attached to this base. For example, a hand made or hand tied wig has the fibers hand sewn into the cap, allowing easy styling and parting and making the wig very lightweight. A machine made wig has the fibers sewn into wefts in the cap sometimes causing the wig to be stiff and uncomfortable. Capless wigs are flexible, light and airy and usually have a mesh lace designed for comfort. Some wigs have a cap that contains 'artificial skin' which molds to the shape of the head and uses the body's heat to help adhere to the scalp.

One of the most desirable of wig types is the monofilament wig. It's one step above the hand tied wig and comes the closest to looking like real hair. It gives the appearance that the hair is actually growing from the scalp. Each hair or fiber is tied into an ultra fine sheer mesh base. The cap is specially woven to allow for comfort and excellent ventilation. With a monofilament top, the hair appears to be growing out of the scalp. Monofilament wigs can be styled in any direction and parted any way you like. If you wear a wig every day, the Monofilament wig's comfort, superior wearability and natural look more than justify its cost. Both synthetic and human hair wigs offer the monofilament as an option. However, a monofilament human hair wig is the ultimate wig type. It looks natural. It is cool and comfortable. And, it can be styled and treated like your own hair.

Newer wig cap constructions on the scene are stretchy and multi-directional. The stretchy construction encompasses the whole wig, not just the cap for a good secure fit. The multi-directional cap is ultra lightweight, very breathable and stretchy.  As the name implies, it allows for multi-directional styling for creating different looks, much like you would do with your own hair.

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