Becky by Estetica is an open cap style.

Caps caps caps! All wigs have a cap, which is basically what the hair is tied to in order to create the wig. There are two main types of cap available – open caps and hand tied caps. As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t say a cap is hand tied, then it is likely open. It may also have other features, such as lace or mono filaments, but these should be listed separately.

We have outlined the two main cap types below to give you an idea of the pros and cons for each one. Click on the + next to the title to show the relevant info!

Marietta Mono SF by Belle Madame is a Hand Tied Cap Style.

Why buy a hand tied wig?

Hand tied wigs are the most luscious wigs you can get! The caps used in completely hand-tied wigs are incredibly realistic, and give the appearance of all-over hair growth, even up close and personal!

Cold Brew Chic by Belle Tress comes in a fully hand tied cap option.

To achieve this, each hair is individually tied by hand to the soft mesh cap.  Yes, each hair, by hand. No mechanical stitching or wefting is used. It is a labour intensive process, and relies on the high level artisan skills of the maker. Because of this, it literally takes about three days for an experienced wig maker to complete one hand tied wig!

The effect is simulated overall natural hair growth, with each individual hair looking like it’s growing from you scalp. Just like your own follicular hairs, hand tied hairs can turn and move freely in every direction. This mobility means the hair can be blown by the wind and still look effortless and natural. Shake your head, it moves like natural hair! Also, hand tied caps also use monofilament features, giving even more realistic appearance to your parting.

So it’s just a monofilament wig?

No. A fully hand tied wigs are different to monofilament wigs in that the hand tied wig is all over hand tied, whereas in a strictly monofilament wig only the monofilament where the parting is has been hand tied. While monofilaments are incorporated into hand tied wigs, they can also be present in machine wefted wigs, so make sure you take note of the cap construction.

Hand tied caps are not only realistic, but supremely comfortable. They are weft free, and therefore much softer against the skin, which can be greatly appealing if you have a sensitive scalp or all over hair loss. The mesh can breathe and stay cool, which in our harsh summer climate can also be a relief when you need a wig and it’s 40c+ outside!

Why are they more expensive?

Because of the workmanship and time taken to create a hand tied wig, they are considerably more pricy than their machine made cousins, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality, style and comfort. They are the ‘Rolls Royce’ of wigs, and are definitely the cap of choice when only the best will do!

Open Cap or Capless, what’s the difference?

Wanja SF by Belle Madame is an open cap with a lace front and a monofilament crown.

Open cap wigs are also known as “capless” wigs because of their light weight and airy, cool feel, so they’re the same thing. Open cap construction provides a secure, comfortable fit by combining featherlight, close fitting cap materials with a well ventilated design. These styles offer many benefits for for first time wig wearers.

The basic wig cap is formed by an elasticised framework of bands. Hair stitched onto fabric strips, or wefts, is secured to the the bands of the cap. Each weft of hair is volumised with short, finely textured fibers stitched to the “root,” preventing any visible gaps and adding shape and body to the style. The part is backed with sturdy lace or open wefts, while the nape and sides of the cap are open between the bands.

Cool and Light!

Because the primary structure of the wig is formed by the elastic bands and the wefts of hair, an open cap wig provides superb ventilation and very light overall weight. The minimal weight of this wig construction also minimises pressure and friction against the scalp. For example, a short pixie style open cap wig can weigh 50 percent less than a similar wig with a traditional full cap.

Open cap construction is often combined with other cap construction features, such as lace fronts, monofilament parts and crowns, and hand-tied portions of the wig. For instance, a lace front wig may have open construction throughout the cap.

What’s so good about Open Caps?

Open cap styles lend themselves to shake-and-go wearability. Because of their lightweight materials and volumised wefts of hair, open cap wigs require little re-styling on a daily basis and keep the head cool and comfortable even in warm climates. The low maintenance care of an open cap wig also results in extended life for the wig. Plus, in general, open cap wigs are less expensive than fully hand-tied wigs, so you just might be able to afford to splurge on a few styles!