Wig or Hair Topper?

Purchasing alternative hair for the first time can be an intimidating experience. There are so many different retail options available to choose from, and a great deal of conflicting information across the web.  
The most popular hair alternatives today tend to be hair toppers or full wigs. In this article, we’ll be discussing each of these hair systems in detail to help you make an informed and confident decision when purchasing your next hair piece.  
What is a topper and what are some of the benefits and drawbacks that it can offer?
A topper, also known as a top piece, is a natural looking hair piece that clips onto your own hair near the crown of your head. Toppers can help to give the hair more volume, body, and definition. Since the topper is secured near the top to front of the head, it can be used to add coverage to that section of the hair, without the need for a full wig. It cannot, however, offer complete coverage on the head. Toppers tend to be the best option for someone looking to cover a smaller, more specific area of the head. Therefore, it is recommended as a solution to those experiencing partial hair loss, minor hair thinning, or scarring alopecia.  
Toppers are available in both synthetic and human hair materials, and they tend to be the more affordable alternative hair option. Since they are not as full as a wig, they often feel lighter for users and can sometimes help to make the transition to alternative hair more comfortable. That being said, toppers cannot be worn by just anyone. Since they only cover a small portion of the hair and must be attached to the user’s natural hair, individuals experiencing significant hair loss or baldness are not able to use toppers.  
Toppers also require clips in order to stay secure and in place on the head. These clips tend to be uncomfortable and irritating for those with sensitive scalps, and they also risk damaging your natural hair considerably. Therefore, wearing a topper for extended periods of time could eventually lead to substantial hair loss and the need to wear a full wig. The base of a topper can be made of lace, monofilament material, or silk. While the selection of hair colour for toppers can be limited, if matched correctly, they can blend seamlessly into the hair. Since the topper must match your hair to blend in, the material of the topper must also compliment the density and texture of the user’s natural hair, which can be quite difficult. This is why full wigs tend to be a better investment for most individuals looking for alternative hair, as they offer much more customization and flexibility. Additionally, hair loss tends to be progressive, which means that toppers must be re-measured and replaced more frequently than full wigs, depending on where the coverage is needed for the individual.
How does a full wig compare to a topper?
A full wig can be defined as a head covering made from human hair or synthetic fibre. Wigs can be used to cover the entire head and they can be a great option to wear for anyone with or without hair. This is what makes them the best alternative hair option for baldness, advanced hair thinning, or advanced hair loss.  
Full wigs offer the ability to cover partial or complete hair loss, and they can also be used as a means for trying out different hair styles or colours, without the commitment of altering your natural hair. Full wigs tend to be more comfortable to wear than hair toppers, since they do not require clips to stay in place. While clips can be worn as a security preference, full wigs can stay in place using built in grips or external wig bands. This makes them far less irritating on the scalp. Many full wigs also include adjustable straps, which allows the unit to feel even more comfortable when worn. Full wigs have many different cap constructions to choose from as well, including lace front, glueless full lace, and silk top caps.  
The best part about full wigs is that they can be entirely customized in both their fit and appearance. There are far more colour options to choose from with a full wig, compared to a topper, and since full wigs offer complete coverage, users have the option to experiment with different colours, styles and textures. There is no need to blend a full wig with your natural hair, so the versatility is endless.  
Like toppers, full wigs can be made of human hair or synthetic fibres. Human hair wigs are made from 100% donated human hair, which delivers the most natural appearance and feel. Full wigs can also be made from synthetic material, such as a nylon or acrylic blend, which is a more affordable option for those who do not want to invest in human hair. For more information on hair types and customizing a wig, read our custom wig article here: 
While full wigs are typically more expensive than hair toppers, they offer much more versatility and they do not risk damaging or irritating your natural hair and scalp. For this reason, full wigs should be viewed as an investment. Since most individuals who wear toppers regularly will eventually need to transition to a full wig, we often encourage our Kapenzo™ Hair clients to consider purchasing a full wig from the beginning of their search.  
Where should I go to find the perfect hair system for me?
It can be challenging to determine exactly what alternative hair system is best for you, which is why we recommend shopping with a retailer who is reputable and knowledgeable about hair system solutions. At 
Kapenzo™ Hair and The Lace Wigs Store, we offer an abundance of different hair alternatives as well as complimentary consultations, so that you can feel confident finding your perfect hair system with us.  
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