E Report / Jul 15th, 2020
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Become an Envy Wigs Vocab Expert in 3-2-1!

Capless. Lace Front. Mono Top. Mono Part. Open Top. Whoa…wig vocab can get overwhelming very quickly. We understand! There are many choices when it comes to wigs, and we are here to help with a nice and easy guide that will ensure you are speaking (and wearing) your wig like a pro in no time.

It’s all about construction—what you see if you turn the wig inside out and examine the underside. Those differences in design can make a big difference in finding the wig that is right for you. Read through and find what most appeals to you from a style and comfort standpoint.

Open Top/Capless

Without a cap? Not exactly. Instead, capless construction (or Open Top, as we like to call it) consists of structural strips upon which the hair is attached. Think, little waterfalls of hair perfectly spaced. This design yields a nicely ventilated surface which allows air to pass through. Due to the fiber being aligned in strips, it is typically styled with less of a part and more volume at the crown to provide coverage.

Lace Front

The feature that makes our Lace Front wigs special can be found in the hairline. Rather than having the fibers attached to open strips, they are instead placed on a sheer fabric that blends in naturally to your existing hairline area. To make the look even more authentic, wispy hairs are added along the perimeter of the lace to mimic natural growth. If you enjoy styling your hair away from your face, this could be the feature for you.

Mono Top

The wefts of capless are joined by an oval crown of very fine, sheer fabric—called monofilament—in Mono Top wigs. This oval reaches from the front of the scalp to the crown. Upon the monofilament base, hair is hand tied which allows for a beautiful natural look no matter how the hair is parted or styled.

Mono Part

Similar to the Mono Top, Mono Part wigs integrates a soft monofilament construction along the part line upon which hand tied fibers create a real hair growth look. Because the monofilament only lays along the part—left, right, or middle—the wig should only be parted as originally designed for the most realistic look.

Lace Front Mono Top

As the name implies, Lace Front Mono Top is a rather genius marriage between the lace front and mono top constructions. Truly the best of both worlds.

Lace Front Mono Part

Need we say it? The beauty of lace front paired with a mono part makes our Lace Front Mono Part styles sing.

And there you have it! The most common wig construction methods, explained. There’s no quiz attached, but if there were, we’re sure you’d pass with flying colors.

What is the best test when it comes to figuring out wigs? Heading to your nearest Envy retailer to try them on. What makes sense on the screen will make even more sense when it’s on your head.

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Words of Wigdom
The secret to a perfectly natural look is a slightly imperfect part, says Designer and CEO, Alan Eaton. “Gently reposition strands along the part line or snip a few wispy pieces using manicure scissors—AND some restraint—for a slightly messy part that looks all your own.”
“Throughout my 20-year career, women’s comfort has always been at the top of my mind,” says Designer and CEO, Alan Eaton, whose Stretch Cap Technology hugs the perimeter while eliminating pressure points for maximum comfort.”
For first-time wig wearers, “The trick is to stay close to the color of your eyebrows,” notes Designer and CEO, Alan Eaton. If not, “then consider dyeing your eyebrows to match your chosen wig color.”
“Few people know that wigs can be styled just like natural hair—and that most hairstylists are happy to give your wig a custom cut,” says Designer and CEO, Alan Eaton. “Trimming bangs and shaping to your exact specifications can help make your wig indecipherable from your own natural hair.”
“The “Grey Hair, Don’t Care” trend—which saw women embracing their grey—is stronger than ever. And not just with the over-50 crowd. “Silver is chic, edgy and looks great on almost anyone,” says Designer and CEO, Alan Eaton, who offers nearly every EnvyHair™ and synthetic style in 3 multi-dimensional grey shades.”

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