Wig shopping can evoke a melting pot of emotions: frustration, intrigue, confusion, elation, etc. As with any new situation, questions inevitably arise. One big question: how much do wigs cost? How much is too much? Or too little? And what exactly should you be looking for in a wig? Basically, it may feel like a lot of information to digest.
But never fear! Consider your questions answered as we address some of the major price-affecting factors you will come across during your wig shopping excursion.
What Affects the Cost of a Wig?
Wig prices vary based on several factors such as hair type, cap style, and cap features. To give you a general idea of price variances, wig costs can range anywhere from about $30 to thousands of dollars. Below is a more in-depth look at different features that can affect the cost of a wig:
Wigs are made from a variety of different materials.
- Human hair is highly sought after. It is the most costly type of hair due to limited supply. However, a human hair wig requires more maintenance such as continuous use of heat tools and styling products to reduce frizzing. There are also different qualities of human hair, each with a different price tag. For example, Remy human hair is more expensive than non-remy human hair.
- Synthetic locks are the least pricey option and the easiest to manage. You can also choose heat friendly synthetic locks, which have the added bonus of no frizz plus the ability to modify your style using heat tools. Like human hair, there are different qualities of synthetic hair available, which affects the price of the wig.
- Hair length can also play a part in the cost of a wig (especially if it is a human hair wig). Simply put, if the hair is longer, the wig is oftentimes more expensive.
Wig caps and cap features greatly affect the cost of a wig. The most basic cap types (classic and open caps) will be less expensive because they are primarily machine-made. Monofilament, hand-tied, and lace front caps all add to the overall cost of a wig because they have hand-made elements.
- Monofilament top wigs are partially hand-tied and create the look of hair growing from the scalp.
- Double monofilament wigs are similar to monofilament wigs, but they are softer and gentler against the scalp.
- Lace front wigs provide a realistic look with the appearance of hair growing from the hairline.
- Hand-tied caps are the most expensive option. They provide the look of natural hair growth, allow you to adjust your hair part, and offer a comfortable, flexible fit.
Tips of the Trade
As with most purchases in life, the old adage “You get what you pay for” also applies to wigs. For example, if you find a wig with remi human hair and a hand-tied cap with a lace front for $50.00, there’s a mighty big chance this wig may not be all it’s cracked up to be. A remi human hair wig (which is considered the holy grail of human hair wigs) can cost well over $700.00; add on a hand-tied cap and lace front, you may be looking at paying well over $1,000.
Also, keep wig accessories in mind when calculating your total cost. You will need shampoo, conditioner, and styling products specific to your wig (human hair or synthetic). Other products needed include a wig stand, cap, and comb.
One more thing: wigs online are cheaper than wigs in stores. This is because wig shops must raise the prices of their wigs to accommodate the added cost of service. Always make sure to buy your wigs online!
In general, when shopping for a wig you should expect to pay:
- A minimum of $80 for a high quality synthetic wig with an open cap.
- Around $200 and up for a full monofilament top wig.
- $300 and up for a hand-tied wig.
- At least $600-$800 for a high quality human hair wig.
What Are My Payment Options?
Most companies will require you to pay for your wig out of pocket. However, if your insurance company offers a discount or full coverage on the cost of a wig, you should be able to submit any necessary paperwork to your insurance company to receive reimbursement. Be sure to contact your insurance company in advance to verify the exact process they want you to follow.
If you do not have insurance, we recommend keeping an eye out for any promotions or discounted shipping options offered through a wig retailer to help manage the cost of a wig. If you are currently unable to afford a wig due to financial strain, check out our blog post here for more details.
Should I Replace My Wig?
While hair tends to start falling out within 2 weeks of your first chemo treatment, it can take up to a month after your last chemo cycle for your hair to begin growing back. Depending on the course of your chemo treatments, you may only need a wig for about 4-6 months. Because a synthetic wig can last anywhere from 4-6 months (depending how often you wear it) and human hair wigs can last up to a year (or longer in some cases), you may only require one wig during your course of chemotherapy.
Keeping Your Wig Fresh
While your headwear choice is your personal preference, we recommend wearing scarves or hats in your downtime to increase the lifespan of your wig. One way to keep your wig feeling fresh-out-of-the-box new is to wash your wig only when needed. Over-washing can greatly degrade your wig over time. A wig should be washed every 6-8 wears. If you did not sweat excessively or do not notice an oily feel on the edges of your wig, you can most likely hold off on washing your wig.
You can totally find a fabulous wig to meet your personal needs at a cost efficient price— just keep in mind that you get what you pay for! What do you look for in a wig? Have any tips for those just starting their wig search? Tell us in the comments below!
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