A wig cap is the foundation of any wig. To create a wig, wefts of hair are sewn or tied into a cap. Then, the hair on the cap is cut and styled in such a way that the wig looks as natural as possible. If a wig cap is the foundation of a wig, then what is a capless wig?
In the past, types of wig caps were limited. There were not many options available. However, over the years wigs have significantly progressed to create different types of caps that are more comfortable and more realistic than ever before. Now there are monofilament caps, hand-tied caps, lace front caps, and capless wigs to choose from.
What Exactly Is a “Capless Wig”?
A "capless wig" is not literally capless. Actually, the term capless is used to describe a certain type of wig cap. Although it’s sometimes called a “capless wig”, the more accurate term would be “open cap." They are also often called "classic caps," "basic caps," or "standard caps."
Indeed, this kind of wig still has a cap. However, the wefts of hair are less dense and sewn-in with vertical lace strips, resulting in a lot of open space. This creates a wig that is lightweight and breathable. This type of wig also provides good air circulation to your natural hair and scalp.
Usually, there is teasing at the roots and especially at the top of the wig (where the crown is) in order to conceal the wig cap and provide more volume to the hairstyle.
The Difference Between Capless Wigs and Traditional Wigs
Capless wigs and traditional wig caps both fit into the category of basic wig caps. They are constructed very similarly. The only difference between these two types of wig caps is the crown. The crown on a traditional wig is made of a closed lace piece, while the crown on an open cap wig is made from open lace strips. This allows the capless wig to be more breathable and have better ventilation.
What Are the Benefits of Wearing a Capless Wig?
There are many benefits to capless wigs, ranging from comfort to fit to price:
- One of the main reasons is because you won’t feel as hot with a capless wig because your hair and scalp will be able to “breathe” much more than they would with a traditional cap wig. Because of the open space between wefts, capless wigs provide great ventilation.
- This type of wig is lightweight and comfortable to wear, even in warm climates.
- Capless wigs are typically fitted with elastic adjustment straps that go behind your ears so that the wig will comfortably fit onto your head all day long until you’re ready to take it off.
- Capless wigs are very affordable. You can oftentimes find a durable, natural-looking capless wig for $100 or less.
What Are the Downsides of A Capless Wig?
The biggest downside of a capless wig is that it does not create the look of natural hair growth from the scalp like a monofilament or hand-tied wig cap would. For this reason, capless wigs tend to be teased around the crown to conceal the wig cap. Some women love the voluminous look this creates, but others prefer a style that provides a natural looking part.
Capless Wigs Across Brands
While some name brands simply use the term "capless," "open," or "standard" to describe a capless wig cap, other name brands have created special names to label their capless wigs. Capless wigs across different brands may be called the following:
- Jon Renau Wigs - O'solite
- Raquel Welch Wigs - Memory Cap II
- Eva Gabor Wigs - Comfort Cap
- Henry Margu Wigs - Featherlight
How Do You Care for a Capless Wig?
Capless wigs are easy to maintain. The care needed for a capless wig is not any different from the care needed for other types of wigs. Simply comb your wig with a wide tooth wig comb or wig brush, wash it every 7 wears in cool water with wig-friendly products, and let it air dry. As with all wigs, it’s a good idea to keep your wig on a wig stand whenever you’re not wearing it. Learn more about how to care for your wig here.
If you’re currently in the process of “window shopping” for a new hairstyle, you can't go wrong with a capless wig, whether it’s your first wig or you’re looking for a few more wigs to add to your collection. Shop our full selection of capless wigs here.