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Monofilament wigs can be flatter than their permateased sister styles, but there are some things you can do.
There is a pretty easy way to get a little more volume without resorting to permanently altering the style with steam, though!
You can always try washing it and drying it upside down. That will usually put some temporary lift in. Some synthetic safe styling spray might also help, especially if you store the wig upside-down (like in your closet) and spray it while it’s off your head.
One product I recommend is the Wigmate Dry & Style. It is GREAT for this! Use it with Jon Renau’s Wig Styling Spray and you should be able to get some more body out of your monofilament top without damaging it. 🙂
So the advantages of human hair are that it looks as real as you are going to get, because it is, it is going to last longer, and you can style it like you want easier.
The disadvantages are that you have to style it, it is a big upfront investment, and typically this makes it more difficult to purchase a backup wig or to be able to switch styles frequently, like you can with synthetics.
So it becomes a matter of budget, time, and what fits your own personal style. If you like the freedom of not having to style your hair, to change it up often, and the affordability, stick with synthetics.
If you don’t mind styling your hair once a week, like having the same hair everyday, and want something that is truly going to last – invest in human hair. There is no right answer 🙂
A Silk Top wig is one that is made of hand-tied monofilament, and then has an additional protective layer of material added to the wig. In the case of Shyla by Envy (HERE), this is a French Silk Chiffon. It makes Shyla very smooth on the inside, but also limits the stretch of the wig, making it unsuitable for extended sizes.
These are premium products and tend to carry very high-end prices as a result.
These are best suited for people who:
– can afford them (naturally)
– have a lot of scalp irritation
– have profound hair loss and do not want or need to wear wig caps under their wigs
– fit the cap size indicated (in the case of Shyla, that size is average or petite-average)
– seek comfort as a primary goal, and no other cap constructions have brought them relief, making this kind of expense worth the price tag