March 15, 2022

What is a Monofilament Wig?

What is a Monofilament Wig

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Are you looking for a wig that is not discernible from your natural hair? If yes, you are looking for a monofilament wig. This is the hair topping with the most natural look because the hair threads are knotted individually on the construction cap, mimicking the scalp perfectly.

When you wear a monofilament wig, even the most curious onlooker will be unable to distinguish between your natural hair and a monofilament wig.

I am Rosalba, a passionate wig lover. I particularly love monofilament wigs for their natural appearance and stunning features.

If you want to discover more about them, keep reading.

Monofilament Wig: Main Features

A monofilament wig has the tufts of hair individually hand-tied on a fabric mesh like nylon.

Even the construction cap is handmade and crafted to contain single threads of hairs along with all its space and volume.

For this feature, the construction mesh is called a monofilament cap, while the wig is also known as mono-wig or mono-top-wig.

The name “mono” clearly indicates the wig’s construction technique, which is fully different from the common wigs we see and wear every day.

This is a great video that gives you an idea about what a monofilament wig is.

Monofilament Wigs and Standard Wigs: Differences

Monofilament wigs endure a more elaborate process of construction and weaving, because every hair is singularly applied to the individual holes of the mesh.

No artificial crafting tool is admitted when monofilament wigs are made: no glues, no needle, no hooks to secure them to the cap, but only the hands. The latter serves to insert, knot, and secure one hair at a time onto the mesh.

Conversely, standard wigs are made with hair grouped in more pieces called wefts. The wefts are hence sewn, glued, and secured to a construction cap made of lace or silk.

The weft weaving has the advantage of shortening the construction time of a wig. This benefit also has a positive impact on the cost of the product. Overall, monofilament wigs are more expensive than the standard ones.

But, before discussing the prices, let’s dive into the quality and texture of a monofilament wig.

Quality & Texture

Since the hair is individually applied to the mesh, one by one, with a long manufacturing process, monofilament wigs have outstanding quality and resistance. The appearance is brilliantly natural, the strands are flat and thin.

This feature also results in a lighter and more breathable wig. The single strands on the mesh, in fact, create a more natural space along the various hairlines of the head, just like the ones of the scalp. This way, the flow of air also keeps the monofilament cap fresh.

Moreover, when you wear a standard wig, you don’t have the complete freedom to part the hair to your liking, because this hair is massively attached to a unique weft.

With a monofilament wig, instead, weaved on individual tufts of hair, you can style and move a monofilament wig in any direction, and none will ever find out you’re wearing a wig.

However, all these perks have a cost. Let’s explore the matter further.


Even though monofilament wigs are the most natural and researched beauty tools, their cost is often prohibitive. It is hard and uncommon to find them on the usual online wig shops.

A monofilament synthetic hair wig has an average cost of 350 dollars. A monofilament human hair wig has an average cost of 700 dollars, which can also overcome few thousand dollars!

Unfortunately, these types of hairpieces are not within everyone’s reach!

But luckily, manufacturers are devising solutions to lower the price of monofilament wigs.

Aside from a monofilament wig made with synthetic hair, you can also find high-quality non 100% monofilament wigs with human hair.

These products have a monofilament construction only on the head areas which need to get partied naturally (crown and frontal hairline) and a standard construction cap on the areas which don’t need to be partied, such as the back and sides. These wigs often have a frontal lace, also. In this case, we’ll have a lace front/monofilament wig.

The high price is not the unique disadvantage of a monofilament wig.

Other Disadvantages

The naturality of a monofilament wig entails a few small disadvantages, the high price is the most important, the second is that the human hair of this wig is more sensitive to atmospheric agents, such as moisture and sun rays.

Fortunately, a monofilament wig is easier to care for. Hence, to revive it, you can wash it gently and apply moisturizing oils or natural nourishing products.


Here are some commonly asked questions relating to monofilament wig.

Who Should Wear a Monofilament Wig?

Generally, every woman can wear a monofilament wig. However, this wig is the favorite product of those who have medical conditions affecting hair, such as cancer patients or women with thinning or severe hair loss due to chemo or other harmful diseases.

The natural appearance of a monofilament wig, with the light and breathable texture is, indeed, largely appreciated by women experiencing the trauma of hair loss.

Can I Sleep with a Monofilament Wig?

No, you can’t sleep with a monofilament wig on because you risk spoiling the fibers of the monofilament hair and shortening its duration.

Since this hairpiece is fairly expensive, it is better to care for it properly and remove it when you go to sleep.

How to Wear a Monofilament Wig?

The wearing of a monofilament wig is extremely easy and fun. Brush your hair backward, tie it and wear a stocking cap with the same color as your hair.

Then, wear the monofilament wig from the back of your head. Pull the peruke forward. If the monofilament cap has the same size as your head, you don’t need to secure it with hooks, pins, or knots.

Cut carefully any frontal lace of the monofilament wig.

Comb the sides, party the strands and enjoy your new natural look provided by your fantastic monofilament wig.

My Verdict

A monofilament wig is absolutely my favorite, it gives you the most natural look, comes with great details, and can last for a long period of time if you take good care of it.


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