Selecting Superior Strands: A Buyer’s Guide to High-Quality Wigs

Written by: Christina Jones



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Tips to Spotting Good Quality Wigs: Your Ultimate Guide to Premium Wig Selection

Whether you're new to the world of wigs or have been disappointed by previous purchases, understanding the key indicators of high-quality wigs is essential. This comprehensive guide will help both beginners and those with experience select wigs that offer both style and durability.


High-quality wigs can be made from synthetic fibers or human hair, each with its own benefits and considerations:

  • Synthetic Wigs: Modern synthetic wigs are designed to mimic the texture and luster of natural hair. When evaluating a synthetic wig:

    • Fiber Quality: The fibers should feel soft to the touch and feature a natural matte finish, rather than an unnatural shine. High-quality synthetic fibers should also resist excessive tangling and frizz.

    • Natural Movement: Check the wig by lightly shaking it or running your fingers through it. The fibers should move freely and not clump together, similar to natural hair.

    • Denier: The denier or thickness of each strand of hair can vary, high-quality synthetic wigs have thinner strands of hair making them appear more realistic.

  • Human Hair Wigs: These wigs offer the most natural look and feel and come with greater styling versatility.

    • Hair Quality: Look for human hair wigs that are soft, smooth, and free of excessive chemical odors. The hair should be uniformly thick from root to tip and not brittle or overly processed.

    • Hair Return: The “return” on a wig is the shorter side of the strand of hair once it’s folded and sewn or tied to the cap. Think of it like the hem on a pair of pants, the longer the return the less flyaways and frizz since it will lay flatter. A shorter end might stick up or appear like breakage. With high-quality brands, a longer return means a higher cost but it’s worth the end result.


Feel the Fibers: They should be soft and resemble human hair.

Check the Shine: Look for a natural luster without excessive shininess.

Check for Shedding: Lightly pull on the strands to see if the wig sheds fibers easily, which can be a sign of poor quality.

Shake Test: Gently shake the wig to see if it moves naturally.

Examine the Density: It should be similar to that of natural hair, neither too thick nor too sparse.

Examine the Inside: Look inside the wig cap for signs of quality craftsmanship, such as even stitching and no glue excess.

Heat Test (for synthetics): For heat-resistant wigs, carefully test a small strand with low heat to ensure it doesn't melt or deform.

Consult Professionals: When possible, seek advice from hairstylists or wig specialists who can provide expert insights into the quality of different wig brands and models.

Warranty and Return Policy: Always check if the wig comes with a warranty or a favorable return policy, which can be indicative of the manufacturer's confidence in their product.


While our quick tips offer a solid foundation for assessing wig quality, it's beneficial to delve deeper into various aspects such as wig construction, density and weight, and color and dyeing techniques. Understanding these elements in greater detail can significantly enhance your ability to choose a wig that meets both your aesthetic and practical needs, ensuring satisfaction with both the look and longevity of your wig. We cover these important topics comprehensively in the sections below to provide you with a thorough understanding of what makes a quality wig.


The way a wig is constructed affects not only its appearance but also its comfort and how naturally it wears:

  • Hand-tied Caps: Offer a natural look with each hair tied individually, allowing for styling flexibility and a more realistic hair movement.

  • Monofilament Caps: Mimic natural hair growth and allow the scalp to show through slightly for a realistic appearance. They also allow for parting the hair in multiple directions.

  • Lace Front Caps: Provide a natural-looking hairline, which is particularly important if you often style your hair away from your face or without bangs.


The density of a wig should mimic natural hair, providing fullness without looking bulky or wig-like.

  • Appropriate Density: A high-quality wig will have a density that feels like natural hair, providing adequate coverage without being too heavy, which is crucial for comfort and a natural appearance.

High Quality Wig with appropriate density


The color and dyeing techniques used in wig production play a significant role in both the aesthetic appeal and longevity of the wig.

  • Quality of Dyes: Look for wigs dyed with high-quality, hair-safe dyes. Poor-quality dyes can lead to rapid color fading and may even damage the fibers.
  • Color Retention: High-quality wigs often feature advanced color-retention technologies. This ensures that the color stays vibrant for longer, resisting the dulling effects of sunlight and styling.
  • Tips for Choosing: When selecting colored wigs, opt for ones that have uniform color throughout, without any patchiness. Also, consider highlighted and rooted colors as these typically look more natural and require special techniques. 
High quality wig with high-quality dyes


Whenever possible, try on wigs before purchasing to ensure the fit and style meet your needs:

  • Fit and Comfort: The wig should fit securely without being too tight. Adjustable straps can help achieve a comfortable fit.

  • Style Match: Trying on a wig also allows you to see if the style and color complement your face shape and skin tone.


  • Higher-End Brands: Sometimes investing a bit more in a reputable brand can significantly improve your experience in terms of wig quality and longevity.

  • Customizing Wigs: Consider custom-made solutions that can be tailored exactly to your head shape and style preferences. There are certified stylists all over the country that specialize in coloring and cutting wigs to make them suit you better. 

Navigating the world of wigs can be daunting, but with the right knowledge and an eye for quality, you can make selections that enhance your style and comfort. Remember, a good-quality wig not only elevates your appearance but also offers longevity and ease of maintenance.

Prioritize wigs with soft, natural-looking fibers, robust cap construction, and appropriate density that suits your personal style and comfort needs. Whether you're a first-time buyer or looking to improve your current collection, always opt for reputable brands or consider custom solutions to get the perfect fit and look.

Investing time in trying on different styles and consulting with professionals can further assure you find a wig that truly meets your expectations. With these insights and tips, you're well-equipped to choose wigs that you'll love wearing, each reflecting your unique beauty and confidence.

The Author: Christina Jones

Recognized as THE Wig Expert at The Wig Company. My fascination with wigs began at age 6 when I wielded scissors on Barbie's head. Since then, I've immersed myself in the world of wigs, utilizing my hairstylist background to explore endless possibilities. Now, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge with you!

Engaging with remarkable women who embody bravery, courage, and beauty has been invaluable. I am humbled to meet each and every one of you and provide assistance in any way possible.