Facing hair loss during cancer treatment leads many to begin researching wigs. For most, this is the first time they’ve considered purchasing wigs (outside of the occasional Halloween costume attire, of course). While there may be an endless amount of internet-based guides to take you step-by-step through the wig buying process, you’re still bound to have several questions along the way such as:

Human hair or synthetic hair? 

Lace front or no lace front? 

Monofilament or classic cap?

Let’s focus on the last question. If you’re wondering why we’re honing in on the wig cap and not the hair or something of similar importance, this is due to how important the wig cap really is. The right style of wig cap can give your wig a realistic appearance and feel comfortable against your scalp. So the question comes down to this: Which wig cap style is a better fit for someone undergoing cancer treatment? A Monofilament or Classic Cap? 

The cap style that ticks both the realistic and comfort boxes easily goes to the monofilament cap. To give you a broader look at exactly what the monofilament cap is and the benefits it offers, especially for cancer patients, continue reading for more deets!

What Is a Monofilament Wig?

The monofilament in a monofilament wig refers to the wig cap’s construction. Unlike a classic or capless style wig cap (which are made from rows of wefted hair sewn together), monofilament wigs are made using a mesh nylon or polyester that closely resembles a human scalp. Each individual hair strand is attached to the mesh material; This method more accurately simulates natural hair growth compared to wefted rows. Monofilament can be used in different sections of the wig, including in the part, top, or crown areas. 

We hope this provides you with a better understanding of how a monofilament wig is constructed and what sets it apart from classic wig caps. Here are some of the benefits of a monofilament wig and why we think it’s an ideal choice for cancer patients. 

The Benefits of a Monofilament Wig

There are so many reasons why monofilament wigs are the best option for anyone who is wig shopping, especially cancer patients. Some of the most notable perks are:

The mesh of the monofilament adds an exceptionally realistic appearance. The open, airy look of the mesh blends with the wearer’s skin tone, creating the appearance of a natural scalp. Hair strand placement is another advantage of having a mesh part, top, or crown. The hair strands are individually attached to the mesh in no particular pattern which mimics natural hair growth.

Another perk of the mesh fabric is how lightweight and airy it feels. The mesh is breathable, lightweight, and comfortable against the wearer’s scalp. 

One of the biggest draws of monofilament wigs is the versatility it provides. As previously mentioned, each hair strand is actually hand-tied to the monofilament portion. This allows the wearer the ability to change the style or look of their hair part. 

To Sum Up…

Monofilament wigs are a fantastic option for those undergoing chemotherapy. These wig caps are designed with the wearer’s comfort in mind; The mesh and hair placement provide a natural look and added versatility, something traditional classic cap wigs were unable to offer. 

Have you tried a monofilament wig while going through cancer treatment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Facing hair loss during cancer treatment leads many to begin researching wigs. For most, this is the first time they’ve considered purchasing wigs (outside of the occasional Halloween costume attire, of course). While there may be an endless amount of internet-based guides to take you step-by-step through the wig buying process, you’re still bound to have several questions along the way such as:

Let’s focus on the last question. The right style of wig cap can give your wig a realistic appearance and feel comfortable against your scalp. So the question comes down to this: What is the best type of wig for cancer patients? Are monofilament wigs a good option for those undergoing cancer treatment?

 

To give you a broader look at exactly what the monofilament cap is and the benefits it offers (especially for cancer patients) continue reading for more deets!


What Is a Monofilament Wig?

For cancer patients who experience significant hair loss, a monofilament wig will offer such a natural look that it's nearly impossible to tell that it isn't your own hair. But what exactly is a monofilament wig? The "monofilament" in a monofilament wig refers to the wig cap’s construction. The cap of a monofilament wig is made by sewing or tying hairs individually to a layer of sheer mesh or lace. This mimics the natural growth pattern of hair, and even allows to part the hair as you please. The sheer mesh also lets your scalp show through for the most realistic look possible. Monofilament wigs are available in many variations: 

 

  • Monofilament Cap Wigs: On monofilament cap wigs, the top of the wig is monofilament, and the rest of the wig is made from wefts, as in a classic style wig cap. This type of wig is realistic and breathable.
  • Full Lace or Full Hand-Tied Wigs: This is a special type of monofilament wig in which the entire wig cap is made from fine, soft mesh and all hairs are individually tied on; there is no wefting. This gives an ultra-natural look and comfortable feel, but it is more expensive than other monofilament options.
  • Monofilament Part and Monofilament Crown Wigs: These wigs feature monofilament sections on the wig cap, with most of wig being constructed in the classic wefted style. This type of wig gives a natural look on the part or crown, and costs less than other monofilament options. Monofilament part and monofilament crown wigs do not, however, allow for multi-directional parting.
  • Double Monofilament Wigs: Double monofilament wigs include an extra layer of soft mesh to give an ultra-comfortable feel on the scalp.

The Benefits of a Monofilament Wig for Cancer Patients

There are an abundance of reasons why monofilament wigs are the ideal option for anyone wig shopping, especially cancer patients. The main reasons: monofilament wigs are some of the most realistic and comfortable hair pieces available. Sudden hair loss from chemotherapy and cancer treatments can be incredibly traumatic. Women undergoing cancer treatments want to look and feel like themselves again; a beautiful, natural-looking wig can give them the confidence they need. Monofilament wigs give such a natural look that they don't look like wigs at all.

 

Some of the most notable perks of monofilament wigs for cancer patients are:

  • The mesh of the monofilament adds an exceptionally realistic appearance. The open, airy look of the mesh blends with the wearer’s skin tone, and allows the scalp to show through.
  • The mesh is softer on the scalp than wefted wigs, making it perfect for cancer patients with sensitive scalps.
  • Hair strand placement is another advantage of having a mesh part, top, or crown. The hair strands are individually attached to the mesh vertically to mimic natural hair growth.
  • The mesh fabric is lightweight, airy, and breathable. This makes it especially comfortable.
  • Monofilament wigs allow for versatility. As previously mentioned, each hair strand is actually hand-tied to the monofilament portion. This allows the wearer the ability to change the style or look of their hair part on monofilament cap and full lace wigs. 
  • They are available in human hair, synthetic hair, and heat-friendly synthetic hair variations, so you can find exactly what you're looking for.

The Downsides of a Monofilament Wig for Cancer Patients

The biggest downside of a monofilament wig is the price. Because the monofilament section of the wig is hand-tied, these wigs can be more expensive than classic cap wigs. Monofilament wigs are an excellent option, but they are certainly not the only option available. For those on a budget, consider these choices as well:


To Sum Up…

Monofilament wigs are a fantastic option for those undergoing chemotherapy. These wig caps are designed with an incredible natural look in mind; The mesh and hair placement provide a realistic look and added versatility, something traditional classic cap wigs were unable to offer. You can shop our full selection of monofilament wigs here.

 

Have you tried a monofilament wig while going through cancer treatment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.