The difference between full and partial cap hair replacement

Many women* struggling with hair loss often struggle with whether to choose a full cap hair replacement unit (as we call it, a full lace wig) or a partial hair replacement unit (often called many things such as hairpieces, toppers, etc). In this article we will provide information on the differences so you can make the best decision for your hair loss circumstances.

You should consider a full cap hair replacement unit if:

You wish to wear a hair texture different than your own
Many women will attempt to straighten, or curl, their hair to match a partial hair replacement unit, but over time, this level of maintenance tends to be time consuming and leads to greater hair damage or loss. The more drastic the differences between your biological hair texture, and the hair texture you wish to wear, the more problems you will have trying to blend the two. This is especially the case for women with highly textured hair and continuously trying to blend the textures is often undesirable.

You have an amount of gray hair that you do not wish to color
Many, many women prefer to cover their gray with a hairpiece or wig than to continuously color their hair. Especially if they do not like their pattern of gray or if their gray hair is resistant and is difficult (meaning more time consuming or costly) to color consistently. It is often easier to wear a full cap unit than to struggle with staying consistent with coloring appointments, particularly since age related hormonal changes can change the hair texture, density or resistance to color.

Wearing a full cap hair replacement unit is more conducive to your lifestyle
Many women find it easier to wear a full cap unit than to blend a partial hair replacement unit with their biological hair.

You are unsure of the cause of your hair loss and you do not know how much more hair you might lose
Many women seek a solution at the start of their hair loss. When they consult with us, they are often uncertain of the cause or the extent of the hair loss. Trying to blend in a partial hair replacement unit can cause more hair loss because the attachment methods are not ideal. A full cap wig can be worn as a wig, with adjustable straps and wig combs, until the extent of hair loss can be determined. While it is often not idea to completely cover the entire head, it is often easier to have a consistent appearance than to struggle daily with thinning hair with no clear answers about your hair loss.

You should consider a partial cap hair replacement unit if:

You only have a minimal amount of hair loss
In our experience, working with women with hair loss, for most black women this means traction alopecia around the front hairline, and for most women who are not black, this is often thinning in the crown. It is often easier to use a partial hair replacement unit to cover the loss than to wear a full cap wig, and you have the benefit of blending with your biological hair, as opposed to covering it entirely.

The texture and color of your hair replacement piece will be a good match for your own
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you're staying within range of your biological hair, and you're only covering an area of hair loss, it is simpler to wear a partial hair replacement unit.

You are self conscious about the hairline and have a healthy biological hairline to wear For many women, they feel less self-conscious wearing a unit behind their hairline. You can also wear a full hair replacement unit behind the hairline also, many clients of ours select this option.

Men's hair loss and male hair replacement options are discussed in this article.