What You Should Know About Wig Density

For any wig wearers, the biggest worry is that wigs look weird and unnatural on their heads. No one wants to worry about their wigs being unnatural all day and feel awkward and embarrassed before other people, which is obviously not the purpose of wearing wigs. Then what factors will influence how wigs look like on your heads? Here comes the hair density. Choosing the correct density is one of the most essential factors in ensuring your wigs look unbelievably natural.

What is wig density?

Just like your natural hair, wigs also have their density. Wig density is the amount of hair strands on your wig. Generally, it is measured by counting the number of hair strands found in one square inch (2.5cm) of wig cap. The density depends more on the hair length, wave, curl, color and so on. Wig density is defined as how thick or thin the hair on your wig will be, which will determine how thick, full and natural your wig will look. Generally, the hair density of your wigs you choose depends on your personal preference. So just select the wig density that compliments you best.

Wig density classification

Wig density classification is a standard in which sellers and buyers can rely on when they produce or buy wigs. Depending on customers’ preference, hair vendors will make wigs with hair density accordingly. Natural hair comes with a density percent of 100% to 120%. And due to different hair growth cycle, the influence of chemicals and diets, the existing density could change beyond your control. However, when you use a wig, the density is fixed. High-quality hair wig will encounter less tangling and shedding, so the density stays durable.

Actually wig density may differs from different hair vendors. There is no kind of set criterion for wig density classification. The density classification offers you a reference. Based on that information, you can quickly decide on your desired item. Hair density measures the amount of hair used on the wig and is unrelated to the texture of the hair. Generally, the classifications of hair density are extra light, light, light to medium, medium, medium to heavy and heavy.


Extra Light Hair Density (60%)

The thickness for light density is estimated to be about 60% of an average head of hair. If your natural hair is not substantially thick, then light hair density would be an excellent choice for you. This will show just enough scalp, without having a too thin look. It is only advised for people who love thin and beautiful hair. The wig could also encounter some shedding, especially when users don’t know how to handle it so that the density could diminish. Since it is already thin, you may not want it to get any thinner.

Light Hair Density (80%)

This density is about 80% thickness of an average head of hair. Like your own hair, light density will show just enough scalp when parted to make it look real. It is recommended for people whose natural hair does not have much volume or thickness. This density is popular with elderly women. This thickness is suitable for those who want to copy the exact mass of natural hair. However, the drawback is that the scalp will look a bit bald since not so many hairs is up there.

Light to Medium Hair Density (100%)

The light to medium density is equivalent to 100% thickness of standard head of hair. When you request for light to medium hair density, your would feature light hair density at the hairline, while the rest of the wig would have medium density. The light to medium hair density provides the most natural and undetectable hair-look effect and most women prefer this density. This is the most popular density requested for custom wigs and the most natural looking and most recommended by top stylists. 

Medium Hair Density (120%)

The medium density is about 120% and it gives a very natural and realistic look. It doesn’t look too much of hair. This hair density would be suitable for a young lady in their teens or twenties. If you opt for something more than just the average, medium density is what suits you perfectly. This density is ideal for those who want to work on different hairstyles, such as curly or wavy.

Medium to Heavy Hair Density (140%)

This medium to heavy hair density is about 140% thickness of a normal head. The hair density is suitable for a woman who wants her wigs or hair piece to be very full and voluminous, while without being overwhelming and still consistently looking natural.

Heavy Hair Density (160%)

The estimated thickness of the heavy density is 160% of a standard head of hair. This thickness is too much hair for most women to look natural. This density in wigs is usually worn by performers who desire a heavy style. Not recommended for a person looking for a natural look wigs. Heavy thickness looks great that we can’t deny. However, the total weight will put pressure on your head and is uncomfortable to wear for sure.

Does hair color affect wig density?

Does hair color affect the thickness of hair? If it does, how it influence the wig density? Now you have known the classification of wig density, you may wonder the influence of hair color to hair thickness. Interestingly, hair with darker color tends to be thicker than a lighter color. Just look at a girl with black hair and one with blonde hair. Though the two have a similar amount of hair, black hair still looks denser. The visual effect plays a role here. Hair with dark color will look fuller than lighter color even though they have the same density. Therefore, you may have to consider color factor when it comes to wig density.

How to choose wig density?

---Your own hair density. It is important to choose a density that matches your own hair density at the sides and back. This will help to blend your wig hair into your existing hair.

---Age. It is common for our hair to gradually reduce in density as we begin to age. You could choose a thicker density and still look natural, providing your own hair is a similar density. When you reach certain age, a lighter density would render a much more natural appearance.

---Hair style. People with thin hair often prefer styles with added curls to give an illusion of more hair. Thick hair is well suited to layered styles, while thin hair is often better suited to more blunt styles.


Hair density is so critical that you can’t ignore. The hair density determines how the much the wig looks good on you. So before buying wigs, consider which density is suitable for you. But remember that the hair density that you select is really based on your personal choice. Most women achieve a natural appearance with light to medium or medium density. These wig density might not be your choice. You may have to try a few wigs with different density until you figure out which density suits you the most.

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