PERMATEASE - WHAT IS IT, AND WHY?
If you are new to the world of wearing alternative hair - or even experienced, you may be wondering "WHAT IS PERMATEASE?"
We feel it is important to explain a little regarding this, as often it is part of a wig / topper / hair piece that can be mistaken as "damaged hair." It is not.
PERMATEASE is a lot of synthetic fibres that are very short and may be crimped, straight or curled and attached to the base (cap) of your hair piece.
The longer straight wig hairs are placed over the top.
Permatease creates volume as well as hiding the inside of a basic / open cap.
Permatease is very commonly used in short styles to give added volume, or to curly wigs for volume at the root and crown area.
PERMATEASE IS NOT A FAULT. It is part of the design of many wigs and toppers.
Over a few wears, some of the short crimped hairs may protrude out between the longer hairs on top of the Wig.
BASIC MACHINE MADE WIGS NORMALLY INCORPORATE A LOT OF PERMATEASE TO THE DESIGN
A fully machine made item is less time consuming in manufacture than a fully hand made item. This is often beneficial as it significantly reduces the cost of the item compared to a fully hand made similar style.
Permatease is what will often be seen along the "parting" area, the "hair line" and "nape" sections as well as the crown and sometimes the full top of a basic machine made wig or topper.
Permatease often adds volume to the wig.
Here is a photo of permatease along the front hair line of a wig.
This is NOT faulty, it is not "singed" or damaged - it is what is to be expected of a basic cap.
If you are looking for a natural parting on your wig or topper, it may be better to avoid a permatease or basic machine made cap and opt for a similar style with a monofilament top or parting.
We will show two wigs below and it is clear to see which has the natural parting, and which has a permatease top.
PERMATEASE VERSUS MONOFILAMENT TOP
PERMATEASE (left image)
Within a couple of wears, the small hairs and material that create permatease will start to stick upwards and can give the appearance as shown in the first photo above. Often, this is visible from the outset - as soon as you change the zig zag factory parting.
MONOFILAMENT (right image)
A monofilament top wig will allow you to create a parting in the direction of your choice (centre / left / right). The monofilament is often an area of welded lace that hairs are hand tied to. Due to the fact that these areas are hand made - they take much longer to make and require much more skill and expertise. This creates a very natural look, but is often a lot more expensive than a machine made cap.
It is important to weigh up your priorities when purchasing your new style. Many factors are important to consider, but often cap construction is very important to many - along side cost.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions and we would be delighted to help.
Lots of Love,