What Is A Capless Wig? The Only Guide You Need

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What Is A Capless Wig

Today, wigs come in different cap types to give distinct styles and looks. Among them, the capless wig is one of the most popular wigs.

Unlike the name, this wig is not capless. In reality, the term describes a particular wig cap construction. The design consists of wefts sewn together with spaces between them.

Below, we made a simple guide to help you learn about a capless wig, including its benefits and drawbacks.

Let’s get started!

What Is A Capless Wig?

A capless wig is also known as a non-lace wig, wefted wig, open cap wig, or basic cap wig.

The cap consists of wefts of hair that are machine-made on thin strips of elastic material. Then, these strips are carefully woven on vertical laces onto the cap to create an illusion of hair growing in different directions.

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The wefts have a lot of open spaces between them, especially at the top of the crown. Also, the closer the rows of wefts are, the more the wig will appear voluminous.

On top of that, the roots at the crown are gently teased to give it a natural lift. This provides the style with volume and makes the hair appear fuller. The teasing effect also plays a role in concealing the wig cap.

Advantages of a Capless Wig

A capless wig has gained popularity due to its many benefits. Here are some of the advantages it offers.


Capless wigs are much more lightweight since the strands are not sewn so close together. Their weight makes them comfortable to wear for an extended period.

Also, there are a lot of open spaces between the wefts, which makes the wig breathable. The spaces allow better ventilation and free air circulation to your scalp and hair. As a result, your head will feel cooler, and you won’t have to worry about headaches or pain.

I recommend using a capless wig for those who sweat a lot or work out to allow your scalp to breathe. The breathability also makes it great for people who live in warmer climates.

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More Volume

Capless wigs often have ‘permatease,’ which creates permanent teasing on the wefts. The technique results in more voluminous hair, especially at the crown. [1]

The hair volume helps to disguise the elastic cap. It also conceals the location of the part to make the wig look more realistic. Usually, it gives a natural lift on the sides, on top, and sometimes at the nape of a wig.

Given that the hair is voluminous, the wig is easy to manipulate and style.

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Easy to Wear

These wigs are always pre-styled and ready to wear. You do not have to style them; instead, comb them gently using a wig brush, and you are good to go!

Also, you do not need wig glue or tape to secure capless wigs. This is because they have combs and adjustable Velcro straps for easy installation. The straps go behind the ears, and you can tighten them at the nape of the neck to keep the wig in place.

Note: If you want more security, you can use bobby pins to hold the wig firmly. Also, ensure you tuck in your hair evenly underneath the wig.

Variety of Choices

A capless wig can be a good option whether you are looking to cover bald spots or thinning areas on your head.

There are so many choices to make when it comes to capless wigs. They come in different colors, lengths, and hairstyles to meet everyone’s needs.

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You can get a natural-looking and durable capless wig for around $100 or less. This means that they are relatively much more affordable than other wig types. Again, their low cost makes them fall in many people’s price range.

What makes their price lower is the wig’s cap construction. The open weft arrangement means that it uses fewer materials. Also, they are mostly machine-made and therefore take a short time to create, thus easy to mass-produce.

Due to the low price, you can easily get more than one wig to switch styles.

Disadvantages of a Capless Wig

Capless wigs may be great, but they have some drawbacks. Here are the disadvantages.


The major flaw of capless wigs is that they do not create the illusion of natural hair growth from the scalp. For this reason, the permatease along the wig’s parting tends to be well teased to disguise the wig cap.

The parting and crown areas do not look as natural as that on monofilament or full lace wig caps. Moreover, unlike the full lace wigs, the capless wig does not mimic the growth of a natural hairline.

Less Versatility

Capless wigs lack styling versatility. The wig comes pre-styled, and you will not have the flexibility to change the parting area.

Also, you can not section the hair to create more hairstyles, such as ponytails or high updos. Otherwise, the base of the wig will be visible, and people will know straight away that you are wearing a wig.

However, consider picking a capless wig with fringe or bangs if you like front or side partitions. Again, you can purchase more than one capless wig style to achieve different looks.

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Hard to Wash

The hair between the weft can sometimes get between wefts during washing. As a result, you will have trouble aligning them on the right side of the wig. This can be unpleasant!

Also, you could notice some wefted hair coming out between washes. The shedding could result from not washing the wig often or using the wrong products.

I recommend washing your capless wig every 6-7 wears using cool water. If the wig has synthetic hair, then consider using shampoos for synthetic hair. Otherwise, you risk causing more shedding or damaging the delicate synthetic fibers.

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Low Longevity

These wigs have the shortest lifespan as they are more prone to shedding. Usually, they last anywhere between 3-6 months.

Besides, how you maintain or care for capless wigs can affect their day-to-day resilience. Ensure you use the right products, avoid sleeping in your wig and store the wig properly. This way, it will hold its shape and last a little longer.

FAQs About Capless Wigs

What’s the Difference Between Cap and Capless Wigs?

The difference between the cap and capless wigs is in the crown construction. The crown of cap wigs has closed lace pieces with the hair wefts placed much close together. In comparison, the crown of capless wigs has open lace strips with spacious wefts that make the wig more breathable.

How Does a Capless Wig Stay On?

Capless wigs come with combs and Velcro adjustable straps for installation. The straps go behind the ears, and you can tighten them at the nape of the neck to keep the wig in place. You can also use bobby pins or wig tapes to give the wig more security.

Final Thought

Now you know all about a capless wig, including its advantages and disadvantages. As you can see, they are breathable and offer a comfortable wearing experience. Moreover, you can also read this guide to learn more about the different wig cap types.

Author: Charity Nasike


Charity Nasike is a passionate wig wearer and basically has diverse knowledge related to wigs' care and maintenance. When she's not writing, she's either in the kitchen trying out new recipes or on social media advising fellow ladies tricks to apply on their wigs.

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