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Name That Mane

An abridged glossary of fake-hair terminology.

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Weaves on the wall at Helena Collection.   

Remy
This Ferrari of human-hair pieces is entirely virgin hair, never chemically treated. Each strand is painstakingly bundled so that the protective cuticle layer stays intact, promoting shine and preventing long-term tangling.

Blended
If a human-hair wig costs less than $300, it’s likely blended, meaning mixed with synthetic strands or hair from yaks and Afghan hounds. After the first few cleanings, it tends to matte and lose its luster.

Synthetic
Synthetic hair, the lowest in price, typically can’t be restyled; it’s unsafe for appliances. But synthetics made of Japanese fibers called Kanekalon and Toyokalon can withstand heat without melting.

Weave
A weave refers to bundles of human or synthetic hair that can be integrated with a person’s natural hair (for added length and fullness). Unlike extensions, a weave can be used to cover one’s entire head.

Sheitel
The Yiddish word for wigs, these often come with kosher certification, indicating the hair didn’t originate from a practice deemed idolatrous.

Lace-Front
A type of wig cap made from sheer lace—each strand is hand-knotted into the mesh openings—which creates a more seamless effect at the hairline.


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