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Wig: the specialist will answer your important questions

Before you buy a wig, you surely have important questions. Here are the answers from the specialist.

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What does "wig" mean?

Short wig - e.g. for travelers. | Photo: ©

The word wig is a takeover of the French word “perruque” (pronounced: perük) into German. It is no coincidence that the word comes from French. Because in the Baroque period in France around 1570, the fashion for men to wear wigs.

At first, wigs were longer than shoulder length and were mostly made from animal hair and plant fibers such as hemp and flax. Such wigs were called "allonge", which means "extension, appendage". Soon, however, short “travel wigs” were also made.

From France, the wig began its triumphal march across Europe. Later, overseas countries like Australia also adopted this fashion, especially for lawyers. Even today, judges in the UK and Australia still wear Allonge wigs in courtrooms.

After the men, women soon turned to wigs too. Even today and again: for fashion reasons or religious regulations.

The wig used to be called “peruke” in Great Britain, later it became “perwig”. And today wigs are simply called “wig” in the Anglo-American language area.

What are wigs?

Wigs are headgear that imitates naturally grown hair. People wear wigs for different reasons:

  • Hair loss should be concealed because one's own hair has become thin or has fallen out completely. Hair loss can be hereditary, even in women; age-related, due to specific diseases such as circular hair loss, or due to cancer therapy
  • Fashion trends can be done very easily with wigs, without great effort or permanent change
  • Save time and money is an important argument for many wig wearers. With a wig you always look well coiffed and you save money if you can do without frequent visits to the hairdresser
  • have fun with funny wigs is absolutely trendy. Finally you have long hair or a flowing mane of curly hair for dinner for two or for a party. With this trend, others can see that it is a wig

Brief history of the wig

People have been wearing wigs for thousands of years. We know, for example, that in Egypt wigs were already considered good form around 1350 BC. Not only nobles or dignitaries used wigs. Even normal people wore hairpieces, extensions or whole wigs back then.

Later, men in particular used wigs to hide hair loss caused by illness. Because a common cause of hair loss used to be the sexually transmitted disease syphilis - before antibiotics were discovered.

But baldness due to hereditary baldness was also a reason why men turned to wigs. Because they warmed so nicely in the formerly poorly heated rooms.

What should you watch out for with wigs?

Quality is always very important - no matter what the reason you want to buy a wig. After all, a wig usually comes into contact with the sensitive scalp, especially in the case of disease-related hair loss. So it's best to trust a wig specialist like Lofty.

Because you want to be sure

  • know exactly where the wig comes from
  • have a wig that is not contaminated with harmful substances
  • that the wig is comfortable to wear, so it is light and the air can circulate well
  • get an easy-care hairstyle
  • that the wig looks natural when you use it as a hair replacement
  • have a wide range of hairstyles, hair colors and finishing
  • Enjoy your wig for as long as possible
  • Get the wig on prescription if you need a wig due to illness
  • that the price-performance ratio is top

What is a lace wig?

If you want to buy a wig, you will come to the subject of wig processing very quickly. Then questions arise like “what is a lace wig” or “what is a lace front wig”.

Important processing types for wigs are

Lace front (Also called film approach or lace front): With such wigs, a fine, transparent tulle is worked into the forehead area. The tulle lets the skin shine through. If individual hairs are then tied into the tulle, the effect is deceptively real. The hair looks like it has grown out of the scalp. With these wigs, you can wear the hairstyle off your forehead or simply grab your hair

Partial mono, mono skull : With such wigs, the wig hairs are individually hand-knotted into the carrier fabric in the crown or vertebral area or on the top of the head. The effect is amazingly natural, because the hair looks like it has grown out of your own scalp. Such wigs can also be combed individually

Weft: With this type of production, the manufacturers first sew the wig hair onto soft ribbons. These so-called “wefts” are then sewn onto elastic bands in the form of lamellae. Weft wigs offer completely natural hair fall, pleasant air circulation - and are the cheapest choice to buy

Hand-knotted wigs: With this type of production, the manufacturers tie the wig hairs individually by hand into the fine carrier fabric. These wigs are usually characterized by the fact that they are particularly light - for example only 40 grams. The hair movements also appear extremely natural. Hand-knotted wigs are of course pure luxury - but do not have to be overpriced.

What do synthetic hair wigs cost?

The price of a synthetic hair wig naturally depends on its quality and workmanship. But be careful: For comparable qualities, very different prices are sometimes charged. The price difference can be very drastic. Therefore: Make sure to compare the prices, but make sure that you compare synthetic hair wigs of the same design and quality.

At Lofty, the specialist in synthetic hair wigs, for example, you can get

What do human hair wigs cost?

Human hair wigs are much more expensive than synthetic hair wigs. The significant difference in price is because real hair is hard to come by. As a rule, the hair of Asian human hair wigs comes from people who donate it as a sacrifice or who sell their hair and that of their relatives to dealers in an emergency.

These dealers then resell it. Until the hair has arrived at the wig manufacturer, there are usually some middlemen involved, which inevitably increases the final price.

In addition, the processing of real hair is very complex. Because the hair structure of people from Asia differs in the hair structure of people of European origin.

The hair structure must therefore be broken up chemically and changed in such a way that it is adapted to European hair. Then the hair has to be dyed accordingly and the hairstyles styled accordingly - this is as time-consuming as it is with your own hair.

Synthetic or human hair wigs?

Anyone who wants to buy a wig for the first time to hide hair loss naturally thinks of real hair first. Because if you have a wig, then it should be as natural as possible and also look as natural as possible. Many people initially think that this is only possible with real hair.

But real hair wigs are by no means “pure nature”, as one might think. Because in order to match the human hair donated or sold in Asia to European hair structures and hair colors, the hair has to be chemically treated several times.

Advantages of synthetic hair wigs compared to real hair wigs

the weight: Synthetic hair weighs much less than real hair

the simple styling: Modern wigs made from high-quality synthetic hair (sometimes also referred to as synthetic wigs) are not only light, they also look completely natural and can hardly be distinguished from real hair. In addition, modern synthetic hair usually has a memory effect: the hairstyle jumps back to its original shape after washing or when it has gotten wet when drying.

You have to style human hair wigs just like your own hair. That means after every wash or even if the hair has become wet with rain or damp

Wigs: What does the health insurance company pay?

In the case of diseases or therapies that cause significant hair loss, you have the right to have your health insurer contribute to the costs of a wig or to cover the costs in full.

The prerequisite for this is a prescription for a wig (or a corresponding prescription). Treating doctors issue such prescriptions.

What statutory health insurance companies pay for a wig varies. You can inquire with your health insurance company before buying a wig.

At the wig specialist Lofty, buying a wig on a prescription is very easy for you:

Buy a wig, send the prescription back to Lofty together with a confirmation of receipt (when buying by mail order) or bring the prescription with you when buying a wig in a branch or to a wig sale - done. Lofty will do the rest for you! Because Lofty is a partner of all statutory health insurances and very experienced in billing.

By the way: As a family company, Lofty has always had the wigs produced directly itself, there are no surcharges for intermediaries. And Lofty passes this advantage on directly to its customers. The high-quality synthetic hair wigs from the brands Lofty, trendhair and Degenhardt Haarcollection are sold at such fair prices that many health insurance companies cover the entire wig price. So that often means: wig on prescription for free.

If you are privately insured, we will be happy to provide you with a receipted invoice which you can then pass on to your health insurance company.