Hairstyling is an integral part of our day to day lives. It is one of the most noticeable attributes of a person. Apart from the facial features, the hairstyle of a person is the primary source of beauty and personalization for an individual. Not everyone can change their facial features through surgeries, but hairstyling is easily accessible to all of us.

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Wigs and weaves have been a part of the hairstyling industry for years now. It is only recently that the technology has gotten better and is helping wearers to get a natural and authentic look.


What are wigs?

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Wigs are head covering that can be made of human hair, synthetic fiber hair, and even animal hair. An interesting trivia about a wig is that it is short for a periwig. It is an inexpensive tool to help you get natural-looking hair when you’re balding. Most people prefer using a wig as an alternative to hair growth treatment, which is known to be expensive and unreliable in many cases. Wigs are also used as a protective measure by many for their natural hair. They are easily customizable and can help you to get a natural look.  


What is hair weave?

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Weaves are commonly known as hair extensions or artificial hair integrations. These are hair strands that can be added to your natural hair to get you more voluminous, natural, and longer hair. Hair weaves are usually added to your natural hairstyle using clips, glue and sometimes can even be sewn to your hair. The various methods to add weave hair extensions include tape in extensions, clip in or clip-on extensions, fusion method, weaving method. Sometimes even wigs can be used as weaves when they do not completely cover the entire head surface. Wigs can be customized to form your weave.


Difference between  Wig and Weave


Now that we know what wigs and weaves are, it becomes much easier to understand the differences between the two.


  • Baldness


Wigs are ideal for covering baldness and can help you get a natural look. They include the entire surface area of your head. Weaves, on the other hand, are not useful to deal with baldness. To add a weave to your head, you need to have at least some natural hair. These weave extensions can be only added upon sewing, gluing, or clipping them to your natural hair.


  • Ease of usage


Both wigs and weaves can be difficult to install at first. Successfully wearing a wig can be an intimidating task for the first time. It involves a lot of steps that need to be followed carefully. On the other hand, a weave can be easily added to your natural hair with the help of some glue or sewing thread and needle.


  • Customization


Wigs are easy to customize and open up a plethora of hair styling options for you. One can easily color, cut, style their wig hair just like you would do with your natural hair. Wigs also remove the risk of hair damage from all the styling. Weaves, on the other hand, are not so customizable and instead are just a way to add up to your natural hair.


  • Types


Both wigs and weaves come in many different types.




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Bonded weave

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Sew-in weave

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Fusion weave


They have their own different purpose of usage but perform the same essential functions.


  • Wearing routine


Wigs require to be worn and removed regularly. Wigs are not suitable to sleep in. In your daily routine, you will have to take some time out to do hair care for your wig as well. Weaves, on the other hand, can be slept in and thus you don’t necessarily have to remove them daily. It is, however, ideal for taking a bath without the weave installed.




Both wigs and weaves are useful in their ways. They are used for different hair needs but are reliable hair styling options. With recent developments, it is safe to use both daily.

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