What's the difference between Hair Toppers and Wigs?

What's the difference between Hair Toppers and Wigs?

A hair topper is a hair piece that clips into the existing hair to make hair look fuller and/or longer or to cover thinning areas. Hair toppers come with built in clips (usually two or four) that snap into place when slid into existing hair. A hair topper is almost always bought in the same colour and style as the existing hair so that the addition of the topper is seamless. A hair dresser can colour and style a hair topper to fit in more seamlessly with your current style and colour.

For women with hair loss, a topper can be easily worn to help disguise thinning hair or visible scalp areas. Toppers can also provide a fun and instant hair transformation and are often worn for special occasions such as weddings and parties. Many celebrities wear toppers on screen and in photo shoots. 

A wig is a full head of hair usually woven onto a cap made of cotton or nylon. The hairs are woven together into 'wefts' and the wefts are sewn onto the cap. The cap is worn over the whole head entirely covering the hair underneath.

Wigs can be very useful while women are undergoing, or have recently gone through chemotherapy.  Whether you're searching for human hair wigs, synthetic wigs or the best clip on hair topper you can find, there's quite a bit to consider before you decide...

What's the difference between a wig and a topper?

Hair toppers, also known as crown extensions, are hair pieces that clip to the hair at your crown effectively covering the area most affected by hair loss. Unlike wigs, hair toppers are designed to enhance and mimic your natural hair and it's advisable to choose something that blends in seamlessly with your natural style and shade. Toppers create a fuller look and add volume from the mid-section and crown. Some toppers offer a fringe (bangs) too so it's less risky than having to cut your own fringe! Both human hair toppers and synthetic options can be straightened and curled like human hair. Hair toppers come in a variety of colours and lengths and and can also be washed like human hair.

Wigs are full hair pieces which cover the whole head with hair. Wigs can be made from human hair or synthetic hair fibres. When wearing a wig, the natural hair sits under a wig cap and the wig is placed directly over the top. Wigs come in a variety of styles and colours and are generally quite easy to fit. Wigs are generally more expensive than hair toppers. They're unfortunately not very practical when swimming, exercising or spending time at the beach. Some women complain that wigs can become hot and itchy too.

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Will a hair topper or wig suit me best?

Most women choose their hair piece depending on many different factors: cost, length, how much coverage they require, and where they are at in their hair styling journey. Women with hair loss associated with alopecia areata or chemotherapy often prefer a full coverage wig. Women with naturally fine, or thinning hair or women experiencing androgenic alopecia or shedding will often choose to wear synthetic or human hair toppers to help create a fuller look. Both options are great for women wanting to enhance their hair and looking for more coverage.


1. What do  hair toppers and wigs cost?

The cost of a hair topper varies greatly depending on the quality of the hair, number of wefts, length and colour. Prices for a human hair topper can range from $200 to $3,000.

The price of a wig varies depending on the type of hair (human or synthetic) number of wefts, style, colour and length. Synthetic wigs are generally cheaper due to the higher availability of synthetic fibres and can range in price from $40 to $500. A wig made of real hair could cost anywhere between $800 and $5,000 or more.

2. How long do wigs and hair toppers last?

Human hair toppers can last anywhere from 4 to 12 months with daily wear.

Human hair wigs (depending on their maintenance) can last up to 3 years and synthetic wigs last up to a year. The more you look after your wig, the longer it will last and there are several tutorials online to help you style and maintain them.

3. What are some alternatives to hair pieces to cover hair loss?

If you don't need as much coverage as wigs and hair toppers provide but still want help to conceal thinning hair, hair fibres are a natural option. Natural cotton hair fibres cover visible scalp and a wider part. These tiny volumising micro fibres blend in with your natural hair and cling to the individual fibres making them look up to 10 times thicker. Visibly thinning hair can potentially be treated with pharmaceutical ointments and tablets too but only if the chosen treatment is specifically designed to assist the underlying cause of hair loss.  

Our great range of Female Hair Loss Fibres for women with thinning hair is available at any one of our global stores:




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