There are still many choices to be made. A wig maker can create a human hair wig using different types of hair that vary in processing or ethnicity.
Many wigs are made with hair that is derived from Eastern countries. Indian and Asian hair are commonly used for wig making. This hair can be cut, colored and styled into a variety of different wig types; however, the thicker feel of such hair types does not always appear natural on Caucasian ethnicities. European hair is often finer in texture, and, because it is more difficult to work with and obtain, it is the more expensive option.
Individuals who are seeking wigs that most closely mimic their own hair type will need to assess whether Eastern or European hair is the more appropriate option.
There also remains the choice between virgin hair and processed hair. The term "virgin hair" implies that the hair has never been colored or exposed to processing. Because its cuticle remains unmarred, virgin hair holds up against environmental damage better than its processed counterpart. A human hair wig made with virgin hair will last longer when colored or exposed to heat styling. It is by far the more luxurious option and also the most expensive.
Achieving a Natural Look
Human hair is the more natural option, but the type of wig cap you choose will also have a large influence over your wig's ability to deceive. Full or front lace wig caps that are hand sewn and custom fitted will eliminate bunches and heavy hair lines. These wigs are often very expensive, but they most closely parallel the hair's natural movement and placement. Many of these wigs are used on Hollywood sets and applied by professionals to achieve a look that is almost indistinguishable from natural hair.