What is a Half Wig?

A half wig is one of those rare things in life that does exactly what it says on the tin.

By this, we mean that a half wig is exactly that - a wig that fits or covers just half (or in some cases, just a small part) of your head. 

This may sound a little silly at first, but there are many reasons why someone may wear a half wig.

This article aims to explore the half wig in a little more detail, looking at the different types of half wigs and what they may be used for. If you are considering investing in a wig and have wondered if a half wig may be better suited, this article will be perfect for you. 

What is a half wig?

You mentioned ‘different types’ of half wigs. Explain…

So, as we said, the half wig is a term given to a hairpiece that covers half or part of your head.  This means that there is more than one type of half wig - some to cover half of your hair, and some to cover a part of your hair.

To gain a better understanding of the different types of half wigs it would be best to examine them all separately. 

True half wigs

Traditionally, a half wig could be seen as a wig that simply fits over half of your hair. What we mean by this is that it covers the back of your head but leaves the front of it visible, allowing your own hair to be seen.

Often, these ‘true’ half wigs had a hairband covering the seam between real hair and wig hair so that it would not be noticeable that you had a wig. 


That’s right, the widely popular hair extension can also be classed as a sort of half wig. Extensions are hairpieces that can be clipped or glued onto the back of your head under your own hair.

The seam which is clipped or glued is disguised by your own hair, blending in with it so that it looks as though it is your own natural hair. 

Toppers and wiglets

A topper is yet another self-explanatory term. All a topper does is sit on the top of your head, either on existing hair or straight onto your scalp if there is no hair there. Similar to a topper is the wiglet.

A wiglet is like a small version of a full-size wig - hence the name -  and was designed as a way to cover up hair loss on top of the head. 

Hair accessories

Hair accessories (or accessory hair so as not to get them confused with decorative hair clips and ribbons) are hairpieces designed to add to your existing hairstyle.

The most popular types are clip-in bangs, fringes, and ponytails.

Hats with hair

The final type of half wig is the hat hair wig. This is a type of wig that features an open top. They are designed to be worn under a hat or headscarf only, as without these you would be able to see the scalp or your own hair on top. 

All these different types of half wigs are used for a variety of reasons. Some of them may be used alongside other ones. Some are for fashion purposes, some are used as a result of a health condition.

The beauty of a half wig is that they allow freedom and choice regarding our hairstyles. Keep on reading to find out more in-depth information about why people choose these different types of half wigs. 

Why would someone choose a half wig?

As we mentioned in the previous section, with all the different types of half wigs you can choose from, it is no surprise that they can be used for a whole manner of reasons.

In this section, we will be exploring these reasons in more detail and suggesting some of the best types of half wigs to choose from depending on your different needs. 

To cover up hair loss

Hair loss can occur as a result of many different things. It is caused by stress, illness, treatments such as chemotherapy, and medications. There are also conditions such as alopecia that result in the loss of hair. Hair loss does not always mean that your full head of hair falls out.

Oftentimes people are left with bald patches on their heads in various places. They may still have long healthy hair at the front, but they could have hair loss at the back, or on top.

 In cases like this, a full wig may not be needed or wanted. People who have hair loss may want as much of their natural hair to be as visible as possible. This may result in them choosing a topper that blends in with their natural hair if their hair loss is on top of the scalp.

A wiglet can also be used for this reason. This scenario may also call for a true half wig to be used, too, as it allows the front of the hair to be seen, but uses the hairpiece to cover the back. 

Adding volume and length

All of the types of half wigs can be used to add volume, depending on where you want the volume to be. It is a good idea to use the method that looks most natural for your needs.

A topper, for example, will certainly add more volume on top, but will not allow for much volume on the front or back of your hair.

A good option for adding volume is to use a true half wig to add more volume at the back of your hair whilst still allowing you to show off the front of it.

You can also use accessory hair such as ponytail hairpieces to add volume when you tie your hair up. Clip-in bangs and fringes can add some natural-looking volume at the front. .Well-done extensions can also add volume as well as length.

Talking of length, many of the different types of half wigs can also help with this. If you choose a half wig or hairpiece that is longer than your natural hair, not only can it help add volume and cover hair loss, but it can also look like your hair has grown a few inches overnight!

The best choices for adding length to your hair would be a true half wig, a hat with hair, or of course, extensions. 

Final verdict 

As you can see, the half wig is a wonderful invention that allows you to have a little more hairstyle freedom.

They can help you to create a little more volume and length, cover up hair loss and bald patches, and even give you a whole new look altogether (clip-in bangs = bangs without the commitment!).

One thing is for sure and that is that half wigs are a more than worthy contender in the world of wigs and hairpieces! 

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