What is the Difference Between a Hair Topper vs. a Wiglet?

A hair topper and a wiglet are temporary hairpieces that provide fullness and coverage to your hairstyle. They vary slightly in construction, meaning they offer different benefits to the wearer. Choosing which is right for you will ultimately come down to personal preference. 

What is a hair topper? 

A hair topper is a hairpiece that clips into the hair and can provide coverage to the front, top, crown, or the whole head, depending on the size of the hair topper. Because the topper clips into existing biological hair, it's essential to ensure that you are snapping their topper into sturdy, healthy hair. Hair toppers can also just be called toppers. 

Hair Toppers

Style: Top Smart HH 18" by Jon Renau

How are hair toppers placed on the head?

There are a variety of hair topper options available. Where you would like to add coverage and volume to thinning hair will dictate which topper is right for you. For example, if you have hair thinning at the front hairline, then we recommend a topper with a lace front, giving you a seamless transition between your scalp and the topper. All hair toppers have pressure-sensitive clips. The number of clips on each hair topper depends on the hair topper's base size.

Hair Topper Clips

What is a wiglet? 

The term wiglet has been around for decades, but this type of hairpiece is also called: half wig, three-quarter wig, fall, hair enhancer, topper wig, and top piece. Wiglets add volume to the crown of the head but can also provide some length depending on the wiglet. Think of wiglets like reverse extensions. In simplest terms, extensions add length and volume to the bottom of your hair, while wiglets add volume to the top of the head.


Style: Sydney by Rene of Paris

How are wiglets placed on the head?

Wiglets are placed closer to the crown of the head. Depending on the size of the wiglet, a little or most of your natural hair will be shown while wearing this piece. These hairpieces can be attached to biological hair using combs or stretch bands. 

 Half Wig Combs

Style: Sydney by Rene of Paris

What are the similarities between a hair topper and a wiglet? 

Both hair toppers and wiglets allow the wearer's biological hair to be shown while wearing these hairpieces instead of wigs that conceal all the wearer's biological hair. Hair toppers and wiglets also provide coverage of thinning hair or hair loss at the top and crown of the head. Hair toppers and wiglets are available in a variety of hair color and length options to provide a seamless blend with the wearer's natural hair. Lastly, these hairpieces can be applied, blended with natural hair, and removed easily.

What is the difference between a hair topper and a wiglet? 

The main difference between hair toppers and wiglets is their size and application to the hair. Hair toppers range in size from small hairpieces (ranging from 2" - 3" in width) to large base hairpieces (width measures up to 11"). On the other hand, wiglets are generally all a similar size and cover the majority of the hair/head. For instance, a synonym for wiglet is a half wig, meaning that the piece covers about half of the wearer's head.

Additionally, all hair toppers attach to the wearer's hair using pressure-sensitive clips that are easy to apply and remove yourself. In contrast, wiglets are most often constructed with combs or velvet stretch bands for easy application and removal. 

Both hair toppers and wiglets are easy to apply, but as with all hairpieces, they can take a little practice to master the process at first.

In the end, hair toppers and wiglets are very similar hairpieces. After all, both products are designed to attach to your hair and help you conceal thinning hair or add volume. Whether you're talking about hair toppers or wiglets, these hairpieces are great options for those seeking removable hair volume! 

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