As a custom wig designer I often tell my clients that a wig cost $1.00 and I cost $1999.00. Of course this is an exaggeration, actually there is a long list of reason….
Why does a wig cost so much?
The simple answer lets compare another type of product and its cost that most people can relate to. I Googled “hobo hand bag” and came up with these two bags:
Walmart: Hobo hand bag $17.00
Coach: Hobo hand bag: $585.00
Both bags are the same style, size and color. They will both hold your belongings just the same. The coach bag has the designer name behind it, and with that name also comes a higher standard of quality in manufacturing, including materials used and construction. The Coach bag also comes with more benefits, if you break your zipper after a few months on a $17.00 Walmart bag you will most likely just throw it away, but Coach will stand by their product and repair or replace.
So now lets use this comparison with wigs:
Off the shelf synthetic wig average price $29-300.00+
In this wig the hair has an artificial shine. It comes pres cut and styled and changing the style is very difficult to do. The front is not the proper shape for Georgia, the part and front hair line both have a very unnatural appearance. Usually at the base of a wig like this they add very short hairs, the reason is that is covers thick materials. These wigs are made standard sizes, but not everyone has a standard size head.
Custom made human hair wig price $500-5000.00+
The difference can clearly be seen in this photo. The human hair absorbs light, unlike synthetic which reflects light adding to the unnatural shine. Everything about this wig, color, density, texture, was chosen by a wig designer and made specifically for Georgia.
One major difference is the cap in which the hair is attached to. This wig is made of light weight delicate materials that are see through, so the unsightly short hairs are not needed. The cap is almost more important to the look and feel of the wig as the hair.
It takes a lot of skill as well as time to make a wig like this. The hairs are placed one by one in a natural growing pattern.
To sum it all up the difference is in the materials used, the hair as well as the cap the hair is attached to, the amount of labor it takes to make and the designer behind it.
So why does a wig cost so much? It doesn’t, the cost varies greatly. If you can’t afford the coach bag, you get the Walmart one or maybe something in between. But when it comes to a wig for someone who has lost their hair and their confidence and self image are shattered it becomes more personal than something as simple as a handbag.
At Hair We Share we are wig designers we have serviced high end client for over 50 years. We have often been faced with people who can’t afford the quality that we prefer to work with and we believe every person who feels they need a wig because of hair loss deserves the “Coach” of wigs.