What's the right answer?
Honestly (and this isn't a cop out answer), there isn't a "right" answer - many people can wear and look great in both!
In many instances, it comes down to personal preference and it may even be dependent on the occasion/weather as well!
But first, what is the difference? What is a wig vs. hair topper?
A wig is a hair piece that covers your entire head & hair.
It allows you to wear a hair piece that is different from your natural hair color and provides more full coverage for your scalp. This is ideal for women with advanced stages of hair loss and/or are bald.
Furthermore, you can wear most wigs without any clips, which you may consider if you either don't prefer clips and/or you have a sensitive scalp.
On the other hand, a hair topper covers the top of your head and adds volume/density.
Think of it as a push-up bra for your hair! They are essentially clip on hair extensions that have an additional area covering the top of your head.
Hair toppers are lighter and less dense compared to wigs - they provide partial coverage for women who have early to advanced stages of hair loss.
What factors should I consider when deciding between the two?
Here are some things to consider:
1. Color Matching
As mentioned above, if you plan to wear a hair piece that is more than one shade different color than your natural hair, it is best to shop for a wig. You may be able to blend slight differences (e.g. you can wear a dark brown topper with black hair), but if you want it to look at natural as possible, wigs are recommended.
In addition, if you have curly hair and don't want to style your natural hair every day (which let's face it, it's a big pro of wearing hair pieces!), wigs are also more suitable. Most hair toppers usually dry straight or slightly wavy, which may not blend as well with natural hair that has more texture.
Because wigs are fully enclosed, they are definitely hotter than hair toppers! Many women love wearing hair toppers in the summertime and saving their wigs for the winter.
If you are looking for a wig that will be a little cooler, you may consider a lace (vs. silk top) wig!
3. Preference for Clips
Hair toppers are fastened onto your head by clips (similar to clip on hair extensions). Some women may find this irritating or painful, especially if they have a sensitive or oily scalp.
If you find that your clips are slipping around and pulling, try using a hair powder in the area that you are clipping in, to help absorb the oils and stay put (we recommend the Kristen Ess Styling Powder).
If you find this to still be painful, wigs may be a better option for you! Many wigs can be worn without clips and stay put with a good fit and a wig grip!