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2023 Guide to Hand-Tied Wigs

May 19th, 2023 | 14 min. read

2023 Guide to Hand-Tied Wigs

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In the world of alternative hair pieces, hand-tied wigs are the cream of the crop. Wig shopping is a practice in the art of self-discovery. After all, your wig is an extension of your personality. It should make you feel confident, beautiful, and—most importantly—like yourself.


But sifting through (and trying to make sense of) cap construction, hair type, and density options is enough to give anyone a headache. Which is why we advocate for what is so easily the clear choice for gorgeous locks that look as real as they feel: hand tied wigs made with premium human hair.


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WHAT IS a Hand-tied wig?


Craftsmanship is everything when it comes to making a high-quality wig that lasts. And there’s no better way to achieve the natural look than with a 100 hand tied wig. Just as the name suggests, Daniel Alain's hand tied wigs are made by hand pulling individual strands of hair through a luxurious Swiss lace cap and then tying them in place. The process is painstaking (each wig can take 14 days to one month to make) but the results are worth it.


Making our hand tied human hair wigs is an incredibly intricate practice that our skilled wig artisans have mastered over years of experience. While most generic brands use four or five hairs per knot, we stick to just one or two strands of our luxurious, private reserve European hair. 


The fewer hairs you have in the knot, the less likely it is to loosen. That's why our artisans invest precious time meticulously ensuring each and every strand is tied securely in place for a durable, long-lasting hold.



hand-tied vs machine wefted

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As you might imagine, due to the time-consuming construction process, hand tied wigs tend to be on the expensive side. When working with a smaller budget, many people opt for machine-wefted wigs instead. But when it comes to hand tied vs machine weft, is one reigns supreme?


Machine-wefted (also referred to as “wefted”) wigs are typically less expensive than hand-tied wigs because they’re made with a sewing machine rather than by hand. Wefted wigs are easier to find and cheaper to buy, but they don’t offer the same level of quality as hand-tied wigs. 


Realism, flexibility, and a thinner cap are the three biggest advantages that hand-tied wigs have over their wefted counterparts.



benefits of hand-tied wigs


When it comes to quality, hand-tied wigs are simply in a league of their own. You can expect it to last longer, look more realistic, and feel more comfortable than you ever imagined a wig could be—and that’s just the beginning. Keep reading to learn about all the benefits that hand tied wigs have to offer!

A Natural Look

The best wigs don't look like wigs at all. Thanks to their individually tied strands, hand tied wigs mimic the way your own hair grows and flows. No one (not even your closest family and friends) will be able to tell that you're wearing a wig—guaranteed.

Natural Hair Movement

One of the main reasons hand-tied lace front wigs look so realistic is that they allow for natural hair movement. Wefts can be stiff and heavy, which can cause your wig to look fake and unnatural. But hand-tied wigs are light and airy, so they move just like your own hair would—giving you a completely natural look.

Freedom to Style

The natural movement of hand-tied wigs—specifically hand tied human hair wigs—offers total freedom in terms of style. If you want to wear your mane long and curly one day and throw it up in a bun the next, you can do so without fear of accidentally revealing a weft or damaging your wig.


Just like your own hair, our hand-tied lace front wigs can be styled any way you like.


No one wants a sweaty, itchy scalp or a wig fitted so tight that it gives them a headache. Luckily, hand-tied wigs are designed with comfort in mind. Their caps are ultra-thin, super-soft, lightweight, and flexible, so they conform to the contours of your head for a snug but breathable fit.

Human Hair or Synthetic

While hand-tied wigs can be made with either human hair or synthetic fibers, we recommend opting for a 100% human hair wig if you really want to capture that natural look. Artificial strands tend to be stiff and shiny, so they don't move or flow the same way your own hair does. But hand tied human hair wigs are soft, silky, and full of body—just like your own locks!




Finding the perfect 100 hand tie wig can be a daunting task, but at Daniel Alain, we make it easy. Our collection of hand-tied human hair wigs includes dozens of different styles, lengths, and colors to suit any style or taste. We use only the finest human hair available—our most luxurious pieces are made with the top 10% of hair in the world—and our team of skilled artisans hand-ties each and every wig to ensure a flawless finish.


A high-quality wig has the power to transform your look and boost your confidence, so why settle for anything less than the best? Shop our collection of hand-tied wigs today and find your perfect match!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is A Hand Tied Wig Better?

Hand-tied wigs are often seen as the gold standard in the wig industry because of their many benefits. Unlike wefted wigs, which are heavy and can look fake, hand-tied wigs are light, airy, and natural-looking. Plus, they give you freedom to style your wig any way you like.

What Is A 100% Hand Tied Wig?

A 100% hand-tied wig is a wig in which every strand of hair is individually tied to the cap. This results in a natural-looking wig that is also extremely comfortable to wear. Some caps are 50% hand-tied, which means that part of the cap is hand-tied, and the rest is machine-wefted (usually the back). Those kinds of wigs will be a little bulkier and have less airflow.

How Long Do Hand Sewn Wigs Last?

With proper care, a 100 hand tied wig can last for years. The fewer strands that are in each individual knot, the tighter and more durable the wig will be. When more strands are used, they're more likely to loosen and come apart over time.


At Daniel Alain, we use only one or two strands per knot to ensure a long-lasting wig that will stand up to daily wear and tear. Most companies will use three or four.

What Is The Most Comfortable Wig To Wear?

The most comfortable wig to wear is a hand tied lace wig. These wigs are designed with comfort in mind, thanks to the airflow each individual knot provides. The result is a wig that's light, airy, and doesn't make your head sweat. 

And if you pick up one of Daniel Alain's hand-tied wigs, you'll love the silky softness of our Swiss lace.

Are Hand Tied Wigs Hot?

Hand-tied wigs are not hot. In fact, they're quite the opposite! The construction of a hand-tied wig allows for maximum airflow, so you'll never have to worry about your head sweating under your wig. Wefted wigs, on the other hand, can be quite hot because the wefts are often sewn very close together. This leaves little room for air to circulate and plenty of room for sweat to build up.


If you don't want to be a part of the sweaty scalp club, we suggest picking up a 100 hand-tied wig from Daniel Alain. You'll stay cool and comfortable all day long, guaranteed.

What Does A Hand Tied Wig Cap Look Like?

A hand tied lace wig cap is made up of a series of small, delicate knots. The knots are usually hidden under a layer of lace or skin, so they're not visible to the naked eye. Unlike wefts, which are bulky and can occasionally be seen through the hair, knots are small and discreet. This makes hand-tied wigs look very natural.

What Is A Semi Hand Tied Wig?

A semi-hand-tied wig is a wig in which the front portion is hand-tied, and the back portion is machine-wefted. Semi-hand-tied wigs are less expensive than 100% hand-tied wigs, and they're also a bit bulkier and less breathable.


However, they still offer many of the same benefits as hand-tied wigs, including a natural look and feel. They might be a good option for people who are on a budget or who live in a cooler climate and don't need as much airflow.

What Is The Best Human Hair Wig?

The best human hair wig is the one that makes you feel the most confident! But if we had to choose, we'd say the best human hair wig is a 100 hand-tied wig. These wigs offer all the benefits of human hair wigs (natural look, feel, and styleability) with the added bonus of being light and comfortable.

How Much Does A Handmade Wig Cost?

Handmade wigs can range in price from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the quality of the hair and the construction of the wig. However, hand-tied wigs tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum because they're so labor-intensive to make.


At Daniel Alain, our hand tied human hair wigs start at $2,361. And if you want a truly realistic wig that will turn heads and make you feel amazing, they're worth every penny.

How Do You Hand-Tie A Wig?

Hand-tying a wig is a very delicate and time-consuming process. First, the hair is sorted into small bundles. Then, each bundle is knotted onto a row of lace or skin. The number of strands used in each knot varies, but in high-quality companies, one or two strands are used per knot. Once all the knots are in place, the wig is trimmed and styled.

Can You Stretch A Hand-Tied Wig?

No, you cannot stretch a hand-tied wig. The construction of these wigs is very delicate, so any attempt to stretch them will damage the knots and ruin the wig. Measuring the circumference of your head before ordering a hand-tied wig is the best way to ensure you get a hand tied lace wig that fits snugly but comfortably.

What Is The Most Natural Wig?

Hand-tied human hair wigs are the most natural-looking wigs on the market. Their construction allows for a very realistic hairline, and the knots are usually hidden under a layer of lace or skin. This makes hand-tied wigs look very similar to real hair.

How Do You Hide Your Hairline With A Wig?

The best way to hide your hairline with a wig is to choose a hand-tied wig with a lace front. These wigs give the illusion of a natural hairline, which makes the hand-tied hair look like it's growing right out of your scalp.


If you're looking for a wig that will help you achieve a convincing and natural-looking hairline, hand tied lace front wigs are your best bet.

How Can You Tell If A Wig Is Good Quality?

There are a few things you can look for to determine if a wig is good quality. First, determine where the hair is sourced from. European hair is of the highest quality, followed by Indian and Chinese hair. Next, check to see if the wig is 100% hand-tied or if it's a semi-hand-tied wig. 100% hand-tied wigs are made with the highest quality construction, so they're usually a bit more expensive. However, they're also the most natural-looking and comfortable wigs on the market.


Finally, take a look at the wig's construction. Hand-tied wigs should have a lace or skin base, and the knots should be small and well-hidden. If the hand-tied lace wig you're looking at doesn't meet these criteria, it's probably not a good quality wig.

What Brand Has The Best Wigs?

There are a few brands that offer high-quality wigs, but Daniel Alain remains our top pick. They source their European strands from the world's only and largest private reserve. They also hand-tie each and every wig, ensuring a natural look and feel. Click here to check out their full line of premium wigs


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