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Wigs vs. Toppers: Why a Topper Was Right for Me

April 27th, 2023 | 9 min. read

Wigs vs. Toppers: Why a Topper Was Right for Me

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Hair loss can take a physical and emotional toll on your well-being and self-confidence. Facing the challenges of a thinning crown, loss of hair density, or bald spots on your head can be daunting, but there are effective solutions that can help. You may be reluctant to consider a human hair wig or topper, but if you’re not seeing the hair regrowth success from other methods, a wig or a topper might be a good option for you.

We believe alternative hair is the perfect choice for anyone suffering from hair loss and looking to change their look in an instant. Daniel Alain has helped thousands of customers find the human hair wig or topper of their dreams, and we love seeing women regain their confidence and feel more like themselves by wearing one of our pieces.

Many people come to us with a hair loss issue they're looking to deal with, and one of the biggest questions we hear is, “wig or topper - which is the best fit for me?”

If you are new to alternative hair, it can be a little overwhelming and confusing. While we believe the best way to gain guidance is through booking a consultation with one of our experienced consultants, this article will explore the differences between wigs and toppers and delve into when a topper may be the right choice for someone experiencing hair loss.



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The difference between a human hair topper and a human hair wig


A hair topper, also known as a hairpiece, wiglet, or toupée, is a partial wig designed to cover and blend with the existing hair on the top of the head. They come in a variety of base sizes, colors, and lengths, and are either made from synthetic or human hair. 




At Daniel Alain, we only make and sell human hair wigs and toppers, and we consider them to be the best on the market because they give the most natural look, can be customized just like bio hair, and have a long lifespan. The very best human hair toppers blend seamlessly with the wearer’s natural hair color, texture, and density.


The main function of a hair topper is to conceal hair loss, hair thinning, or bald spots on the crown, top, or sides of the head. They can also add volume and density to the existing hair, creating a fuller and more natural-looking style.


Unlike wigs, which cover the entire head, hair toppers are smaller and more lightweight, making them a comfortable and practical solution for the people who wear them. They attach to the existing hair with clips, tapes, or adhesives, and are easy to take on and off.




The decision to wear a topper will ultimately depend on the severity of your hair loss, and we know that a topper isn’t right for everyone. Toppers are an excellent option for those with mild to moderate hair loss, and you need strong enough hair in the right places for the topper to clip on to, while wigs offer more coverage for those with more dramatic hair loss.



Reasons why a human hair topper may be a better option than a human hair wig


If you only need partial coverage for your existing hair, a human hair topper may be a better option than a human hair wig. Kelly W. lost her hair after receiving radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma and has been wearing human hair toppers for 11 years.


“I was left with a bald patch on the top of my head and a thin layer of hair around the face,” explains Kelly. “It was very difficult to lose my hair. I looked so different and I didn’t feel like myself.”




Kelly’s topper covers her bald patch and leaves the rest of her existing hair exposed. Because her topper matches the color and length perfectly, it looks completely natural and realistic. “Nobody can tell this is not my natural hair,” says Kelly.




If, like Kelly, you have hair around your front hairline that is strong enough for the topper to clip into, a topper may be a better choice than a wig. If you’re not sure whether your existing hair could support a topper, we recommend having a consultation with one of our stylists, or at one of our retail locations.


“Before finding a topper, I purchased a synthetic wig on the advice of the hospital where I was having treatment. It didn’t look natural and it wasn’t very comfortable on my head. I just couldn’t wear it,” Kelly explains. “While a human hair wig would be great for someone with severe hair loss, I still have significant hair that continues to grow long. My topper made me look how I always used to look before I lost my hair.”



Kelly’s personal experience wearing  a human hair topper


Choosing to wear a human hair topper can be an exciting and empowering experience, but it may also come with some initial concerns about whether it will look natural or if it will stay in place.


At Daniel Alain, we believe the best way to find the perfect human hair topper is by having a consultation with an experienced stylist. We offer consultations virtually via Zoom or FaceTime, or in person in our showroom in Newport Beach, CA. 


Through a consultation, your stylist can assess your hair loss situation and make recommendations on base size, hair color, and length. We can even help with taking measurements. Our Fit Kit service allows you to try on base sizes, see color samples and swatches, and try them out in the comfort of your own home. This way, you can really see and feel the quality of the hair and check if the base covers your problem area. You can even wear the base around the house to make sure it’s going to stay in place.


“Initially I was unsure it was going to stay on my head,” explains Kelly. “I thought that the clips would slip and the topper would fall off, but it really does stay in place no matter what you’re doing.”




Kelly was quick to enjoy the advantages of her human hair topper. “Prior to having a topper, life was very difficult for me. I was wearing lots of scarves and spending a lot of time trying to cover this bald spot,” she explains. “Once I found the topper, I felt like myself again. I felt a thousand times better.”



Is a human hair topper right for me?


Hair loss is a difficult experience and we know that finding the right solution for you can feel overwhelming. It’s not just about finding a solution that looks good; it’s about finding one that makes you feel confident and more like yourself. While the struggles that come with hair loss are often difficult to navigate, we believe that finding the right hairpiece shouldn’t be.


Now you know more about wigs and toppers, you might be closer to understanding which is the best option for you. If you’re leaning towards a topper, you might want to know more about the two main problems with human hair toppers and how to overcome them. If you think a wig might be the better choice, reading a review from one of our customers about why she chose a Daniel Alain wig will tell you what real people are saying about our pieces.


Regardless of whether a topper or wig is the best solution for you, the team at Daniel Alain is here to help you every step of the way. If you’ve been unsure where to turn for help with your hair loss, we are ready to guide you on your path toward beautiful hair. Booking a consultation with one of our expert consultants will get your questions answered and your concerns addressed. You’re not alone in your journey.

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