What Density Should I Choose?

One of the most important factors we need to think about is wig density when buying a wig. That is why some followers have asked us for high density wigs, such as 200% or 250% density. They think the thicker hair is, the better a wig will look. Actually, it is only a number and doesn’t mean anything when discussing density without taking the whole wig as well as other factors into account. So in this passage, we will share with you the importance and definition of density. What‘s more important, how we can choose the best wig density for our wigs.

What Does Hair Density Mean For Wigs

Wig density refers to the amount of hair on your wig, which decides how thick or thin the wig looks. Normally, standard wig density ranges from extra light density (50%) to extra heavy (200%). Of course, lighter or heavier density is also available if you have special needs. Since there are so many options, we should know how density affects a wig.

1) Appearance

Wigs with different volumes of hair look hugely different, though they have the same sizes, lengths and styles. This shows us that density can significantly influence how the wig looks. So when considering choosing a wig, you should make sure if the wig’s appearance with this density really fits you.

2) Weight

Apart from appearance, wig density surly determines the weight of a wig. It is noticeable that the heavier density of a wig has, the more hair it includes. For example, if the density you select is too higher, it must be heavier, which may lead to discomfort and fatigue after wearing it all day long

3) Maintenance

Wigs need to be cared for regularly. According to their different density, we should treat them differently. For instance, heavier density wigs should be cleaned more frequently than light ones. Besides, be careful to choose hair care products for wigs with different volumes of hair.

4) Price

Last but not least, low-density wigs are cheaper than high-density wigs because less hair is used to make them. Therefore, if you care much about budget, try to make a great balance between price and density so that it helps to make a good decision.

Definition of Regular Wig Density

It is widely acknowledged that 130% density is the average standard for a wig because the hair densities of most people’s heads are almost the same as this standard. It is neither too thick nor too thin and comfortable to wear. Besides the average one, there are some more common densities to select and each of them has its features.

1) Extra light density – 50%, 60%

Wigs in this density level are pretty light and thin, which is only proper for those with very thin and fine hair. It is the smallest volume of hair, and hard for you to realize you are wearing a wig.

2) Light hair density – 80%, 90%, 100%

This density is a little heavier and thicker compared to the extra light one. It is also used to create a natural look for people whose hair is thin. This time, only when you pay much attention to it, can you feel it is on your head. 

3) Medium hair density – 110%, 120%, 130%, 150%

Most people prefer this level of densities because it is suitable for the average. It can offer a fuller look and more style choices. But you can obviously feel its weight when having it on your head, and it does cost a little more than the light-density ones.

4) Heavy hair density – 180%, 200%

Ordinary people probably won’t prefer wigs with heaver hair density while artists or actors are into them. This density level allows them to create opulent hairstyles, but wearers will feel slightly uncomfortable due to its heavy weight. Besides, high price is another consideration for buyers before making the final decision.

human hair wig density chart from 150 density to 200 density

Wig Density Recommendation in Regard to Length

The length of a wig is also significant to think about when it comes to wig density. If your wig is 30 inches, 50% density makes people around you feel something is wrong with your hair. Instead, a wig with 13 inches and 130% density hair looks just fine on one’s head. 

Here is the recommendation for wig density regarding length.

1) 12 to 16 inches – 120% – 150% density

12-16 inches is the average length, which matches medium density perfectly. Most people favor this match with normal hair volume.

2) 18 to 22 inches – 150% – 180% density

If your wig is 18 to 22 inches, a density of 150% to 180% is proper. 

3) 24 to 3o inches – 180% – 200% density

This combination is much longer and thicker than the average wig, and this combination provides an excellent look for artists or actors.


Having a basic understanding of wig density, you still need to pay attention to more aspects while choosing a wig.

Your own hair density

 One of the best suggestions on density is choosing one close to your own hair density. Since most of us want our wig to look natural, its thickness should not be far from your original one. Otherwise, others will quickly recognize the difference without looking closely. For example, if your hair is a little thicker than the average, you had better get a 130% density wig to make sure it blends with your natural human hair.

The hairstyle you desire

Different hairstyles need a different amount of hair density to make them look natural. For example, when you want a short hairstyle, it is not suitable to choose a high density wig, such as 180% or even 200%. Instead, 100% to 130% density is enough to show the best of the wig. 

Your age

Our hair will be less and thinner for biological reasons as we grow older. So if you want to look young and natural, it is better to opt for 130% to 150%. It is only a bit thicker than your natural one, which can conceal your hair loss condition. At the same time, since it is slightly different from the actual volume of your hair, it can still blend with your hairline.

Length of a wig

Though we have already mentioned it above, it is vital to talk about the length again. Remember this conclusion that the longer a wig is, the thicker it should be.

human hair wig length chart

Wig styles

There are three common wig styles, lace front wig, 360 lace wig, and full lace wig. Lace front wigs are half hand-made and half machine-made. 150% density is a good choice for lace front wigs to have a fuller look. 

Although compared with 360 lace wigs, full lace wigs have more lace covering the head. They are almost the same on the whole. We suggest 130% and 150% density for both to make it look thick and natural.

In a word, wig densities are categorized as extra light, light, medium and heavy, commonly ranging from 50% to 200%. When you consider wig density, it is necessary to talk about its style, length, your own hair density, and your age. If you want to order different density wigs, such as 150% density wigs, 180% denstiy wigs, please browse at our shop CYWIGS. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here.

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