“What is a silk top?” is probably one of the top Google searches that a person who just discovered hair toppers types into their Chrome browser.
Or some version of: what is a silk top topper? what is a mono top topper? what’s the difference between silk top and mono top?
There’s a lot more information in my e-guide that will help you uncover the world of hair, but for now this article will focus on the title – Silk vs. Mono.
Let’s break them down in terms of what they are and then go over some key differences:
First of all, the terms “Silk” and “Mono” refer to the material that is used to hand-tie each individual hair onto a cap for either a wig or hair topper. This cap sits on top of your head (area A in diagram below) and essentially creates your new hairline.
The size of this area will vary depending the hair piece, but generally, the bigger this area is, the larger the surface area will be in which you can position your hair part.
1. Mono Tops
Mono, or monofilament, is a mesh like fabric that is sewn as the top part of the wig or hair topper.
The mesh area looks realistic at a first glance, but if you look very closely, you may be able to see the mesh. This is especially the case for wigs and hair toppers that have darker hair, as the knots become much more apparent against the light, translucent-like mesh.
There are different grades of mesh that vary in terms of how fine they are. The finer the material is, the higher the cost.
Monofilament, or mono tops, are generally used for budget-friendly and mid range toppers. During hotter days, mono tops are light and breathable, since the mesh has holes that allow for more air circulation to pass through.
Toss Hair Toppers are a great boutique choice if you’re looking for a hair piece under $400!
2. Silk Tops
Silk Tops take mono tops a step further and add another fabric onto the cap (often times, this silk fabric piece is sewed on top of a monofilament or a lace top). This extra layer creates the most realistic looking top currently on the market.
Below is a picture of how monofilament and silk tops can look up close. As you can see, the knots that are individually tied onto the cap is more visible up close on a mono top vs. a silk top.
Hair toppers with a silk top, such as the Uniwigs Bella topper require more skill to sew and therefore come at a higher premium compared to monofilament tops.
The Bella topper has a large surface area (6″ x 7″) where you can even part the topper in a deep part for increased versatility in styling. While wearing silk tops such as this topper, you can rest assured that no one can tell that you’re wearing a hair piece!
However, one of the key downsides of wearing a silk top piece is that it can feel a little hotter than a monofilament top piece. The additional layer is dense so little air will be able to pass through the material.
Those that do own a silk top topper often choose to purchase a mono top piece for hotter summer days or when working out so that they feel more comfortable out and about.
At the end of the day, it really depends on your preference between the two and your hair piece budget. Both are great every day choices!
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