As you shop for wigs, there’s one thing that you’ll need to know about: permatease. If you’re not so new to wigs, you’ve likely heard this term before. What is it and is it a good thing? That all depends on what you look for in a wig.
Let’s give you the details about permatease so you can finally put this question to rest.
What Is Permatease
Permatease, as the name suggests, is like permanent teasing that is given to your wig. You know how some people tease their bio hair by taking a small section up and backcombing with a fine tooth comb or a teasing brush? Well, that is a similar concept here.
Permatease is designed to help give wigs lift and extra volume and body. If you like big hair, permatease is likely for you.
You’ll most commonly find permatease on basic cap wigs without any monofilament part or top features. However, take note: just because a wig contains a monofilament top does not necessarily mean there will be no permatease whatsoever. You can still often find permatease at the crown, giving it that extra ‘bump’ and volume in the back.
On basic cap wigs, you’ll almost always find some permatease running along the partline, which helps give the wig lift and disguises the wefts of the basic cap.
The amount and degree the permatease shows will be heavily dependent on the line of wig you are looking at and the overall style of wig.
If you take a look at Jon Renau’s Ignite for instance, it does have permatease given its non-monotop but because there are a lot short layers, it’s not too noticeable.
Compare this to another wig such as say Noriko’s Hailey or Angelica where there isn’t a lot of longer layers and it can be more noticeable. That said, Hailey and Angelica are both gorgeous wigs that have a very nice overall shape to them. Kristen by Jon Renau is another example of a bob with permatease.
Generally speaking, the Noriko line is well-known for their heavy permatease features, so if you don’t want permatease, that may not be the line for you. If you do however, consider yourself sold – you’ll likely love this brand.
Estetica Designs also tends to do permatease very nicely where it’s not quite as noticeable as it is in say, a Noriko wig.
Good? Bad? It Depends…
So, is permatease good or bad? It all depends on your viewpoint. Again, if you want big hair, you’ll love it.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who is quite sensitive to a wig looking, well, ‘wiggy’, you may want to consider a permatease free wig or one that has minimal permatease. It can take away from the realistic look. Instead, look at wigs with a Mono Part or Mono Top.
Finally, if you want to best manage permatease for the most natural look, consider getting a darker color or one that is rooted. Dark hair tends to hide the permatease much better than light hair does, so it will be more easily concealed.
Some people also find dabbing some face powder or even concealer in between the partline can help to hide the permatease as well. Experiment and figure out what works best for you.
So there you have the facts about permatease. It can really help improve the shape of a wig when done right.