Wigs

U Part vs V Part Wig

Published By: Dasia

Last Updated: June 27, 2022

There are so many different types of hair units readily available in today’s society, that it can be difficult to decide which is the best.

Two specific types of hair that are ideal when it comes to natural-looking hair are U-part wigs and V-part wigs. What are the major differences between these two types of units and what makes them so desirable? Let’s take a look.

U part vs V part wig

U-part

A U-part wig is an easy-to-find hair unit that has been around for quite some time. Not only do you get your desired look, but you can also use your natural hair to make the unit blend. You generally have the option to choose what type of part you would like the unit to come in.

Do be aware of the sizing of a U-part wig. This will be important for when you’re installing the wig – if it’s too big or too small it won’t look right. This could also affect the amount of leave out you need to use. The less the wig fits, generally, the more leave out you need to use to cover the imperfections.

Leave out, while great for completing a look, can be something you don’t want to use too often. One of the reasons behind this is your hair is constantly being hit with different elements and likely lots of heat is being used. 

This combination can cause just your leave out to get damaged while the rest of your hair is okay. This is not ideal in the long run of things, especially if you plan on wearing your hair natural in the future.

Pros and Cons

What are some things you may want to weigh before making the purchase? Let’s take a look.

Pros 

  • Price – You can easily find a U-part wig for under $100 that is of high quality.
  • Versatility – U-part wigs come in a variety of different styles and are easy to remove each day if that’s what you prefer.

Cons

  • Leave out – In order to properly style a U-part wig, you have to utilize leave out. This can be somewhat damaging over time.
  • Right fit – In order to get the perfect look, getting a unit that fits properly may be somewhat difficult.

Read: Best U Part Wigs

V-part

V-part wigs are newer on the scene compared to U-part wigs but are rapidly taking flight and becoming very popular. They give a natural look similar to U-part wigs but offer you a bit more versatility.

Just as with U-part wigs, it’s important to figure out the right sizing to ensure you have the ideal look that’s not only comfortable but also natural looking. You don’t have to utilize leave out with this type of hair unit which is a great added benefit.

Due to the part being so slim, you get to choose if you would prefer to have leave out or not. Having this versatility is one of the biggest draws of V-part wigs, especially when compared to U-part wigs.

This is the ideal unit for you if you want a natural look without damage. Over time, the use of leave out will catch up with you and by omitting the leave out option, you are sure to be left with healthy hair.

Pros and Cons

What are some things you may want to weigh before making the purchase? Let’s take a look:

Pros 

  • Don’t have to utilize leave out – Since the part space is so small, you don’t have to use any leave out.
  • Price – You can easily find a V-part wig for around $100.  

Cons

  • Clips – Clips are generally on the edge of the V-part, depending on the size, they may stick up and look a little unnatural.
  • Sew-in effect  – Depending on the look you’re going for this may be ideal but V-part wigs give the look of a sew-in weave.

Main Differences 

The biggest difference between these two hair units would have to be the part. The different part shapes allow you to accomplish two different looks.

U-parts have a wider opening that requires you to use leave out in order to hide all of the imperfections. While you do have to use your natural hair, this allows you to blend and get the most natural look. 

Since a V-part wig has a slimmer opening, you are able to get away with no leave out. This is a huge advantage, especially for those who don’t want to apply heat to their hair.  You’re still able to get a natural-looking result.

Is a U part wig better than a V part wig?

It really depends on your preference. While they are very similar, a u-part wig requires that you use a little bit more of your natural hair as leave out. For a V-part wig, the opening is smaller and less of your hair is used. Depending on how much of your natural hair you’d like to keep covered, you may choose one over the other.

What type of wig is the most natural looking? 

Generally, lace front wigs and human hair are a natural-looking combo that many people gravitate towards. Anything that allows you to have a natural-looking hairline is ideal. This is where U and V part wigs come in. While they cover up the majority of your hair, they offer you the option to have leave out leading to a natural-looking hairline.

Read: Why are Lace Front Wigs Better?

What kind of wig is best for beginners? 

Both U part and V part wigs are a great option for beginners. If you gravitate towards either one of these types of wigs, you don’t have to worry about lace which is a major bonus. Another benefit is you get to blend in your real hair making the overall look appear more natural. Mixing the hair unit with your natural hair is surprisingly easy with these types of wigs.

How can you tell a good quality wig? 

Generally, a good quality wig is made of good quality material. There are a few areas you want to be on the lookout for such as the type of hair that’s on the wig. This can affect not only the overall look but also the longevity of the unit. Also, be on the lookout for how easy the hair is to style. This goes hand in hand with a better quality wig, finding one that doesn’t require much effort in the styling department.

The Bottomline

Both wig types are a great choice if you’re in the market. Just keep in mind how the shape of the part can greatly affect how you style the hair.

You can utilize leave out with both options if that’s what you’re going for to achieve a natural look.  If you would prefer to not use any leave out and fully tuck away your natural hair, a  V-part may be a better option.

Either way, you’re sure to be happy with either option as they’re both extremely versatile.

Dasia

A lover of all things beauty related whose been in the industry for about 5 years. While I'd love to say I'm a self-taught prodigy, I'm actually a licensed cosmetologist who has spent countless hours studying hair. I quickly learned sharing valuable information with like-minded individuals allows everyone to make the right choices when dealing with their hair. As a curly girl myself I love to experiment with different styles on a regular basis. While I do have a busy schedule between work, freelancing, and school; I always seem to find time for my hair.

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