What is the Best Density for a Wig?

Published By: Dasia

Last Updated: June 20, 2022

Wigs have been a highly desired style in recent years due to their ease of use. While wigs are easy to use, there are a few areas you would want to be on the lookout for when shopping for a unit – one of which is the density.

The density of a wig can make or break the naturalness of a wig. Thicker hair is generally associated with being healthier, while thinner hair is important with certain textures.

Let’s take a look at some of the different densities and learn which of them may be ideal for you. 

What is the best density for a wig?

The best density for a desired wig will depend on the style you’re going for. Natural hair generally sits around 130%. Your ethnicity will very much play a part in this number but it’s a rough average for most people.

Some factors to consider when choosing the ideal wig density can include texture, length, and even the color of the hair. All of these areas will play a part in finding the best density for you.

If you’re newer to the wig community and haven’t had much practice with them I would start off with a smaller density. The reason behind this is – larger densities weigh more. It can take some time to get used to the additional weight on your head.

Is 130% density good for a wig? 

This density is close to your natural hair so it won’t change much in the term of volume. If your goal is solely to switch the style, this may be the perfect option for you.

Since the density is lower, that means less hair strands are present throughout the wig. Less product is used which in turn means the unit will be on the cheaper side with no additional costs.

If you opt for this density you can expect to get a pretty basic unit. The unit will likely have an average quality for a reasonable price. You will be able to find this density of wig at your local beauty supply. Online stores generally start with a base of 150%.

If you decide to go with 130% density, it would be a good idea to compensate by getting a curlier texture to add a bit of volume. Also shy away from lighter colored wigs as they will highlight the thinness of the hair.

Is 150% density good for a wig?

A wig with a 150% density is a great starter wig. It offers you a bit more hair than normal but not something that would be too heavy for a beginner wig wearer. While there is only a 20% difference from the previous density, it’s the perfect bump up.

This is what many units offer as a basic start. With 150% density as a base unit, they can easily offer customizations to up the density.

150% densities often generally don’t have an upcharge. This means whatever the hair costs, which is generally based on the length, you won’t have to upgrade to get a 150% density. 

Read more: 130 vs 150 Density Wig

Is 180% density good for a wig?

This density is perfect for someone who has experience with wigs and wants to add a bit more volume to their hair. This is the density that generally starts to have a price increase. You can expect to pay an additional $20 – $40 for a wig with this density.

Wigs with this density are quite easy to find. They are widely available online and you can still find them relatively cheap. Another benefit of this density is you have a lot of freedom. You have the opportunity to choose whatever texture you’d like and it would still have a full effect.

180% wigs are a great density for almost any occasion. If you’re set on getting a denser wig, instead of getting the highest percentage available, 180% will likely be a great fit. 

Is 250% density good for a wig?

This is the highest density available for a wig. While it’s nice to have such a high density, there are some things you may want to consider prior to a purchase. 

One of the biggest downsides to this high density is the price. Wigs with this density will have a cost nearly $100 more than a base unit. Keep in mind this big price jump when shopping.

Another area to consider is the added weight. There are way more strands of hair throughout the unit than if you were to just stick with a base unit. If you are new to wearing wigs, this could take a while to get used to.

Aside from those downsides, you have so much freedom with this high density. You have the option to choose any texture and still maintain a full look. This is also a great option if you’re looking for a longer length as it will thicken up the ends.


The density you decide to purchase for a wig will really boil down to what kind of style you are looking for. If the hair has a lower density you may need to compensate by sticking with curlier textures or shorter lengths to increase the look of thickness.

If the hair is denser, you have a lot more styling options. You don’t have to be as aware of other areas such as the length or color of the wig you get.

Do keep in mind that when you do upgrade for a higher density you will likely have to pay more. Every density generally gets a price increase. Finding the perfect density will likely take some time but in the end it will be very rewarding to find the ideal unit.


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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