The biggest difference between a U-part wig and V-part wig is, of course, the shape! Obviously, one is shaped like a “U” and the other like a “V” but the key contrast in the units is about more than just shape—it’s in how the shape of the opening changes what you can and can’t do with your leave-out and hairline!
Let’s take the U-shaped wigs, for example. They’re shaped like an open oval which means the opening of the wig is the same width from start to finish. Even if you were to adjust the “U” from a larger opening to a smaller one, you’d still have to use a thicker section of hair to properly and adequately cover the tracks at the top. This also means that U-part wigs are not the best option for the invisible part method.
But this is where U-part wigs and V-part wigs differ! V-parts start slim and widen at the top, and only get thinner the more you close them in. This gives you the freedom to decide how much (or how little!) hair you’d like to leave out, if any at all!
Other than that, these two wig variations are very similar in construction. They both often come with elastic bands, clips, and/or combs to help keep them secure and work with all hair types and textures. One is truly better than the other if, and only if, your personal hair needs and preferences say so.
So again, let’s recap the difference between a U-part and V-part wig:
- One is shaped like a “V” and the other is shaped like a “U”
- U-part wigs are wider and require more leave-out to create a natural hairline.
- V-part wigs can be worn as an invisible part, while most U-parts cannot.
- U-part wigs are easier to shift into a side part because there’s more space to work with.
Sleeping with wigs on in general is risky business because you have to be extra careful not to sleep in a way that causes damage to both your real hair and wig. Of course, the appeal of sleeping in your wig is being able to preserve your style for days at a time. If you were to take your wig off, you’d have to reinstall it all over again which is super time-consuming.
While the inconvenience of reinstalling a wig everyday is completely understood, you must also keep in mind that sleeping in a wig creates a lot of tension on your hair and scalp which can lead to shedding, breakage, and even matting in some areas!
But in this case, you can actually have your cake and eat it, too. It’s possible to sleep in a U-part wig without causing any damage, you just have to finesse it a little bit! Here are a few tips:
- Secure it. If you plan on wearing your U-part wig for days or even weeks on end, why not sew it down? This will not only help you keep the wig secure while sleeping, but the fact that it won’t be sliding and shifting as you sleep will limit the amount of tension on your edges.
- Be mindful of clips and combs. Using the clips and combs attached to your wig cap is fine and dandy during the day, but going to sleep with your wig fastened to your head with clips and combs is a big no-no! Try securing your wig with rubber-tipped bobby pins or a thick elastic wig band, instead.
- Wrap it up. Whatever you do, don’t let your hair hang loose! Grab your bonnet or headscarf, and wrap your hair up! This will not only keep your wig secure on your head, but it’ll keep the hair from becoming frizzy, tangled, or damaged.
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