Plucked VS Unplucked Wig: How to Choose

If you are a wig beginner, then you will most likely want to know the meaning of the common term pluck in wigs. And curious about the difference between a plucked wig and an unplucked wig. In this blog post, we’ll explore the features of each of these two, as well as some factors to consider when choosing between them.

What is A Plucked Wig

When it comes to lace wigs, the first thing people think of is always its hairline. A plucked wig refers to a wig that has already undergone a process where the lace hairline and parting areas are tinned out by tweezers. The intention of plucking is to get rid of excess hair around the hairline, create a more realistic and seamless natural appearance. People's natural hairlines are not all neatly at the same length. During the plucking process, hairs are carefully plucked from the wig's hairline and part, resulting in a softer and less dense hairline.

Features of Plucked Wig

Natural Hairline
Plucking gives your unit a realistic hairline and scalp, especially when viewed up close.

Save Time and Effort
For women who are pressed for time or who are novice wig wearers with little experience styling hair, this function greatly cuts down on the time and effort needed to customize the wig.

What is an Unplucked Wig?

As the name suggests, a wig without plucking is an unplucked wig. Compared to plucked wigs, these wigs usually have a denser and fuller hairline, making it look unnatural.

Features of Unplucked Wig

More Affordable Price
Because the step of pre-plucking is omitted, the price of unplucked wigs is cheaper than pre-plucked wigs.

Customization Options
Unplucked wigs give you the freedom to customize the hairline according to your preferences. You can pluck the hairs to create a natural-looking hairline that suits your face shape and style.

Since the hairline is denser, unplucked wigs may show fewer signs of wear and tear over time, making them more durable.

Plucked Vs Unplucked Wig How to Choose

When deciding between a plucked and an unplucked wig, consider the following factors:
a. Natural Look: If achieving a natural-looking hairline is a top priority for you, a plucked wig may be the better option. It saves you time and ensures a realistic appearance right straight out of the box.

b. Customization Preference: If you enjoy personalizing your wig and have the time and skills to pluck and customize the hairline, an unplucked wig can be a suitable choice. This option provides more control over the final look and allows for greater creativity.

c. Budget: If you have enough budget, it is recommended to choose pre-plucked wigs.

How to Pluck a Wig

To pluck a wig effectively, follow these steps:

1. Place your wig on the wig head and use t-pins to secure it in place. It is recommended that you use a white wig stand, because this will make it easier to see the hairline, allowing for more accurate hair removal. You can also place the wig on a table or on your leg if you don't have a wig head. For beginners, the first step is getting your hair wet ( wet hair works easier).

2. Check the hairline of the wig and identify areas that need to be thinned out. You can follow a picture of your natural hairline to keep it even and natural.

3. Comb and pull your wig hair back. Then use sharp tweezers to start plucking the hairline (make sure you have fresh angled tweezers for best results). Never start plucking directly on the hairline. Pluck behind the start of the hairline, and always pluck from the root. Be gentle when plucking. To avoid damaging the delicate lace, beginners are better off dividing it into small sections and working one step at a time, gradually thinning out the density behind the hairline to create a more realistic look.


Now, you may understand what pluck is. Pre-plucked wigs offer a natural hairline while save time and effort compared to unplucked wigs, which can be customized to your specifications. OQ Hair will undoubtedly satisfy your needs, regardless of the wig you desire. OQ Hair is having their yearly spring discount, so this is a fantastic time to invest in new hair. Enjoy Your Wig Purchasing!