Do shpitzels include some fake hair ? Are they always made with foam inside to imitate the hair?
Spitzlach may include fake hair, and may have foam, but many do not. There are basically three types, all of which are worn between the forehead and the headscarf:
- A hard edge covered with short strands of fake hair giving a look of hair that loops around and is tucked in under the scarf. (This should not be confused with a "fall" which is a piece consisting of the frontal locks only of a sheitel, hanging loose from the scarf over the forehead. A "fall" looks like a sheitel where everything but the front was tucked in under the scarf.)
- A cloth covered foam block simulating the appearance of the above, but with cloth instead of parallel hair strands. It often includes the shape of a parting.
- A lace lying flat on the forehead, where the strands of lace simulate loops of hair.
Warning: Photos of women wearing type 1 and 3 are revealed by hovering over the area below.