Do shpitzels include some fake hair ? Are they always made with foam inside to imitate the hair?


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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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Type 1Type 3

  • Thanks ! So there is always something faking something else. Foam, fake hair, or lace.
    – ari
    Jan 13, 2014 at 20:29
  • @ari That doesn't distinguish it from a wig (sheitel) or a "fall" (frontal locks of a sheitel). Should I edit in the difference between a "fall" and a type-1 spitzel?
    – Adám
    Jan 13, 2014 at 20:37
  • It would be great. What is exactely a "fall" ?
    – ari
    Jan 19, 2014 at 23:11
  • Thanks a lot ! Do you know a hair covering type which does not fake hair ?
    – ari
    Feb 5, 2014 at 16:52
  • You could ask... There are snoods, various types of scarves, hats...
    – Adám
    Feb 5, 2014 at 22:39

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