Heat-resistant and heat-friendly synthetics (the real pros and cons)

From a customer e-mail:

Do you know if heat-friendly wigs tend to frizz? Do they last very long? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

  • They are not a durable as regular (non-heat-friendly) kanekalon synthetic fibers
  • The good news: they are also not as shiny, so they tend to look a lot more like natural healthy human hair . . . at least, at first
  • They are more prone to styling damage; because they are marketed specifically to people who want to style their hair, you can see why this causes problems!
  • This hair is more elastic, so it is more prone to friction damage
  • Friction damage causes a lot of tangling, especially at the ends and at the nape
  • Friction also causes the hair to “clump” almost immediately as you wear them, which is a hallmark feature of most heat friendly fibers
  • They are often marketed as an inexpensive alternative to human hair, but they do not style as easily as human hair wigs do most of the time, and they are not nearly as durable (if you REALLY want to style your wigs, just get the human hair; it’s more expensive, but you will be MUCH happier with your hair!)

Some things to note about this stuff…

  • Human hair / heat-friendly blends are much better than heat-friendly synthetics on their own, and the combination has proven much more durable in our product tests.
  • We know that heat-friendly synthetics are the rage right now. At CysterWigs, we do not recommend them for everyday wear unless they are above the collar in the back at the nape.
  • NEVER use anything more finely-toothed than a wide-toothed comb on your heat-resistant synthetic wig!
  • Wet heat (steam) is better than dry heat (conventional styling tools) if you want to prevent styling damage! (Hooray for physics!)
  • Use a silicone spray regularly to keep clumping to a minimum. (Note: we didn’t say “prevent” . . . because no matter what you do, it’s going to happen!)

This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!

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