Human Hair Wigs Vs. Synthetic Hair Wigs

By Eseandre

Human hair wigs have become more in demand over the years for a number of reasons. People seem to like human hair because it’s comfortable, it doesn’t tend to irritate hair and skin conditions, or they just like how it looks. Human hair wigs tend to be more versatile. They’re also soft, full and come in a unique range of styles.

If you’ve been on the fence about human wigs, I want to give you some things to consider before you totally rule them out.

Human hair wigs give you a more realistic texture.

Human hair wigs are just that–wigs made from human hair. So the hair you get will look and feel like you grew it yourself. With human hair wigs, you can find styles made with hair that’s the same texture of your bio hair, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can play with totally different textures. The direction you go in is up to you. And look at it this way, if you weren’t crazy about your original curl pattern, color or length, you can just buy your perfect head of real hair!

You’ll get more customizable styling options.

One of the best things about human hair wigs? You can be a different person every day! Human hair wigs can be styled differently, with or without heat whenever. However, too much heat will do a lot of damage so be careful. Think of it this way. You wouldn’t fry your bio hair, would you? A human hair wig is no different.

They’re fit to be dyed.

Human hair wigs can be dyed if you’re not super crazy about the color you get. Now that doesn’t mean you can opt for a drugstore dye job. You still have to be very careful because low-quality dyes can damage the wig and throw the style off. If you’re going to go the dye route, let a professional handle the job.

Human hair wigs can hold up.

A human hair wig can withstand a year of wear or longer if you stay on top of the care routine. Remember, you have to wash and condition human hair wigs regularly and keep them moisturized. If not, you’ll end up with a dry, brittle mess — and a lost investment.

The drawbacks of human hair wigs.

They cost more than synthetic wigs obviously.

The price of a good human hair wig can range from $700- $3000. The heftier prices are usually one of the reasons why a lot of people opt for synthetic hair wigs. However, if you think about how durable human hair wigs and you’re willing to put time into maintaining them, you’ll protect your investment.

They’ll react to the weather.

Human hair wigs literally act like your natural hair. If it’s extremely hot out, they can dry out. If it’s rainy, the can frizz up. This is why human hair wigs require adequate care and styling.

You can’t just use any styling products.

Just like bio hair, human hair wigs require specific hair care products for proper maintenance. If you don’t use the right products, the shelf life of a human hair wig can be cut extremely short. If you’re not willing to invest in products specifically made for human hair wigs, then you might want to skip this option.

And now for synthetic wigs.

Synthetic wigs may be a little cheaper in price compared to human hair wigs, but don’t think their quality is questionable. Synthetic wigs can last a long time with proper maintenance and care. They also are available in a variety of styles and textures. Synthetic wigs can be poker straight or crazy curly and full of volume. Plus, they can be worn right out of the box. But keep in mind that synthetic wigs are easily affected by heat and they need to be washed, dried and styled carefully.

Here are some additional things to consider about synthetic wigs.

They’re a little easier to maintain.

This is arguably one of the best aspects of opting for a synthetic wig. They’re ready to go out of the package, but you can give them a little more life with some scrunching or gentle combing with a wide-tooth wig comb. Or if you go with a heat-safe wig, you can add more curls or straighten the wig out. Don’t get me wrong. You still have to wash them on a regular basis and use styling products to help them keep their lustre. But they’re much easier than human hair wigs, especially if you’ve never were a fan of styling your bio hair.

They come with budget-friendly price tags.

If you’re looking to start wearing wigs on a regular basis or just want to switch things up every now and then, synthetic wigs make it possible to do so without making your bank account cry. You can get synthetic wigs for as low as $40. But keep in mind that wigs come in different weights, lengths, style and colors. So as the wig’s features get fancier, the price will get a little higher.

They’ll retain their color.

If you take good care of them, synthetic wigs should not lose their color. Now that doesn’t mean that you can leave them in direct sunlight and subject them to other crazy things. You still have to store them properly and use the right products so they won’t look fried or dusty.

Synthetic wigs have great style memory.

The fibers used in synthetic wigs construction have memory for wave, curls, and volume. This technology allows the hair to bounce back into place without any effort. To keep synthetic styles looking their best, you have to be sure to store your wigs correctly and use the right styling products.

The drawbacks of synthetic wigs.

You can’t style them like human hair.

You can’t use products made for human hair on synthetic wigs. Some of those products have alcohol in them and they can wreck your styles. You also cannot use dry heat or heat styling tools on synthetic wigs that aren’t heat safe. If you do, you might as well go to the ATM, pull out the money you’d use to buy a wig and light it on fire.

You should also be prepared to face tangles. If you don’t stay on top of detangling your wigs, things can get out of control quickly and you can destroy your wigs. When you get a tangle, try combing through it gently with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Don’t brush them out or rake through them with a fine tooth comb.

The color you get is the color you get.

Synthetic wigs cannot be dyed. The fibers will not retain color even if you tried. So if you’re not sure about colors, you can either invest in a color ring or see if you can try on similar colors at a local wig store. You can even watch our helpful color spotlight videos!

They might not be as cool as human hair.

When selecting a synthetic wig, you might want to consider the fineness of the fibers. Thicker fibers might be a little uncomfortable for some because they can be heavier. If you don’t like a lot of hair because you know you’ll be hot, look for wigs that are light in density and made with finer fibers. If you love a lot of hair, look for wigs with open caps or open wefts so your scalp can breathe and you can stay cool year-round.

The good thing about wigs is that ultimately, there’s something for everyone. One thing is certain though. Regardless of what type of hair you choose, without adequate care, your wigs won’t last. So do your homework and check out our blog, Knowledge Base or YouTube channel for helpful wig advice.


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