Why I NEVER call human hair “Real Hair”

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I never, ever, EVER call human hair “real hair.”

To me, my synthetic toppers and wigs are just as “real” as my human hair ones.

This whole linguistic issue is more loaded than meets the eye.

By calling human hair “real” and synthetic hair “fake”, we perpetuate a deeply rooted marketing gimmick centered on human hair. Namely, that your hair won’t look or feel “real” unless you spend as much as a used car on it. This just isn’t true. (At least, it’s not true as far as I am concerned.)

What is true is that some women just don’t like synthetic hair. It feels different to them than human hair. That is a completely valid and justified critique. It DOES feel different! 

Different doesn’t mean it’s philosophically or physically changing properties!  Different just means different. 

For me, you’re either 100% with alternative hair or you’re not. That means that (to me) it’s either all “fake” or it’s all “real.”

I choose to believe in the fantasy of great hair every day.

I choose to consider all of it “real”.

Here are my reasons for this:

  1. All wigs and toppers cost real money, don’t they? 😉
  2. Look at the picture in this post. That is a Top Wave 12″ by Jon Renau. This is a synthetic topper. It looks pretty real to me, how about you?

I imagine that some of you may disagree and that is totally cool. I am not trying to cram my opinion down your throat. Instead, I just wanted to offer this to you as an alternative to a rather loud and prevalent theme you’ll see within the online wig community. My hope is that it will provide you with something different to ponder about this subject.



  1. Katherine
    June 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I love this post. On the rare occasions someone asks if a wig I’m wearing is my “real” hair (usually one of my extended family members who knows I wears wigs but doesn’t realize I started shaving my head, not that the hair didn’t grow back), I always say, “sure is, I bought it myself!”

    For what it’s worth, while I wear only synthetic hair at this time, I have always considered human hair as just another option, just as there are different cap types, lace fronts, etc. (Never thought of it as “real” vs “fake.”)

  2. June 29, 2017 / 12:05 am

    i love the style wig posted in light auburn. what is it called and what is the price. ASAP.

    • June 30, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Hi Della!

      Thank you for commenting! The picture on the blog post is of the synthetic topper Top Wave 12″ Topper by Jon Renau in the beautiful color 6F27: Caramel Ribbon.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions! Or if you would like to go into more detail, please email us at support@cysterwigs.zendesk.com.

      Have a great hair day!

  3. H Kurtz
    June 24, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I agree. While on vacation and wearing my wig every day I said something about my hair. My hubby said “it’s not your hair”. I responded that it sure is. I’m wearing it on my head and I bought and paid for it. He is not on board with my wig wearing as my alopecia isn’t all that far along. At this point my hair line is severely receded and my back hair has lost probably 25 to 35% of it’s volume. To me my helper hair is real as can be. I’m not going to wait until I’m totally bald to nip the issue in the bud.

    I don’t want human helper hair as I want to spend as little time on my hair as possible. Shake and go all the way for me!

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