Human Hair Wigs vs Synthetic Wigs: What's the difference?

When selecting a wig it is often difficult to know where to begin. With many styles, colours, and wig types, picking out a wig for the first time can seem overwhelming. Understanding the differences between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs is a good starting point for selecting the perfect wig for you. 

What makes a synthetic wig different from a human wig

Unlike synthetic hair wigs, human hair wigs provide a more natural look and feel. Synthetically, the hair is difficult to replicate because it is soft, shiny, and has movement that is hard to replicate. However, if the synthetic hair is of high quality, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the two. There are, of course, some differences, but they are hidden beneath the surface.


Synthetic vs. human hair wigs: pros & cons

 

STYLING

 

Human Hair  Many wigs can be coloured, permed and styled just like your own hair. But will need to be re-styled frequently. 
Any cutting or chemical processes, such as perming or colouring, should be done by a professional hair stylist. 
Synthetic

Synthetic wigs are easy to take care of. Because they have something called “style retention”. You simply wash, dry and then shake them out, and the wig will return to its initial style.

Heat can damage synthetic wigs so we would advise to avoid, due to melting or burning the wig strands. However, due to the advancement of wig technology, some wigs can withstand higher temperatures with extra special attention.

MAINTENANCE

 

Human hair  Just like real hair, human hair wigs need to be washed, deep-conditioned and re-styled frequently.
Synthetic 
They require very little maintenance. This is important to consider if you are experiencing health issues and not feeling well.

 

WEATHER

 

Human Hair  Like your own hair would, human hair wigs react to the weather and can become frizzy, limp or dry.
Synthetic 
Synthetic wigs hold their style regardless of the weather.

 

LONGEVITY

 

Human Hair   With proper care, human hair wigs can last a year or more when worn daily. But if styled repeatedly by heated styling tools or subjected to hard brushing, the hair will become damaged.
Synthetic 
Synthetic wigs and toppers do not last as long as human hair wigs. They typically last about 4-6 months with daily wear.

COLOUR

 

Human Hair 
It is difficult to replicate an exact colour of your hair or wish to purchase a backup of the same style. Human hair wigs of the same colour will vary slightly from wig too wig because each wig contains hair harvested from multiple people.The colour of a human hair wig will oxidise or fade with exposure too light.
Synthetic 

You can choose from an array of natural colours, as well as several fantasy colours. Recolouring is not recommended for synthetic wigs, so make sure you choose a colour you will want to stick to.

 

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