Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair Wig: What's the Difference?

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Wigs have come a long way. Both human hair and synthetic wigs look beautiful and natural enough to not be able to tell the difference. However, there are some key difference that you should know about, which will assist you in both choosing the best option for your personal needs as well as caring for your wig after purchasing.

If you’re trying to decide whether a human hair wig or synthetic hair wig is right for you, it’s best to first learn about both the advantages and disadvantages of each type, including what type of budget you’re working with. Having said that, if you do have the budget for it, many people have found it extremely helpful to have both a real hair wig and synthetic wig to best suit different types of activities, varying environments (for example, if you live in a dry climate but sometimes travel to wetter areas, or even a specific wig for when it rains). Having this degree of flexibility will provide the most freedom in what type of wig you wear. Read the following to decide which type is best for your specific circumstances and personal needs. 


Human Hair Wig 

Human hair wigs typically offer the most natural look and feel. They deliver a fantastically soft feel with a brilliant shine. Human, natural hair wigs also grant a lovely degree of movement that is not as commonly found with synthetic hair wigs. Another key point that makes the human hair options so desired is the great versatility they offer. For example, you can actually cut and style human hair wigs to match your own unique taste just as you could with actual non-wig hair. Furthermore, as long as you maintain a proper care schedule, making sure to wash, condition, as well as dry and store properly, a human hair wig can last significantly longer than a synthetic hair wig. So, the more natural appeal, versatility, and durability often make it very worth the often more expensive price for human hair wigs.

You are sure to find the exact type of human hair wig you want by choosing from the four fundamental types of human hair used in wigs. These include Asian, Indonesian, Indian, and European/Caucasian. Asian hair typically has a thicker denier, which is the measurement of fineness for hair. The thicker denier causes the hair to be extremely straight. This straightness does result in a resistance to curling and can therefore be harder to style, but people also find this to mean they are easier to care for and maintain the original look. Indonesian hair is one of the most common types of hair used in wigs. Because of this, there is a much larger supply and therefore is less expensive. Indian hair has a thinner denier more similar to the thickness of European hair. However, Indian hair tends to have more texture. European hair is often the most popular because of its fine denier. However, its immense popularity has caused great demand. This means there is a lower supply of European hair, which makes this the more expensive option.


Synthetic Hair Wig

With technological innovations, synthetic hair has progressed significantly in just a small period of time. With the right quality of synthetic fibers used, it is now quite the challenge to be able to tell synthetic hair apart from human hair just by looking at it. In fact, the denier and texture of synthetic hair can be extremely similar to the feel of most types of human hair.

One of the most desired aspects of synthetic hair is its ease of finding the ideal style. That’s largely because you can purchase synthetic wigs that come custom styled for you. Their fiber is often referred to as having “memory,” so it maintains the original wave, straightness, curl, or volume from day one, right out of the box. The memory of its fiber also means that synthetic wigs typically fare much better in adverse weather, doing a wonderful job of preventing drooping or frizzing.

The downside of synthetic hair wigs is that their durability and ease of maintenance often translates to a lack of versatility. It is often too difficult or impossible to style synthetic hair like you can natural, human hair wigs. If you want the ability to style your hair and have it look different on occasions, then you will want to get a special type that is a heat friendly synthetic hair. With this type, you can use heat, such as a simple hair dryer or curling iron,  to style and change the curl, straightness, and pattern of your wig. It’s important to remember that even the heat friendly type of synthetic fibers can be a challenge to manipulate, and still won’t be as easy to style as human hair wigs. Plus, almost all types of synthetic wigs typically start off as less durable than human hair wigs. If you plan on regularly applying heat treatments to style your synthetic wig, this will likely cause them to degrade even faster.

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So, carefully consider if you’ll want a range of styles, how often you would want to change your style, what type of weather you’ll typically wear your wig in, the thickness and texture you desire, and your budget in order to find the best wig for your personal needs and desires.