Comparing Human Hair Wigs to Synthetic Wigs

When considering a wig, you want to decide whether a human hair wig or synthetic hair wig will better suit your needs. The care, handling, and quality of the two types of wigs differ quite a bit.

Some facts to consider:

  • Getting what you pay forHuman hair wigs are more expensive than synthetic hair wigs. For human hair wigs, someone must collect the hair. This can be involved and time consuming. Manufacturers can mass produce synthetic hair which is consistent in every way in seconds, making the materials readily available and less costly. When you combine the complexity of making a human hair wig with its superior quality, it is more expensive than a synthetic one. However depending on your needs, the difference in price might fit the old adage “You get what you pay for.”
  • Changing up your look – With a synthetic hair wig, you’re stuck with the style that it came with. That’s both good and bad. It’s good in that the permanent style makes the wig less high maintenance. Many people love synthetic wigs for just that reason. They hold their style so well that you simply take it out of the box, arrange it on your head, and you’re ready to go. On the other hand, if you want to change the style of a synthetic hair wig, you’re limited to either braiding it or an updo. Many women buy a couple of synthetic hair wigs in different styles to get the same choices they can get with a single human hair wig.   You can work more readily with a human hair wig to create the style you want. You can use heated styling tools to put in just the right amount of curl. It’s even possible to change the color. It doesn’t permanently “hold” a style in the same way a synthetic wig does, and so it does need more care. For many though, it’s worth it since a human hair wig provides many more style choices.
  • Matching your color – You can adjust the color of a human hair wig. If you decide the color is not as flattering as you thought it might be and want to adjust it, you can. It is better if a professional stylist dyes it a darker rather than lighter color, but it is entirely doable. With a synthetic hair wig, what you see is what you get and you’re stuck with it. On the positive side of synthetic hair wigs, they come in a large variety of colors. You can always find a shade close to your natural hair. But once bought, you can’t change the color of a synthetic hair wig.
  • Real or not quite realSynthetic hair wigs are getting better, but they still don’t have the same look and feel as human hair wigs. Sometimes synthetic wigs look unnaturally shiny in the wrong light and need powder and other means to reduce the sheen. The texture can also be off. This is not the case with human hair wigs.
  • Longevity – How long any wig lasts depends on how well it’s taken care of. However, human hair wigs typically last much longer than synthetic wigs. When you are considering cost, you want to factor in longevity. If you need to buy three synthetic wigs in the time that you would normally buy one human hair wig, are the less expensive synthetic wigs that much of a bargain?
  • Getting hot and bothered – Human hair can handle heat from styling. Most synthetic hair wigs cannot. You cannot use a curling iron, electric curlers or a hot blow dryer on synthetic hair.  In fact, if you wear a synthetic wig, you have to even be mindful of the problems that can occur in a hot kitchen. Heat is the enemy of polyester and other artificial materials of which these wigs are made. You don’t want to get too close to the oven when you’re pulling a roast from it or stand near a pot of boiling water. The danger of a melt down with a synthetic wig is real. If you’re wearing human hair, however, you have no more worry than if you weren’t wearing a wig at all.