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Human Hair Wigs vs. Synthetic Wigs: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

A common misconception of first-time wig buyers is that human hair wigs look more realistic than synthetic wigs.

What if we told you that isn’t true?

High-quality synthetic wigs can look just as natural as human hair wigs, and they cost a lot less, too.

There are lots of differences between the types of wig hair.

Figuring out which type you need before you start shopping will help you choose a wig that looks great and works for your lifestyle.

PROS AND CONS

Synthetic Wigs

Pros

  1. Ease: Because they come pre-styled and bounce back to their original shape after washes, synthetic wigs are exceptionally easy to care for.
  2. Naturalness: It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a high-quality synthetic wig and a human hair wig. Really, it is.
  3. Weather Resistance: No matter the weather, a synthetic wig will hold it’s style. Take that, humid East Coast summers.
  4. Low Maintenance: synthetic wigs require almost no upkeep, which is helpful if you’re experiencing fatigue from health issues.
  5. Versatility: Because of the low cost, you can purchase multiple synthetic wigs to try out different styles, cuts, and colors.
  6. Cost: Traditional synthetic wigs will almost always be the lowest priced option.
  7. Variety: Synthetic wigs come in the widest array of colors, both natural and ‘fantasy’ hues.

Cons

  1. Lack of Flexibility: DO NOT RECOLOR SYNTHETIC WIGS. Traditional hair dyes won’t adhere to the fibers, and the heat from the chemicals will melt the wig. Not a good look.
  2. Shininess: Low-cost synthetic wigs, usually wigs under $100, can develop an inhuman shine.
  3. Less Versatility: Synthetic wigs can’t be heat styled or worn while baking brownies (or cookies, or cakes, or anything…)
  4. Longevity: Synthetic wigs don’t last as long as their human hair counterparts, typically only four to six months.


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