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Human Hair Wigs vs. Synthetic Wigs: Which is Right for You?
You may be considering buying a wig due to hair loss, religious reasons or just because you are tired of “bad hair days.” The main choice you face is between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs.
This guide will help you decide which is right for you: human hair or synthetic?
Synthetic Wigs: The Economical Choice
The main advantage of a synthetic wig is that is more affordable. Recent developments in synthetic hair fibres and wig production techniques mean that you can get an attractive, natural-looking synthetic wig for $50-$100.
Since they are relatively low-cost, most people buy more than one synthetic wig. This means you can have different looks for different occasions.
You can also get designer synthetic wigs for more money. Generally speaking, the quality and beauty of the wig increases along with the price.
Synthetic wigs are also relatively easy to care for. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, you will be able to wash your wig by yourself at home, so you will save on wig stylist fees. Synthetic wigs are also strong and durable, so you don’t have to worry that rain or humidity will ruin your wig’s style.
All in all, synthetic wigs are the more economical choice.
The disadvantages of synthetic wigs are that they usually lack the special lustre and natural movement of human hair. With a good synthetic wig that suits your coloring, most people will not suspect that it is not your real hair. However, there are some people who will be able to tell.
Your synthetic wig will generally only last a few months if worn regularly. After that it will start to get a slightly frazzled or stiff look and may develop bald spots. In addition, you will usually not be able to change the style or color of your wig - whatever you get in the box is what you will have for the life of the wig.
Human Hair Wigs: The Deluxe Choice
The main advantage of human hair wigs is that they look completely natural and can really make you look fabulous. In fact, a good human hair wig usually looks more beautiful than your real hair ever did. You will feel confident and attractive right away. It’s like you just stepped out of a salon every morning!
Human hair wigs can be cut, styled and dyed, so you can change your look without having to buy a new wig. This is good news because a good human hair wig will you last three-four years, if properly cared for.
The main disadvantage of human hair wigs is that they are expensive. It is possible to get cheap wigs but they are usually so basic that you would do better to buy a quality synthetic wig at the same price. A decent human hair wig starts at around $60 and goes up to $500 for a long wig made from top-quality hair.
In addition, you will want to protect your investment by only having it styled by a professional. Using a hair dryer, curling irons or dyes at home could damage your wig - and remember, the hair won’t grow back! If you are wearing your wig regularly, you will need to have it styled every 6-8 weeks, and the cost of this should be taken into account.
Generally speaking, if you will be wearing your wig regularly and it is important that it looks completely natural and is always flattering, you should consider investing in a human hair wig.
Remember: the most important thing is that you feel confident and comfortable wearing your wig.
So, which is right for you: a synthetic wig or a human hair wig? Your choice depends on your budget, needs and personal taste.