Synthetic vs. Real Hair Wigs

Synthetic vs. Real Hair Wigs

Wigs are worn by women for many reasons, for beauty, for changing their look, for the party, for travel, for date and so on. 

First-time wig buyers often end up confused while deciding between synthetic wigs and natural hair wigs. With the improvement of technology both the wigs look and feel almost similar, making it harder for us to choose between them.

Many people also asked: Are human hair wigs better than synthetic? What is the difference between them?

Don’t worry, this is the topic this blog will show.


Human Hair Wigs - A natural hair wig is made of real human hair. These wigs and hair systems are designed with hair donated or sold by people, making the end product look and feel exactly like real hair. Hair replacement systems made from real hair are so natural that it is almost impossible to point them out as wigs.


Synthetic hair wig - A wig made from a man-made fiber that mimics the hair quality and looks very real. The synthetic hair technology has evolved so much that modern-day synthetic wigs are just one step behind natural hair wigs in terms of naturalness. They get their look, style, color, and texture through chemicals.


How to distinguish Human Hair Wigs and Synthetic Wigs?

Burn with fire
The difference between real hair and synthetic hair can be distinguished by the smell and flame retardant, usually burned by lighters. The synthetic hair has the smell of plastic, human hair has the smell of burning real hair.


Speak of flame retardant, human hair is not easy to burn, the hair will roll when the fire is close, but it is difficult to burn up, the flame retardancy is very good; the synthetic hair' flame retardant is not good, it will burn up when the fire is close. After burning, the human hair ash can be scrunched, and the synthetic hair ash become hardened and can not be scrunched.

But of course, we don't want to do this right? LOL

So the other options is...


Test with hair straightener
Get enough hair for you to try on...

1. Plug in the power.

2. Adjust the temperature of the hair straightener up to 220 degrees.

3. Waiting for the high temperature, clipping the test hair with hair straighter, and gently straighten. Pull 5-6 times.

4. If the hair is real human hair, it will be straighten, and it it is synthetic wig, it will be curled or melted.

Advantages of Human Hair

Human hair looks and feels the most natural. There is nothing  like the feel and movement of quality human hair.  Human Hair is considered a premium option because it's easier to style and doesn't tangle as easily. Human hair has attached cuticle layer is likely to be better quality, all human hair wigs are premium! 

Human hair is remarkably soft with a shine and movement not easily duplicated by synthetic hair. Its versatility allows you to style it like your own hair curly or straight with a durability that can outlasts synthetic hair.

Disadvantages Of Human Hair Wigs

So let's start with the obvious, they are more expensive. Since it is natural hair, you have to style it after each wash, just like you would your own natural hair.

If you have a busy lifestyle or a tight budget, this may not be the choice for you as, just like natural hair, human hair will react to weather conditions and will go flat or frizz if weather dictates



Advantages of Synthetic Hair

Synthetic hair has come a long way! Human hair of good quality is becoming harder to find and more expensive when you do find it!  

The focus has been on perfecting synthetic hair fiber to look and behave just like human hair. The results... amazing! The look is pretty indistinguishable from human hair wigs and the feel is incredibly realistic!

The fact that most synthetic wigs can be worn right out of the box with minimal or no styling makes them a great choice. And, unlike human hair, synthetic hair will hold its style regardless of the climate. The curl pattern or style is basically baked right in to the wig and will not change no matter how terrible the weather is! Bonus!

Disadvantages of Synthetic Hair Wigs

The only disadvantage we can come up with is what we feel is it's biggest advantage. You don’t have to take time to style because the style or curl pattern is set right in and stays that way!

However, this means you can’t change the style and so you don’t have the versatility you would with a human hair wig. The pros are that prices are much more reasonable; you can easily have 3 great high quality synthetic wigs for the price of a great human hair wig.

If you think about it this way, not being able to style a wig doesn't matter so much when you can buy 3 different styles (curly, straight, short, long) and still come in under the cost of one human hair wig! The synthetic wig doesn't last as long but the low cost allows you to make up for that in spades!

There are also heat-friendly synthetic options which allow styling more like human hair wigs. Styling can still a challenge because the fiber is hard to change even with heat. They are stylable, but will take longer to style as you have to work with lower heat and take the time to let it cool while holding the hair in place. We are looking forward to this technology improving over time! 

Human hair wigs offer the most natural look and feel like our Empress Hair Extensions products. And while they can be the more expensive pick, with the proper care, they are also more durable. Human hair wigs can last between 1 and 3 years.

They are remarkably soft with a shine and movement that is not easily duplicated in synthetic hair. 

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