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Human Hair Wigs Or Synthetics?

Wig wearing dates back to the 17th century, when aristocracy used to don wigs as a sign of stature and prominence. Nowadays, wigs have a variety of uses as well. Wigs are used as whimsical items at parties, weddings, and holidays. People often use wigs when they want a new look or style but don't want the commitment of altering their natural hair. Wigs are miracle workers for cancer and other chemotherapy patients, adding dignity, style, and a little bit of fun to their lives. Some wigs are used as religious protocol, while others will still be worn as a symbol of rank.

There are two main types of wigs: human hair and synthetic. Let's discuss each one separately.

Human hair

Human hair wigs are the most realistic in texture and look. Made from natural human hair, these wigs are often expensive, starting at around $85 (beware of ones selling for much less) and running into the thousands. Of course, you get what you pay for. These wigs offer quality, durability, and style that will last. Human hair wigs are best suited for the serious wig wearer, those who are in it for the long haul. Individuals wearing wigs for medical, religious or personal reasons may prefer the attractiveness, stability and reliability of human hair wigs. Human hair wigs mixed with animal hair are available at a reduced price, as well. The downside to these wigs is that, because they are made from natural hair, they have the same tendencies as natural hair. This means that human hair wigs will frizz and lose their shape in the rain, need washing regular washing, conditioning and maintenance, and have a hard time maintaining a style for extended periods of time. The upside is that permanent dyes, hot rollers and other intense heat and styling equipment can be used to ensure that styles last longer.


Synthetic wigs are made from several different materials such as animal hair, synthetic plastics, seaweed, and other man made materials. Synthetic wigs are easier to care for but do not last as long. The market is growing, however, with high quality synthetics that are almost indistinguishable from their human hair cousins, and just as durable. Quality synthetics are made with hair that preserves the style and retains shape even better than real hair. Synthetics are not made to withstand intense heat or colorants, however, so irons, blow dryers and permanent dies should be avoided.


There are also choices in which type of cap you can get, each having its own advantages and features. The basic cap styles include the standard cap, the capless wig, a lighter and cooler model because of the substantial ventilation provided by the vertical wefts, and the monofilament cap. This is the most expensive cap option. These caps are made from a super thin material that offers maximum breath-ability to your scalp. It is also the most realistic wig for two reasons. One is because the transparency of the cap allows your natural scalp color to show through slightly, and two because most mono caps are fully or partially hand-tied, allowing for the most versatility and natural movement of the hairs.

Within these two broad categories are various choices such as style, color, and length. There are ethnic wigs, celebrity wigs, and party wigs. For an even more comprehensive look at specific wig types, visit our wigs and human hair guide.

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