Are Human Hair Wigs Better Than Synthetic Wigs? Which One Should You Choose?

Did you know that at least 50% of African American women wear wigs? You
may be new to wearing wigs, or may be thinking of buying a wig. Should you buy
a Human Hair Wig or a Synthetic Wig? This is a question you may be asking
yourself if you are currently looking to buy a wig. Both wig types are good
choices in their own right. The choice you need to make depends on what purpose
the wig will serve.

woman in a pink wig

We buy wigs for various reasons. A change of
look, covering hair issues such as hair loss, and protective styling are just some of the reasons
why we invest in wigs. I use the word “invest” because wigs are an
investment. Much of the time for the long term, since wigs, once well taken
care of can last for several years.

The Advantages of
Human Hair Wigs

Hair Feel and Quality

The hair which makes Human Hair Wigs is usually referred to as Virgin
Hair. Virgin Hair is all natural, soft, flexible,
tangle free and low maintenance. The two main morphological components of
the hair strand are the cuticle and the cortex. The cuticle is the outermost
protective layer of the hair strand and the cortex is the thick middle layer
which makes up most of the hair strand’s mass. The innermost layer of the hair
is called the medulla. Human Hair is highly protein and is made from a fiber
called Keratin. This chemical construction allows Human Hair to be manipulated
so that it can be colored, bleached flat ironed and chemically treated.

woman in curly wig with highlights

Good quality Human Hair is soft, silky and strong. It can be deep
conditioned through heat and steam treatments which strengthens the bonds of
the hair. Although there are some synthetic wigs which closely mimic Human Hair
in terms of quality and feel, there are none that can replace the quality and
feel of true Human Hair.

Full Lace Human Hair Wigs

Human Hair Wigs offer
lots of versatility when it comes to styling. If you are looking for a wig with
maximum versatility, then you need to invest in a Full Lace Human Hair Wig.
These are the most versatile of all the Wigs made from Virgin Hair since you
can style them without any limitations. Once a Human Hair Full Lace Wig is
properly installed, it looks like your real hair, no matter how you wear it.
Part it anywhere and wear it in any style; the choice is yours. However, this
type of wig is the most expensive to produce and will come with a hefty price
tag which will run well into the hundreds or the thousands for very high-end

Human Hair Lace Front Wigs

Lace Front Wigs offer a natural look around the entire front of the hairline.
With lace front wigs, you have the advantage of pulling the front of your hair
back while still achieving a natural look. If your preference is a deep part,
you may want to get yourself a 13×6 inch lace front wig. If you don’t care for
a deep part, a standard 13×4 inch lace front wig will do the job. The deep part
version of course will be a bit more expensive but will offer you a little
more parting space going toward the back of the head. 

360 Lace Wigs

Although not as popular as Lace Front and Full Lace Wigs, 360 Lace Wigs also
offer a natural-looking hairline. This type bears the closest resemblance to
the Full Lace Wig. The entire circumference of the hairline is made with Lace
and the wig can be worn in a high ponytail or in a style with a deep part,
while still maintaining a natural look.

T-Part Lace Wigs

T-Part Wigs made from Human Hair have become more popular lately, as the
cost of raw materials rise and customers are looking for cheaper options. If
you are looking for the most budget-friendly of all 
Human Hair Lace Front Wigs, the T-Part Lace Wig is the
one to choose. This type of wig will offer you a natural-looking middle part
made from lace. Some come with a thin strip of lace around the front hairline
for a natural look if you want to pull it back into a ponytail hairstyle.
Either way, the T-Part Lace Wig is the most budget-friendly option of all Lace
Human Hair Wigs.

woman in a blonde wigThe Disadvantages of
Human Hair Wigs

High Price Point

Human Hair Wigs are
more expensive than Synthetic Wigs and in most cases significantly. If you are
not too budget conscious and your focus is more on the easier management and
longevity of the wig, a Human Hair Wig is the way to go.

Color Options

Although Human Hair
Wigs can be bleached and dyed to many colors, there are some limitations as to
how light hair can be bleached. For instance, some Virgin Hair can only be
lightened to a Medium Blonde, while others can be lightened to a Platinum Blonde. The lighter the hair, the more
expensive the wig, since it has to go through special processes to create
unusual colors which are made from a lighter color base. Colors such as blue,
green, yellow, bright red and neon colors need to use light-colored hair to
create these wigs, making them more pricey.

The Advantages of
Synthetic Wigs

Low Price Point

Although most women seem to prefer Human Hair Wigs, Synthetic Wigs are still a viable option if
you are budget conscious. Synthetic Wigs are made from various fibers including
Kanekalon, Korean Fiber and Futura Fiber. There are many high quality Synthetic
Wigs which can be bought for under $100 nowadays. Many of them closely mimic
Human Hair in feel and touch. With modern advances in technology, fibers such
as Kanekalon, Korean Fiber and Futura Fiber are used to make wigs which feel
and look almost Human Hair Like with a longer life. Some Synthetic Wigs are
even tangle-free and many of them are much less Shiny than the older kind from
years ago.

Color Variations

Synthetic Wigs come in endless color variations. You can find different
shades of Ombre, Solid, Frosted and Piano Colors in any texture and length. The
advantage with Synthetic Wigs is that the limitation of bleaching levels and
Melanin removal does not exist when producing a Synthetic Wig. Any color can be
made easily so you can buy any color which ranges between the whitest white or
the darkest black.

woman in a purple synthetic wig

Part Variations

If you like to wear a part in one particular position, a Synthetic Wig
may be the way to go. Wigs made from Synthetic Hair tend to have a static parting
in many styles. Although there are some variations of Lace Front Synthetic
Wigs, and the less common Full Lace Synthetic Wig which can be bought, the
parted Synthetic Wig is always a popular option. These wigs like their
comparable Human Hair counterparts have lace parts that give a natural look.
Some may also come with a thin strip of lace around the front just like the
Human Hair kind for a natural ponytail look. Although the middle part is the
most popular option nowadays, the side part and crescent part Synthetic Wigs are
also good affordable options.

woman in a human hair bob wig

The Disadvantages of
Synthetic Wigs

You will find different types of Synthetic Wigs in plenty of different
colors, textures, and lengths. However, like with Human Hair Wigs, there are
some disadvantages when it comes to Synthetic Hair Wigs.

Hair Feel

The major disadvantage is that the hair feel is not quite like Human
Hair. A Synthetic Wig will more than likely need more maintenance because
unlike Human Hair, there is no cuticle, no cortex, and no protein structure to
keep the hair as flexible, soft and pliable like real Virgin Hair. However, if
you buy good quality Synthetic Wigs, the feel and behavior of the hair will be
fairly close to Human Hair.

Maintenance Level

Synthetic Wigs, whether high quality or not will need a higher level of
maintenance than Human Hair Wigs. You may get away with treating a Human Hair
Wig somewhat badly and it may still last you quite a while. With Synthetic
Wigs, you need to be more gentle with them and take more care of them since the
structure of the fibers is not made from Human materials. You may need to
apply more product to eliminate snagging when brushing or combing and this
calls for more washing due to product buildup. There are many good quality
heat-resistant wigs that can take heat, but heat cannot be turned up too high
as it may permanently damage hair fibers. When heat styling Synthetic Wigs,
start on the lowest heat and work your way up until you get the desired result.
Always remember that Synthetic Hair is not as forgiving as Human Hair when it
is mistreated. If Synthetic Hair is not treated well, it will ruin the wig and
shorten its life.

Lack of Versatility

Synthetic Wigs tend not to be as versatile as Human Hair Wigs. It is
rare to find 
Full Lace Synthetic Wigs and 360 Lace
Synthetic Wigs. The most popular type is Lace Front Synthetic Wigs with 13×3
inch and 13×4 inch lace size. Pre-parted Synthetic Wigs are also a popular
choice for many women. It is also rare to find 13×6 Synthetic Lace Front Wigs.
Styling may sometimes be an issue with Synthetic Wigs. The hair may often be
slippery and some styles may not stay in place. The hair may also be harder to
tame with products and it may be difficult to style the hair in a different
direction than its original style.

lady in a wig


Get a high-quality synthetic wig if you have a strict budget.
A T-Part Lace Human Hair Wig, which is at the lowest price point for Lace Human Hair Wigs, is an option if you have a little extra cash to invest.
If quality is your main priority and cost is not a concern, you can choose more expensive wigs with greater features, such as Lace Front Human Hair Wigs, 360 Lace Wigs, or the best Full Lace Human Hair Wig.
Also, bear in mind the wig’s intended use.
Will you be wearing it every day?
If so, it may be advisable to opt with a Human Hair Wig within your budget.
Purchasing a synthetic wig can be more cost-effective for occasional wear.
There are numerous possibilities, but in the end, your money, the occasion, and how much you need to wear it will determine which wig you select.

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