Extensions and wigs are either synthetic, meaning the “hair” is artificially made, or natural, made of human hair. There’s debate over which is better. The truth is that both can be suitable for certain situations. The type of extensions and wigs you purchase is a personal choice, but it’s important to know all of the facts before making your choice.
Price: Of course, we all want to look good and feel good while not breaking the bank. The price difference between natural human hair and synthetic hair can be quite significant. It is important to note that even though natural hair is more expensive than synthetic hair, it can last four times as long. Human hair is going to be more expensive because it’s coming from another person’s head, so it takes time to grow and cut. The synthetic hair is being made in a factory, using materials such as polyester, toyokalon, or silicone. That doesn’t mean that synthetic hair is bad or dangerous, it just means that there are certain things that you cannot do that you would be able to do with your actual hair.
Styling and Maintenance: This is probably the biggest thing to pay attention to when choosing your wigs and extensions. Natural hair will look more like your real hair and has greater versatility than synthetic hair. It comes in more textures and natural colors, so it’s more likely to find a match to your hair. Natural hair can be dyed and styled in more ways than synthetic hair. Part of this is because synthetic hair, for the most part, cannot be heated. Most of the synthetic fibers are a form of plastic, so the fibers can melt and be damaged. Synthetic hair does come in set styles, so you can choose a look, but it can’t be changed. Natural hair acts like, well, natural hair. This means it needs to be moisturized and will be affected by the weather and humidity while synthetic hair isn’t as affected.
Bottom Line: Natural hair is better for most people in most instances. For most, you’re looking for an extension that you can wear every day, looking good and feeling good. Extensions and wigs are an investment. Although the initial cost may be more, they can last up to a year, still looking natural, while synthetics are only going to look good for a few wears. Synthetic hair also tends to have an unnatural shine to them, making them look like plastic. If you want to change your hairstyle up, you need natural hair. Both need to be washed and brushed regularly, but natural extensions need more upkeep, which is worth it since they can last so long.
At the end of the day, you need to consider your budget and what you’re using the extensions or wig for before making a purchase. For most this will be natural hair, but in some instances, synthetic may be more appropriate.