The debate between real hair and human hair wigs has raged on for decades, with fans of each loudly pronouncing that their type of wig is better. But the real debate, as far as we’re concerned, shouldn’t be about which is better for everyone, it should be about which wig type is right for you. Factors such as your lifestyle, commitment to upkeep, and the hair style you choose should all be considered when deciding whether wigs made from real human hair are your best option. Let us break it down for you:
Beginning With Budget
If you’re conscious of costs when choosing a wig, or simply don’t have a big budget to play with, then wigs made from real human hair might not be the right choice for you. This is because human hair wigs tend to be more expensive than synthetic wigs and there are more costs involved in their manufacture. Of course, if you wear a short wig then this might not matter too much, as short wigs tend to be more affordable than long ones. But a long human hair wig is likely to be very costly, and is not the best choice for the wig shopper with a small budget.
However, if you are going to be wearing your wig on a daily basis it’s worth remembering that, when looked after properly, a human hair wig can last for up to a year of daily wear. Synthetic wigs tend to need replacing a little more regularly. So on a cost for wear basis, it may be worthwhile spending a little more on a human hair wig if you are a daily wig wearer, and don’t like to swap or switch your hairpieces. Thinking about your budget, and the amount you intend to wear your wig, will help you decide which type is right for you.
Think About Realism
Whilst synthetic wig technology has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and there are now some very life-like and realistic synthetic models on the market, real human hair wigs are always going to look more realistic because they are more realistic: you are literally wearing the hair from the donor’s head. If you are conscious about wearing a wig, or don’t like people to know that you are a wig wearer, then choosing a wig that looks as realistic as possible will be important. If this is the case, then a real hair wig is likely to be the better choice for you.
Of course, the problem with realism is that you will inherit real flaws as well as real perfection: in wet weather and humidity, human hair wigs can be just as prone to frizzing as human hair. This is certainly something to consider when deciding which wig will best suit your lifestyle.
Keeping Up with Maintenance
Just like natural human hair, real human hair wigs are high maintenance. They need to be washed and styled regularly and, just like your own hair, they might not always do what you want them to do when you’re straightening or curling them! On the plus side, if you like to be high maintenance and enjoy styling and changing your hair then human hair is a great choice. It can be straightened, curled, washed and restyled without causing any damage to it, making it the ideal choice if you regularly like to change your look.
By contrast, synthetic hair wigs are very low maintenance: they rarely need washing and will hold the style you buy them in without too much work or effort. That means if you want something you can just wear and go then a synthetic hair wig might well be the best choice for you. Just as you would with any hair cut and style, it’s important to think about how much time you can commit to styling and maintaining your wig when you choose it.
Changing Your Style
Finally, if you like to regularly change your style and then there are several ways that you can do this: you can either invest in a human hair wig that you can style in a myriad of different ways, or you can invest in several different synthetic wigs, enabling you to change your hairstyle simply buy changing your wig. Thinking about how often you like to change your style, and how much time you have to commit to this process, will help you to determine which is the right type of wig for you.