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The Pros and Cons of Synthetic Hair Wigs

Should I buy a Synthetic Wig or a Human Hair Wig? 

There are two main types of hair used in the alternative hair industry. Synthetic and Human. Which is perfect for you? The answer may be Both. Human Hair and Synthetic Hair both have advantages and disadvantages which can make them the right choice in different situations. Both are great choices for you just depending on your budget, time, and needs. Optimally, you will choose to have both on hand as they each have their superiority!. In this article, the LA Wig Company will examin the Pros and the Cons of Synthetic Hair Wigs.

What is Synthetic Hair? 

Synthetic hair like human hair is a polymer. It is composed of fine plastic fibers, manufactured to look like human hair. In its basic form, synthetic hair is made from low-grade acrylic that is heated and strung into strands to make individual hair fibers. The strands are then laced or tied into extensions and hairpieces. Over the last 20 years polymer science has advanced massively to create these synthetic hair fibers and enabled wig manufacturers to offer broader lines of synthetic hair products that can look and feel like the real thing.

Lower grade synthetic hair fibers can be found in costume wigs and lack the movement and texture of real hair. Additionally, the appearance of these fibers is waxy and plastic. Conversely, the higher grade, more sophisticated form of synthetic hair has texture and luster, and resembles human hair. The fibers range in type from straight to kinky/curly with coarse surfaces to silky/smooth surfaces.  In some cases it is difficult to tell the difference — the denier (a unit of weight by which the fineness is measured) and texture are such that they feel almost like human hair. As a matter of fact, with some of the higher quality synthetic pieces, you would never know they were not natural human hair if you didn’t have the human hair right next to it to compare.

There are several types of synthetic hair wigs available although Kanekalon Fiber is certainly the most prevalent and popular for daily wear wigs and hair pieces. Jon Renau Synthetic Wigs. Noriko Wigs, Rene of Paris Wigs and Raquel Welch Synthetic Wigs all use fiber manufactured according to the Kanekalon process. This fiber is characterized by a natural feeling, lighter, softer hair with more natural body that is both flexible and comfortable. The mhttps://lawigcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Wig-Colors-Who-do-you-want-to-be-1.jpgor benefits are easy care, reasonable price, permanent color, easy styling and usually quick availability.

The Pros and Cons of Synthetic Wigs – The Pros. 

While some women are immediately put off by the idea of wearing a synthetic wig, there are many plus points to consider before ruling out these wigs entirely.

Low Maintenance:

Synthetic wigs are generally easier to take care of owing to the permanent styling. A shake and brush is all it takes to maintain the pre-styled look and the wig can be worn instantaneously with no fuss or bother. Women who do not want to be bothered with styling a wig on a daily basis may prefer a synthetic wig. For some women, escaping the daily hair care routine is the reason they want to wear a wig in the first place, so a human hair wig would defeat the purpose.

Color Retention:

Human hair wigs will eventually fade, while synthetic fibers retain their color permanently. Of course, this may also be considered a negative point by some women, as synthetic wigs cannot be successfully recolored.


Synthetic hair wigs are almost always less expensive than those made from human hair with a broad variety of styles and cuts ranging from $100 to $400. The cost can allow women to purchase more than one wig at a time without breaking the bank and allow for the convenience of a spare or the indulgence of a wig wardrobe to suit different moods or occasions.

Broad Selection:

Synthetic hair wig purchasers have never had it so good. Hundreds of fine quality styles and cuts are available from the largest and most respected wig manufacturers in the industry with a broad array of colors. It is easier to find your style/cut/color of choice than ever before.


Recent advances in technology have eliminated a lot of the traditional barriers to synthetic hair wigs. Quality is reliable and good. It is worth at least checking them out before automatically going to a wig made from human hair.

The Pros and Cons of Synthetic Wigs – The Cons

Synthetic wigs have their downsides which should be honestly considered before making a wig buying decision.

Unnatural Look:

Despite advances in technology, high quality synthetic wigs can still look unnatural in direct light or in the ways that they move. Although the differences are subtle, there is still a tendency towards a less flowing and a more sculpted appearance. With lower grade synthetic wigs the differences in shine and flow can be quite distinct and easy to spot.

Permanent Styling:

Some women find the permanent set of a synthetic wig to be a bonus, while others are turned off by this aspect. If a woman is into her looks, likes variety, and becomes bored with the same hairstyle day after day, or fears that people will suspect she is wearing a wig, a synthetic wig may not be the right option.


Options for coloring synthetic hair wigs are limited and not entirely without risk. The synthetic wig must be dyed with ink. If a wearer uses a regular hair dye, he or she risks the dye running off or bleeding because synthetic wigs have hair that do not absorb a regular hair dye like human hair.


Constant rubbing on the collar can lead to irritation and synthetic hair wigs are less able to ‘breath’ than human hair wigs and can be hot and itchy in warm weather.


Synthetic wigs made from Kanekalon are termed heat resistant up to around 400 degrees. For styling using curlers and tongs at low heat there is no problem but do remain mindful that synthetic hair is a polymer and it can and will melt at extreme heat. Exposure to open ovens or heat lamps can damage synthetic wigs beyond repair.

Where do I buy good quality Synthetic Wigs?

There are Pros and Cons related to buying Synthetic Wigs and the LA Wig Company selection of Synthetic Wigs can be found at https://lawigcompany.com/product-category/synthetic-wig/ . The Los Angeles Wig Company offers a broad range of Synthetic Wigs from such fine manufacturers such as Jon Renau, Noriko, Rene Of Paris and Raquel Welch.


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