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HUMAN HAIR VS. SYNTHETIC Printer Friendly Version

DISCLAIMER: This section is not meant to criticize, minimize, belittle, or disparage any ethnic group or its hair type. It simply compares the differences between one type of human hair and another as related to wigmaking.


Synthetic hair is simply very fine plastic filaments. The structure is very different from human hair. Synthetics are easier to handle, due to their ability to hold the basic curl after washing. Depending on the simplicity of the style, some of them require very little styling. The life of a good synthetic wig is about 1 year, but can last longer with proper care.

As a rule, human hair is heavier in weight than synthetic fiber, but human hair is the longest wearing of all fiber. However, there are different qualities of human hair, depending on where it comes from. High quality European hair is considered the best hair in the world because of it's strength and texture. This type of hair is the rarest of all, and is very expensive. Wigs made from this hair run into the thousands of dollars.

Don't be fooled into purchasing a poor quality human hair wig, thinking that all human hair is created equal. Some human hair can be coarse in texture, resistant and very hard to style. These wigs sell cheap and are cheaply made, and if you think you're saving money by purchasing one of these, you'll probably wish you hadn't later. Shop around and ask questions before you make your selection.

High-quality Asian hair has been used in the manufacture of quality wigs for many years, and this type can be chemically treated to resemble the texture of European. High quality Asian hair is the type of hair that Jacquelyn uses to make many of their wigs. They look very nice and are relatively inexpensive for the quality.

Then there is Indo hair, which comes from Indonesia, and Indian hair from India. These types of hair are soft and fine in texture like good European, and is the hair of choice for most cranial prostheses and hair replacement companies today. This type of hair is more expensive than Asian, but if one is wearing a partial piece, because of it's silkier texture, it will blend very well with finer textured hair.



If you want a blended grey color, it would be impractical to order 100% human hair. In the first place, it is very difficult to find white hair for the grey blends. If it can be found, it is terribly expensive. The other consideration would be that all human hair oxidizes (fades) over time, and periodically the darker color would have to be re-colored to match your own hair. If you get 100% human hair in grey, the white hair would take the tint and you wouldn't have a grey blend anymore. Synthetic hair will not take the color and remains white, preserving the original blend. This is why all of the hair replacement companies use synthetic hair for the white part of the grey blends.

Many manufacturers use Yak hair in making white or light grey wigs. This hair tends to be a bit coarser than human hair, but has many of the properties of human hair, and works very nicely where white or very light grey is needed, such as a Santa Claus wig and beard set.

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