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Today, wig hair is made of many materials. In addition to human hair, advanced synthetic fibers or a combination of human hair and synthetic fibers are used. Naturally, any of these fibers can be of superior, good, or poor quality. At Alternatives 2000, we carry only wigs with superior and good quality fibers. We avoid carrying those products for street wear which use poor quality human hair and synthetic fibers.

The following paragraphs describe the differences between the various types of hair fibers:

The Human Hair wigs we offer are fashioned from the best quality human hair available for the price. Generally speaking, the finest texture in wigs continues to be human hair. The major advantage is that you can usually style them the way you want and often change that style very easily. They are like your own hair in responding to complete styling changes, accepting perms or even changing the color. The down side is, just like growing hair, all human hair wig styles lose their shape when wet. Your human hair wig will require re-styling each time you wash it. You can blow-dry it and use hot rollers or a curling iron, or you may wet-set it and dry it under a hood hairdryer. If you want something easier to take care of, a good choice would be the human-synthetic blend. It gives you the best of both worlds--the look, feel, and durability of human hair along with the synthetic's ability to hold its shape after washing.

High quality human hair wigs should give you up to 3-4 years of wear with proper care. If you are looking for high quality human hair wigs, you've come to the right place.

Caution: Some human hair wigs can be made from human hair with poor texture or quality. Just because the label says Human Hair does not mean it is "good quality" hair.

This is the finest hair available for wigs. European hair can be processed to remove the cuticle, but most of this hair is left with the cuticle intact.

The texture and appearance of European hair depends on its origin, that is, the genetic characteristics of the person who grew the hair. Much of the European hair used in wigmaking today comes from Russia and Turkey, both of which have a finer texture than Asian hair.

This is hair which has not been chemically permed, tinted or processed to remove the cuticle, only sanitized and blended for color. It is available straight as well as with various natural curl and wave patterns. It is considered the strongest hair in the world, and is the most natural in appearance. Most of the virgin hair used today in making wigs is from Europe.

Virgin hair is normally only available in darker colors, the lightest of which might be light brown. Intense reds and very light blondes are not normally available as naturally-grown shades, so these colors would have to be bleached and/or tinted to achieve these unnatural shades. However, the coloring process is done carefully so the superior quality of the hair is not affected.

If you ever wonder if your wig is made of virgin hair, put it to this test - rub 10-20 strands of hair between your thumb and forefinger. If the hair bunches up, it is virgin. If the hair slides, it may be European hair but has had the cuticle removed, or "processed"...therefore it is no longer virgin hair.

The one drawback to virgin hair wigs is that they tend to tangle if not handled properly. The cuticle is still on the hair shaft, and unless care is taken to keep the hair all going in the same direction when washing, tangling may occur. There are wet products are made to minimize the tangling. See the Healthy Essential SeCure products in our Wet Products section.

Be sure to purchase only virgin human hair wigs which are described as "Remi" or "Remy hair". This means that the hair has been harvested with the cuticle going in one direction so that the possibility of tangling is minimized. However, human hair that is meant to be used as virgin hair is normally harvested very carefully and handled to maintain the proper direction. The special handling takes more time and is one of the factors that make this hair more expensive.

Virgin human hair wigs have the most natural appearance and texture and the most comfortable wearing qualities, but they are also the most expensive.

A virgin European human hair wig is the highest quality wig you can buy. However, when considering a virgin human hair wig, be sure to purchase only from an experienced, reputable dealer. Top quality is expensive to produce, and if the price seems to good to be true, it probably is. A good quality virgin European hair wig can cost from about $1500 up. A really top quality one can range from about $2000 to $5000, depending on the way the wig is made.

Human-synthetic blends offer the easy care of synthetics with exceptional flexibility and styling versatility. Like human hair, these blends can be permed for extra body wave or curl. They can also be lightened or darkened to a certain extent with regular hair tint. When using any chemical process on a blend, please keep in mind that the synthetic fiber will not accept the chemical, but the human hair will. Therefore, the amount of change will depend on the percentage of human hair to synthetic.

The high percentage of human hair in the Jacquelyn HairLife blend creates the rich tonal dimensions of color-play most like natural hair, particularly in colors with natural highlights. Blends like this may give you 2-3 years of wear depending on proper care and the quality of the products used.

Human-synthetic blends give you exceptional value for your money...the quality and texture of human hair without the higher cost.

Synthetic wigs are more natural-looking than ever before. Synthetics can be shampooed and dried naturally with minimal care. Less costly than human hair wigs, they retain their style very well but are less responsive to major styling changes than human hair. Synthetics will not accept a perm, nor can the color be changed to a great degree. Remember, synthetic wigs were designed to stay and look the way you originally bought them. Trying to change or restyle them can cause poor or even drastic results. All of our synthetic wigs are of very high quality synthetic fibers. The life of a good synthetic wig can be 1 to 2 years or more, depending on care and quality.

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