One of the biggest challenges for shoppers, especially beginners, while shopping for hair wigs or hair extensions is to determine which kind of hair to go in for - synthetic or human hair. The challenge is further accentuated by the fact that they are unable to differentiate between synthetic and natural hair and the task is made more difficult by nefarious sellers who are not transparent and truthful.
Therefore, it is crucial to be informed about both types of hair and be aware of their characteristics and price range. Here are some of the major characteristics of both hair types.
Synthetic hair extensions
Synthetic hair extensions are available in many different variants. With improvements in technology, the quality of synthetic hair extensions has improved dramatically and these days, some of the synthetic hair extensions are very similar to natural hair. A synthetic hair extension is composed of 10-15 chemicals that are mixed with about 5 types of plastic fibers which are processed in a machine to give them the shape and look of hair. Some of the primary components are polyfilament, low-grade acrylic and polyester. Cheaper ingredients make the end product look waxy, flaky and plastic-like while better ones make give a look closer to the natural hair which has luster and texture.
One of the advantages of synthetic hair extensions is that they can be made to look and feel a certain way. For example, curly synthetic hair extensions will always look curly and even after washing, they would require little to no styling. Another distinct advantage of these extensions is that they don’t have split ends.
A disadvantage of most of the synthetic hair extensions is that their style cannot be changed. It is not advised to change the style of curly synthetic hair extensions to straight hair or vice versa even though some of the new technologically superior synthetic hair extensions are heat resistant. Similarly, it is not advisable to dye or color synthetic extensions as they are made of chemicals and any attempts at changing the color would result in permanent damage. Another disadvantage of synthetic hair extensions is that they do not last long as they get tangled and damaged easily. Therefore, if you are looking for long lasting hair, stay away from synthetic hair. Wearing synthetic hair extensions can also be risky. Most extensions are not heat resistant and can be a fire hazard. When wearing synthetic extensions, one needs to be very careful as to not expose them to heat and fire.
Human Hair Extensions
Like synthetic hair extensions, human hair extensions are available in various qualities too. Good quality human hair extensions are made of 100% natural human hair usually donated by one donor, giving them a natural and uniform look. The hair used in the human hair extensions has not been chemically or mechanically processed. It is checked and the cuticles are aligned. They are also called Remy hair. The strands are collected in bundles and can then be made into different extension types - like clip-in extensions or tape-in extensions. Due to the labour and technique involved, human hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic hair extensions.
One advantage of human extensions is that they last longer than any other type of extension. Another advantage is that the texture of the hair extensions can be changed. It can be straightened, made curly or wavy anytime you want. Human hair can be dyed and colored according to the preference of the wearer as well.
To conclude, one should say that if proper care is taken, then human hair extensions are far better than synthetic extensions.