Understanding the Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Wigs
Buying a wig for the very first time may prove to be quite a challenge, especially if you know nothing about wigs. It would be very easy to end up with the wrong product if you head straight to the wig store without adequate information. Of course, the salespeople in the store may be able to guide you into making a good choice, but it is still recommended that you do some research first before you go wig-shopping. One of the first things that you would need to understand about wigs is that they come in two different types - natural and synthetic. Natural wigs are made from real human hairs while synthetic ones are made from artificial fibers.
Aside from this obvious fact, there are many other differences between natural and synthetic wigs. Understanding these differences is crucial when deciding which particular wig to buy for your personal use.
Since natural wigs are made from real hair, they usually look more like the genuine article although there are some high quality synthetic brands these days that can pass for real hair, unless you inspect the strands closely. Natural wigs also feel much smoother and softer while many synthetic wigs immediately feel fake to the touch.
Natural wigs are much more versatile when it comes to style because they can be modified by means of curling irons, blow-dryers, flat irons, and other tools that make use of heat. On the other hand, synthetic wigs may not be styled with heating products because the heat will ruin the fibers of the wig. However, synthetic wigs do retain their original appearance even after you wash them, provided of course that you follow the instructions for washing and brushing them. If you can't afford to devote a lot of time to styling your hair, a synthetic wig may be the more practical choice.
Natural hair wigs are usually available only in natural hair colors. However, it doesn't always mean that a blonde wig came from natural blonde hair, or that a brown wig came from natural brown hair. In fact, most natural wigs are made from black hair, which are then processed accordingly to produce the different shades and styles of natural wigs that are in the market today. Still, natural wig colors are usually restricted to natural hair colors like brown, blonde, red, grey or black. Synthetic wigs, on the other hand, come in a much wider variety of hues outside the typical hair spectrum. If you see someone wearing a pink, purple or blue wig, for instance, you can be certain that it is made from synthetic and not natural hair fibers.
Care and Maintenance
There is not much difference when it comes to the procedures for taking care of natural and synthetic wigs. For both types, you would need to use special cleaning products that are different from the ordinary shampoos and conditioners used for ordinary hair. Natural wigs, however, require a higher level of maintenance so that you can keep them looking real and beautiful for a long time. Synthetic hairs do not need to be washed as frequently as natural wigs. On the average, once every two weeks would suffice even if you use the wig every day. Natural wigs, however, need to be washed once a week if used daily.
The cheapest synthetic wig costs only about $20 while the cheapest human hair wig costs at least a few hundred dollars. However, since many of the expensive branded natural wigs do boast of much higher quality, they do pay for themselves in the long run and oftentimes turn out to be better investments than the cheaper synthetic wigs.
It is the immediate assumption of many people that natural wigs are the better choice compared to synthetic ones but as you can see from the many differences listed above, that is not necessarily always true. There are some cases when it would actually be better to buy a synthetic wig than a natural one, and vice versa, so you do have to weigh the pros and cons of each type very carefully.