Which is right for you? Maybe all. Human Hair and Synthetic Hair have advantages and limitations which make them the right choice at different times. Both are great choices for you depending on your budget, time and needs. Optimally, you will choose to have both on hand as they each have their pluses! Here are the facts so you can know in what circumstances each is most beneficial.
Hands down, human hair looks and feels the most natural because…well…it is natural hair. Human hair is remarkably soft with a shine and movement not easily duplicated by synthetic hair. Its versatility allows you to style it like your own hair with curls or bone straight with a durability that can last over five years! There are generally four basic types of human hair used: Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Caucasian. The majority of weaves are made from Asian hair, because of its texture and availability. Human hair is by far the superior choice if quality is the only factor. Other than price, the main drawback to human hair is required maintenance as with natural hair, it requires effort. For many, daily styling is actually preferable as it allows for more control over the appearance as well as a sense of normalcy that can come with the daily hair styling ritual. Keep in mind that human hair does not come out of the box ready to wear. You may choose to have it customized by a professional stylist to get exactly the look you like. It does take a bit of extra effort… but is worth it!
The look is pretty indistinguishable from human hair wigs and the feel is pretty darn close! The fact that most synthetic wigs can be worn right out of the box with minimal or no styling requirements makes it a more attractive choice. And, unlike human hair, synthetic hair will hold its style regardless of the climate because it’s basically plastic. The curl pattern or style is basically baked right in to the wig and will not change no matter how terrible the weather is. You don’t have to take time to style because the style or curl pattern is set right in and stays that way. However, this means you can’t change it, so you don’t have the versatility of human hair. Since they are totally chemical products, their texture is rough and easy to get tangled. But as their price is much lower than natural human hair, they’re still good choices to make hair for short term hair extensions.
Imagine all the benefits of human hair and all the benefits of synthetic hair got together! The product of this union would be only the advantages of both human hair and synthetic hair and virtually none of the disadvantages. Well... it does exist. This is what is called in the industry "blended hair” which is a varying blend of human hair to get the softness, style-ability, and perfect movement with a long-lasting style hold. This is the best of both worlds and it is available for anyone who wants it. It is very new in the market and isn't everywhere right now but we have it.
Both human hair wigs and synthetic wigs have their pluses and minuses. Only you know your needs, wants, and budget. Optimally, if your budget allows, you would want to get a great human hair wig to suit your more important dates and looks, but always have a great synthetic wig or two for your daily needs or your more casual days. Ideally, you want both types of hair on hand as both are great choices for different situations. You could actually have your cake and eat it too!