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How to choose between natural and synthetic wigs

Published on September 22, 2013 – Twitter @fashionflu One Comment |

Synthetic WigsAre you in the market for a new wig or hairpiece? There are so many hair options out there, and there isn’t necessarily a right or a wrong choice to be made! At one time the wig market was very limited and it was hard to find a decent wig that looked good and didn’t cost a fortune. Today, thankfully, there are tons of options out there, both natural and synthetic. Here are the pros and cons of each, with some tips on how to figure out whether a natural or a synthetic wig would be best for you.

Natural wigs obviously have the most realistic texture, and since they can also be styled and colored like natural hair, they’re a good investment for someone who will wear their wig on a consistent basis. You can curl, straighten and recolor the wig to suit your fancy.

The obvious downside to a natural wig is that it requires much more upkeep and maintenance than a synthetic wig. It will need more shaping and restyling and can be less durable in the long run than synthetic hair. It can also be costlier. However, if you plan to wear your wig every day, the extra cash may be a wise investment to make sure you’re choosing a hairpiece that can be styled in a range of ways so you don’t get bored with your “new” hair.

Many women are afraid that synthetic wigs will look cheap or unnatural, but with advances in wig manufacturing that is no longer the case. Many synthetic wigs look very similar to natural human hair wigs and may even be more durable than natural hair wigs. They may maintain their original style longer, which may be important to you if you have limited styling time. Finally, they’re often less expensive than natural hair wigs.

The main downside to synthetic wigs is that they typically cannot be heat-styled. They also may not have as much natural texture and can be difficult to restyle once the original style begins to fall apart.

Synthetic wigs are great for those who wear wigs not very often or primarily for special occasions. They allow you to experiment with new colors and styles without investing a lot of cash! They’re also a great option if you want to test-drive a drastic new cut and color for a couple of weeks before committing, to see how you really feel about it on your own head.

Even if you aren’t on the market for a full wig, half hairpieces, such as Brazilian hair wefts, are an excellent way to add body and fullness to thinning hair or to disguise a bald spot. These can often be colored and styled right alongside your natural hair, so no one will be the wiser!

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