Comparison Between Synthetic Hair and Human Hair Wigs

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Comparison Between Synthetic Hair and Human Hair Wigs


Often customers are confused about synthetic hair wigs and human hair wigs. Today we are going to discuss about the features and differences between synthetic hair and human hair wigs, and which one is most suitable for your clients.


1 Synthetic Hair Wigs 

Early in its development, synthetic hair was used only in machine-made wigs, which were cheap and unnatural. However, with the development of technology, the quality of synthetic hair has gradually improved, and its appearance has become much more like human hair and is now used as a supplement of human hair materials.


The synthetic hair on the market is divided into many kinds and is mainly produced in China, Korea, and Japan. Various types of synthetic hair come with different characteristics such as different feel, glossiness, durability, which all directly determine the quality of wigs. Japan's Kanekalon hair is now recognized as the most suitable synthetic hair for the production of human hair wigs. Its feel and gloss are very close to human hair and it is not easy to burn. New Times Hair uses this type of synthetic hair, but even the best quality synthetic hair is not as realistic and comfortable as human hair.


2 Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs are more complicated and are divided into the following types: Chinese hair, Mongolian hair, Indian hair, Brazilian hair, European hair, etc.


Each hair has its characteristics. Chinese Hair is currently the largest source of raw material for making hair systems. Chinese hair and Mongolian hair are similar, they are relatively harder and straight. After acid treatment, they can be curled, bleached, and dyed and conform to any style to meet the clients' needs. Brazilian hair is similar to the Indian hair. They are thin and soft and usually have small waves. This hair is easily broken after chemical treatment. This renders Indian hair wigs less durable and would have a shorter lifespan than wigs made of Chinese hair. European hair is the most expensive hair raw material. The color of European hair is closer to the hair types found in the European and American consumer markets. It is very thin, soft, not suitable for any chemical treatment, and it is used primarily for hair extensions.


Human hair can also be divided into virgin hair, Remy hair and normal hair. First, natural hair has many cuticles and follows the same direction, just like fish scales, which ensures that hair doesn't tangle with each other.


Virgin hair is braided hair cut from a person's head. The hair cuticles are oriented in the same direction and have never been dyed or curled. Therefore, virgin hair retains the natural quality and is the most expensive and best material in human hair.


Remy's hair is the hair that hair root and the tip is not upside down after tidying. In the industry, Remy hair usually refers to the hair reversed in the same direction by machine.


Normal hair, also known as Non-Remy hair, refers to hair with inconsistent order of hair root and hair tip. Since the tip-to-top direction of the hair is very disorderly, the hair will undergo some very heavy acid treatment to remove all the cuticles on the hair. Therefore, this hair is soft and thin, and its service life is shorter than other human hair.


Hair systems with different types of human hair will have different effects and appearance. European hair, for example, is very soft and thin, so the hair will lay down close the base which is suitable for the clients who want a flat effect. Chinese hair, on the other hand, is stiffer and thicker so it can create a lift-effect of the hair on the base. Consequently, advising clients which is the most suitable type of human hair for them is a very important and interesting topic. If interested, click here to learn more:


What are the differences between synthetic hair and human hair wigs?

First, from a cost point of view, synthetic hair wigs are much cheaper than human hair wigs. In terms of appearance, human hair wigs are more natural than synthetic hair wigs. Refer to the figure below. Under the light source, the 100% synthetic hair wig has a serious reflection problem and has the feel of plastic. Also, the color of synthetic hair is not easy to control. If a client sends a hair sample and requests us to dye the synthetic hair the same color, the result will usually be some minor color difference. This is because synthetic hair is composed of plastic fibers which are difficult to dye. One advantage of synthetic hair, however, is its durable modeling. It has excellent hairstyle memory and a good sense of support and fluffiness.


The human hair wig, in contrast, has a very lifelike appearance. It shows a natural luster under the light source. Human hair can be dyed and permed, but styling is not as durable or long-lasting as synthetic hair. This is related to the material of human hair. For example, when we go to a hairdresser to do styling, even with the best dyes and techniques, the color and curls of our hair will change over some time.



From the manufacturing perspective, synthetic hair wigs are made by machines, and the base materials are usually rough while human hair wigs are hand-made. Hair has different hooks. Not only with different ventilation techniques but also with different high-quality base materials, such as skin, lace, and mono. New Times Hair can design the base according to customers' needs. The base can be very delicate, comfortable, and natural.


In terms of comfort, synthetic hair wigs feel hard, dry, and rough, so it is easy to knot. The wearer may experience itchiness after wearing, especially for customers with sensitive skin, and may cause allergic reactions. Human hair wigs and real hair is the same, very smooth and flexible. The experience after wearing is very comfortable.


In terms of life span and durability, human hair wigs last longer because they are much easier to maintain. Synthetic hair wigs can easily become coarse, tangled and frizzy over time if customers don't maintain it properly.


Which is the right option for your clients?

You get what you pay for. Generally speaking, although 100% synthetic hair wig is cheap, the appearance can look fake. 100% human hair wigs are more expensive, but have a realistic-looking appearance and are more comfortable to wear. Which one is best depends on the clients' budget, needs, and expectations?


If used temporarily, such as for festivals, performances, etc., synthetic wigs are a more economical and more reasonable choice. We recommend a human hair wig for daily use because it is more realistic and comfortable. Also, some wigs mix human hair and synthetic hair such as in women's wigs. Occasionally, a mix of human and synthetic hair is used for men's hair systems and results in a lower cost than a 100% human hair wig. Another advantage of this method is when a customer needs to blend in some gray hair. Choosing gray synthetic hair can ensure the color of gray hair does not change when customers dye the whole piece another color by themselves because the synthetic material is not easy to be dyed.


How to Distinguish Human Hair and Synthetic Hair Wigs?

The wig market has a long history of both good and bad mixed. It's very important for hairpiece wholesalers to learn to distinguish between human and synthetic hair. For experienced professionals, it is quite easy to distinguish both types by appearance and touch. But if you're a newcomer, you need to pay attention to whether the supplier partner is providing what you are ordering. So, how do we distinguish between human and synthetic hair?


The first method is to look at the gloss. As mentioned above, synthetic hair is very bright, but the sheen of human hair is very natural. The second is how it feels to the touch. Human hair feels smooth and soft, while synthetic hair feels a bit hard and easy to knot. It will be rolled up after a while use. Third, when using a hairdryer at high temperatures to blow-dry the hair, synthetic hair will deform and fluff, and human hair will not be blown. Fourth, pull a few hairs and burn them with a lighter. After burning, human hair smells similar to burned wool and becomes powdery. The smell of synthetic hair is like the smell of burning plastics, it is very pungent and has little knots after burning. See the pictures below.


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