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Differences Between Natural-Hair and Synthetic Hair Wigs

Differences Between Natural-Hair and Synthetic Hair Wigs

If you’re a wig newbie, you might be wondering where to even begin. There are tons of styles, colors, and lengths to choose from, not to mention density, texture, and the different styles of caps. The best starting point is to decide whether you’d like a natural-hair or synthetic wig. Each has its pros and cons, and even if you don’t think you care about the differences between natural-hair and synthetic wigs, you might once you learn about their cost, versatility, and styling capabilities.


The main difference is the materials used to create each style. Wig-makers harvest human hair to make natural-hair wigs. The result is a piece that looks and feels like real hair—because it is. Man-made fibers make up synthetic wigs, giving an appearance and feel similar to those of natural hair.


Some people might assume that human-hair wigs are inherently better than synthetic wigs, but that’s not necessarily the case. If a synthetic wig is high quality, it’s almost interchangeable with a human-hair wigs. There are several differences between natural-hair and synthetic wigs, but usually nothing that another person can tell by simply looking at them.


Since they’re created from human hair, natural-hair wigs have styling versatility, giving you the ability to change your look as you would with your own hair. You can match the texture of your natural hair with a human-hair wig, too, and it’ll last longer than a synthetic wig. However, it will lose its style after washing, and it tends to be slightly higher in cost.

For the most part, you can take care of synthetic wigs a bit more easily because they retain their style after a wash. Like natural-hair wigs, they’re available in a range of styles, lengths, and colors, but they require slightly less maintenance. However, synthetic wigs might have an unnatural shine, and they don’t last as long as natural-hair wigs. Also, you can’t restyle synthetic wigs, so you’re stuck with same style.

You can find braided wigs for sale online at Instant Arẹ̀wà Hair. We have high-quality human-hair base wigs with premium synthetic hair attachments to give you versatility and a natural look. Find your favorite style and color to show off your personality! Explore our blog to learn even more about wig care and selection.

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