Human or Synthetic: What Kind of Wig Should I Buy?


wigA good wig is rarely cheap, so it pays to understand what you’re getting. In truth, there are pros and cons associated with both human hair and synthetic wigs. Only by understanding the differences will you be able to make an informed purchasing decision.

What Are the Choices?

You probably already know about wigs made with human hair and synthetic fibers. But it might surprise you to know there’s a third type. Heat-friendly synthetic wigs can be styled like real hair. So, whether you feel like straightening or curling, you don’t need to change the wig you’re already wearing.

What’s the Most Versatile Option?

There’s a degree of versatility with the latest heat-friendly synthetic wigs. However, they’re expensive, and they can’t be colored effectively. If you want to treat your wig like a real head of hair, it has to be one made with human hair. A lot of stylists will trim, color and style a human hair wig — while you’re wearing it.

What’s the Cheapest Option?

Synthetic wigs are always the cheapest option — but they’re not always the most cost-effective. For example, if you need a temporary replacement for your own hair during a course of chemotherapy, a synthetic wig might be sufficient.

But if you’re looking for a permanent change of style, and something you’re going to wear every day, opt for human hair. Yes, you’ll pay more in the store, but you’ll get up to a year of faithful service. The average synthetic wig tends to start deteriorating after three or four months of regular use.

A Few Pros and Cons of Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs obviously look more natural, but they also last far longer than synthetic varieties. But they’re not without their cons. Which one you choose depends on the look you’re trying to achieve and how you’re going to wear it. Here are a few pros and cons of human hair wigs to help you make a decision:


  1. Human hair is versatile. It can be styled and colored with ease.
  2. More natural-looking.
  3. Human hair wigs are usually softer and thicker than synthetic varieties. They also respond well to shampoos and conditioners.
  4. They last far longer than synthetic wigs.


  1. Regular styling is required — just like growing hair on your head.
  2. Human hair wigs must be shampooed and conditioned regularly.
  3. In most cases, human hair wigs are heavier.
  4. They’re more expensive than synthetic wigs.
  5. They can be delicate, particularly during bad weather.

There will be times when a human hair wig is the best option. But synthetic wigs are low-cost, low-maintenance and cost less. At Custom Hair Tampa Bay, we stock hundreds of styles and colors of both synthetic and human hair wigs. To contact us at one of our three locations click here.



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