For at least 50% of black women, the question of human hair or synthetic is an important one. With over half of us wearing wigs on a regular basis due to our thinning or broken natural locks, wigs have improved immeasurably in the last few years. Indistinguishable from our own hair, they are a great investment, allowing us to leave the privacy of our own homes without embarrassment.
Modern production methods involve weaving hair strands, either genuine human hair or synthetic, through a well fitting lace cap, which either covers the whole head, or just the front hairline.
While less expensive, synthetic hair wigs cannot match the overall quality and appearance of a wig created from natural hair. However, there are several types of human hair that are used to make wigs, and it’s important to get the right one for you.
- Chinese – this is the most popular type of hair, tends to be straight, and has a thick hair shaft, which, depending on the style you’re after, can make it a little harder to curl
- Indonesian – the cheapest of all types, Indonesian hair is often found on the more ethnic style wigs
- Indian – with a thinner hair shaft than Chinese, but with more texture, making it easy to style
- European/Caucasian – this fine textured hair is the most sought after type and therefore is the priciest
Whichever type of human hair you choose, they all look, feel and behave like your own, appearing glossier and smoother than the synthetic versions. Quality natural hair wigs are designed with all the shaft cuticles running in the same direction, which minimizes tangling and increases shine. They can be washed, styled and combed through just like the hair on your head, and lasting up to four years, have a far better longevity than any synthetic wigs.
My favorite natural hair wig is the Pizazz Human Hair Lace Front. Available in a range of lengths, the lushness and amount of actual hairs is impressive, and being collected as it’s cut with the cuticles lying flat, keeps it gorgeously clean and smooth. I love the shine on this front lace wig, and wear it frequently, even though my natural hair grew back a long while ago.
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