“What is the difference between synthetic hair and human hair extensions?”
-100% Human Hair Extensions-
Synthetic Hair Extensions vs Human Hair Extensions – Human hair extensions are constructed from real human hair. That means they are able to be dyed down, meaning darker in colour. We would advise only dying down and not up. They also can be styled using high temperature equipment up to 230°C e.g. (curled or straightened) using hair straighteners or a curling wand. It can also be washed frequently, although you would be wise to use particular shampoos and conditioners on hair extensions (more info on Roche’s recommended products for hair extensions here). As it is “Real Human Hair” you can basically treat it just like you would your own natural hair. You must still bear in mind it isn’t your own hair and it will need the aftercare that is required for hair extensions (aftercare guide here). Human hair extensions can last from 6-18 months depending on lifestyle and if they are properly cared for.
-Synthetic Hair Extensions-
Synthetic Hair Extensions vs Human Hair Extensions – Synthetic hair extensions made from synthetic hair are sensitive to the sun, are difficult to style and blend with your own hair. It can’t be styled the many different ways you could with natural human hair. Only a special heat friendly synthetic hair is heat styleable, and that’s only to change the curl pattern. But in reality even the heat friendly fibre synthetic hair can be difficult to style as synthetic fibre is more resistant to change, causing it to reform its previous shape. Synthetic hair is also less durable than human hair so it won’t last as long. With proper care you can expect heat durable synthetic hair to last roughly 2- 3 months. Some proprietors claim it to be cost effective, but in the long run you will spend more with the need to replenish your hair more often. This is due to its lack of everyday life durability. There has been horror stories of people singeing or even melting there synthetic hair because of the material (low grade acrylic).
Synthetic Hair Extensions vs Human Hair Extensions
Pros & Cons
- Comes ready to wear out the box.
- Good for 1 night party hair.
- Can be easily damaged.
- Doesn’t feel or look natural.
- Can’t be styled like human hair.
- Doesn’t last as long as human hair.
- Tangles quickly.
100% Human Hair
- Doesn’t Tangle or Shed quickly.
- Lasts a lot longer than synthetic hair.
- Can be styled, dyed and heated to high temps.
- No un-natural materials on your head e.g. Plastic
- 100% real human hair (no animal hair).
- Feels and looks like your own hair.
- Doesn’t damage easily.
- Can have multiple different styles with the same hair overtime.
- Needs Styling.
- More Costly.
If you’re looking for cheap quality hair that doesn’t look or feel natural and need hair for a very short period of time without changing style then you want go with synthetic hair. If you’re looking for quality, durability, a natural look & feel and the ability to style and transform your hair over long periods of time then human hair is for you.
Synthetic Hair Extensions vs Human Hair Extensions – And the Winner is!!!!!!!
100% Human Hair
Until they are able to replicate the exact feel, touch and durability and flexability for styling of human hair synthetic hair will be its lesser counterpart.