Why, you ask?
I don’t think you should limit yourself and wonder “what if“, so if you can swing it budget-wise, I recommend trying different fibers so that you can fully understand what works best for you.
I’ve done that.
Over the years, I’ve tried it all (or a TON of it).
And no matter how much I try human hair, I keep coming back to synthetic.
Someone explained it to me once: It’s like going back to an old lover….predictable and comfortable.
(Maybe some of you can understand this. I was married young so that phrase is somewhat foreign to me. I definitely would not want to go back to the boyfriend prior to my husband. He couldn’t spell or use grammar properly and for this reason alone, I knew it couldn’t possibly last. Plus, the last time we exchanged gifts he bought me film from the drugstore for a camera I didn’t own. #truestory #1999 #byekevin)
I’ll summarize below the video, if you’re a reader over a watcher (feel free to pop closed captions on in the video, though!)
Here’s a recap of the reasons I discussed in the synthetic vs. human hair showdown:
It’s soooo hot here in Texas, and I wear my hair up almost constantly for several months out of the year.
It seems a shame to mangle human hair up in my updo, so I prefer to do this with my less-expensive synthetic pieces.
Update: I’m working from home now, so because I don’t have to brave the heat going to and from my car to the office, I’ve been wearing my ThinHairThick NO CLIP topper. It’s so comfortable and easy! Check out my post about ThinHairThick to read more about it.
This goes along with the heat, but the sun can be brutal (no matter where you live!).
Human hair will fade and oxidize over time, so the color countdown starts ticking the second you open the box/walk out of the salon: you should expect to re-color over time to remove brassiness and refresh the color.
Of course, all of this equates to more cost.
If you love warm and reddish tones, then there will be no shortage of options for you when it comes to human hair! Reddish is everywhere.
If you’re like me, and prefer neutral or cool-toned colors, ooof, that’s harder.
With synthetic hair, you can get it in every shade and color of the rainbow.
If you want to achieve ash/neutral with human hair, you might need to do a full color overhaul with an experienced helper hair colorist — there will likely be a lot of toning involved!
Human helper hair, right out-of-the-box, tends to leave a lot to be desired.
Sad, but true.
It’s often sent all-one-length and with no style or thinning.
Granted, synthetic hair can need thinning, too (in fact, it usually does!), but human hair is just about as blank of a canvas as you can get with hair.
You really need to have a vision to see the potential.
When I’m faced with color that’s not exactly right, hair that hangs in my face, the need to get it cut…the list goes on and on…I get overwhelmed and often just put it aside.
I’m not saying that’s the right thing to do, but I’m just being honest.
Which leads me to my last reason…
You Can’t be Lazy with Human Hair
From the get-go, human hair is just going to be more demanding than human hair.
You’ll need to customize it, in most cases.
It’ll take much more time to wash and dry it, style it, and touch up the style between wears.
You’ll need to actually CARE for it, by stocking up on special products and deep conditioners.
You’ll need to trim it over time as split ends are going to happen (so err with more length with human hair!), as well as re-color it to keep the color looking vibrant and fresh.
Good helper hair stylists and colorists are tough to find, but you’ll want to have a good one on-call.
And lastly, because human hair comes from a human (or, likely, several humans), no two hair pieces or wigs are going to be exactly alike.
If you fall in love with a human hair topper and go to re-order, you should expect there to be slight variations with the next piece…when hair pieces aren’t mass-produced and/or not sourced from the same individual, it makes sense this could happen, right?
As GORGEOUS as it is, I don’t want to spend time dealing with human hair.
I just want to watch Netflix.
So What Do You Think?
I know we have some diehard synthetic fans, as well as some diehard human hair fans! What’s your take on why you prefer one or the other?
Or, do you prefer both?
Let us know in the comment! Bonus points if you share your favorite piece.