Wig Fiber Options: "Synthetic or Human Hair?"
There are three major types of wig fiber options to choose from when buying a wig: Synthetic Fiber, Heat Friendly Fiber, which is generally synthetic fibers, but may also be a combination of synthetic and human hair fibers, and Human Hair Fiber.
To learn the differences between Human Hair Wigs vs Synthetic Wigs go to the bottom half of the page.
Synthetic Fiber Wigs
True by Estetica Designs
The monofilament fiber of synthetic wigs retains the style you see in the display photo. Therefore, the style you see is the style you will get. You can not "heat style" a standard synthetic wig. Regular synthetic fibers cannot withstand any type of heat. However, standard synthetic fiber wigs can be cold rolled or finger-styled using special products made specifically for the synthetic fibers. With proper care synthetic hair wigs / hairpieces last about 4-6 months.
All of our wig manufacturers that we feature on ElegantWigs.comTM offer synthetic fiber wigs.
Heat Friendly Fiber Wigs
Red Carpet by Rene of Paris
Heat friendly fiber is still a synthetic fiber, however it can withstand heat up to 350 degrees. This means you can use a curling iron, a straightener, and a blow dryer using the low heat setting to help you create different styles. Any style you create stays locked in place until heat-styled again.
Heat Friendly, Heat Resistant, or Heat Defiant - are terms used by different wig manufacturers to describe wigs made with Heat friendly synthetic fibers or a blend of human hair and synthetic fibers. Please be aware that many, but not all, heat friendly / heat defiant / heat resistant synthetic wigs arrive straight, even though you may see the wig image on our site styled with ringlets, curls, or waves. With proper care heat friendly synthetic hair wigs and hairpieces last about 2-3 months.
If you are not sure if the wig will arrive straight or curled, please call to confirm.
See our selection of heat friendly fiber wigs.
Human Hair Fiber Wigs
Success Story by Raquel Welch
Human hair wigs are made of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Caucasian hair. This type of wig requires more upkeep and is a bigger investment, but a human hair wig is the most natural looking and durable wig style. You can do anything to a human hair wig, you would do to your own hair. Human hair wigs can be heat-styled, colored, and blown dry. It is best not to lighten the color of a human hair wig, because of the chemical processes the human hair fibers undergo before the wig is made. Therefore, if you want to color your wig, order a color lighter than you actually want. Once your human hair wig arrives take it to a professional hair salon to have it uniquely colored.
See our selection of human hair fiber wigs.
Remy Human Hair Wigs
Inspire by Ellen Wille
Remy Hair is the highest quality human hair on the market. Because of the way it is sorted, Remy hair makes the final wig product silkier to the touch with fewer tangles. Remy hair wigs feature the best cap constructions as well.
See our selection of Remy human hair fiber wigs.
Human Hair Wigs vs Synthetic Wigs
Human Hair Wigs
PC 108 by Louis Ferre
Although many folks considered human hair wigs to be the "gold" standard, the reason most women cite as for buying a human hair wig is because it looks and feels far more natural than any synthetic wig.
ElegantWigs.comTM suggests you call one of our wig experts, if you have never purchased a human hair wig before. Human hair wigs are not only a more expensive investment than synthetic wigs, but also will require more effort in styling and upkeep than synthetic wigs. However, properly cared for human hair wigs are more durable than most synthetic wigs.
Normally, human hair wigs come with 10 to 20% more hair, so they must be trimmed and styled, preferably by a hairdresser with wig experience, to your individual taste. Human hair wigs do not arrive "pre-styled" as do many synthetic wigs. However, numerous styling possibilities by you or your hairdresser are possible when you wear human hair wigs. Not only can curlers, a blow dryer or a flat iron be used to change the wig's style, you also are able to custom color, add streaks or highlights to your human hair wig. Care for human hair wigs includes it being properly shampooed, dried, and conditioned. Just like natural hair, human hair wigs can lose their style if they get wet or frizz on humid days. If price is not an issue, and you are skilled at styling your own hair every day, you may want to consider a human hair wig. Human hair wigs can last between 1 and 3 years. See how to care for human hair wigs at the top of this page.
Emma by Envy
Fiber: Human Hair Synthetic Heat Friendly Blend
An alternative to 100% human hair wigs are human hair-synthetic blended wigs with heat friendly, heat resistant, or heat defiant synthetic fibers that offer a natural look but retain the style better than a 100% human hair wig. Wig manufacturers have developed this blend to help lower the cost of a human hair wig. However, the heat defiant synthetic fibers tend not to last as long as the human hair fibers, so the wig's longevity is somewhat compromised.
Claire PM by Noriko
Most purchasers of wigs on ElegantWigs.comTM select either a regular synthetic or a heat friendly (Heat Resistant, or Heat Defiant) synthetic fiber wig. Today's synthetic wigs offer the consumer more styling choices, more color options, and unique cap construction features for all day wearing comfort. Synthetic wigs are also much less expensive than human hair wigs. Some folks say that high quality synthetic wigs are virtually indistinguishable from human hair, except to the most experienced eye.
Made from advanced chemical polymers, the better quality synthetic wigs offer very realistic looking hair fibers with a lustrous appearance. The synthetic wig's fibers maintains its wave or curl, texture and volume with minimal upkeep. Since the wig's styling is built into the "memory" of the fibers, you can style synthetic wigs with a wide-toothed comb, or even your fingertips. Many of ElegantWigs.comTM shorter synthetic wig styles allow you to just shake them out before you put them on. You may see copy that refers to these short synthetic wigs as "shake-n-go wigs"!
Although synthetic wigs are extremely easy to wear and care for, you can damage the synthetic fibers and ruin the wig if it exposed to any heat source such as blow dryers, and curling or straightening irons. In addition heat from ovens or open fires can also wreak havoc on a synthetic wig unless it is made form heat resistant synthetic fibers. Synthetic wigs cannot accept permanent waves or color changes. With proper care, expect synthetic hair wigs and hairpieces to last about 4-6 months. See how to care for synthetic wigs at the top of this page.