Do you keep it real or fake it? You know you want more length or volume to your hair and cannot wait for it to grow so you opt for hair extensions. However, you need to make the best choice for you – synthetic or human hair extensions, that is the question.
Synthetic Hair Extensions
Synthetic hair is made up of fine plastic filaments and its structure is very different from natural human hair.
It has the ability to blend with your natural hair BUT the extra shine and silkiness of synthetic hair extensions makes them appear unnatural and unlike real hair
Synthetic hair is unsuited for long flowing hair.
Synthetic hair extensions have a better ‘memory’, so a pre-set hair style will stay the same under most circumstances, including when subjected to rain and humidity.
Synthetic hair is heat sensitive so applying heating tools to synthetic hair will be a disaster. The synthetic hair will melt, even if light heat is applied. This limits your styling options – you will be left with the same style until you remove the extensions.
Human Hair Extensions
Human hair extensions are made from real human hair donated by individuals for money or spiritual reasons. They blend well with your own hair, so unless you touch the root of the hair, there is no way to tell it is not real.
Human hair extensions give you the same feel and softness of real human hair, owing to the way they are made.
People wearing human hair feel more confident as they know their hair feels and looks good.
Human hair extensions are better for styling then synthetic hair extensions as they are receptive to heat styling with a curling iron or a straightener and they can also be blow dried without losing their natural feel. You can style with hot rollers or curling tongs, simply wash and dry the hair as you would your natural hair.
Human hair extensions are versatile so you can style them different ways on different days without damaging the hair.
Human hair extensions, such as ‘virgin Remy hair’, may be coloured, just like your own hair, but these are not as cheap to purchase. The cost of clip in human hair extensions ranges from £25 for a single piece up to £80 for a full head set, but they will last for a year.
How Long Will Your Hair Extensions Last?
Even human hair extensions will not retain their style for long so will need to be restyled every 3 to 6 months.
It is not advisable to colour-treat your extensions, even if they are high quality Remy hair extensions, too many times, as it will damage the hair. Most human hair extensions have already been coloured and chemically treated in the factory.
So Fake it Or Use the Real Deal?
Overall human hair extensions will give you greater versatility and flexibility than synthetic hair extensions. They will look and feel good, giving you confidence but synthetic hair has its place in the fashion world too, especially if you are on a budget. Synthetic hair will hold it’s shape when it’s wet – but your natural hair will not, which may look odd, depending on your style.
About Cliphair: Cliphiar is one of the UK’s top online retailers of real human hair extensions, selling to both trade and public. Check their website at http://www.cliphair.co.uk/ for the latest extensions, or check the YouTube channel for the latest styling and care tips.
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