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Differences between natural and synthetic hair

Differences between natural and synthetic hair

Most hair solutions for both alopecia and cancer patients go through being made of natural or synthetic hair, but do you know how they differ? Do you know how to recognize one hair or another? We explain it to you below!

Characteristics of natural and synthetic hair

First of all we would like to clarify what we call natural hair to that hair of human origin (regardless of origin) Y Synthetic hair made with synthetic fibers such as nylon.

These two types of hair are those used to make different hair solutions such as wigs, prostheses, enhancers and hairpieces or extensions and each one has different characteristics. We detail them to you:

  • NATURAL HAIR: Human hair has a result much more natural that the synthetic one has a much longer duration and allows more versatility of hairstyles and changes of look. Since it can be dried by hand, ironed, curled with tongs or permanent and can even be dyed, discolored, etc.

  • SYNTHETIC HAIR: Synthetic hair, on the other hand, has a more artificial finish (although more and more natural hair is imitated), lasts quite less in perfect condition Y does not allow or curl it, or iron it, or dry it, or subsequent color changes (except with fibers specially designed to withstand heat such as Jon Renau's HD). For all these particular hair solutions made with this hair are cheaper than those made with natural hair.

These characteristics, as we explained in two articles on the maintenance of natural hair wigs and the care of synthetic wigs make each hair solution require a series of different care depending on the type of hair. And it is also very important using them suitable products for each type of hair since hair solutions made with synthetic hair can only be washed and hydrated with Products specifically designed for synthetic hair.

Differences between natural and synthetic hair wigs. Depending on the type of hair with which the wigs are made, they are classified as natural hair wigs (there are fine and normal ones) or synthetic or fiber wigs. Each one has specific characteristics that you need to know to choose the wig that best suits your needs.

How to know if a hair is natural or synthetic

If you already have your wig, booster or extensions and you have doubts about whether they are made with one type of hair or another, the easiest test to do is to burn two or three hairs. With a simple lighter you can check it quickly since if burning it turns to ash or dust the hair is natural. In the case of synthetic hair this does not happen since When heated, the hair shrinks and forms a kind of balls. To give you an idea is something similar to when you burn plastic threads.

Logically, this test must be performed with hair from the neck area so that the burned hairs are not visible afterwards.

Another option to check it is according to the smell it produces when burned. If it smells like plastic, the hair is synthetic and if in doubt, also burn a small piece of your own hair or someone close to it to compare it with your hair solution.

And now that you know the characteristics of each type of hair and its differences, keep them in mind when choosing your next hair solution! And if you have any questions, contact us through our form or through our usual channels and we will solve it for you!

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