For a long time now, synthetic hair has had some negativity attached to it because out of all of the different types of hair extensions*, weaves, and wigs, it looked the phoniest.
No matter if it’s fake or not, hair that looks ridiculously unrealistic is not necessarily a good look. Not only that, but synthetic hair typically doesn’t last long, and there weren’t many texture options for women who need inexpensive and decent quality hair options.
In recent years, the choices of synthetic hair have really improved! There are now a bunch of different hair textures, brands, tips, and methods that’ll give you a better experience this time around.
Below are 6 tips to achieving realistic and long lasting synthetic hair looks!
Invest In Hair w/ Heat Resistant Fibers
The lack of versatility and inability to take heat was a major reason why synthetic hair was avoided for the most part. However, in recent years, heat resistant fibers and real/synthetic hair blends have become more popular and readily available in beauty supply stores as well as online.
This type of hair usually hold up to 420 degrees of heat which means you can curl, straighten, and blow dry on a low temperature and achieve your desired results! Now this is a huge step in the right direction because back in the day, not even a mouthful of hot breath could touch the hair or else it’ll turn into thin plastic strands.
You don’t need to be so careful nowadays, but don’t get it twisted, it is still synthetic hair and will melt if you are using heat too often or going over the recommended temperature.
Sew ins are worn all day and night which means they will be slept in, sweated out, styled multiple times, and a list of other things. Simply put, synthetic hair cannot take all of that like real hair can.
Clip ins* may be a better option than sew ins because you can take them out. However, you must consider thinness of wefts, excessively tangling and shedding hair, and how well the extension texture will blend with your real hair since you’re unable to put products in it.
So then you are left with wigs. You’re able to make or buy synthetic wigs with heat resistant fibers which mean you can style and customize them however you’d like. You’d also be able to take them off before bed, showering, working out, and any other activities that may threaten the wig*’s longevity.