Human Hair vs Synthetic Hair Extensions

As most of us know, it’s possible to get real human hair extensions or use synthetic substitutes instead. Either way, you can quickly transform your hair and achieve a look you never thought was possible, adding a lot more length and volume with minimal effort. If you do it yourself or get a professional application in a salon, however, you will need to choose between the two types.

For human hair extensions, the hair will be referred to be certain industry-specific terms, so it’s useful to recognise these. Remy hair means that all the hairs face the same way, which makes for a neat and straight finish. Strands that are natural with no permanent treatment or colour applied are known as virgin.

Stylists understandably recommend real hair for better results if you want to get your own extensions. It will always be a more realistic match for the person’s natural colour and texture compared to a synthetic alternative. Styling tools and products will also work with it just as easily as the person’s natural hair. All in all, the look and feel will be the best quality you can get.

People from all over the world donate their own hair for different reasons, which eventually can be made into extensions. However, demand is relatively high and there are some obvious limitations with producing human hair. It takes months or even years to grow long extensions, and they need to be top quality if they’re destined to be sold. As a result, the price of human hair can be high, so alternatives are needed.

For those who are on a tighter budget, synthetic substitutes for human hair are a valid alternative. The cheapest options are probably not suitable for a natural look, because they won’t have the same texture as real hair and they may be difficult to care for properly. However, the slightly more expensive synthetic extensions on the market will usually look good and be easy to maintain as long as you choose a matching colour.

It’s just important to remember that they cannot be exposed to hair dyes, chemicals or extreme heat without getting damaged, so you can’t treat them the same way you would real hair. As long as you’re happy with that, you might find that synthetic hair is a great solution for you, but we would recommend real human extensions if you have the budget for it.

Should I Get A Lace Front Wig?

If you’ve ever shopped for wigs then you probably know of lace wigs and lace fronts, but you might not understand the benefits and differences compared to other types of wigs. In essence, lace wigs feature a delicate, hand-woven base which can create a more realistic look and feel than the thicker bases you would find on a cheaper style of wig. A lace front is a combination of two types of base, with a lighter lace section at the front to create a more realistic hairline and a stronger base toward the back. First we can take a look at some of the key benefits of opting for this style.

Realism

The main reason that lace wigs are popular is that they provide a more realistic look. If the wig is made to a high enough standard and attached to your head professionally with suitable glue, the sheer lace layer will be effectively invisible and the wig will look exactly like your real hair. You can even dye the lace to match your skin tone to ensure it’s completely invisible.

Styling

A lace front is easy to style in different ways because of the versatile parting you can create from having a clean and realistic hairline at the front. If you want to wear your hair up and expose the back you’ll need to use a full lace wig to get the same effect all over, but that way you really can style your wig exactly as you would your real hair. Continue reading “Should I Get A Lace Front Wig?”

Weaves

Hair Weaves and Extensions

If you’re experiencing hair loss and don’t want to go down the surgical route, or you simply want to change your style, hair weaves are the perfect solution.

Many African women you see with amazing hair, well they’ve been keeping this hair treatment a secret and looking absolutely fabulous but now their secret is out!

How does it work?

Basically, as the name suggests, the hairdresser weaves artificial (or in some cases human) hair into your existing hair.

They start by creating cornrows (plaits) across the head to keep the weave as flat as possible, then they take a length of hair attached to a strip of fabric (a weft) and sew it into the plaits. A weave can be used for either a few rows (for example if you wanted hair extensions) or for a complete head (great for thinning hair) giving the impression of a full, thick head of hair.

Weaves are difficult to identify unless you know what to look for (don’t be surprised if your Caucasian friends compliment your new hair style but black ladies compliment your gorgeous weave!).

Weaves are easy to care for, you treat them much the same as your regular hair, washing them, styling them and using the same products. Continue reading “Hair Weaves and Extensions”