Which fiber is best for you?
The fiber that the wig hair is made from will affect the appearance and care of the wig. Different fibers also come with different price points and longevity.
- Human hair: Because they are made from real human hair, these wigs can be styled, washed and worn just like natural hair. This gives the most realistic appearance of any wig, but also means you’ll need to style it every time it gets wet and condition it regularly. You can also bleach or dye natural hair wigs for a different look. Hair should not be bleached or dyed when it has been colored with textile-like dye by the manufacturer. Jon Renau offers a special line of colors without textile-like dye called “Renau Naturals” and these are safe for a professional alternative hair colorist to bleach or dye up to three levels. Look for natural hair wigs that are labeled “Remy,” which indicates that the hair on the wig runs the same direction (from root to tip) as natural hair growth, which preserves the cuticle and makes the hair lay smoothly on the head without tangling badly. These wigs can last up to a year when worn daily, but are the most expensive wigs. Because these wigs require a lot of upkeep, people looking for low-maintenance wigs should consider a different type.
- Synthetic hair: Synthetic wigs are made from synthetic fibers like nylon or the synthetic materials Toyakalon or Kanekalon. Even though they are not human hair, well-made synthetic wigs are often very similar to their natural counterparts. They also have the advantage of holding their style longer. However, synthetic hair wigs cannot be exposed to extreme heat or they will melt, which means no curling irons or straightening irons to achieve your desired style. Synthetic wigs often last up to six months when worn daily and are the most affordable wig option.
- Heat friendly: Heat friendly synthetic wigs are made of synthetic fibers but can withstand high heats. We do not recommend temperatures higher than 350 degrees fahrenheit for heat styling. This allows you to style the wig using a curling or straightening iron. These wigs are a bit more difficult to style than human hair wigs and generally last three months when worn every day.
- Natural blend: Also called human hair blends, these wigs combine human hair with a heat friendly synthetic fiber. These wigs can generally withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees, which means you can style them with a curling iron or straightener. They are more affordable than natural hair wigs.