There are many different types of hair extensions on the market today, each has been designed to make transforming and styling your hair as quick and easy as possible. The quality and availability of synthetic hair extensions have advanced considerably over the last few years. If you are new to hair extensions or considering something different, you may be wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic hair and why they might be a great addition to your hair wardrobe. 

What Are Synthetic Hair Extensions?

Synthetic Hair Extensions are made from human-made fibers designed to look and feel like human hair. They can be made from Nylon, Polyester or Acrylic, they are heated and moulded to mimic the look of human hair and can be pre-styled so that the extensions never lose their ‘style’. Their ease of production means they are available in a variety of colours, styles, and lengths.

What Are The Advantages of Synthetic Hair Extensions?

They consistently hold the style they were designed with. Synthetic pieces can come straight, wavy,  a bouncy blow-dry style and even ponytails that never drop or lose their shape. This means that once purchased they can be worn straight from the parcel! No styling, washing or lengthy fitting process necessary. Simply fit and go, making them a great option if you are short on time or don’t want to spend time styling your hair – perfect for holidays!

They are weather-resistant! The synthetic fibers are resistant to rain and humidity, meaning you won’t ruin your hairstyle in bad weather. Unlike human hair extensions which are prone to dropping their style or even frizzing in extremely hot climates; meaning that in heavy rain, your gorgeous bouncy blow-dry is likely to drop, but your synthetic hair-piece will remain as bouncy as ever!

They’re quick and easy! As synthetic hair requires no styling, they are an excellent option for those unfamiliar with styling their hair, or for those who do not have the time to style their hair each morning. We are regularly asked by clients, how they can achieve gorgeous hair when they are not confident at styling or don’t have the required tools? Synthetic Hair Extensions are a great option for these customers. They are also just as quick to remove, making them ideal for those who don’t have much time in the morning.

They’re much more affordable than human hair extensions. Human hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic hair because they last much longer, often up to and over a year – they can also be washed, styled with heat, and worn permanently. However, if you are looking for a short-term hair extension fix, then Synthetic Hair Extensions are an excellent choice. They are much more affordable and can even be purchased in bulk due to their cheaper price tag.

They make an excellent option for Bridal/Prom hair or if you are looking for hair extensions that will provide gorgeous hair but only for the day/weekend. They make a convenient choice for a holiday when you don’t want to spend a great deal of time getting ready and want to pack light!

What Are The Negatives Of Synthetic Hair Extensions

Although synthetic hair is designed to look and feel like human hair, there are some variations. Synthetic hair isn’t  soft like human hair; it also appears slightly more shiny than natural hair.

It cannot be washed or styled with heat, doing so can cause the synthetic fibers to melt, tangle and lose shape, ultimately making your synthetic hair-piece unusable. Therefore they can only be worn for a short amount of time. If you look after your hair-piece well and put it somewhere suitable when not worn, your synthetic hair-piece should last a few weeks.

They only have one style. Unlike human hair extensions that have the bonus of versatility, synthetic hair extensions can only be worn in the form they were created with. If you like to alternate between styles such as straight and curly, you may need to purchase two separate synthetic hair-pieces or opt for human hair extensions. Some synthetic hair can be styled on a very low heat setting, although this isn’t easy and isn’t always advisable!

We hope we have provided you with some information on the pros and cons of synthetic hair extensions. If you require any further information on which type of hair extensions would be best for you, or a colour match; please do not hesitate to get in contact with a member of our team who would be happy to help.

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