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Synthetic Extensions vs. Human Hair Extensions

There are so many different styles of extensions and terms from clip-ins to tape-ins to weaves to pre-bonded, the list goes on. Quite frankly it can be overwhelming if you are new to the world of hair extensions. Luckily, we are willing to break down everything you need to know about hair extensions starting with the two different types.

How Each Type is Made

Human hair extensions are made out of real, human hair that is collected from a donor. Remy hair means all the cuticles are intact, running in the same direction at the time of collection. This allows for almost no tangling and ensures that the extensions remain smooth and silky throughout their lifetime. Synthetic hair is made out of various synthetic, blended fibers, and contains no human hair. These fibers are usually very fine, plastic fibers that are manufactured to imitate real human hair.

Quality and Length of Usage

Because it is made out of synthetic fibers, synthetic hair does not last as long as human hair as they can easily be damaged by the sun, heat, etc. Generally, synthetic hair extensions last for a few months, whereas human hair extensions can last upwards of one year if they are well taken care of.

The Look and Feel

Both extensions come in many styles, colors, and different forms of application. The quality of synthetic fibers can vary, but they are generally stiff and move differently from human hair, so they don’t blend as well with your natural hair. They sometimes have a wiry or coarse feel to the touch. Real hair looks and feels real (because it is) and blends more naturally with your hair.

Ask Us About Extensions

Human hair can be treated and styled just like your own hair and will look and feel the most natural. It will blend easily with your hair and last much longer than synthetic hair. Although it is cheaper than real hair, synthetic hair does not look as natural, cannot be styled with heating tools and do not last as long as real hair. If you want to add extensions to your hair, request an appointment with one of our expert stylists and allow us to help you obtain your desired look.

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