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Human or Synthetic? Asian or European? Integrated or Fitted? If you are looking to purchase a hair piece and aren’t already familiar with these terms, you will be soon. There is much more to hair systems than expected, and it is rare that these terms will be explained fully before you take the plunge. These are all things that must be carefully considered.

The first thing you should think about when looking at hair pieces, is what the hair will actually be made of. There are two options here; human or synthetic. Although synthetic hair has a reputation to be of a lower grade than human, the quality of synthetic hair has improved with technology lately and depending on where the hair is manufactured, can look extremely similar to human hair. This is due to the colour range of artificial hair being replaced from one tone to more natural colours, such as multi-tones, high and low lights, and the visual effects of root-growth. This can sometimes mean that the range of synthetic hair colours is larger than what is offered from human hair.

Man-made fibres do have different properties to human hair. The main difference is their inflexible structure. They are fixed in one style and this can not be changed. However, this does mean that after washing they are low maintenance as the hair will just return to its previous style. This also means that the hair piece will not be compatible with heat. The heat from straighteners, curlers and hair dryers will ruin the hair. Also, human hair products will not be hair-friendly to the piece, therefore only a few specific synthetic hair products can be used on the piece.

The alternative to synthetic hair is human hair. It has been found that this is preferred by long-term hair loss sufferers. This is because of the long-term benefits of human hair, such as its versatility – human hair pieces are compatible with all hair appliances, therefore can be parted and styled to fit the want of the wearer. Depending on how the hair piece is applied, almost every parting will work with the hair piece, and it will still be undetectable. This is definitely more rewarding for the wearer. Despite the hair piece being more time consuming to keep, it fits to any personal style.

It is important to always question the nature of the donors hair when purchasing human hair pieces. There are many reasons to do so. Firstly, the nature of the donors hair will influence the time it will take to style the hair piece, for example, if the donor has naturally curly hair, it will take longer to straighten it. It is also important to question to nature of the donors hair to see if it has been sourced ethically. There is a rising level of abuse in the hair industry. Mainly in eastern Asia, women are forced to cut their hair off after being told they are doing so for religious reasons, when in reality the hair is being illegitimately sold internationally and the donors are seeing no profit at all. For this reason, when purchasing a hair system one must always enquire where the hair was sourced and if the donor is aware of the procedure taking place.

More recently, there have been certain London salons implementing specialist systems whereby clients willingly sell their hair to the clinic in order to produce top quality human hair wigs. Ponytails are cut off and profit is directly paid to the donor, so that both client and customer know fully where the hair is coming from, how the donor was treated, and where the hair will be going.

When asking about the hair, if it isn’t specifically mentioned that the hair is European or Caucasian, one can safely hazard a guess that it is Asian. There is much higher demand for unprocessed European hair, as it has a finer and softer nature. This is the reason that Caucasian hair is more expensive than Asian. Asian hair is also sourced more easily.

More often than not, Asian hair will be of a lower quality than European hair. This is because European hair is unprocessed, whereas Asian hair must go through various treatments to match it to the appearance of Caucasian. Firstly, the dark black pigment of Asian hair must be bleached and recoloured, as typically Caucasian colour tones are much lighter. This is done in an acid bath, negatively affecting the condition and life expectancy of the hair before reaching the buyer. Once this has been done, the damaged hair cuticle is covered in silicon in an attempt to progress the resulting appearance.

This process can cause the hair piece to deteriorate in quality much quicker than virgin hair. Damage can begin to show within six weeks, with issues such as colour fading and dryness. Although recolouring processed hair is a possibility, professionals would not advise to do so, as colours are not guaranteed to match afterwards.

Please take this into consideration when purchasing your hair piece!


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