Synthetic Wigs-The Pros and Cons

Updated on February 20, 2022

While the idea of a synthetic wig is an instant turn off to some women, there are a handful of pros you may want to consider before you rule them out entirely. Of course, as with everything in this world, synthetic wigs also come with their fair share of downsides. In this read, we are going to take a look at both, with the aim of helping you make an informed decision. 

The Advantages of Synthetic Wigs

Low Maintenance

This is probably the most obvious upside of synthetic wigs. Generally, they are easier to maintain given the permanent styling. All it takes to keep the pre-styled appearance is a shake and brush and you can wear it instantaneously. Ladies who do not wish to spend time and energy on styling their hair or wig on a daily basis will find a synthetic wig appealing. For some, daily hair care is a hassle, and the reason they want a wig in the first place. 

Low Cost

As you would expect, synthetic wigs cost way less compared to those made from real human hair. In addition, the wide range of selection makes wigs affordable for your desired style and cut, anywhere between $100 and $400. This range also allows you to buy more than one wig without spending a fortune, and indulge as you wish, based on your wardrobe or occasion. 

Broad Selection

Speaking of a wide array of choices, genuine hair purchases have never had much of a selection. With synthetic wigs, however, you will come across numerous fine quality cuts and styles from numerous manufacturers, most of which are well-known in the industry. Also, they with a wide array of colors, giving you an opportunity to really pick what matches your look and taste. 


Thanks to the recent advancements in technology, a lot of the conventional barriers to synthetic hair wigs have been eradicated. Nowadays, the quality is high and makes a worthy competition for genuine human hair. 

Color Retention

Real human hair wigs will ultimately fade, but synthetic wigs retain their color for a long time. Of course, this may come out as a downside for some as they can’t be successfully recolored. 

The Disadvantages of Synthetic Wigs

Unnatural Appearance

Regardless of innovation, creativity and advancement in technology, even high-quality synthetic wigs will look unnatural in terms of how they move and when exposed to direct sunlight. The differences might be subtle, but there’s a tendency towards a more sculptured look and less flow. These are even easier to spot for cheap synthetic wigs. 

Permanent Styling

Some ladies deem the permanent look of a synthetic wig to be a pro, while others find it off-putting. If you are into your looks, prefer variety and don’t like having the same hairstyle every day, or even fear people will suspect you are wearing a wig, then a synthetic one won’t be the right pick for you. 


As mentioned earlier, synthetic wigs have a lot of options when it comes to colors, but the coloring is not without risk. Synthetic wigs need to be dyed with ink and if you use a hair dye on the regular, then you risk the dye bleeding or running off as they have hair that doesn’t absorb the ink like human hair. 


Synthetic wigs designed from Kanekalon are deemed to be heat resistant up to about 400 degrees. For styling using tongs and curlers at low temperatures, there is no issue. However, keep in mind that synthetic wigs are made from a polymer that’s bound to melt at extreme heat. 


The constant rubbing on your collar can result in irritation and lessen the ability of the hair underneath to breath. This causes itchiness when you sweat.

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