Fibers of Innovation: The Synthetic Wigs Revolution

Written by: Christina Jones

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Unraveling the Transformation from First Fibers to Futuristic Fashions

Embrace the transformative world of synthetic wigs at The Wig Company, where cutting-edge innovation blends seamlessly with masterful artistry. Synthetic wigs have traversed an extraordinary journey, blooming from the seeds of innovation in the mid-20th century to today's apex of style and convenience.

The Evolution of Synthetic Wigs:


Trace back to the origins of synthetic wigs where the pioneering work of Japanese scientists laid the foundation. The creation of modacrylic fibers marked a significant turn, making wigs not only more cost-effective but also widely available, ushering in a new era where elegance in hairpieces became attainable for everyone.

Technological Advancements in Fibers:


Over the decades, synthetic wig fibers evolved, becoming more sophisticated and varied. Innovations such as Kanekalon and Toyokalon fibers introduced a more natural look and feel, heat resistance, and ease of styling. These developments catapulted synthetic wigs from costume accessories to everyday fashion staples.

Synthetic Hair Wigs Considerations:


When deciding between synthetic wigs and human hair wigs, wig wearers should consider the following:


Pros of Synthetic Wigs:

  • Maintenance: They are easy to care for and maintain their style after washing and in humid weather.
  • Affordability: Typically, less expensive than human hair wigs.
  • Color Retention: Synthetic fibers retain their color without easily fading.
  • Color Variety: Available in a wide range of colors that appeal to color trends and natural variations.¬†
  • Texture Variety: Available in a wide range of textures that mimic real hair.¬†

Cons of Synthetic Wigs:

  • Styling Limitations: Not all synthetic wigs can be restyled, and heat-friendly options may have a shorter lifespan.
  • Less Natural Feel: Some synthetic wigs may not feel as soft or move as naturally as human hair wigs.
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Synthetic Wigs at The Wig Company:

Choosing the Right Synthetic Wig:


To choose the best synthetic wig, consider your lifestyle, budget, and styling needs. Look for reputable brands that offer high-quality fibers and consider wigs with lace fronts and monofilament tops for a more natural appearance.

Opt for synthetic wigs with darker roots to mimic natural hair growth, adding authenticity to your look.

Select lace front wigs for a seamless hairline that convincingly blends with your skin.

Tailor your wig's fit using adjustable straps or a personalized wig cap to prevent slippage and boost comfort.

Clean your synthetic wig with wig-specific products to maintain its texture and luster.

Use low-heat settings on heat-friendly synthetic wigs to tweak the style without damaging the fibers.

Employ styling techniques like tucking hair behind ears or adding accessories to create a more natural look.

Preserve the wig's shape and style by storing it on a wig stand or in a silk bag.

A few loose strands can add to the natural appearance, so don't fret over a bit of messiness.

Consider your undertones; cool undertones thrive with ash shades, while warm undertones shine with golden hues. For more details on selecting the perfect wig color, explore articles on matching wigs to skin tones.

Oval faces can wear almost any style, while round faces may opt for longer, layered looks. Heart-shaped faces benefit from pixie cuts or bobs, and square faces may consider wigs with soft waves to soften their features. Reference articles on choosing wigs for different face shapes for comprehensive advice.

Some synthetic wigs may have an unnatural sheen. Lightly dusting with talcum powder or a dry shampoo can help reduce this effect.

Lighter density wigs can feel more comfortable, especially for new wearers, and can appear more natural.

Switching between wigs not only gives you versatility but also allows each wig to rest and recover, extending its life.

Remember, a synthetic wig can look just as natural and feel as comfortable as a human hair wig when chosen and cared for properly.  

Want to know more? Click here to explore various benefits of synthetic wigs

 

Want more help? For those looking into color and style options, consider The Wig Company's Wig Color guides on choosing the right wig color and choosing the best style wig for your face shape. 

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Final Considerations and Consultation:

 

Today's synthetic wigs offer variety, convenience, and advancements that cater to a range of preferences and needs. Whether you're new to wigs or an experienced wearer, understanding these innovations can help you make an informed decision and embrace the synthetic wig revolution with confidence.


For those ready to explore the synthetic wig offerings, The Wig Company provides an extensive range of synthetic wig options designed to suit any requirement and style preference.


Seeking personalized assistance? Reach out to our wig connoisseur Christina Jones at askchristina@thewigcompany.com or follow @thehairyoulove on Instagram. Whether you need help with fitting, styling advice online, or finding a local expert for an in-person consultation, Christina is your go-to source for all things wigs.

The Author: Christina Jones

Recognized as THE Wig Expert at The Wig Company. My fascination with wigs began at age 6 when I wielded scissors on Barbie's head. Since then, I've immersed myself in the world of wigs, utilizing my hairstylist background to explore endless possibilities. Now, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge with you!

Engaging with remarkable women who embody bravery, courage, and beauty has been invaluable. I am humbled to meet each and every one of you and provide assistance in any way possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between synthetic and human hair wigs?

Synthetic is a fiber that mimics the look and feel of human hair. Synthetic is either acrylic and sensitive to heat or polyester and heat-friendly. Heatfriendly synthetic can be styled using heat that does not exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Synthetic hair comes styled and ready to wear. Human hair is typically Indian, Chinese, European, or a blend of two or more. Human hair is available in fewer colors and does not come styled. Human hair is the most versatile and can be colored by a professional if needed. When coloring human hair, we recommend only depositing color.

How can I restore a synthetic wig that has become frizzy?

With regular synthetic wigs use a wig steamer and a round brush to smooth. With heat-friendly synthetic, use a boar bristle brush and blow dry in thin sections. For extreme damage smooth heat-friendly synthetic hair with a flat iron once dry.

Can I style my synthetic wig with heat tools?

You cannot use heat on regular synthetic wigs. Heat-friendly synthetic can be styled using heat that does not exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If smoothing or reshaping is needed on a regular synthetic wig, use a wig steamer and plastic rollers, or a round brush.

How can I reduce wig shine, especially for synthetic wigs?

Dry shampoo is a great product to use to reduce shine. Any brand and type work on synthetic hair. For excessive shine, try using a regular shampoo for the first wash and then switch to synthetic safe shampoo. Use dry shampoo when needed. Synthetic wigs do lose shine with continued use so if the shine is minimal, simply keep wearing. There are shine and luster sprays available if you’d like to add shine back to the hair.