Synthetic vs virgin hair: What is the difference?
Synthetic vs virgin hair: What is the difference?
Synthetic vs virgin hair: What is the difference?

Buying a wig for the first time can be a really daunting experience. With so many options out there, it can be a little difficult finding that perfect one that blends with your natural hair and matches your style. Hair enthusiasts recommend that you start by choosing between synthetic or virgin hair. But even that can be challenging for a beginner. Half the time, most people don't even know what they are wearing.

So, which one is the right one for you? Well, this is one of those instances where the most expensive one might not be the best option. With advancements in technology, synthetic hair now looks just as good, if not better, than real human hair. The two almost indistinguishable, which means that, depending on your time, budget, and needs at the time, either one can be a good option. 

Let's take a look at each, so you can make an educated purchase.

Virgin hair

As you may already have guessed, virgin hair is the more natural of the two. It is composed of 100% unprocessed human hair. This means it usually comes in its original color. It is neither bleached nor taken through any chemical process. For this reason, virgin hair is the most expensive. With proper care, they can last for as long as 3 years. Virgin hair wigs are also softer and have that authentic feel to them. If you are keen, you'll observe that they move in a more natural way that cannot easily be mimicked by synthetic hair.

There are four major types of virgin hair used in making wigs: Indonesian, European, Indian and Chinese hair. 

  • Chinese hair — Chinese hair is defined by its thick denier (unit of measuring fineness), meaning that it is incredibly straight. The downside is that it can be a little hard to style and form curls
  • Indian hair — Indian has a much thinner denier than Chinese hair. However, it has a bit more texture than European hair
  • Indonesian hair — This type of hair is more readily available and affordable. You commonly find it in ethnic style wigs
  • European hair — Now, European hair is the rarest and most sought after of the four. People love it because of its fine denier, and for this reason, it's significantly more expensive.

But the hair origin is not the only thing that you should look at when buying virgin hair. Other things contribute to its final quality, including the processing technique and the chemicals used (if any) to sanitize or style the hair.

Virgin hair is also closely associated with Remy hair. In actuality, the two are actually more or less the same. They are both natural hair. However, the process that goes behind making Remy hair makes it the superior option of the two. 

You see, when making Remy hair, all the follicles and cuticles are made to run in the same direction. By so doing, the chances of the hair tangling or shredding are reduced drastically. The hair looks silkier and will maintain its original appearance for a longer time.

All in all, virgin hair wigs are your premium option. The only downside is that they are expensive and will require a lot of effort to maintain. For best result, you should hydrate, style, and condition it on a regular.

Synthetic hair

As it stands, synthetic hair looks almost just as good as human hair. In some cases, its density and texture are almost alike. With the highest quality synthetic hair, you wouldn't even know the difference if you didn't have human hair to compare it with.

The best thing about synthetic hair is that you can wear it as it comes without styling it. It is made using this special fiber that allows it to bounce back to its original curl pattern without much effort. Synthetic hair will even withstand its shape through bad weather without frizzing or drooping.

The major drawback of synthetic hair is that it lacks versatility. You cannot fashion it into different styles as you would with virgin hair. The curl pattern will remain the same as it came from the factory. Perhaps, the only exception is heat-friendly synthetic hair, which you can style and change its style pattern using heat. Synthetic hair is also not as durable as virgin hair. With the best care, it can last for about 4-6 months. 

However, what it lacks in versatility, it makes up in affordability. So, rather than investing in one expensive virgin hair wig, you can opt to have many synthetic pre-styled weaves and interchange them as you please.


Well, there you have it. Hopefully, you are now on track to making a more worthwhile investment. At Desired Extensions, we boast a prime selection of virgin hairpieces. We always strive to deliver the most innovative customer experiences and provide the very best products out there today. So if you are ready to make a purchase, feel free to  contact us  today and let us do the rest.