The Pros and Cons of Synthetic Hair Wigs vs. Human Hair Wigs

Hair loss can be a difficult and emotional experience for cancer patients. Choosing the right wig for yourself can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many options available on the market. You might be wondering if your wig will look right and how it will feel on your head. You might also be concerned about how much time and money are involved in choosing the right wig for you. You're not alone in these concerns  many people who have been diagnosed with cancer struggle to find wigs that fit their needs. In this article, we will review the pros and cons of two main types of wigs available  synthetic and human hair wigs, so that you can make an informed decision that suits your needs and makes you feel confident and comfortable during this challenging time.

Synthetic Wigs

Synthetic wigs are wigs made from man-made fibers that are designed to look and feel like real hair. They are a good choice for first-time wig wearers and for those who want an affordable wig that's easy to maintain. They're also a good option if you're looking for something with more variety, as synthetic wigs come in all colors and styles.

Pros of Synthetic Wigs

  • More affordable than human hair wigs.

  • Less maintenance, as they don't require frequent washing and styling.

  • Pre-styled, so you can wear them straight out of the box without having to make any adjustments or additions yourself (if you're not into doing your own styling).

  • Heat-friendly synthetic wigs can be styled with heat tools.

Cons of Synthetic Wigs

  • They look and feel less natural than human hair wigs. If you're looking for something that's going to blend seamlessly into your own hair, then synthetic might not be the best option for you.

  • Synthetic wigs aren't as durable as human hair wigs. They can be damaged by heat or styling tools more easily than human hair wigs.

  • They don't have the versatility of human hair.

Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs are wigs that are made using real human hair instead of synthetic fiber. They offer the most natural look and feel, and are much more durable than synthetic wigs with proper care.

Pros of Human Hair Wigs

  • More natural look and feel: Human hair wigs look and feel more like your own hair, which makes them a great option for those who want a wig that you can style in the same way you'd style your own hair.

  • More styling versatility: Human hair wigs can be styled in a variety of ways, including straightening and curling. You can also dye human hair wigs to match your natural color or have it dyed another color altogether! If you're looking for a new look, this is an easy way to experiment without having to commit too much time or money on something that may not work out in the end.

  • Durability: Human hair wigs tend to last longer than synthetic ones because they're made from real human strands instead of artificial fibers (which break easily).

Cons of Human Hair Wigs

  • More expensive: They are typically more expensive because they are harvested from human hair.

  • More maintenance: Human hair wigs must be washed, deep-conditioned and styled just as frequently as your own hair.

  • Human hair wigs react to the weather, just like real hair. They can become frizzy or limp if exposed to high humidity levels and dry out in low-humidity conditions.

Additional Resources

If you are still unsure about which wig is right for you, we recommend consulting with a Professional Wig Stylist in your area or a Patient Care Specialist at TRS Care. Our Care Specialists can help choose the right wig for you, check your insurance eligibility for a medical wig, get a prescription from your doctor for a cranial prosthesis, and file a claim on your behalf. Give us a call or email us at to get started.


Thank you so much.

Aleah December 11, 2023

I really would like to try a wig from you all just to get the feel of it

Michelle Porter June 16, 2023

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