How To Tell Human Hair From Synthetic Hair

Most ladies prefer human hair to synthetic strands when looking for wigs: it’s easier to manage and it’s simply better-looking. However, not many of us are able to tell genuine hair from fake at first glance. Find out how to spot real human hair and never fall for this trap again! Shop for genuine human hair at the best prices in Nigeria on Jiji.

Look at the price

Like most good things in life, genuine human hair can’t be cheap. If you’ve come across an ad claiming to sell real human hair wigs for an unrealistically low price, ask whether you can test this hair before buying. If it’s not possible and if there are no reviews to check before making an order, you can take the chance, but no one can guarantee that you’ll get real human hair.

Feel it

Hold a strand of wig hair in your hands. Feel it with your fingertips and stroke it. Synthetic hair is absolutely smooth, while natural hair will have some resistance in one direction due to the scales that create a rougher texture. Human hair is also considerably more durable than synthetic hair and will likely react better to being pulled — synthetic strands can simply tear while natural hair will show some resilience.

Look at it

Seasoned hairdressers and wig wearers can tell human hair from synthetic wigs by the shine: synthetic hair even of the highest quality tends to be much duller than human hair, which is naturally shiny. Another way to tell whether you’re looking at genuine human hair is slight discoloration: if there are strands or areas that are slightly different in color from the rest of the hair, it likely means that the hair was exposed to natural sunlight. Synthetic hair is usually colored very evenly.

Burn it

The most surefire way to tell what kind of hair you’re dealing with is to take a couple of hairs and set them on fire with a lighter or a match. Synthetic hair will melt slowly instead of burning and won’t produce nearly any smell, while genuine human hair will not only catch fire and curl into a ball very quickly, but will also produce the signature smell of burning hair that you’ll never forget even if you’ve smelled it once.

Check the tangles

The previous methods of telling human hair from synthetic one can be done before buying or right after making the purchase, but if they didn’t help, wear the wig for a couple of days and look at the hair to see whether there are tangles. Human hair will naturally tangle just a bit at the neck, but synthetic hair is much more prone to forming multiple tangles.