Hair pieces like wigs come in a variety of styles with limitless options in terms of color, texture and longevity based upon construction. Whether hair loss is a factor, or if you would like to change your hair style more frequently, wigs are a practical option. For more affordability, wigs are now blended with both human and synthetic hair. The blending of human hair with synthetic fibers affects longevity, maintenance, cap construction, texture, styling options and costs.
Cap construction for human and synthetic blend wigs is atypical of other wig types. The most popular cap construction for human and synthetic blend wigs consists of adjustable straps near the nape with hair wefts throughout the wig. Weft wigs do not allow different styling and weft wig wearers must wear the wig in one ongoing style. Newer cap construction types consist of a lace base in the front with wefts throughout the rest of the wig. This allows for parting in any direction, but only in the front portion of the wig where the lace starts and stops. Human and synthetic blend wigs are also available with a full lace base throughout the entirety of the wig. This allows for parting throughout the entire wig. Each option in terms of cap construction is based upon the needs of the client.
Human and synthetic blends are easy to maintain since the fibers in the synthetic hair resemble plastic. Nonetheless, human and synthetic blends are washed in the same manner as human hair and some brands do not require conditioning. Brushing and combing to prevent tangling is a must while minimizing the amount of product to deter product build up is also essential. Heat can be used on human and synthetic blends, however, most blends can not tolerate heat over 280 degrees. Overall, human and synthetic blends are maintained in the same manner as human hair.
The longevity of human and synthetic blend wigs varies from wig to wig since all wigs are not manufactured by the same person or in the same manner. However, based upon good quality and proper maintenance, human and synthetic blend wigs can last up to three years.
Human hair and synthetic blend wigs are able to mimic virtually any texture since the fibers in the synthetic blend are plastic. However, the human hair in the blend is also able to be molded to almost any texture. This process can be done by the manufacturer or by the client by perming the hair.
Human hair and synthetic blend wigs create a medium in terms of cost and are suggested for both frequent and occasional wear. Length, cap construction and texture designate the price of human and synthetic blend wigs. Nevertheless, prices start at approximately $79 at local beauty supply stores and can increase in upward amounts of $200 or more, as of June 2010.