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Which is right for you? Natural human hair vs synthetic hair extensions

If are someone that is impatient when growing out your hair then thanks to the hair extensions, you can magically find long hair without further delay.

But among all these offers, you are a little lost and that's normal because there is a lot of miss information. In this article, I will leave the extension techniques aside and I’ll only talk about what hair extensions are made of. After all, with equal exposure, it's the quality of it that will make all the difference.

Here are all the options:

Synthetic hair extensions vs human hair extensions

A little disclaimer first, this is not a fully objective review of synthetic  clip in hair extensions and I, in all honesty, I am not a big fan of synthetic hair It is above all a question of personal taste! If you are like me you will only swear by the natural hair, and leave the synthetic fibers for fear of having the same hair as Barbie.

These extensions have a few advantages: their price. Less expensive than natural extensions, they allow those who have a tight budget to afford the volume they dream of for a cheap price. They also exist in a wide range of colors and textures. Plastic, synthetic hair keeps its shape so you can have a style that you like and desire every single day. Even after washing and drying synthetic hair will bounce back to its original style.

On the other hand, there are serious disadvantages to the use of synthetic hair for extensions. First, they usually do not last as long as real hair, although some wigs can last up to six months. Second, they get tangled and they are not as good as real hair. Finally, they cannot be styled as easily as real hair and it easy difficult to curl synthetic hair. The heat is not recommended, so the use of iron is not really an option.

On the plus side, I said the synthetic hair keeps it’s shape but you are limited to the possibility of switching hairstyles.

They have a shorter life, between 3 and 6 months.

Synthetic hair extensions care is more difficult and last but not least synthetic fibers can cause irritation or rash.

One of the reasons why I do not recommend synthetic hair (and why I don’t sell them on Tressmerize) is they are produced in factories, based on plastic and therefore they are Not natural and not good enough for Tressmerize customers.

Natural hair extensions

In my opinion, if you really want beautifully blended hair, and I mean a rendering that is really close to a 100% natural effect, you will only want natural hair.

Extensions made of natural hair are more expensive. This is due to their quality, but also because they blend perfectly into the hair. Natural hair is distinguished by its cuticle. The cuticle provides natural hair protection against sunlight, drafts and dust. By retaining moisture, the cuticle of natural hair allows the extension of natural hair to retain all their original shine and elasticity.

Another advantage is that all styling techniques can be applied to natural extensions: including coloring, curling and straightening.

What to know more about hair extension styles? Check the hair styles blog

Finally, they last a lot longer than synthetic extensions, up to a year if the quality is as promised.

These will naturally represent a bigger budget than synthetic hairs (but you get what you pay for),

It is therefore important to ask yourself the right questions before making your purchase: what quality do you look for? How often will you wear them? is it only for one night?

In a nutshell, synthetic hair is ideal for those who wish to become familiar with this technique and wear them from time to time to change their hairstyle at lower cost.

Natural hair are for women who are a little bit more serious about their look or women have a hair problem (like thinning hair on top) and who need would like to put them more regularly, to obtain a new, more permanent hairstyle.


Human hair: Indian? Brazilian? Remy human hair extensions?

 Like any natural product, natural hair is better for your extensions. The hair qualifies as natural, as long as they are not subjected to chemical treatments, such as permanent or coloring. Most hair extensions that are colored don’t go through intensive coloring process like our own hair goes in a hair salon. Most hair extensions are colored through different gentle methods of coloring hair.

There are many types of hair extensions.

European hair extensions

European-style hair is known for its extreme fineness and structure, but 100% natural European hair is very rare on the market, and that is actually a good thing. Finding ‘natural’ hair extension of European origin is a challenge because more than 80% of European women submit their hair to periodic chemical treatments (colorations). These treated hair give poor quality extensions. Real natural European hair are known for their finesse and softness but they are the most expensive extensions.

Chinese hair extensions

Chinese hair, which is also very beautiful, is the least popular in Europe because it does not correspond to European hair texture. They are naturally thicker and stiffer and do not lend themselves to the styles we are looking for. As for Indian hair, they are black but there are all kinds of chemical treatments to transform them to give them the appearance of European hair. There are even techniques to extract the cuticles to make the hair thinner. These intense operations lose the shine of the hair and therefore there are also techniques that cover the hair with various products to make it more silky and shiny. Unfortunately and as for Indian hair treated, this thin layer of silicone does not last and it will regularly protect and enrich the hair to keep a presentable texture. The treated Chinese hair will therefore be more brittle.

Chinese hair is thick, more than European hair. To make extensions compatible with European hair, they are refined in an acid bath. However, this process destroys the film, which prevents hair from being brittle and dull. To hide these defects, the locks are then faked with silicone envelopes. They have a beautiful shine, but disappears after a few washes.

Indian hair extensions

Indian hair a structure that is similar to European hair. These black hair is available in a wide range of colors after being depigmented and dyed. They are in abundance thanks to a Hindu religious tradition of sacrificing hair to temples during prayers. Indian women keep their hair often very long and braided. This hair is then sorted by quality and resold by the temples to be exported to the entire world

Indian hair, prove of good quality for extensions used in Europe. They are virgin if they have not undergone chemical treatments, and the locks are not very thick. They are thus easily confused with the basic hair,  and give qualities of an optimal hair extension.

What is Remy hair?

Whatever the natural hair chosen, it must always be REMY. What does Remy hair mean exactly.? Simply that the cuticles are all in the same direction. It may seem obvious but some locks of economic hair have been assembled from loose hair and suddenly the hair is not all in the same direction. The result after few days of wear because the hair cuticles are not in the same direction, the hair tangles. So always make sure that the hair is REMY but that goes for sure in quality salons.


That's it, I did my best to answer the main important question: ‘what are the best extensions to buy? There are good hair extensions and there are the best hair extensions Remember all these things when choosing extensions, because these hair will become a part of you, your personality for several months. Think of the different hairstyles you will want to do and do not forget the daily maintenance that will be different!