How to Choose a Good-Quality Synthetic Wig

by David Lipscomb ; Updated September 28, 2017

Good synthetic wigs will have certain traits.

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Wigs can be used for fashion, a temporary change from your own natural hairstyle, or serve as your hair in instances of scalp or medical conditions. However, the primary goal is selecting a realistic-looking wig that fools others into thinking it's really your hair. Choosing the right synthetic wig will help you look your best while sporting your new faux 'do.

Step 1

Examine the synthetic wig against a real human hair option. Choose the one that mimics real hair in terms of sheen, color and drape.

Step 2

Feel a variety of synthetic wigs. Coarse wigs look less natural but normally have a lower price point. Better quality options feel silky and fine, again resembling real hair.

Step 3

Select a monofilament or hand-tied synthetic wig. Monofilament wigs look very much like real hair growing from your scalp once you put them on. Hand-tied synthetic wigs tend to be less dense, resembling the natural way human hair tends to grow. Hand-tied options appear more natural and less bulky than machine-wefted or stitched wigs, enabling increased styling options.

Step 4

Find a wig that is heat-friendly. Cheaper synthetic wigs are easily damaged from curling irons, flat irons and some higher-powered blow dryers. Heat-friendly options hold their style until heat is reapplied, even through washings.


  • Blends offer the look of real hair with the easier maintenance of synthetics.

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About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.