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Synthetic Hair; the pros, the cons and the myths…

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There are many different types of hair extensions and hair pieces on the market today, each has been designed to make transforming and styling your hair as quick and easy as possible. The quality and availability of synthetic hair pieces has advanced considerably over the last few years. If you are new to hair pieces or considering something different, you may be wondering what are the pros and cons of synthetic hair as well as what are the common myths around synthetic hair pieces and why they might be a great addition to your hair wardrobe.  

What are Synthetic Hair Extensions/Pieces?

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Synthetic hair pieces are made from human-made fibres designed to look and feel like human hair. They can be made from Nylon, Polyester or acrylic, they are heated and moulded to mimic the look of human hair and can be pre-styled so that the extensions never lose their ‘style’. Their ease of production means they are available in a variety of colours, styles, and lengths. Take a look at our synthetic ‘Instant’ range here.




What are the Advantages of Synthetic Hair Extensions/Pieces?

There are so many pros to synthetic hair, such as they consistently hold the style that they were designed with. Synthetic pieces can come straight, wavy, a bouncy blow-dry style and even ponytails that never drop or lose their shape. This means that once purchased they can be worn straight away from the package! No styling, washing or lengthy fitting process necessary. Simply fit and go, making them a great option if you are short on time or don’t want to spend time styling your hair – perfect for holidays!

They are weather – resistant! The synthetic fibres are resistant to rain and humidity, meaning you won’t ruin your hairstyle in bad weather. Unlike human hair extensions which are prone to dropping their style or even frizzing in extremely hot climates; meaning that in heavy rain, your gorgeous bouncy blow-dry is likely to drop, but your synthetic hair-piece will remain as bouncy as ever!

They’re quick and easy! As synthetic hair requires no styling, they are an excellent option for those unfamiliar with styling their hair, or for those who do not have the time to style their hair each morning. They are also just as quick to remove, making them ideal for those who don’t have much time in the morning. 

They’re much more affordable than human hair extensions; human hair extensions are more expensive than synthetic hair because they last longer, often up to and over a year - they can also be washed, styled with heat, and worn permanently. However, if you are looking for a short-term hair fix, then our Instant hair pieces are an excellent choice. They are much more affordable and can even be purchased in bulk due to their cheaper price tag!

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They make an excellent option for Bridal/Prom hair or if you are looking for a hairstyle that will provide gorgeous hair for the day/weekend. They make a convenient choice for a holiday when you don’t want to spend a great deal of time getting ready and want to pack light!


What are the Advantages of Synthetic Hair Extensions/Pieces?

Although synthetic hair is designed to look and feel like human hair, there are some variations. Synthetic hair isn’t as soft as human hair; it can also appear slightly more shiny than natural hair sometimes, but this can be easily remedied with a spritz of dry shampoo

It can't be washed or styled with heat, doing so can cause synthetic fibres to melt, tangle and lose shape. If you look after your hair piece well and put it somewhere suitable when not worn, such as our Hair Hanger and Carrier Set, your synthetic hair piece should last.

They only have one style; unlike human hair extensions that have the bonus of versatility, synthetic hair extensions can only be worn in the form they were created with. If you like to alternate between styles such as straight and curly, you may need to purchase two separate synthetic hair pieces, but at such an affordable price point you could get a hairstyle for every day of the week for under £100, or even better, purchase and Instant Collection Bundle including six key pieces for just £75.


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Hair Piece Myths: DEBUNKED!

Myth 1: The clips on the hair pieces pull out your hair

The thought that the clip on hair pieces will pull out your hair is extremely false! Since you remove these hair pieces at night, they won’t pull out or cause damage to your hair. The clips and combs on the hair pieces are designed to take the weight of the hair piece so will not cause damage or pull out your own hair when applied correctly. 


Myth 2: Hair pieces stop hair growth 

There is absolutely no correlation between wearing hair pieces and hair growth, other than the hair extensions / pieces will make it look like your hair miraculously grew overnight! Clip-in and clip-on hair pieces won’t affect your hair growth at all. Actually, many people use their hair pieces while they are trying to grow their hair to their desired length. If you’re waiting to grow out long again, use our range of Instant hair pieces to add gorgeous length or hide shorter lengths while you wait, and you won’t have to worry about it stopping any growth! 


Myth 3: The hair pieces are painful

Not only are hair pieces not painful, but you’ll probably forget you even have them. Since the products are so light, you can hardly feel them! The design is tailored to provide you with a discreet and comfortable fit.


Myth 4: Hair pieces are too expensive 

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Depending on the type of hair and style of extensions you are looking for, the prices will vary… but not all extensions / pieces are expensive! Synthetic hair is a great option for a quick fix at great prices and at Hair Rehab London we take pride in offering our customers quality products at affordable prices. 

Myth 5: Synthetic hair doesn’t look natural

With the right shade and style, your extensions/pieces will blend seamlessly with your actual hair and look completely natural. The only thing people will notice is how perfect and gorgeous your hair looks. We offer a personal colour match service to help increase the likelihood of buying the right colour first time. Just complete the online form and upload a clear, current picture in natural daylight.


Tips and tricks to get the most out of your synthetic hair pieces

  1. Mix your hair pieces up - Try to avoid wearing the same extensions every day; either having days off or mixing different hair pieces up means your synthetic hair isn’t exposed to daily wear and tear.
  2. Washing synthetic hair - How often you wash your synthetic hair depends on how often you wear it, for regular wear this can be around every 2 weeks. It’s best to wash synthetic hair in cool water, avoiding shampoos and conditioners with sulphates, parabens and silicones. Regular shampoos may damage the fibre.  It’s also important to remember not to handle them vigorously when washing, drying or brushing. Pat dry with a towel and gentle comb through will be sufficient.
  3. Accessorize your hair pieces - There really are no limits when it comes to accessories, from cute hairbands, to flowers, especially when it comes to festival season when you can go all out. Take a look at our range of fishtail headbands to add a little something to your hair extensions.
  4. Keep your hair piece in its best condition - As with any hair, we want to keep it looking as gorgeous as possible. As synthetic hair can be more shiny than human hair we recommend using dry shampoo to take the sheen off of the hair:  



At Hair Rehab London our ‘Instant Collection’ offers a wide range of products that are quick and easy to fit as well as being a great price! Our range of clip-in hair pieces will save you hours in hair styling. Including ponytails, buns/top knots, plaits/braids, wigs and headbands, Hair Rehab London will cater for every occasion from weddings, parties to festivals.

Take a look at our Instant Collection.


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