Synthetic vs Human Hair Extensions

We know there's a difference between real and fake hair extensions, but does it really matter? We've broken down the differences into 5 categories and we're letting you be the judge. 


Human hair: 100% human hair extensions have a great deal of flexibility and versatility in their ability to style. Because the extensions are just like the natural hairs on our heads, they can withstand the heat of a curling iron or flatiron without burning or crackling. Giving you the versatility to have a wide variety of different styles.

Synthetic hair: Because the hair fibers are often made of plastic or other similar materials, synthetic extensions aren't able to hold up to heat of curling or flatirons. Once the plastic from the synthetic hairs heat up from touching a heat styling tool, they often leave burn marks on the extensions and begin to fall out and break. Though they can be purchased either straight or curled, you won't be able to make any changes, limiting the number of hairstyles you can have.


Human hair: Just like with your natural hair, human hair extensions can hold up to the treatments of hair color. Even when it is no longer attached to the head, human hair is able to absorb liquids, like hair dye and even bleach, making it easy to blend them with your natural hair, no matter how many colors you have in it or how often you change it.

Synthetic hair: Synthetic fibers are not able to hold up to the color treatment processes often used on human hair. This is because synthetic fibers cannot absorb water or any liquid that coats them. Though there are hair dyes on the market for synthetic hair extensions, they can only darken the extensions, never lighten.


Human hair: The lifespan of human hair extensions often has much more to do with how often you wear them and how well you take care of them. However, with the proper care, clip-in human hair extensions can last you between six months to one full year.

Synthetic hair: Just like with human hair extensions, synthetic hair's lifespan has much more to do with how you care for them. However, most synthetic extensions do not last more than 6 months.


Human hair: 9 times out of 10, human hair extensions are going to cost more upfront than synthetic extensions, simply because you are receiving real human hair. However, it is important to keep in mind that even though human hair extensions cost more upfront, they may actually save you some money in the future due to their longevity.

Synthetic hair: Though there are a wide variety of price ranges for synthetic hair, they will likely cost less than human hair extensions. This is because most synthetic extensions are manmade from a variety of fibers, usually plastics, that are relatively inexpensive to manufacture.

Appearance & Texture:

Human Hair: If you don't like the texture or appearance of your natural hair, it might be discouraging to hear that human hair extensions look, feel and move just like natural hair. However, human hair used for extensions is often from a higher grade of hair that is thick and full. Click here to learn where we get our human hair from.

Synthetic Hair: Although synthetic fibers can resemble human hair, it is hard for them to completely replicate the look, feel and movement of naturally grown hair. Often, their texture is course and straw-like, has an unnatural shine and does not move around naturally like human hair.