Long term alopecia sufferers will often prefer the versatility of a human hair wig, allowing compatibility with all hairstyling appliances and practices. Human hair wigs, though more time consuming in maintenance, will be more rewarding for those prepared to spend additional time on grooming. Depending upon the structure of the donors hair, one may have to spend additional time creating the desired look.When purchasing a human hair wig one should clarify the ethnicity of the human hair being used.
Unless specified as being of European (caucasian) origin, it should safely be assumed that the human hair wig will be of asian origin (Indian or Chinese generally). Unprocessed, or virgin, european hair with its fine, soft texture is the most expensive of the different ethnic types.
One should expect to pay a considerable premium for a long, european human hair wig. Recent demand from the human hair extension industry has applied further pressure on prices and market supplies.Asian hair is far more easily sourced, available at a substantially reduced price compared to European hair. Altering the dark black pigment requires heavy processing (bleaching and re-colouring) to create more traditional caucasian colour tones. Using an acid bath, the hairs pigment is stripped and the cuticle removed for ease of knotting.
Such processing, used to change to the structure of the hair, has a significant negative impact on the longevity of the hairs condition and life expectancy.Following processing the damaged cuticle is coated with silicon to enhance the finished appearance. Unfortunately, deterioration can occur within 6 weeks with noticeable colour fade and dryness.
The re-colouring of processed asian hair is possible though not advised. Resulting accuracy with colours can be unpredictable and exposure times will be different to that of normal hair.