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Synthetic or Human Hair?

March 30, 2016

We are asked this question on a daily basis and, at the end of the day, that is truly a personal decision based on your wig wearing goals.

Human hair is just like your own hair.  It can be cut, colored, flat-ironed, curled, etc. and will last a very long time. You can often select the density and texture.  It is so much like your own hair that it will act like it, too.  For example, you will need to style it daily, depending on your style, it will react to humidity and rain, just like your own hair.  So, there is a significant time investment associated with human hair. It is also quite expensive and, typically, costs 4-5 times the cost of a synthetic wig.

Wigs are like clothes and there are a number of grades of fiber so this discussion is relative to top quality synthetic wigs only. Synthetic wigs are easy to care for, less expensive and come in a wide array of beautiful colors and shades.  Synthetic wigs are pre-styled and the style and shape bounces back after you wash them.  They are easy to care for and a much less expensive option than human hair. They can be modified (cut and trimmed) but have limitations and only a licensed cosmetologist with extensive synthetic wig training should perform this delicate task.  Technology has changed wigs, too, and  the fiber  is so good that most people think it’s human hair the first time they touch it.  Synthetic wigs keep their shape and volume no matter what the weather conditions are.  They come equipped with a number of cap constructions to suit customers needs and to insure they look natural.  Synthetic wigs can become compromised when exposed to heat or the constant rubbing against fabric.  Any blast of heat can ruin the wig such as opening a hot oven, steam of any kind, leaning over to blow out a candle, BBQ grills, etc.  The wig will not catch on fire or melt but will frizz up and, often, causes irreparable harm.   Short wigs last longer than long wigs as the constant rubbing of the fiber against collars, shoulders or the backs of chairs will wear the fiber down over time.

So, back to the question?  If you have the financial resources, freedom of your time and like styling hair then human hair may be for you.  For most women, they are thrilled to save a half hour to an hour each day that they choose not to style their hair, change style or color affordably whenever the whim hits and have a good hair day every day.    Most top quality synthetic wigs cost what one visit to the salon for a custom color and cut that will only last a month or two .



Originally published in 1994 in the Dallas Morning News

As a woman, you want to look your best so you can feel good about yourself.  And you want to know what it takes to look good and feel great-from color and fashionable clothes to makeup and hair.  And the one item, above all that can make you feel terrific about yourself is your hair.  From the moment you walk into Mimi’s, you’ll see that their purpose is to serve you.  Caring services, product knowledge, experience and the lightest, most fashionable, wigs available has made Mimi’s Wig Boutique “Number One”.

One visit to Mimi’s Wig Boutique will leave you thoroughly impressed.  You will quickly see that they have everything you need.  Everything from styling services..to private areas..to all wig accessories..to the everyday practical items such as turbans, shampoos an Styrofoam heads.  You will also notice the casual atmosphere.  Mimi’s staff works with you and encourages you to take as much time as you need making your selections.  One of the first things you will notice is all the photos of Mimi and her family.  “The photos are up for two reasons,” says Mimi, “I want to get across that we are a family business and I want to show how natural everyone can look while wearing a wig.”

One of the most tragic times in a woman’s life is when she experiences the loss of her hair.  Mimi realizes this and wants your first visit to be a positive one.  With over 15 years experience working with women who have lost their hair has given Mimi’s staff a compassionate and caring attitude.  “It’s important that we are experienced,” says Mimi, “but compassion is just as important.”  Mimi’s skilled and compassionate staff are always willing to lend an ear, a shoulder and just to talk.  One of Mimi’s goals is to have the right wig for every customer on their first visit.  Mimi’s has the largest selection of wigs.

Mimi says, “Many of our customers come here for the fashion, convenience and freedom their wigs give them.  So I am not at all surprised when a customer with hair loss continues to wear their wigs after their hair grows back.”  It seems these customers find that their wigs have become an important accessory.

Mimi’s Wig Boutique is known for it’s work with the American Cancer Society, National Alopecia Foundation, “Look Good, Feel Better”, Gunslinger’s Ball, Reach for Recovery and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Mimi’s has been honored to be chosen as one of the top five wig salons in the nation.

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