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This article brought to you courtesy of Debra Petrie of The Wig Gallery, Portland Tribune Insider Expert

Debra Petrie

When selecting a wig, choosing human hair or a synthetic wig is the most important decision you will make. Natural hair wigs are created from harvested human hair, so they look, feel and act just like your own hair. Synthetic wigs use man-made fibers to give the appearance and feel of real hair. Neither type is better, and with a high quality synthetic wig it is difficult to tell the difference.

A human hair wig can be colored, permed and styled any way you wish. They come in different textures, and can last a year or more with care. A human hair wig needs to be washed, conditioned and re-styled frequently and is more expensive. The human hair wig will react to the weather and will fade in sunlight. Care must be taken to avoid harsh brushing, teasing or using heated appliances. It will be heavier and require more effort to style.

A synthetic wig is easy to take care of; wash, dry, shake them out and the wig will return to the original style. You can choose any color and they are low maintenance. A synthetic wig is less expensive and it is very difficult to tell that the hair is synthetic. A synthetic wig will not last as long as human hair wig and cannot be styled with heated appliances. You are also unable to change the color.

Now that you know the differences you will be able to make the right decision for your wig and the staff at the Wig Gallery will be able to answer any questions you have.

The Wig Gallery

8401 NE Halsey St.

Portland, OR

503.253.5680

www.thewiggallery.com

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