One-hundred-percent human hair extensions are as close as you can get to natural hair. “There are different levels available depending on the processing it goes through,” says hair-extension expert Shelia Stotts. Non-remy hair is the cheapest and is processed with products to make it shiny. “By the sixth wash or so, the coating has washed away, and they look stringy,” she says. Remy hair, on the other hand, still has the cuticle intact, which gives a more natural look. Remy hair extensions are usually sourced from virgin hair from India or China. Human hair extensions look more realistic and can be cut, colored and styled as desired but they can also be expensive and heavy.
Cheaper than human hair, artificial hair doesn’t look nearly as natural because of the bulky quality “and because it lacks the fluid motion of real hair. Although technologies have evolved, and some synthetic hair can be heated to retain styles, “they still don’t breath like human hair and can get hard and crunchy from styling products and tools,” says Stotts. Synthetic hair is less costly than human hair and good for testing out what you would look like with extensions. However, this option doesn’t look as natural as human hair and doesn’t blend as well. Additionally, these extensions tangle easily and will break if they are cut or burn if colored or styled with heat.