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Synthetic, Virgin or Raw...What's The Difference ?

Synthetic, Virgin or Raw...What's The Difference ?

There’s been a lot of debating at hair salons, and on the hair blogs about one particular subject. The difference between synthetic, virgin, and raw.

Whether you’re on one team or the other we want to help you make the best decision possible for your budget and style. For as far back as we can remember, women have been rocking different types of hair to enhance their beauty game. But, with the rise of social media models and women everywhere chasing their stylist for the latest and best hair style. We decided it was time for us to help you make an informed decision before you purchase your next bundle or wig!

Whether you scrolling online or listening to your best friend discuss her hair dilemmas. Finding the right quality of hair is pivotal in making a power statement in today’s society. As hair consumers, it’s important that we understand the difference between human or synthetic hair. Grab your pen and pad as we break down the pros and cons of each hair type.


Synthetic hair is the cheapest kind of hair that you can use for weaves and a great choice if you're looking for a new look to last you a short time. You should not get synthetic hair if you plan on using heat, since it is essentially made of microfibers and cannot take heat at all. However, Synthetic hair is the most affordable type of hair on the market — ideal for anyone who wants a change without having to break the bank. This type of hair is usually already styled at the time of purchase which eliminates the styling process, saving you money as well as time. If you're considering getting a weave for first time synthetic might be the way to go.

But what you need to know is that although synthetic hair is convenient and cost effective, it does have its limits when it comes to being versatile. Synthetic hair is made to look like human hair constructed from thin manufactured hair fibers; therefore, it is not heat resistant to the extent that human hair is. You can not to curl or straighten synthetic hair for you might take the risk of burning or damaging it.


100% human hair has an clear natural appearance to it when compare with synthetic hair. This is a step up from synthetic hair. Human hair is great because it adopts natural hair and can last for a long time (approx 6-8 months) with multiple installs, up to how well you take care of it. Human hair also has the versatility that synthetic hair doen not have. Human hair gives you the free range to style your weave exactly the way you want. Whether it's curled or straightened it will withstand the heat applied to it and just like natural hair you have the ability to dye it if you choose to.

Also, just like anything else, human hair does have its defect. It is a bit more expensive than synthetic hair, cost from approx $50.00-$150.00, cost difference depends on the brand and length. But you will get higher quality hair. Human hair also has a tendency to tangle and shed; this is because the cuticles are not all facing the same way. Also, human hair is often put through some processing to improve its appearance.

Raw :

Remy hair is amazing! Remy hair is versatile and natural and has similar qualities to human hair. Remy human hair is the most durable, long-lasting, and reliable hair and will maintain its natural movement and appearance from 6 months to over a year. It is also heat resident so applying various styles and dyes will not be an issue. Various styles like straight, curly and wavy are available.

You will notice that with Remy hair there is virtually no tangling or shedding because the cuticles are kept intact and all face the same direction. There are various textures you can purchase like Indian, Brazilian, Malaysian and Peruvian hair would come into play. Virgin hair is completely 100% natural and unprocessed human hair. Some of you may be wondering what the difference is between Remy and virgin hair is. Although they are almost identical the biggest difference is that virgin hair is completely 100% natural and unprocessed. Virgin hair has not been processed or dyed and is only available in its natural color. Virgin hair is always Remy hair; however, Remy hair may not always be virgin hair.

Virgin hair comes in a variety of origins and textures. Unlike raw hair, which only comes in three textures and usually one origin, you have more of a variety with virgin. Virgin hair comes from multiple origins like Brazilian, Indian, Mongolian, etc. and a variety of textures like kinky curly, body wave, deep curly, etc. You have more of a variety with virgin hair. Raw hair does require different maintenance from virgin hair. As weird as it seems, raw hair products do require a different type of maintenance. There are specific products you should and should not use on raw hair. However, the products used on virgin hair won't alter the pattern in any way.

If you search for hair inspiration on social media, or follow hairstylists, celebrities, or influencers on Instagram, then chances are your feed is often full of wigs, weaves, and extensions — whether you know it or not. How? Some of the most-followed pros in the game should really be called magicians, because their artistry seems borderline magical at times.
But wigs and weaves aren't just a fantastic way to give yourself a quick makeover or pull an IG fake out — when installed properly, they also create great protective styles, too. Plus, there are a ton of options available at every price point for those that want to try a new style without overly committing. Of course, therein lies the problem: It can be very overwhelming to navigate this world, but luckily, we're here to help.

One more thing...

We here at Lavish Beauty Palace want to make sure that you are well aware of how to make sure you getting the right type of hair and how to test it. Here’s a simple and easy to understand instructions for performing a burn test with a candle on for synthetic and human hair.

First: Establish an area to test the hair extensions. The area should be clear of flammable materials such as curtains, papers, cardboards, oils, grease, or wrappers etc. The kitchen or bathroom sink is an ideal area as the sink itself is not easily damaged by fire and water is easily accessible. Your hair should be pulled back. Second: Light a candle. Make sure your candle is resting in a candle holder and using a pair of tweezers, bring a small section of your mystery hair extension fiber to the candle flame. Observe.

Human Hair, a protein fiber, burns briefly and will not continue to burn unless you hold it to the fire. The brief flame is orange, then the hair chars leaving a dark ash that turns to powder when crushed. The odor smells of burning flesh or burning feathers. Synthetic hair is either nylon fibers or polyester fibers. Nylon Fibers, burns rapidly then melts. The sparkling flame has a blue base and orange tip. The ash is similar to hard amber beads and smells of boiling green vegetables. Polyester Fibers, burns and melts quite rapidly in the same instance. The sputtery flame is orange and with black smoke. It melts, drips, then becomes sticky to the touch before forming an ash of hard black beads.

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