How To Identify Human Hair And Synthetic Fiber?

2021.11.15 | About Hair

What is your biggest concern when you purchase a human hair product like a wig or topper or extensions? As far as we know, the biggest concern of our customers before they buy is "is it a real human hair product?" and "how will I be able to tell if they mixed it with some synthetic fiber?".

Human hair products are pricey, so it's necessary to get some tips to make sure that your human hair product is not mixed with other fiber or synthetic Fiber.

Here are some easy tips for you:
1. Human hair can be heated at a higher temperature than mixed fiber or synthetic fiber. Flat iron a piece of hair to test. The maximum temperature that synthetic fiber can take is roughly 120 degree Celsius. But human hair can withstand almost 230 degree Celsius. Unlike synthetic fiber, human hair should not have any chemical smell when heated.

2. Human hair and synthetic fiber burn differently. If you burn a piece of the hair product you will be able to tell which it is. Human hair will turn into ashes after burning and will have a smell of a burning feather or barbecue. But if the product is mixed with any synthetic fiber, it will melt into hard solid and will have a strong chemical smell.

So that's how you tell the difference between human and synthetic fiber.

So, what's the problem when your human hair product isn't taking dye and the color won't stay no matter how many times you try?
The reason for this is that certain human hair products cannot be dyed effectively because the hair has been dyed before. This is especially true if you try to bleach it. The hair often will not go any lighter and become damaged because of the process the hair has gone through to get to its current color. Therefore, we only recommend you go for a darker shade not lighter if you want to dye your hair product.

Also, if you dye a hair product which has multiple colors in it, the color may look different when you are trying to dye it to one solid shade. Another reason the hair product may struggle to take dye properly, is because the hair is often from different donors, and we all have different hair, so some hair is finer, and some hair is stronger in texture. So, it may take longer to dye the hair your preferred color. We recommend our lighter blonde colors if you want to dye the hair a specific shade, as lighter blonde hair takes dye very well.

Finally, always seek a professional hairstylist to change the color of your hair product. Also note that there are differences between dyeing our hair and dyeing human hair products, so a professional hair stylist with experience in dyeing human hair products is best.

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