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Why Are Wigs So Expensive?!

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Find Out Why Wigs Are So Expensive!

Anyone that knows about wigs knows how expensive they can be. Every time that I’ve read about a wigs, or even bought a wig, it’s been no less than $50. That price tag was for a synthetic wig, not a human hair wig. Both synthetic and human hair wigs can cost anywhere from $15 to over $1000.

Why? The simple answer is that all wigs are created differently. Wigs are similar to clothes, handbags and other accessories that we love dearly. Think about it. When you buy a designer handbag, do you think about the reasons why it might be so expensive? When I buy designer things, or even knockoff products, I think about the differences between the designer product price and the knockoff price. It’s the same for wigs.

There are so many things to consider when you buy a wig such as longevity, style, length and color. Also, you should think about the wig stylist that you’re choosing to create your wig. If you’re not using a wig stylist, then you should think about the cost of the materials you’ll need to create your own wig.

All in all, wigs aren’t cheap. Let’s talk about why.

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Synthetic Wigs

Most of us understand that synthetic wigs are the cheapest option when it comes to purchasing wigs. There are multiple reasons why synthetic wigs are less expensive than human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs usually have an artificial shine.

They come pressed, cut, and pre-styled and often cannot be changed much. Synthetic wigs come in all types of different styles. Since they are cheap, you’ll be able to have many different options without spending a fortune. These days, synthetic wigs have become popular, especially since manufacturers have worked on making them look more realistic.

However, despite these efforts, synthetic wigs don’t seem to have the same quality as human hair wigs. Also, the most significant disadvantage that I’ve experienced is that synthetic wigs cannot be styled. It doesn’t matter what kind of wig you get; you won’t be able to manipulate it with heat. Most of the times, synthetic wigs should just be thrown away after they get old.

This can be thwarted if you use a gentle conditioner on the wig right when it gets old. Conditioning a synthetic wig is a great way to preserve its longevity, but it still won’t last as long as human hair. If you’re looking to save your money, then a synthetic wig may be the best option for you.

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Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs are more expensive because they have to be custom made, and they’re made from human hair. Color and heat can manipulate human hair. This kind of hair will typically last longer than a synthetic wig, and if you purchase perfect hair, it can last for over a year. Wigs made from human hair can cost anywhere from $250 to over $1000.

This price tag is especially valid for lace front wigs made from great bundle styles. These prices of the bundles will be a majority of the amount you’ll need to pay. Bundles can be expensive depending on the company you decide to purchase from. You’ll want to make sure you are buying from a company that is reputable.

When choosing bundles, look into the reviews and see how much or how little people enjoy them. The great thing about human hair is that is can be washed, conditioned, blow-dried and straightened.

Since a human hair wig doesn’t have to stay on your hair day and night, it won’t lose its shine and softness. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether investing in this kind of wig will be worthwhile.

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Wig Design And Installation

Wig design and installation may be the most expensive part depending on who you choose to design and install. In my opinion, wig designers are the reason why they have become increasingly expensive. The design and installation of the hair you choose is most important because it will determine how realist your wig looks.

Wig making is an art, and most stylists consider it to be dangerous. I mean, who doesn’t want to wear a hairpiece that looks natural and flawless. When it comes to the prices, I’ve seen ranges anywhere from $300 to $750. The person that you choose will take your bundles and transform them into a beautiful wig that you can wear for months to come!

The amount of labor and the design will play a big part in how much you’ll be paying. Don’t be afraid to talk with your stylist and see how the two of you can work together.

The more that they know about the vision you have, the better your final look will be.

Typically, your designer should be someone that you know, and trust or someone that you know will deliver.

Getting a wig created can be a lengthy process, especially if you’re meticulous like me, but it can also be fun!


Think About Other Features

A lot of times, people think that the only thing that goes into making wigs is bundles, but there’s also styling. Styling includes coloring, trimming and layering as necessary.

Anyone that wants a great wig knows that styling will be an essential part of the entire process. Don’t be afraid to work closely with your stylist to ensure that your vision comes to life.

The most challenging part will probably be the coloring. So, if you want color, make sure that you know exactly what you want it to look like. Do tons of research before getting into it.

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What Are You Willing To Pay

Now that you know how much wigs can cost, and why, it’s time to think about how much you’re willing to pay. As mentioned before, getting a synthetic wig is similar to getting a knock-off bag.

It’ll good great for a while, and if you have multiple, it can last you a long time. However, even with all that in mind, it still won’t compare when it comes to a wig made from human hair. Human hair will be able to be manipulated and styled.

In comparison to a synthetic wig, it will last a long time. Synthetic wigs range from $15 for a cheap one and $200 for a premium one. The prices for human hair wigs will vary anywhere from $300 to over $1000.

It’s all about how much you’re willing to pay and what kind of style you prefer. Make sure you do tons of research before settling for anything.

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

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6 thoughts on “Why Are Wigs So Expensive?!

  1. Shaunise Trainor says:

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    I didn’t know synthetic wigs could be revived with a conditioner that’s good to know!

  2. Estelle Ahou Goli says:

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    I noticed that synthetic wigs are not as full in density as human hair wigs.
    Most of the time I go back in and sew a track or two for a fuller density.

  3. Shay Cole says:

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    I love my wigs! This piece has some very true info as to why they range in price, and I try to tell my people this all the time! It can literally be an investment so if you don’t think it’s worth it, it’s not for you!

  4. Tiffany Halll says:

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    Well, I can understand the prices now that I have my own hairline and been looking into different wholesalers for wigs, but before it was quite difficult to understand because I didn’t know how the whole system worked of how you have first bought the wholesale prices and the retail is how you make your profits. But I’m trying to learn how to make wigs so that I can save more money on them.

  5. Erika Davies says:

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    With the hair business booming you can find really good deals on wigs, and when I say good deals I mean wigs with good quality and price. But like with everything else research and patience is required. In this business, you have to definitely do research as well as read reviews. With wigs becoming so high in demand, I can see why so many companies are making it a must!! If you are able to construct your own you’ve hit a gold mine. I know some individuals who have paid $500+ for custom wigs and of course, the quality was A1 and it lasted them 5+ years. People will pay, but you have to make sure the quality is good, that you’re knowledgeable of the hair, and that your customer service is great as well, for people to return and buy your product at higher prices.

  6. Joy Obiselu says:

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    Wigs are the go-to hairstyle for me. They are more convenient and healthier than getting a traditional Sew-in.

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