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Human Hair Wigs or Hair Weaves? This is a Question!

There has long been a fierce debate over whether wigs or hair weaves serve as a better option in every aspect when people consider getting a whole new head of hair. Some hold that wigs are convenient and do not require extra effort to install, while others believe that hair weaves are more practical in their compatibility with specific needs. To help you obtain a more natural and comfortable look, today’s blog will center around major differences between human hair wigs and hair weaves, including the advantages and drawbacks of both options, as well as suggestions on how to make an informed decision. (Note: Since all the products of YMY Hair are 100% virgin human hair, what’s to be discussed in this blog are real hair wigs and weaves.)


Whether you’re seeking for a protective style, or looking for a change for your hair, I believe that you must be quite familiar with human hair wigs, because they have been worn by countless women as part of their overall appearances or effective tools to transform personal styles. Some of the celebrities or Internet influencers are also known to have made their presence with incredible wigs, such as Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Zendaya, to name just a few.


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Meanwhile, hair weave is also a game-changing player. The hair weaving technique has gone wild in recent years due to its flexibility and versatility in style. There are two main types: Sew-in and glue-in weaves. The former means braiding your natural hair tightly to the scalp and then sewing hair wefts onto the braids. This method offers a secure and long-lasting style that can last for months without needing extra maintenance. The latter involves using adhesives to attach the weave directly to your scalp or a protective hair cap. It is typically less time-consuming and more affordable than a sew-in weave, but it can cause damage to your natural hair if not applied properly or left in for too long.

Now let’s take a look at the difference between wigs and weaves from several aspects.

Coverage Area

Since wigs cover your entire head, you can simply choose the texture and color you’re fond of to achieve a supernatural look instantly. Weaves are a perfect assistance to add allure to your natural hair by adding length or volume to specific areas. To be brief, it is up to your specific needs when faced with both options.


Wigs are generally less expensive than weave hair, or hair bundles. At YMY Hair, it only takes around 100 dollars to not more than 200 dollars to get a quality wig human hair, available in various textures, colors, lengths and densities. But you need 3 hair bundles on average to make a wig by yourself, and each bundle of hair costs you about 50 dollars depending on varied lengths and styles. For exactly how many hair bundles are needed for a wig, refer to the previous blog titled How Many Hair Bundles Make a Perfect Wig? Besides that, wig human hair, if maintained carefully, can be used for more than a year. While weaves generally last from six to eight weeks, the type of weave chosen influences duration. Human hair weaves can last several months if given proper attention. Therefore, wigs are more cost-effective in the long run.

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Installation and Removal

Installing or removing wigs is less time-consuming than weaves. If you’ve watched YouTube videos of wig installation and removal, or done it by yourself, you may find it not a difficult task that simply takes half an hour or so with the help of just a little skill and common tools. In comparison, weaves require professional assistance to get them installed and removed. It calls for some expertise and particular equipment so that people usually turn to stylists for help to avoid potential risks, which further pushes up their costs.


In general, weaves are considered to be higher-maintenance than wigs. One major reason is that wigs can simply be removed at night but weaves have specific night-time care instructions. To prevent it from tangling or getting frizzy and lumpy, you’d better detangle the weave each night and sleep under a satin scarf (or bonnet), which are the best ways to ensure the longevity of your style.

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Cleaning weaves is an intensive process since you have to care for your natural hair under the weave as well. Otherwise, both the weaves and your hair can surely suffer damage. Here are a few steps to follow in order to keep your weave clean.

1. Apply sulfate-free shampoos to your weave weekly or every two weeks.
2. Use a cleanser with a nozzle to reach the hair underneath your weave, and massage your scalp and the space between braids with your fingers. Do not hold your head upside down to rinse, as this can cause tangles.
3. Deep condition your leave-out hair, including your edges, hairline and other parts. This will help make it easy to detangle very gently with a wide-tooth comb and keep the hair underneath hydrated.
4. Dry your hair thoroughly. Weaves can get moldy if left damp. To avoid this, be sure to dry them completely any time you get them wet. If possible, let it air dry. If you have to use a hair dryer, use the lowest heat setting.

As mentioned in previous blogs, when it comes to daily maintenance, what’s required for real hair wigs is similar to that of your naturally growing hair, including washing regularly with mild shampoo and conditioner in lukewarm water, letting dry naturally or blowing dry with a low setting, and keep away from strong sunlight and heat, etc.

In a Nutshell

Based on the distinctive features and functions of wigs and weaves, you can make a decision according to the following tips.

1. If you want a hairpiece that’s easy to install and remove with a natural appearance, go straight to a wig.
2. If your natural hair is not ample, with bald spots or thin hair, go for a wig again.
3. If you want to add length or hair volume to specific areas, choose a weave.
4. If you want to go swimming, pick the weave, but it's important to take some precautions. Chlorine and salt water can have a drying effect on hair, so it's advisable to wear a swimming cap to protect it.

Congratulations! Upon completing the reading, you’ve become an expert in the choice of wigs and hair weaves. Go ahead and embrace the most fantastic look this winter!

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