The choice between a hair weave vs. wig might be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be a source of stress. Both are great options when you want a new hairstyle without making any changes to your natural hair. Knowing your lifestyle, budget, and personal preferences can help you decide whether a weave vs. wig is best for you.
Why Choose A Weave vs. Wig
A hair weave is the better choice for you if you’re someone who can settle into one hairstyle for an extended period of time. If you’re unlikely to get the itch to change your hairstyle within a one, two or even three month period of time, then you’re likely to be comfortable wearing a weave. This is especially true if your weave is being used as a protective style for your natural hair.
Weaves are also more secure than a wig, as they’re usually sewn into your natural hair. This is great if your lifestyle is very active or if you might find yourself in a situation where your hair needs to be super secure. Weaves are great for active lifestyles not only because they’re more secure but because they also don’t require an adhesive that would loosen with sweat.
There are many different types of weaves on the market that are available at a number of different price points. The best investment would be in high quality, human hair bundles, but these do tend to be costly, ranging anywhere from $400-$1000 or more for both the hair and cost of installation.
The downside of weaves is that if they are not properly installed, they can pull at your scalp, causing tension that can lead to discomfort, pain, or even damage. It can be even more of a nightmare if you don’t have the extra funds to get the weave reinstalled properly. If you’re considering purchasing a weave, make sure that you can afford the financial and time commitment that it may require.
Why Choose A Wig vs. Weave
If you’re the type of person that loves to switch up your hair color, length, texture or overall style on a regular basis, then you’re better off choosing a wig. Wigs can easily be taken on and off, and once purchased and maintained properly, can last for several months or longer. With multiple wigs, you can change your hairstyle at your whim – no commitment necessary.
If you have the time, you can style and restyle a human hair wig in multiple different ways, which may be more preferable to you than spending time and money getting a weave installed in a salon.
However, you may find yourself actually wasting money if you constantly purchase low quality, synthetic wigs that fall apart. If you’re going to purchase a wig, consider it a long term investment. Purchase a high quality, human hair wig that can withstand any style changes that you desire.
Once you consider that you save money from not going to a salon, and not having to re-purchase multiple bundles more frequently, a good $500 wig can be the more frugal and sensible option. Just be sure that it’s styled and cut in a way that matches your face shape, as poorly styled wigs can look unnatural.
Also keep in mind that a lace wig that requires adhesive may not be the best bet for you if you live an active lifestyle. It can also be hot, itchy and generally bothersome in summertime heat.