What is Faux Hair?

Various locks of faux hair on display at a store.

Do you believe that a woman’s beauty lies between having a killer body and a good hairstyle? If you don’t consider faux hair as a spice in that delicious meal, this faux hair is made of synthetic fiber and does not have keratin like human hair.

With faux hair, you’re a superstar in the making, since you can rock any style you want. Unfortunately, some people don’t take their image seriously until they realize it brands them. When you understand that hairstyles matter, you can go crazy trying all the techniques that compliment your skin tone.

My sister is an online sales marketer. She believed that short hair was enough for her until she tried locking faux extensions and faux locks.  Surprisingly, she gained massive followers from social media in no time, resulting in closing more deals.

That’s why she realized that faux hair has some magic in it that attracts people and makes you look gorgeous.

Types of faux hair

Faux Hair Extensions 

A close look at a girl with faux hair extensions in her braids.

Faux hair extensions are made of Acrylic, Nylon, and Polster as an imitation of human hair.  These materials are heated and molded to fit any hairstyle you may want. The fun thing is that you might not distinguish some faux extensions from human hair if you are not used to them.

Categories of faux hair extensions

Clip-in Hair Extensions

This is a close look at multiple clip-on hair extensions.

These extensions will melt your heart with joy. The clip will make you look pretty as it comes with contoured pieces carefully attached to the baseline with silicone.  Ready to apply on your natural hair since each clip opens with ease.

Guess why people love them? That’s because you can quickly put or remove them without complications. Unlike other faux extensions, clips-in take five minutes only to apply. In addition, Clips-in is friendly to all-natural hair since it doesn’t require chemicals or heat to install.

Clips-in can last from 5 months to a year. The duration of your extension depends on how often you wear and the amount of care dedicated to the hair. So be smart and buy several so that they can last longer.

Tape-In Hair Extensions

This is a close look at a lock of blond tape-in hair extension.

Ensure you have an interesting game on your phone since tape-ins can take more than an hour to install. These extensions are glued together on the sides of your natural hair. The glue is heated to help in aligning hair on the roots.

If the adhesive used is not legit, your hair can be damaged. However, it should not worry you if you’re buying from a trusted brand.

When you’re enjoying the warm water and singing your favorite song in the bathroom, remember that the tape can slip off when you use the wrong conditioner. Use the recommended shampoo from your stylist.

These tape-ins last for about seven weeks. However, they depend on how you maintain them as well as how your hair grows fast.

Microlink Hair Extensions

LaaVoo Balayage Micro Beads Hair Exensions 16 Inch Remy Microlink Hair Extensions Balayage Dark Brown to Ash Blonde Mixed Brown Micro Ring Real Human Hair Extensions 50g/50s

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These are faux hair extensions applied by attaching wefts to the natural hair with silicone beads. Carry snacks or popcorn when you decide to go for this hairstyle. The application takes 3-4 hours. Micron link extensions can damage your hair if not properly installed.

The best thing about this extension is that you can use the same conditioner or product you apply to your natural hair. As the beads start to alienate from the scalp and the hair starts to grow, that is the time you should go for re-positioning.

It usually takes two months before you need this maintenance practice. These extensions are semi-permanent and can last up to 5 months.


If you want to pull that Cardi B or Nicki Minaj hairstyle, then you should invest in one. Weaves come in shape, size, and quality. So it’s upon you to choose your favorite, and that fits your needs.

Types of weaves

Faux weave

GX Beauty 3Pcs/Lot Faux Locs Crochet Hair 20 Inch Goddess Locs Crochet Hair with Curly Ends Synthetic Crochet Weave Locs Braiding Hair 24Roots/Pack (1B#)

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Even if you’re broke like a church mouse, you can still afford a hair weave. Fortunately, there may be a cheap one available on the market. Note that they are made of microfibers so that any heat will destroy the texture. Quality weaves are so good that you can’t even differentiate them from human hair.

Peruvian weave

Panse Hair 10A Peruvian Bundles with Lace Closure 100% Unprocessed Peruvian Body Wave 20/22/24+18 inch Free Part 1B Color Peruvian Body Wave Human hair Weave with 4x4 Baby Hair Lace Closure

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If you have relaxed hair and want to be the center of attention, grab this amazing weave. The weave is comfortable since it is lightweight.  It can be curled, waved, or straightened, depending on your taste. In addition, the weave can last for months, just like virgin human hair.

Malaysian weave

Beauty Forever Hair 8A Malaysian Jerry Curly Hair Weave 3 Bundle 100% Unprocessed Human Virgin Hair Bundle Weave Dyeable Hair Deals Natural Color 95-100g (8 10 12)

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If you want to rock like an Asian model, this is the weave to go with. It has a sleek and shiny aspect that makes you glow from a distance. Also, note that it is more silky and soft as compared to other weave textures.

Apart from making you look gorgeous, the weave doesn’t change color even in humid conditions. It has the same qualities as Remy’s human hair; however, Remy’s hair is expensive since it’s human hair.

Brazilian weave

Body Wave Bundles 100% Unprocessed Body Wave Human Hair Bundles (20 22 24 inch) Brazilian Virgin Hair 3 Bundles Body Wave Weave Hair Human Bundles

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It’s the most popular faux weave among women of African descent.  The weave will blow your mind since it is durable, thick, and soft. It comes in a variety of colors, and you can select which one drives you crazy.

Indian weave

Beauty Forever Indian Body Wave Hair 3 Bundles Hair Extensions 100% Unprocessed Human Virgin Hair Weaves Natural Color 95-100g/pc (16 18 20)

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It’s the most lightweight and popular among all synthetic weaves. You can style it the way you want. For example, you may decide to curl or have a wavy look. Both styles are gorgeous, especially when you rock with a dress.


Don’t be frustrated or get mad when you have messed up your hair and don’t have time to visit the stylist. Instead, grab your synthetic wig, and you’re ready to rock that party like a princess.

Note that wigs are faux hair that is designed to cover the entire head. So don’t panic when you lose your hair. Wigs are here to save your day. These are used to cover the whole head in case of hair loss, baldness, or when one wants to change the hairstyle.

Faux Locs

Youngther 24 Inch New Faux Locs Crochet Hair 6 Packs Extensible New Soft Locs Crochet Hair Pre Looped Synthetic Crochet Hair for Black Women(24inch,6packs,1B)

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These are synthetic hair that temporarily locked together. Faux loc should be your thing if you want to rock that Rastafarian look. They will serve you for more than five months, and they don’t damage your hair.

While choosing synthetic hair for locks, make sure it has a texture that resembles real dreadlocks. The most recommendable extension is Marley’s hair.

Ensure you have a good playlist on your phone since the procedure takes more than 8 hours. However, it can take less time if you decide to go with crochet faux locs. Note that a protective style that gives your hair space to grow can serve you for three months.

Kanekalon hair

Are you looking for high-quality fake hair? Kanekalon is here to make you look pretty and confuse everyone with your beauty.  Kanekalon resembles kinky hair, especially when it is used for braiding. However, it looks much like real hair due to its texture.

Types of Kanekalon hair


LOHXINHAIR Black Kanekalon Braiding Hair for Women 24 inch 6 pack High Temperature Synthetic Jumbo Braids Twist Crochet Hair Extensions Soft Yaki Texture

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Braids are interlacing patterns of hair that are mostly made of kanekalon hair.  It is a popular faux hair that protects the scalp. The following are various categories of braids;

Box braids

These are three-strand braids that are shaped in squares. Most of the box braids are done with synthetic extensions to add thickness, length, and fullness. 

Ponytail braids

If you have classic braids, go for ponytail braids.  You may decide to style a Pussycat or let them fall like dreadlocks. Ponytail braids can last for three weeks. Ensure the braids are not too tight since they damage your scalp.

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