From a client email:
I'm noticing a BIG difference in fiber quality between the Milan & both Amber & Adriana. (especially Amber though, I'm supposing because of length...) I've had Milan since Dec 15 & the fibers are still so nice. The other two are looking like Barbie hair & I've only had them since March & April. Is this just because of the length or does brand have something to do with it? I've by far taken much better care of the JR wigs. I usually keep them all in updos or scarves so they don't rub the chair or car seat much. I was thinking my next wig would be Jodie by Jon Renau in 38 Milkshake, but I'm really concerned about longevity now. I can't afford to keep buying a new wig every 6 months. Any suggestions?
You’re about 50% right about the cause of your — very common, very legit — issue.
The length actually makes a huge difference here. The biggest problem with products made of synthetic, petroleum-based materials are that they are a lot like nylon stockings. Static builds up very easily and doesn’t get discharged easily. This means that the hair clumps together and tangles more in longer styles. Just the fact that there is more of it, and that those strands are longer and can bang into each other over a larger area, creates more static build up. Regular use of anti-static products (such as the simply styling we sell in our store) is a must with long wigs.
The length also makes these wigs more prone to styling (combing) damage, though it sounds like you are already doing everything you can to minimize this issue.
With that in mind, the Jodie, being substantially shorter, should give you a much better result over a longer period of time than any long wig.
You also have to remember that this is a slightly unfair comparison since the Milan has 1/3 less hair. She has ZERO hair at the nape, since she is only a topper. This definitely helps keep the static down, since the static can be easily discharged by making contact with your biohair in the back. (It’s the same reason why blended heat-friendly synthetic / human hair wigs don’t tangle as much as wigs made of 100% HF synthetic fiber.)
So, like I said, you’re about 50% of the way to your answer.
The other 50% of the equation: fiber denier! This is the width of the diameter of the individual fibers, themselves. The denier on Milan is much wider, as it is meant to look like Japanese hair. The denier on Jon Renau’s wigs is much smaller, as it is meant to approximate European hair. The finer the denier, the more delicate the hair. The trade off is that finer denier hair looks less shiny and generally moves much more naturally, while thicker denier hair is more durable and will last a little longer.
So, it’s not that one brand has crap hair over the other. They are both excellent quality! The issue is figuring out the right length, denier, and ultimately, brand that suits your needs. To be perfectly frank, it’s pretty hard to beat Noriko in terms of durability. However, I still prefer Jon Reanu because their hair looks more natural to me. It is all a matter of personal choice, in that regard.
NOTE: Please consider a sixth month replacement cycle VERY TYPICAL of all synthetic wigs. If you absolutely need something to last longer than that, you may want to consider investing in a human hair wig instead.
I hope this has been helpful info! :)