Choosing between unprocessed or processed hair when it comes to purchasing your blonde wig can be a tough decision, however, when it comes to european hair the simple answer is, if possible, to always go for unprocessed hair.

The definition of processed hair in relation to wigs and hair pieces means hair that has been subject to certain treatments to make it look a certain way.

While blonde wigs, especially using european hair are very popular, it is important to check whether or not your hair piece uses processed or unprocessed hair; as the chemicals that the hair piece can be exposed to before purchasing play a significant role in the lifespan of the hair.

As with bleaching natural hair, a blonde wig which uses processed hair – whether it is using european hair or hair sourced elsewhere, sees the strands of the hair piece being totally striped of their cuticles to extract all of the colour which previously showed on the strands. By soaking the european hair in an acid bath overnight the strands are totally natural as a result, which produces the perfect easel to paint on any new colour.

Blonde wigs in particular are more often a result of using processed as opposed to unprocessed hair as specific shades of blonde are less commonly available than european hair in darker shades.
Generally, unprocessed hair is preferred over processed hair as hair that has already been chemically treated can show premature signs of wear and damage in the way of split ends, dullness in colour and premature shedding, which is especially prevalent in blonde wigs.

If your european hair piece does use processed hair, it will need to be maintained very carefully. This means taking extra precaution when washing the blonde wig, as well as being sure not to get the hairs caught in clothing, zips or scarves. Additionally, processed wigs also shouldn’t be combined with heat styling tools such as straighteners or curling irons, as this has been known to cause further shedding and loss. For any more advise on hair pieces and wigs for hair loss or any reason, contact us today on 020 7404 6040.