Re synthetic versus real, it depends who you ask. I liked my synthetics as I could wash them myself and they stay in the shape/style they're supposed to be. I also don't care if it's raining as it won't need redoing. I had Paula Young and was happy with them. I bought from a website that sold all different makes- think it was naturalimagewigs.com. There's a few different makes that are good. I can't remember all the good makes. It might also make a different what color and style you're after. The bob styles look better than the long hair usually. However, they don't look quite the same as real hair. My human hair does look more realistic and dh prefers that so I don't wear it so much.