It’s 1 of 2 scenarios: Your hair is short, or mid length and you want to add length. OR your hair is long but you want to add volume.
I get it, I’ve been at both ends of the options. So have you considering natural hair extensions? I know, your initial thought may have been exactly like mine…I don’t know how to put them on myself and it’ too much maintenance.
Natural Hair Extensions Are NOT High Maintenance
Let me correct you. First, if you think it takes too long, you need to check out this hair extension tutorial.
Second, it’s tots low maintenance! I am not BSing you….I’ve used mine so many times and it was not causing hours of work each day. In fact, if your hair is straight or somewhat wavy, it’s even easier maintenance for you.
Third, if you have curly hair, you can either go with straight hair extension when you straighten your hair or better yet, get the curly ones! Now tell me that doesn’t sound easy?
Now that we’ve gotten through the hard part of the discussion, let’s get into what hair types there is.
If you want long tresses and weighing pricing options, you are probably confused why a set of 25 strands is costlier than a set of 100 strands. Well, the answer is really simple. Just like anything, the type and quality of the hair will dictate the cost of the extensions.
Really Fake Hair
Processed or synthetic hair is made of synthetic, blended, plastic fibres. The strands are very fine and stiff. They can’t be dyed, curled or straightened with heat, nor does it have long lasting durability. They sometimes have a coarse feel to the touch so they don’t blend in as naturally with it. They may get damaged from the sun, friction or harsh hair products.
This hair type can be found in large supplies at rock bottom prices. You may end up spending more money and time on synthetic hair than you would with human hair because it may require you to do multiple replacements.
How Remy Hair Extensions Are Made
It’s made of real, human hair that’s collected from a donor. Remy hair means that all the cuticles are running in the same direction at the time of collection so no tangling or break of flow of the strands. It blends more naturally with your hair and can be treated just like your own hair:
- Colour it
- Dye it
- Curl it
- Straighten it
Hair Extension Types
Now that we’ve gotten real vs. synthetic out of the way, let’s get into the different types of extension applications!
You’ve got a few types of extensions that exist:
- Weave, sew-in
- Glue-in, pre-bonded, fusion
- Wigs, hair pieces, lace frontal
Yes there is A LOT and selecting which you want is entirely based on what you like and how long you want to have them in for. Personally, I like the freedom of the clip ins as it’s on and off application.
Caring For Natural Hair Extensions
Here are a few basic tips to enjoy the most of your natural hair extensions and get them to last as long as possible:
- Air dry them after washing and conditioning. Leave-in conditioners are recommended.
- Wash once every 2-3 weeks if you regularly wear them.
- Avoid grooming products in between washes.
- Use alcohol-free products on hair so they don’t dry the hair and make it frizzy.
- Heavy oils will seep onto the hair, making it heavier and harder to work with.
What’s Remy Hair?
The term Remy hair refers to 100% human hair with all the cuticles aligned in the similar direction. They are shiny, smooth and tangle-free locks. They’re used in most salons for their quality.
There are several options to consider like Peruvian, Malaysian, and Indian. While all 3 options are of good quality and interesting attributes, they do have some difference which is important to be familiar with to make the right choice.
Hair from Peru is a pretty expensive option and as it’s hard to source. The main reason for the higher price is the scarcity of the locks as when there is not enough supply as it’s collected from remote villages.
Peruvian hair weaves go well with African-American and Caucasian standard locks. This hair type is:
- coarser and thicker texture than Brazilian hair
- naturally straight, wavy or very curly
- dark or light colours available
- must be chemically processed before turning it into extensions
- lays thick so you will need less bundles to get the desired effect
Good quality Peruvian hair weaves have a natural shine and smoothness while low quality extensions are coated with silicone for shine which fades away after a couple of washes. Coating makes this type of extensions look very nice and high quality, and seem very appealing at first glance.
Malaysian hair bundles are made with a focus to provide you the best hairs with a real natural look. The hair is donated at Malaysian temples by women in need of money as an offering to the gods.
It’s a good for relaxed Afro-Caribbean hair. The best part of such this hair type is that it doesn’t give a wig-type feel:
- It allows you to choose from a number of hair volumes
- Comes in colours of darkest brown to near black
- Usually wavy, slight bends to loose body waves but dries straight with a slight wave
- Shiny and silky
- Heavier, thicker and more dense yet softer and silkier than Indian hair
- Thinner and softer than Chinese hair
This hair type originates from the Tirupatu temples, where the women shave their hair as an offering to the gods. Indian virgin hair is usually unprocessed. Remy hair from India has been lightly processed to modify the texture.
Indian hair extensions come in a range of styles and are quite easy to maintain. It has a comparatively longer hair span than other hair types.
It works well for people who like to straighten the hair and get those sleek and shiny hairstyles, but not the best if you want volume and bounce:
- excellent texture quality and a very nice shine
- structure is fairly similar to the most expensive European hair because of its great lustre and healthy look
- popular because of its naturally dark colour, thickness and coarseness
- straight but hair dries wavy
- extremely long lengths
- dye them without worrying about any damage to its texture
These extensions are higher in price than Peruvian hair but are a great value for your money.
The hair comes from small rural places within Brazil, where the donors are paid for the effort in growing strong and healthy hair. Brazilians are of European, African and Indian heritage. The hair features are determined by the region and genetics of the donor.
Since it’s a genetically diverse are, you won’t find consistency in the hair characteristics. Perfect for those looking for thick, bouncy hair and blends well with Afro-Caribbean.
To make it easy, the market has segregated this hair type into categories:
- Mostly of Anglo or European descent.
- Texture is very fine, silky and is straight in nature.
- Good for making lace wigs and lace frontal.
- This is the most popular on the market.
- Thicker than grade A hair, and slightly wavy.
- Comes in dark brown to light copper.
- Highly resistant to the sun.
- Afro – Caribbean population decent.
- Coarse, thick and curly.
- Comes in black to light brown.
- Can go from body wave to kinky curls
This hair type is sourced from 3 of the Hindu temples within Burma, as well as local Burmese women who will sacrifice their hair in donation to the temple or to acquire money to pay for school or medical bills.
It’s a cross between Chinese hair and Indian hair:
- Extremely healthy and resilient
- Takes heat extremely well
- Naturally straight with a slight curl at the end that’s resilient to straightening
- Can be curled but they do not hold for long
- Available in jet black to dark browns
- Long lasting extensions
Mongolian hair comes from poor Mongolian women who sell it to gain a few bucks. It’s extremely rare, making it more expensive, as they have a tiny population of 2.6 million people.
This crossbreed between Chinese and Malaysian hair blends perfectly with Afro-Caribbean hair:
- Thinner and finer than and less coarse than Chinese hair, making it a weak candidate for volume and bounce
- Soft and shiny, yet not as soft as Malaysian hair
- Comes in colours ranging from brown to the light blonde
- Available in straight and wavy
Sold by Chinese women for a profit who need to support their families. It’s the cheapest of the virgin hairs. The coarseness is treated to reduce thickness.
Since most natural hair manufacturers are located in China, much of what you get on the market is dyed Chinese hair passed off as Brazilian hair:
- Naturally straight, very coarse and jet black
- Super shiny, smooth, glossy and silky
- It’s extremely hard to curl yet possible with excessive heat
- Good for straight shiny hair styles
The hair is chopped off from a donors head.
Normally unprocessed, nor dyed with the hair cuticle, it’s often sold to Europe, India, South America and the USA:
- Thicker strand with low to medium low lustre.
- Holds hair dye and curls well
Sourced from small rural communities from Russia by women of Caucasian decent wanting to make a small profit.
They have a simple diet that’s high in nutrients and vitamins, low in sugar, salt and processed animal fat which influences the hair quality:
- Rare, pure and silky
- Thinnest and finest of virgin hair
- Colours vary from light blonde to a medium brown
- Options go from straight to deep or light body wave
- Outlasts other hair types and is very expensive
The Gist of it
There are numerous makers who try to fob off low quality hair for high quality and charge too much money. This guide helps you understand the different hair types and their attributes so you not end up with cheap imitation hair.
When you are shopping for good quality hair extensions:
- Ask the provider what type of locks they are selling if not listed.
- Check reviews online of their products.
- Try to distinguish between the coated hair and genuine hair to get the best deal for your money.
- Get the hair origin so you aren’t being taken for a fool.
- Enquire about for the authenticity certificate proving the hair’s origin that traces it back to the originating destination via a reference numbers, proving it has undergone a rigorous inspection.
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