Everything You Should Know Before Buying Virgin Hair Extensions
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you have most likely decided to stop wasting money on cheap beauty supply store hair brands and invest in higher grade, longer lasting virgin hair extensions.
This guide will walk you through the different types of hair you will come across on the market so that you can make an informed decision before buying virgin hair extensions online.
So push your glasses up (if you wear them) and prepare to learn something new.
100% Virgin Hair Extensions: The Highest Quality Hair — Most Expensive — And Best Suited For Experienced Buyers
Pure virgin hair, also known as raw hair, will be the highest quality and most expensive virgin hair extensions you come across on the market because the hair is kept in its most natural state. It has not been chemically treated, dyed, bleached or permed. In fact, it is taken directly from the head of the hair donor, gently washed and then bundled for sale.
All cuticles will be intact and laying in the same direction, making pure virgin hair extensions soft and smooth to the touch. The hair will also be resistant to tangling and matting, but the truth is, most women who are used to buying packaged hair from the beauty supply store would be grossed out by 100% pure virgin hair extensions.
Here’s why: the majority of human hair donors come from underdeveloped countries where personal hygiene standards aren’t as high as they are in developed countries.
virgin-hair-extensionsThis means that over 90% of the hair collected from donors is filled with dirt, twigs, lice, and lice eggs — called nits. Even though the collectors of virgin hair wash it before selling, the fact is, they just don’t do a thorough job. There are numerous stories online of women who have purchased raw hair only to be freaked out by either the smell of the hair or the presence of lice eggs.
Experienced buyers usually soak their virgin hair extensions in apple cider vinegar, then shampoo and comb out any remaining nits with a lice comb.
What To Expect When Buying Virgin Hair In Bulk
In an attempt to save money, many veterans of the virgin hair game will import raw hair in bulk directly from hair vendors overseas. Bulk virgin hair is usually sold by the kilogram (2000 grams), and then separated into bundles weighing anywhere from 100 – 120 grams.
These bundles are comprised of loose strands of hair in varying lengths. So for example, you may order 18 inches of virgin hair, but actually receive a bundle that has strands that measure 17, 18, and 19 inches.
Another thing to consider, is the need to have the raw hair sewn onto wefts for use as hair weave. Many women are surprised and/or get upset when they send their virgin hair off to get wefted, and find they have lost some of the original weight and length of their bundles.
Despite these drawbacks, many women still prefer to jump through all of these hoops just to ensure they are purchasing the highest quality hair. They feel the steep price tag and extra effort is justified because with proper care, pure virgin hair extensions can last a very long time — sometimes as long as 2 or 3 years!
For women who don’t want to exert all the extra effort needed when dealing with pure virgin hair, there is a more convenient alternative for getting high quality, long lasting, beautiful hair.
[Part 2] Everything You Should Know About Remy Hair Extensions
Before launching our virgin hair company, we knew we didn’t want to just jump in “the game” and start selling hair extensions. We wanted to enter the market with a purpose and fulfill a need.
So prior to buying inventory for our virgin hair line, we polled over 200 women who had purchased hair extensions online to find out what their biggest complaints were and what improvements they would like to see from a hair company.
Here’s what they said:
By a wide margin, the number one complaint was about companies claiming to sell high quality virgin hair but actually having low grade hair that shed, mat, and/or tangled within days or weeks. The women in our poll said they felt cheated and ripped off by these companies.
The second biggest complaint was about receiving poor customer service. 56% of the women in our survey said they had experienced rude, disrespectful, and even “ghetto” customer service after spending hundreds of dollars with some hair companies.
The third most common complaint sparked heated responses from our participants. It is was about companies and their unfair (and in many cases) nonexistent return policy. Many hair companies blame any problems with their extensions on the customer and refuse to refund or replace them based on that excuse.
These industry wide problems make buying virgin hair online similar to gambling. In our opinion, that is just not the way business should be done. We feel each customer should get exactly what they expect and pay for.
Virgin Remy Hair Extensions: Everything You Should Know…
This is part 2 of our guide – “Everything You Should Know Before Buying Virgin Hair Online”. If you missed part 1, you can read it here, otherwise, let’s jump right in.
As we mentioned previously, 100% pure virgin hair extensions are the highest quality hair you can buy. The caveat is, they are also the most expensive type of hair and require a bit of effort and experience to manage.
But there is another way to get the look and quality you’re after…
Virgin Remy Hair Extensions: High Quality, Easy To Manage And Affordable
remy hair extensions Virgin Remy hair extensions are the best option for women who want all the benefits of higher grade virgin hair, but still want the convenient packaging and easy use of hair from the beauty supply store .
Unlike 100% pure virgin hair, Remy hair extensions go through a more stringent cleaning process to remove impurities. This may include steaming and/or the use of stronger detergents to get rid of the dirt, lice, and lice eggs commonly found in the hair of women in underdeveloped countries where hair is donated and collected.
Despite this process, virgin Remy is very high quality human hair. Each bundle comes from a single donor with the hair cuticles intact and laying in the same direction. Laying the hair “root-to-tip” ensures a smooth and consistent texture. This also allows virgin Remy hair extensions to last longer and to be curled, straightened or dyed more easily.
Virgin Remy Hair Extensions: Single Drawn And Double Drawn
Single drawn Remy hair extensions are tapered at the end which creates a very natural looking hairstyle. The hair is collected by gathering the donor’s hair in a pony tail and then cutting it off. This usually leaves the bundle with different hair lengths, but the shorter hairs are removed using a process known as hackling.
This video shows how to hackle virgin hair extensions:
Double Drawn Remy hair extensions are a more expensive grade of hair. This is single drawn hair which has been cut on both ends so that the whole bundle of hair is the same length. The length in each bundle is consistent, so if you buy a bundle of 22 inch Remy Double Drawn hair, all strands will measure 22 inches and the ends will have a broad square shape.
Things are about to get serious. In this article we are going to tell you the truth about all of these so-called “exotic” hair types that are flooding the market, especially the most popular — virgin Brazilian hair.
First you should understand — for a virgin hair company to pull the curtain back and let the customer see what’s really going on — it’s like committing treason and can quite possibly turn the whole virgin hair industry against us.
But we don’t care!
If you are going to spend hundreds of dollars on virgin hair — we believe you should know what you’re really getting.
And in most cases, when you buy virgin Brazilian hair extensions or any other exotic sounding hair… what you are really getting is some variation of Indian or Asian hair.
virgin brazilian hairIf you are skeptical, think about this fact: There are billions of Asian and Indian women in the world. What other races of people could support the virtually insatiable demand for long length human hair for so many years?
Now, that is not to say there are no authentic exotic hair extensions on the market from their stated place of origin. But they are extremely rare and could not possibly support the enormous commercial demand.
So the vast majority of the time, those exotic labels usually refer to a particular style, texture, behavior, or pattern of virgin hair.
Common Characteristics of Virgin Brazilian Hair And Other Exotic Hair:
Virgin Brazilian Hair – has gained the most popularity in the last few years due to its luxurious texture and versatility. Unfortunately, true Brazilian hair is very rare. In actuality, the majority of hair labeled virgin Brazilian hair is curly Indian hair that has been steamed. It’s fairly common for hair suppliers to come from Brazil to buy Indian hair wholesale then take it back to their country to mark up and sell to women across the world. Despite the misleading label, virgin Brazilian hair is beautiful and it makes great looking hair extensions. It comes in wavy, straight or curly patterns. The straight textures are not bone straight and tend to have light waves in it. It styles very easily, and although not recommended, handles heat well and can hold a curl all day. Virgin Brazilian hair extensions blend well with most natural ethnic hair textures and can last up to a year or more with proper care.
Malaysian Hair – is very soft and silky and at first glance can appear a bit shiny. But after a few washes the luster fades into a more natural glow. Curls hold well with minimal hair products so try to avoid using too much oil spray on this hair. If you want volume and thickness, Malaysian hair is a good option because it has great bounce and heavy body. Due to its fullness, it has the tendency to dry out so be sure to keep it moisturized. The good thing is that this type of hair requires less wash because of its heavy density.
Peruvian Hair – This hair is a little coarser and thicker in texture than Malaysian or Brazilian hair. It blends well with normal African-American relaxed hair textures and medium Caucasian hair textures. Peruvian hair has been growing in popularity since 2010. Peruvian hair is multipurpose hair. It has the ability to look naturally voluminous despite the fact it is lightweight. For example, you can have over 4 bundles of hair installed and they will feel very light on your head. It is extremely manageable even in times when hair isn’t maintained properly. Peruvian hair is great for sleek straight styles as well as short & edgy styles.
Indian Hair – this is the work horse of the hair industry. Most other hair types are process from the various textures of Indian hair. Depending on the region where the hair is collected, the characteristics of Indian hair can resemble everything from a fine European texture to lightly yaki. Indian hair lasts a long time without much maintenance and is very versatile.
So now that you know the truth about so-called “exotic virgin hair, you may be wondering about the hair we carry on our website? We have kept it real with you so far and we wont stop now…
So now that you know the basics about the different quality levels of virgin Remy hair extensions, let’s explore the different types available on the market and dispel some myths in the virgin hair industry.