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Drawn Hair:

Double Drawn Versus Single Drawn

Drawn is the word used for pulling the hair through an instrument that puts the hairs together (hackle). It is also called hackling. Single drawn is the 1st hackling of the hair. This puts the hairs together. Similar lengths are gathered 6” to 10”; 11” to 14” and so on. Within the bundles the lengths will be varied. This has to do with how people’s hair grows, falls out and replaces itself. Double drawn is another hackling and a finer separation of the hair. This is much more labor intensive and will just about double the price of the hair. Some hair traders do not do double drawing of the hair.

Origins of Human Hair

The most common human hair used for hair extensions are European, Indian and Asian/Oriental. Other types such as Caucasian are usually unsuitable for extensions because most Caucasian women process their hair.

Caucasian Hair

Oval in shape, fine to medium density with large variations in color. Blondes have the finest texture, darker colors have a coarser texture and red heads have the coarsest hair. The majority of Caucasian women process their hair leaving it unsuitable for hair extensions.

Asian/Oriental Hair

Round in shape, mostly straight or slightly wavy and usually dark brown or black. Asian hair has the thickest diameter and is one of the strongest types of hair, able to withstand various chemical processes unless you have the thickness of Asian hair, this hair will need to be made thinner (undergo chemical processing) for use as hair extensions.

Indian (Hindu) Hair

Hair is small in diameter and comes in a variety of fiber types from fine, straight, medium, thick with wave or curly to thick hair. Most Indian women do not go to the salon for chemical processes such as color, perms, etc.,

leaving the hair in a virgin state. Indian hair must still be processed to make it appear closer to European and Caucasian hair.

Some people claim that hair being sold as European hair is actually Indian hair that is brought to Europe for processing. Remy hair originates from Indian temples where women donate their hair in thanks for some blessing or when they get married.

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