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Hair Used for Extensions

This chapter covers the hair that is used for the hair extensions.  Exactly where does this hair come from?   How is it processed and then attached to your hair?

Where does the stylist buy the hair?  How can you tell if you have inferior quality hair?


What can you expect from human hair?  Can you dye it, perm it, or even color it? How long will the hair last?

All of these questions are answered in this chapter.

Also covered in this chapter is synthetic hair.  Synthetic hair has greatly improved in quality over the years and looks just like human hair and feels super soft and sexy.  The great advantage of synthetic hair is that it weighs 1/3 the weight of human hair and works well for natural hair that may not be able to support the weight of human hair.

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What type of hair is used?

Human Hair

There are a multitude of sources today to buy human hair for extensions. Hair can be bought in bundles, on wefts (a weft is a tiny little curtain of hair where the hair is attached at the top) or pre-bonded, pre-tipped (where bonding material is already attached to the tip of the hair)

The hair is priced and selected based on its grade, origin, length and texture. The hair supply industry is unregulated and the result is many unscrupulous companies offering human hair for sale that is inferior in quality or not at all what is stated in company advertising.

All hair supply companies claim that they have the best quality human hair on the market.


Remy, Cuticle Hair

This is hair that is cut off a personís head. The direction of the cuticle is maintained. There are many hair suppliers that claim they sell unprocessed Remy or cuticle hair. To some extent all hair must be processed to ensure that the cuticle is aligned in the same direction.

Because of the method of collection this type of hair is in short supply and is quite expensive An expert in human hair can tell the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair by touching it. It is said that Remy hair has a cool and silky feeling when you touch it.

Non experts probably will not be able to tell the difference by looking at the hair.

You really need to be confident in your hair stylistís ability and trust that the hair suppliers they use are using the hair that they say they are. A lot of the hair extension companies process their own hair and sell it directly to the certified stylists to ensure quality standards.

One indicator of Remy quality hair is the price--It is expensive! Remy quality hair will last a long time if properly maintained.

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