A brief review of the 3 types of hair, most commonly used in the manufacture of hair extensions.
Standard Quality Human Hair:
This is generally harvested from several donors. It is stripped of it’s cuticle, bleached and then coloured. The hair is then coated with silicone to give it a silky, smooth aesthetic finish. The hair strands do not all run the same way i.e. root to tip, they are of mixed direction.
Extensions using standard quality human hair are relatively cheap to purchase, and are a great way of adding texture, body and length to your hairstyle, with minimal cost. However, they are most suitable for occasional use only, and will not have the performance, texture or durability of Virgin or Remi/Remy hair:
Virgin hair may be harvested, indirectly, from several donors. The hair strands are not necessarily aligned, root-to-tip.
Virgin hair is similar to your own hair in that the cuticle remains in tact. Virgin hair also has not been chemically processed to be straight or curly, it may just be colored. The fact that the cuticle is in tact, and the hair has had minimal chemical processing, makes for hair extensions which perform better and have a longer lifespan than standard hair, but are not as expensive as Remi/Remy hair:
Remi / Remy Hair:
Remy or Remi hair is industry’s finest quality hair, and is the ‘celebrity’s choice’ when it comes to hair extensions. It is usually harvested, at source, from a single donor. The hair cuticles are intact and each strand is aligned root-to-tip. This ensures minimal tangling, condition and superior performance and durability.
It is generally quite expensive but, due to its’ exceptional durability, it could be more cost effective in the long run. High quality hair, if cared for properly, could be re-used, saving hundreds of pounds a year!
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