Hair extensions serve a variety of purposes, but for most women, it’s all aboutlooking and feeling great. The ultimate goal of hairnistas is to have hair extensions blend in seamlessly with your hair so your hair seems natural, full-bodied without looking too perfect..
When it comes to hair extensions, however, you simply can’t believe everything you read, and that’s especially true when it comes to claims of extensions being made from “virgin hair.” It’s an attractive claim that gives some serious clout to the quality of said extensions, but do the words always ring true?
Sadly, no – not all extensions marketed under this term fit the bill, and this is true for a number of reasons. Some retailers don’t understand the specific criteria required for hair to fall into this category, and others may understand, but are willing to deceive their customers in an effort to get that extra dollar. First and foremost, however, it’s important to understand what these commonly used marketing terms actually mean.
In order to fall into this category, hair must have beencared for properly, and it also must adhere to strict standards. It cannot have ever been died or bleached, it must typically be of Asian, European or Indian origin and it must all come from the head of the same person. If you hear virgin hair referred to as “remy” hair, this means the hair was removed from the donor using a careful method designed to keep the cuticles intact
Indian hair, or virgin Indian hair, is thick, lustrous and commonly considered the highest-quality hair on the market. Generally dark in color, Indian hair is revered for its versatility, meaning it can be easily curled, straightened or otherwise styled in a variety of ways.
Regardless of why some extension retailers are mislabeling their products, there are a number of steps you can take as a consumer to avoid being “taken” by these deceptive tactics.
Sure, everyone wants smooth, silky hair that gleams in the sunlight and bounces with every step. But when it comes to extensions, hair that looks just a little too perfect is highly suspect. So, how do you know if the piece you’re considering is made from real or synthetic strands? To put it simply, even the most carefully cared-for real hair is going to have flaws. Even all-natural natural hair extensions are going to have at least a couple of split ends. The same can be said about mild discoloration or the appearance of a few grey hairs. A grey strand or two in your hair extensions is not a fatal flaw. On the contrary, it’s a good sign that you’re dealing with the highest-quality hair that’s available in the modern marketplace. You’ll also want to consider where the hair comes from, and whether the country of origin has established practices for hair collection (Cambodia, China and India, for example, are all well-known in this regard).
Now that you know how to distinguish the real, quality extensions from the fakes, how can you be sure that the color you love online will blend well with your existing strands? It’s as simple as requesting a sample. We’ll send some out your way, and you decide if it makes the cut. To request a sample or otherwise get in touch, click here.