Why Hair Extensions
European hair is generally fine and delicate hair structure. So is Afro hair! Afro hair once flat ironed is incredibly fine, thin and even more fragile than European hair.
Hair is made up of three different layers Cuticle, Cortex and Medula – 75-80% protein mainly Keratin.
Main outer layer – ‘Cuticle’ – Different layers of cells arranged like fish scales…. slightly on top of each other with free edges directed down to the tip.
The Cuticle locks and holds in essential moisture, nutrients and protects the hair. This layer creates all the hairs shine due to the light reflecting of its glossy surface. This and the Pigment (color) in the cortex gives hair its characteristic appearance.
Hair without cuticle would appear dull and lifeless and wont reflect light so you will have no shine. It will feel dry and become brittle.
Cuticle Check: If you slide your fingers along a dry hair follicle from the tip towards the scalp, the hair will feel sticky or rough—you are sliding your fingers against the cuticle and are lifting the imbrications/cuticle scales. If you then slide your fingers downwards in the correct direction from scalp to tip it will feel smoother. It is of crucial importance with hair extensions that the hair is placed into the extension the RIGHT way, or your hair will feel rough, brittle and tangle.
If you have had hair in the past that has become dead, dry, fuzzy after the first wash it was Non –Cuticle hair. This means hair where the cuticle had been removed.
Hair naturally grows with the cuticles pointing downward root to tip, If some of the hair get turned (root to tip) the cuticles stick into each other and it create massive tangles all the time.
Hair for extensions must be looked after extremely delicately to ensure none of the hairs get misplaced and the same care must be taken throughout any process such as adding wefts or adding keratin tips.
If just some of the hair has been misplaced, or there is even the possibility that it may have occurred … the cuticles must be removed…otherwise the tangling will be so bad the hair will be unusable.
Hair manufactures will often coat non-cuticle hair in silicone. This covers the dry damaged hair and makes it look shiny and healthy. But this is only a temporary effect. Once you wash it… the real hair will be revealed, and with no cuticles the hair will tangle, be dull and lifeless.
Cuticles can also be damaged irreparably by coloring, perming and hot styling products.
Our hair is all cuticle hair. Perfectly intact, all running in the right direction.
Virgin hair means it is untouched never been colored or permed or straightened. This means the cuticles are in perfect healthy condition.
Though more expensive you do not need to replace this hair each time you change your extensions. So it actually works out much less expensive the long term!
Types Of Hair
Hair of Russian Origin
The absolute best kind of hair available but it often can be mixed with cheaper hair by exporters and be chemically treated and processed both before and after the cut. In extreme demand, and limited supplies this the the highest level of hair you can buy.
Our hair of Russian Origin is completely pure. VIRGIN never chemically treated. This means the cuticles are in immaculate condition. Because of small supply this hair is not cheap but is reusable, glossy, tangle free and will last indefinitely.
Hair of Indian Origin
The most popular hair available. There is a large supply of this hair due to the religious practice of Tonsure. Individuals “tonsure” their heads – shave/cut off their hair, as a symbol of ‘giving up their ego’ to God and donate their hair to the temple. This hair can be found in varying qualities but again can be mixed with cheaper hair; finding this hair in good quality and Pure can be a challenge due to Indian market saturation and the rigors of taking the hair from the temple to the clients head.
Our Indian hair is the highest grade, best quality and 100% Pure Temple hair. AAA grade Remy. Undiluted. Cuticle correct. Again although not cheap this hair does not need to be replaced after every attachment.
This hair is NOT real human hair. It is made from plastic. This means it is very cheap to produce, however there are many drawbacks: You can not put high levels of heat on it –no irons or tongs on it or near it. It has to be replaced often. Will not react to color or styling products the same as natural hair. Very often looks unnatural, fake and Barbie doll like. Cheap to buy but wont look good for long, and is very hard to style or control.
Test whether hair is synthetic or real by taking one strand and burning it. Human hair burns slowly and has a distinct odor; synthetic hair balls up or burns very quickly and has no odor.
Chinese hair follicles do not match European or Afro hair. The follicles are too thick. The thick strands reflect light differently and appear up to three times as large next to European hair. Most Chinese hair extensions have had the follicles chemically stripped down to make them thinner. This process requires heavy-duty chemicals, covering in silicon helps it still look good in the short term but after a wash or two…hair tangles, matts and never recovers.
Hair without cuticles loses all its moisture, nutrients and shine…in the same way a green leave can become an autumn crackle.