Let’s start with virgin hair:
Virgin hair is just that, virgin, it means it has never been touched by processing in any way (dye, bleach, curled, ironed… anything). If hair is virgin that means the person who donated (or sold) their hair to the extension maker never did any processing to their hair in any way and the company that harvested the hair and made it into a weft didn’t process it in any way either. BTW – Washing does not count as processing, please wash your hair regularly.
Bottom Line: If the hair you are looking to buy has had ANY processing steps done to it, chemical or non-chemical, then it is not virgin. Don’t believe the hype! (Sorry for the Public Enemy reference lol – but I love P.E.)
Now let’s talk about remy hair:
Remy hair is hair that the extension maker has taken the time and expense to make sure all of the roots and ends of the donor hairs that make up the weft are going in the same direction. This allows the weft to flow and behave like your own natural hair does. Genuine remy hair will not tangle or snag when cared for properly.
Bottom Line: When you buy remy hair online, inspect the product carefully and make sure all of the roots and ends are laid out as I’ve just described.
Also be careful when a hair seller tells you that their hair is “single drawn”. Single drawn remy hair wefts come from a single donor and command the highest grade and price. Single drawn natural virgin remy hair (grades 6A and above) is very expensive. You will not find the real deal at a bargain basement price if the retailer is being honest. I’m just being honest with you. If you are on a budget, (real) grade 5A will do you right. The only difference is in how the hair is drawn. 5A virgin remy will look and feel like the higher grades and it will last up to a year if you take care of it. I had a client a few years ago that wanted her sew-in redone every two weeks with 6A hair no matter what. Hey, it was her money.
Let’s talk weight:
You should also pay attention to the weight. A FULL bundle of hair should be 100 grams (or 3.52 ounces if you are a non-metric system person like me lol) and it takes three bundles to do the average head (longer lengths or a larger head may require four bundles). If a seller says that they will sell you three bundles of hair for an incredibly low price please read the fine print and make sure you are getting three 100 gram bundles. Any less and you will end up with half a weave or wholesale virgin hair when you’re sitting in your beautician’s chair. I have sent many a client of mine out of my shop with half of a hairdo while they run and try to find enough hair to complete their desired look because they got scammed by a website that sold them 50 gram bundles.
How about length?
Yes ladies, size does matter when it comes to hair extensions. There are retailers that will “short” the length of extensions that they sell. They will sell you a 16 inch extension and that extension may actually be only 15 inches or even shorter. Again be on the lookout and don’t fall for a low price without doing your homework.
To wrap this up, there are many honest hair retailers on the web that will always tell you the real deal on their products and there are some shady ones that will say anything to try and get your money. In my experience, you can tell a lot by looking at the price. Beware of very low prices that just seem too good to be true. Read the fine print in all listings. Review customer feedback ratings and above all, develop a relationship with a hair retailer that you trust or get a solid recommendation. Shopping on price alone and not paying attention to the details can get you burned when you are buying hair extensions online.