We all know there's a lot of selections of hair to choose from and selling from many different websites or stores, but what hair should you buy? After all, who really wants to waste their hard earned money on anything, let alone on how they look. It may be tempting to choose hair from a cheaper source, not realizing all hair isn't the same. It can be overwhelming and time consuming making a decision on which hair to purchase, but I am going to give you some helpful information to help you navigate this large industry. Below are some terms to help ease the process of shopping for hair. Knowing these terms will help you purchase hair that matches your hair goals.
- unprocessed (it has not undergone ANY chemical, heat or steam processing)
- most expensive hair
- highest quality hair
- human hair
- most purest and natural form of hair available on the market
- usually available in 3 styles – straight, natural or wavy, and curly.
- less silky and slightly closer to coarser textures
- Indian– extremely popular, usually comes in those lighter brown colors- which may be a pro if you need to blend it with lighter colored natural leave outs.
- Vietnamese - smooth and are perfect for those smooth sleek looks. The texture is also great for blending with natural hair.
- Cambodian – full body and most known to have curlier styles available.
100% Virgin Hair
- expensive hair
- highest quality hair
- human hair with all the cuticles going in the same direction
- hasn’t gone through any chemical or mechanical processing.
The most popular kinds of virgin hair are:
- Peruvian – coarser, thicker, durable
- Brazilian – light, shiny, silky
- Malaysian – heavier, softer, silkier
- 100% human hair
- all the cuticles going in the same direction, but it has been chemically or mechanically processed.
- high-quality hair that will last you for a long time.
100% Human Hair
- has not been mixed with synthetic hair, but it has been stripped of its cuticles
- might be chemically processed
- will not last as long as 100% virgin or Remy hair
not human hair
low quality hair
will not last for a long time.
Grades of hair are from 3A (lowest quality), 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, and to 10A (highest quality). The grades of hair have evolved. You may have gotten away with having 5A hair back in the days, and that as considered having premium hair. Today that has since changed.
3A - 5A
- low quality hair
- high-maintenance and requires various detangling methods
- the cuticles are stripped or do not go in the same direction (not Remy)
- chemically processed
- will shed, tangle, and mat
- might have added synthetic fibers or animal hair (3A)
- usually 100% human hair that is not Remy (4A - 5A)
- thin, tapered ends that are often split
- hair usually source from "fallen hair" (hair fallen on floor and processed)
- long lengths not recommended
- curly hair not recommended
- very inexpensive hair
- will last up to a month if taken care properly
- medium quality hair
- all the cuticles go in the same direction hair (Remy hair)
- medium thickness
- can be colored to a medium blond color.
- decent budget hair
- with proper care it may last for up to 6 months
- high-quality Remy hair
- all the cuticles intact, often referred as “Double Drawn”
- thick and strong
- will last for up to 12 months
- sheds and tangles much less than the other lower grades
- can be colored light as platinum blonde
- more expensive than lower grades
8A - 9A
- higher quality hair
- 100% virgin hair (pure human hair from a single donor)
- never processed in any way
- note-if you color this hair or virgin hair, it will no longer be virgin
- has all cuticles intact (Remy hair)
- much thicker than lower grade hair
- has fewer short hairs mixed in the hair bundles
- doesn't mat or tangle easily
- lasts 1.5 to 2 years.
- highest quality hair that you can buy
- 100% unprocessed virgin hair from one donor
- thick ends and strong structure
- can color hair up to brightest blonde without much damage
- will tangle and mat less than your own hair
- does not require much maintenance
- the best you can buy
- most expensive hair
- lasts 2-2.5 yrs
Now that you know the ins and outs of the different terms of hair types and grades, it is important to remember to check when you are purchasing hair. It will bring more clarity why some hair cost more than others. Get more out of your money and invest in yourself with your selections. Purchasing inexpensive hair can definitely work to achieve short term styles, but you may want to consider spending slightly more for hair that will last years vs weeks or months. Think of all of the money to keep replacing the inexpensive hair. It may actually add up to be significantly more than higher quality hair. Not to mention it can't compare to the quality of a higher grade hair.
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