The beauty world is filled with a wide array of beauty, hair and make-up brands, products and tools to choose from. With all of these options, a woman is bound to get confused. One particular area where uncertainty arises is when deciding what kind of hair to purchase for hair weaving and/or extensions. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of hair options. In order to help guide the first-time hair purchaser, we have come up with a list of different types of weaving hair and what to expect from them.
Synthetic hair is made up of various synthetic plastic-like fibers and can be worn as weaves and single strand extensions.
Pros: There are many different styles, colors and textures of synthetic hair to choose from, enabling you to remain versatile. If you like to frequently change your hairstyle at an economical price, then synthetic hair is the best option for you.
Cons: The hair does not last as long as human hair, and can tend to look shiny, stiff and fake. Generally, you should not put any heating tools on synthetic fibers. Even though newer brands of hair allow you to apply heat at lower temperatures, doing so will only shorten the life span of the hair.
Most 100% human hair has been chemically altered. In order to destroy the hair cuticle partially or completely, the hair is heavily processed with acids and other chemicals. Some lower grade human hair is mixed with animal hairs and other synthetic fibers.
Pros: Human hair has a more natural and realistic appearance than synthetic hair. It lasts longer, and can be styled with heating tools and color treated.
Cons: Although human hair lasts longer than synthetic hair, its life cycle is reduced due to processing. After a while the hair will get matted and tangled, and you will experience shedding. Human hair also reacts to the weather much like your own natural hair. Therefore, you should be prepared for frizz and curl pattern changes when exposed to humidity.
Remy hair is slightly processed human hair. The chemicals are used to ensure that all of the hair follicles are going in the same direction. Remy hair is also collected so that all hair strands stay aligned in the natural way that they were grown.
Pros: Remy hair is long lasting and appears more natural than regular 100% human hair.
Cons: Remy human hair is very expensive. Also, the selling of high-end human hair can be tracked to unethical practices. For instance, many women in Asian countries are deceived and paid pennies for their mane, while their hair is retailed at a much higher price.
Virgin hair is human hair that has never been processed. This means that it has not been dyed, bleached, permed or chemically altered in any way. In most cases, this hair has been cut directly from someone’s head in the form of a ponytail. It can come from any person or country, but the most popular virgin hair is Malaysian and Indian.
Pros: Virgin hair is extremely natural and high quality hair that takes to color treatments and can be styled with heating tools. This hair lasts much longer than 100% human hair and some Remy hair. Virgin hair is ideal, and will always maintain its luster, since it has not been exposed to harsh chemicals.
Cons: Virgin hair is very expensive. There is also a short supply of virgin human hair.
Cost: $120-$600/4oz. bundle
- Chelsey Wilkins