Brazilian hair is very popular, and many companies are selling Brazilian virgin hair. Yet there is no hair-collecting culture in Brazil. Brazilian manufacturers actually import large quantities of Non-Remy hair from India, process it, and export it as high-grade Brazilian hair. None of the hair actually comes from Brazilian women.
Peruvian hair is either Indian or Chinese Non-Remy hair that hasn’t been acid-washed, coated with silicone, and labeled Peruvian hair. Peru does not have a hair-collecting culture.
Indian hair is very high quality hair and is highly regarded in the beauty industry. The hair is very light, airy, full of bounce and easy to style. Indian hair usually comes in a natural straight and natural wave style. If you are looking for a natural wave style then this is the hair for you. Indian hair is also very popular because if does not tangle, shed easily or lose its natural wavy look.
Authentic virgin Cambodian hair exists, but it’s very rare and expensive. Cambodian hair is thicker and darker than Indian hair and usually has a slight wave. Like Indian hair, it has split ends. If you purchase the hair directly from Cambodia, expect to pay no less than $150 for an 18-inch piece. If you pay cheaper retail prices, you are not purchasing authentic virgin Cambodian hair.
Machine-wefted hair is commonly known as hair on “tracks,” or a weave. Hair is stitched together with a sewing machine. There are many different methods of sewing. LEET HAIR provides a shed-resistant method. The hair starts from cuticle and flows in the same direction.
Remy human hair is usually not silky and shiny in its natural state. If there are no heavy conditioners applied, then it’s just virgin human hair.
Seven ways to tell if your hair purchased is virgin:
There must be split ends.
If the hair does not have split ends, this means the hair has been acid-washed and the cuticles have been stripped.
You can feel the cuticles. Hold a strand of hair near the top between your thumb and index finger, and slide your fingers down the entire length of the hair.
If you reverse the motion and slide your fingers up the strand, the hair should have ridges—these are the cuticles.
If the hair is smooth both ways, the cuticles were stripped by an acid wash and you’ve purchased fake virgin hair.
The hair is not coated with silicone. If the hair has a shiny residue on it, then it is silicone-coated Non-Remy hair. Remy virgin hair doesn’t have this coating.
The hair does not smell. Authentic virgin hair types will not contain chemical residue.
There are no regulations, Chinese manufacturers can market their hair with false labels. Their extensions are cheap because:
1) They are using the cheapest hair possible and mixing hair with animals
2)They are using the lowest quality chemicals
3) They blend synthetic fibers into the hair textures
4)They provide many short hairs into each piece possible
5) Each bundle of hair has less hair. Furthermore, if you receive poor-quality hair, most companies won’t offer a replacement
Hair from India is usually fine, silky, and wavy. Hair from Southeast Asia is thicker and straighter. No matter which texture you prefer, make sure the company is selling authentic virgin hair and offers you a replacement if the hair is defective.