With literally hundreds of hair extensions companies on the market claiming to offer virgin hair, it can be hard to decide who to trust. Through the internet, gaining access to hair suppliers for start-up hair companies has become easier than ever. The hair extensions game is now a whole new world. Terms like “Remy”, “Temple hair”, “cuticles”, and “virgin” are now commonplace across the board, even when they’re misused. I know I’m not the only one who feels like when I shop for hair, I need a hair weave dictionary! Well, we’re here to help.
In this video, we’re going to give you seven questions every chick should ask to help you determine the best virgin hair companies. In a moment, I’m going to reveal question one which I actually got from an All Womens Talk article called 5 Benefits of Using Virgin Hair Full Lace Wigs and Front Lace Wigs. But first, we all need to truly discuss what the real definition of this great stuff virgin hair. According to almost everyone’s standards, this stuff known as Virgin Hair is best defined by girls like me that say it’s human hair that has absolutely never ever been chemically or some would even say mechanically manipulated or treated by junk chemicals. Examples of junk chemicals are hair relaxers, dyes, perms, saran wrap, etc. Now that we’re on the same page as to what virgin hair is, let’s dive right in.
Question 1. What are the four critical stages that determine the QUALITY of virgin hair extensions? Before forking over your cash, the company should be prepared to answer: Collection, Blending, Fabrication, and Sanitization. If they pass that test, move on to:
Question 2. Which of the four critical stages does your company perform? The best virgin hair companies will control every aspect of their extensions, from collection through sanitization, under one roof. But if they don’t, that leads me to
Question 3. For the stages that are outsourced,what’s your process to ensure quality? If the company holds monthly site visits coupled with personal product verification before blending, you’re in pretty good shape!
Other answers in order of desirability are Quarterly site visits coupled with real-time product verification before sanitization. One-time site tour coupled with virtual product verification before shipping. No site authentication. No product verification. But remember: the best virgin hair companies are able to ensure the quality of the final product by collecting, blending, fabricating, and sanitizing their wefts in-house.
Question 4. This is where things get really sticky. How was this hair sourced? For a company to claim that their hair is virgin, they have to know how it’s collected. Any company willing to accept your money for virgin hair should also be willing and able to divulge the methods by which their offerings are obtained. Here are four possible answers to this question. Which do you think is the best?:
A. We have our own trained team of collectors who follow our Code of Ethics. They are only authorized to cut and purchase hair directly from the donor.
B. We pay independent contractors to collect hair by the kilo.
C. We are licensed and have direct access to the temple auctions in India.
D. We purchase hair from an Indian supplier.
E. We purchase hair from a Chinese supplier.
F. We purchase hair from a blank blank blanket blank supplier.
G. I don’t know. If you picked answered 4a, you were right!
The best virgin hair companies skip temples and suppliers altogether and have trained their own teams to purchase hair directly from donors. However, as you’re researching hair companies, if their answer is 4b, it means they haven’t a clue how the hair is sourced. It could be stolen, diluted, fallen or even collected from graves. 4c is fair, but it’s only a valid answer for native Indian sellers. If they answer 4d, this means they haven’t a clue. If they answer 4E or F, it means the hair is actually Indian, and they haven’t a clue how it’s sourced. And poor answer 4g. At least they were honest! Whew! I know this a lot of information, but we’re almost there!
To make it easier for you to keep track of the questions, we’ve created a beautiful downloadable guide, and I’ll give you the link to the download at the end of the video. Ready for question 5? Let’s go!
Question 5. How was this hair pattern created? Here are the three most frequent answers in order from most desirable to least desirable: The pattern has not been manipulated. (Virgin)The pattern was created using steam or boiling water. (Mechanical manipulation – not virgin)The pattern was created using a relaxer or perm. (Chemical manipulation – not virgin)How many times have you seen companies list hair as “virgin” when the pattern is obviously processed? Let’s be clear: the hair may have been virgin at one point, but as soon as it’s steamed, boiled, or permed to achieve a specific pattern, it is no longer virgin by definition. And that company is not being honest about what it’s offering you.
Question 6. How would you describe the hair cuticle? I would say that the cuticle is most definitely the outermost part of what hair dressers refer to as the hair shaft. This thing is like a hard layer that is almost shingle-like as it has lots of overlapping cells. it acts as a protective barrier for the softer inner structure including the medulla and cortex. The cuticle is responsible for much of the mechanical strength of the hair fiber and also represents what most people refer to as the structure that controls almost all the water content of the hair fiber. Almost all of the shiny part that makes healthy hair so so attractive to men is really in thanks to the cuticle. Unacceptable answers: The hair is Remy. This is a description of how the hair was collected. Not whether the cuticle is intact and aligned. The cuticle has been descaled (read annihilated), then coated with silicone (read this will be a hot mess after one wash). If anyone actually admits to such, don’t exit gracefully. Just exit. An acceptable answer to the question about hair cuticles is: Hair cuticle is, and aligned, but the best answer is: We oversee the collection, and as a result, we personally ensure that the hair cuticle is intact and has been secured from the point of origin beginning with the hair donor.
Question 7. How have the nits been removed?There are three ways to remove nits from hair. Most often, suppliers will use insecticides, then wash the hair OR use adhesive dissolvents. But both present challenges. Have you have experienced severe or persistent itching after installing your hair extensions? Or have you ever had an allergic reaction? Insecticides were the most likely culprit. On the other hand, dissolvents caused damage to the hair cuticle. The best method for removing nits manually, with no chemicals involved. So, ladies, what do you think? I hope that now that you know the 7 questions to ask, you’re empowered to purchase the best quality virgin hair extensions on the market! Let’s keep the conversation going! Have you ever asked a retailer any of our 7 questions? Are there any other questions you ask before making a purchase? Let us know in the comments below!
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