You must know that are more vendors selling fake hair, than those selling authentic hair. When you invest in your hair extensions, you must be well equipped to tell authentic virgin hair apart from fake, low-quality hair out there in the market. We have put together some pointers to help you with this decision, and to prevent you from making some costly mistakes.
1. Check for Chemicals: Pure virgin hair should not have any chemical processing – no dyeing, perming or relaxers. To check if your hair bundle has been chemically processed, do a sniff test to see if you can pick up any odors from a perm or relaxing. Another quick way to test is to wet the hair bundle and apply a dime sized amount of neutralizing shampoo and massage into the hair. If it turns pink, it means the hair has been chemically processed.
2. Cuticle Check: 100% Virgin hair that is not chemically processed must have the cuticles present on the hair. If it does not, the cuticles have been stripped, usually with an acid bath. To check for hair cuticle, run your fingers up and down the hair shaft. The hair strand should feel smooth going downwards towards the direction of hair growth, however you should feel some resistance as you move your fingers in the opposite direction. This resistance signifies the cuticle is present and has not been stripped.
3. Smoke Test: Take out a match or lighter and light the ends of the hair. If the hair burns with a white smoke and turns to ash, it indicates it is human hair and no synthetic fibers have been added to the bundle. If the hair burns with a black smoke and turns into a sticky texture, it indicates that synthetic fibers have been added to the hair bundle.
4. Non-uniformity Check: Virgin hair is taken straight from the scalp of donors and should have some irregularities in it. Most people do not have a perfect wave from root to tip and normally have irregular curls, waves or ringlets on their head. So, look out for some irregularity in textured hair the next time you receive a bundle to be certain it is virgin.
Indianhair.net is the largest direct provider of Indian human hair in the United States. We specialize in 100% virgin Indian remy human hair, which comes directly from donors of temples in India. With over 40 years of industry experience, we have developed a deeply loyal client base, and always strive to provide our customers with the finest quality hair weaves and extensions at affordable prices.