Human hair for weaves, extensions, and hair pieces can be purchased in a number of different places. Beauty salons, hair supply stores, and online businesses sell human hair in bundles for weaves, extensions that can be clipped or glued into hair, and as hair pieces, such as ponytails or braids that can be attached to the back of the head. Some hair is of high-quality and some is of lesser quality. The descriptions of the hair will tell customers a lot about the quality, if they know what the terms mean. It can make the difference between getting a great bargain and being disappointed with the purchase.
Remy hair, for example, means that the human hair still has the cuticles intact. That is the most natural, and healthiest state for hair, and signifies high-quality. Hair will be durable, and can be taken out and re-applied into a weave style several times before it will have to be replaced. That is important because weaves have to be taken out every two to three months, depending on how fast a person’s own hair grows. That is to keep the weave close to the scalp and unnoticeable. It will also retain moisture better and resist splitting at the ends.
Virgin hair means it has not been processed at all. There will be no damage to the ends or the hair shaft from heat, chemicals, styling, or coloring. Different hair types can be wavy and curly, and still be virgin hair. Malaysian hair, for example, is naturally wavy and thick, so it is possible to get a deep wave in bundles of malaysian virgin hair
. Peruvian hair in deep curls, in contrast, has been steamed to get that look because it is not naturally found in that hair type. Virgin hair is more versatile because it can be styled, treated, or colored without doing much damage to the hair.
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, Peruvian, Brazilian, or any other type of hair in bundles that have been sourced from a single donor. If a bundle does not indicate a single donor, it means that strands were collected from different sources and put together into a bundle. The hair may have been on the floor, may not be going in the right directions, and may not have consistent shine
or highlights throughout the whole bundle.