All You Need to Know About Hair Extension Hair Origin

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Hair extensions are often distinguished according to their origin. Here are some of the popular types of hair extensions and all you need to know about them.

European and Russian Hair

European and Russian grade hair can originate from any country given that the desired hair structure can be collected. It is not possible for all Russian and European hair supplies to originate from one or two regions, which is the reason ‘Russian and European hair’ is a loose term for human hair that is fitting with the greater hair extensions industry’s consumers.  

Blonde hair that is sold as extensions is extremely expensive and quite inaccessible because of the rising demand to buy hair extensions in recent years; therefore, it is very hard to come by natural blonde hair extensions. It follows that almost all types of hair sold in lighter shades will have some processing and lightening to reach the desired shade. 

European hair is available in various textures, from curly, to wavy and straight. The hair is compatible with most people because of the difference in texture, however it may not go with other hair textures such as Asian or African.

Russian and European hair can be collected from almost any country where a finer cross section of hair is available for sale. Generally, the colors available are dark brown to medium brown and can be dyed lighter if required. Human hair is a lot healthier and softer if it has not been treated with aggressive acid bathes to shave back its cuticle.

Asian Hair

Asian hair is generally coarse, thick, and straight. They can be quite difficult to manage because they are very strong and straight and it is difficult to get them to hold a style, therefore Asian hair are usually stripped in an acid bath to make the cuticle smaller making the hair finer.

However, this greatly damages the hair structure, which is why the hair needs to be coated with silicone to cover the exposed cuticle. It is worth knowing that once the silicone washes off after a few washes the cuticle is exposed causing the hair to tangle and loose its shine, becoming impossible to manage and therefore the hair additions need to be removed.

In Asia, synthetic hair fibers are often manufactured and there is a rise in heat resistant synthetic fibers being mixed with human hair. This practice is becoming quite common resulting in tangling, matting, and problems when trying to straighten the hair.

Indian Hair

In India, there is a process called tonsuring in which Indian pilgrims and devotees sacrifice their hair to the God Vishnu. Their hair is then washed, sorted, and dyed for sale. Most of the time the people of India do not have a clue that they have been tricked into donating their hair that will then be sold at a premium to Western countries to be used in hair extensions. Because of this controversy, many people do not buy Indian hair due to ethical reasons.

Indian hair often mixed with animal hair or synthetic hair due to the rising demand of human hair extensions from India. It has become very difficult to buy Indian hair with full confidence because due to the hair being mixed with something else it often ends up tangling and matting.

Therefore, it is advisable that if you have European texture then buy 100% human Russian or European hair and if you are Asian then always opt for 100% Asian hair which has not been processed. Ask if it is ‘virgin’ Asian hair. In the case of ‘virgin’ hair, the cuticle would be noticeably thick which goes to show that the cuticle has not been acid stripped.

If you are Indian, then opt for ‘virgin’ Indian 100% Remy hair extensions, which will have the same texture as your own hair. Before purchase, make sure that it has not been mixed with any foreign materials.

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