Buying good quality Straight Clip In Hair Extensions can be extremely confusing, difficult and time consuming, and buying the wrong type or overly processed or treated hair can prove to be a very costly mistake.
With more and more women around the world loving and sometimes needing the help of extensions, I felt it more important than ever to explain the fundamentals, of buying quality hair extensions, to help women be more informed and able to understand the hair extensions industry, in order to make informative choices and to stop losing money and time on sub-standard hair extensions and or application methods.
Having great Hair extensions is incredible and can even be life changing one who has struggled with fine or limp locks or which simply doesn’t grow long and luscious like they wish it would, hair extensions can offer the greatest solution to their hair woes.
I have first hand knowledge regarding all application methods, processing procedures and origins and after 14 years of being a senior extension artist and master trainer in all methods of attachment I would like to share with you the some in depth knowledge to help you purchase the extensions of your dreams, so you never have to worry about tangling, damage to your own hair or uncomfortable or even painful low quality hair extensions again!
So lets begin. I have broken this article into several key categories. Please read through the steps carefully. This will help to inform you and assist you with asking the correct questions when purchasing hair extensions from your dealer.
Learn about where your hair extensions REALLY come from!
CAN I VISIT THE SUPPLIER? Do you know much about your supplier/extension artist?
Are you really comfortable handing over hundreds of dollars to someone you “hope’ will sell you a good product?
Please don’t make the mistake of simply thinking that if you receive a sample of the hair it will mean you will be buying good hair in the future… many suppliers simply have a some good hair samples and then they send out bad hair after an order is made. You really need to see several packets first to ensure the hair will be high quality on a CONSISTENT basis… especially if you are going to buy it long term.
Can you visit the supplier?
Be sure your hair extensions provider/artist has an ‘open door’ policy. Even if they are too far away… to visit… do they allow the public to see the hair before they buy?
Can they show you the different type of hair before you buy it?
Do they have examples of non-remy and real remy hair to show you so you can be 100% sure the product they are selling is the real thing?
Yes I know all of this effort seems like a lot but it is important especially if you intend on purchasing or having hair extensions regularly.
If the provider hides behind a website… you can be pretty sure they also have something to hide
European and Russian grade hair
Growing hair for extensions is serious work. Some women and men who grow hair must follow a special diet to ensure that their hair will be healthy, well nourished and of the best quality.
What is the origin of the hair?
European and Russian grade hair can originate from any country where the desired hair structure can be collected. It is simply impossible for all of the European and Russian hair supplies to come from one or two regions for this reason the words European and Russian hair which may once upon a time have been more country exclusive is now a loose term for human hair that is compatible with the greater hair extensions industries consumers.
Most blond hair sold as extensions is extremely expensive and simply inaccessible due to rising demand in hair extensions in the resent years, therefore natural blonde hair extensions are very hard to come by, so one would have to assume that almost all hair sold in lighter shades will have some lightening and processing to reach the desired shade.
European hair comes in a host of textures, from straight, to wavy to curly. Because of the difference in texture, the hair is compatible with most people but may not work with other hair textures such as African or Asian.
European and Russian hair can come from almost any country where a finer cross section of hair is available for sale. Colours are generally medium brown to dark brown and will be dyes lighter if required. Human hair is far softer and healthier if it has not treated with aggressive acid bathes to shave back its cuticle.