Human Hair Basics
Getting To The Roots Of The Hair.
Natural hair is simple. Everyone know where it roots from- a person's head. Unfortunately wigs don't grow their own hair, and we need to find another source. There are two general sources of hair; human hair and synthetic. Then there are many categories with in each type but lets get to that slowly.
Did you know that there are many people growing their hair as a source of revenue? This hair is used to make Human hair wigs. Human hair wigs usually look more natural than synthetics, but are much more expensive. The quality of the hair will depend on where it originated and how it was processed. The average life span of a human wig is 3-4 years, and beyond.
Europeans are famous for their beautiful, fine, silky hair. European hair is also the rarest type available. It is therefore the most expensive and can run anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Virgin European Hair
Wig hair often undergoes vigorous chemical processing stripping it of its cuticles, perming and dying. While this significantly eases the hair handling burden on wig makers it also severely diminishes the natural quality of the hair. Virgin European hair is unprocessed with its cuticles still attached. The most expensive type of wig, these wigs run from $1500 - $5000. Virgin European Hair wigs look most natural, feel most comfortable, and reacts the most like hair. These wigs suit long flowing hairstyles the best. They can easily be set and reset. They have the longest life span, and if kept well can last over seven years. However, like real hair they knot quickly, do not retain their shape too long and need to be recolored periodically. These wigs are the most difficult to care for requiring much time and or frequent visits to the wig salon.
The best way to test for virgin hair is to rub 10-20 strands between your fingers. If the hair bunches up then it is virgin hair. If it remains smooth than you know it has been processed.
Remy Hair / Remi
Remy hair means that all the cuticles are in one direction. This greatly minimizes the possibility of your wig knotting. It is recommended to only buy virgin wigs that are Remi.
If your budget will not allow you to buy a European hair wig your next best choice would be an Indo wig. This hair from Indians or Indonesians is closest to European hair and only minimal processing is required to produce a fine texture.
Asian hair is quite cheap and for good reason. It is poor quality and starts out course and not fine. There are, however, modern methods of treating it to produce a European like texture. Jacquelyn wigs is famous for manufacturing high quality wigs with this type of hair.
Chinese hair is the coarsest and the poorest quality. It usually gets damaged from over treatment and it is not recommended.
After all is set and done, when buying human hair products, you have to be lucky. You are not dealing with identical materials being spit out by machines. On the contrary, just like no two humans possess the same hair, no two human wigs are exactly the same- especially not virgin wigs. You can't be a hundred percent sure that you have received satisfactory hair until you have worn the wig a couple of times. However good hair stylist usually can differentiate the better hair from the worse just by its look and feel, so it is advisable to buy your wig through a good hair stylist. It is also important to use a reputable company who will stand behind their products if you find some defect in the wig. I