What to Avoid
There are so many brands of extensions available, such a huge price range, and so many places to source extensions, it is often difficult for the novice to distinguish the fantastic high-quality extensions from the less than desirable.
Hair extensions can be made from animal hair like horse or yak tail, synthetic hair, with varying quality, and real human hair also with varying levels of quality or combinations or animal, human and or synthetic hair.
Much of the less expensive hair available will be a combination of synthetic, animal and human hair. When processed, it looks just like 100% human hair, however, is usually loses its lustre after one or two washes and begins to tangle.
Synthetic hair extensions are made from very fine, usually plastic fibres, and do not contain any real human hair. The highest quality synthetic extensions are manufactured to imitate the look, feel, durability, resilience and movement of real human hair.
Pure human hair extensions are made out of real, human hair that is collected from a paid donor or hair that is collected in batches. Human hair has varying grades of quality.
Non-remy hair is collected from the floor of temples, salons, random suppliers or from extension manufactures where the Remy hair may have been confused and the cuticle direction as been mixed up. This mixed cuticle direction causes all sorts of problems in the hair extension like shedding, tangling and matting problems. The hair is is usually processed in an “acid bath”, to completely remove the entire cuticle and then dipped in silicone to make it shine and mask the problems with the cuticles that were not removed in the acid bath. Silicone adds weight to the hair, and because hair is sold by weight, this increases the selling price.