Where To Buy The Best Hair Extensions

What Are The Best Hair Extensions?

Buying good quality 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.

Best Hair Extensions

Where Your Hair Extensions  Come From!

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.

STEP 1

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.

STEP 2

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.

Asian Hair

Asian hairs are normally thick, straight, and coarse. Because it is quite strong and straight it can be quite difficult to manage and get it to hold a style for this reason Asian hair can be stripped in an acid bath to make the cuticle smaller so the hair is finer… this however greatly damages the hair structure, requiring the need for silicone to coat the exposed cuticle. However once the silicone washes off after a few short washes the damaged cuticle is exposed again and the hair tangles, matts and loses its shine, soon after becoming impossible to manage and therefore requiring removal of the hair additions. As synthetic hair fibres are often manufactured in Asia we are finding the rise in heat resistant synthetic fibres being mixed with human hair… this is becoming a far greater practice than ever before resulting in matting and tangling and problems when trying to straighten the hair.

Indian Hair

Indian hair Pilgrims sacrifice their hair to the God Vishnu in a process called tonsuring. Their hair is then sorted, washed and dyed for marketing. Often times the people of India have no idea they have been tricked into donating their hair so it can be sold at a premium and then shipped off and sold to Western countries for the use of hair extensions. This has been the cause of some controversy, and many people now refuse to buy Indian hair based on ethical reasons.

Unfortunately due to the rising demand in human hair extensions Indian hair is often mixed with synthetic hair and/or animal hair during processing.

More and more often this is happening (as the documentary on “A current affair” ) outlined recently. Indian hair is becoming very difficult to buy with confidence as it often ends up tangling and matting due the hair being mixed with something else and or not being cuticle correct.

So where possible it is much better to buy 100% human European or Russian hair if you have a European texture.

If you are of Asian descent always choose 100% Asian hair which has not been processed – you will need to therefore ask for “virgin’ Asian hair. You will notice the cuticle is quite thick and this means it is intact and has not been acid stripped.

If you are of Indian decent, please choose “virgin” Indian 100% remy hair, this hair will have the same texture as your own hair. You will need to be sure it has not been mixed with any foreign materials before purchase.

Step 3

Is the Hair Remy?

The next critical step in purchasing hair extensions is whether it is remy or not.

The first step in determining if Remy hair extensions are truly Remy, with cuticles and prepared root to tip, is to examine the roots, mid-shaft and ends of the hair fiber. It is fairly normal for cuticles to be missing or worn down near the ends of the hair strands, but thick and healthy near the roots.

You may be on a budget and think… well this hair is super cheap and probably isn’t remy… but it should be OK… you will just brush it a bit more… right?… wrong!

Non-remy hair is a girls worst nightmare and something you NEVER want to deal with.

Initially before the silicone coating has worn off… you may find it easy to manage… but after a few washes the real state of the hair reveals itself. It will tangle and matt terribly!

After the silicone coating comes off you will NEVER be able to make it look nice… well maybe if you don’t move an inch. As soon as there is any movement… it will catch like Velcro and become a knotty mess.

Now you understand you should never buy non-remy hair…

So it’s easy… just ask for remy hair… right? Well unfortunately most of the hair extension sellers today, simply have NO IDEA what they are selling and have not themselves been directly involved in the complex hair trade world.

The seller often have little or no experience in hair extension care, application and processing methods and little knowledge of the true origin of theair itself.

Often untrained and inexperienced companies believe selling human hair is like any other product.

This could not be further from the truth! extensions are not like any other manufactured product… every head of hair is different and with the array of processing methods, origins of the hair in and of itself, the textures, lengths, grades and coloring methods..Hair extensions are an incredibly complicated and complex subject.

One would require many years of understanding of the compounding structures of human hair and of the world’s hair trade itself to successfully ensure the human hair they sell is are soft, naturally shiny and ultimately provide a hassle free experience while installed within the recipients own hair.

For all the afore mentioned reasons, it is very important you find out how much experience your seller really has.

Unfortunately though, not very many companies sell 100% Remy hair extensions because it is not only expensive raw hair but very expensive to manufacture. Real remy hair extensions that are properly kept in the Remy state are also very expensive for the buyer and cannot be purchased cheaply. With the rise in competition within the industry, many sellers in their haste to offer the “cheapest” extensions, will secretly buy cheap, non-remy or mixed Indian or Chinese hair and forward it as a genuine high quality product on to the unknowing customer.

If the hair is truly 100% Remy human hair, it is a worthwhile investment otherwise essentially you are throwing your money away.

How to Promote Healthy Hair

How to Promote Healthy Hair

Do you want to know how to promote healthy hair? This can be accomplished indeed, and many have are doing so today. Some have went from having damaged hair to having the exact opposite from quitting some of their old habits that caused hair problems in the first place, and used hair care techniques that worked. You can as well, as it is easy to do, just takes time and a little effort.

If you’re having problems with your hair currently, you’re not alone. There are many women also out there in the same boat. However, the interesting thing is, from doing research and from talking with professional hairstylists, many women go through situations with their hair because of self-infliction. Yes that is correct. Your daily habits are what can be the cause of the problems like frizzy hair, hair breakage, and more. These habits can be something you do that you’re not even aware that is the case of your problems. Other, times, it is obvious.

How to Promote Healthy Hair

Tips To Follow To Maintain Healthy Hair

However, you can do something about that. And with these four very important recommendations, you can promote healthy hair and maintain it. These are also great tips to follow to maintain healthy hair and keep hair problems at bay.

Take your vitamins- You should take multi-vitamins daily, as they usually come packed with vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin B12. These are good sources to consume in order to promote healthy hair. Take the recommended capsules daily. If you can, try taking liquid vitamins for better absorption. Here are benefits to some of the vitamins you should be taking:

Vitamin A- helps to protect hair by keeping free radicals from damaging hair. It’s also helpful in healthy production of oils from your scalp.

Vitamin B- a very popular vitamin that the health and beauty industry stand by, and for good reason. Though there are different forms of vitamin B, one well-known type, B12, helps to promote hair growth, prevents thinning hair, while vitamin B complex helps provide oxygen for hair to prevent damage.

Vitamin C- provides protection against UV radiation damage, and overall helps to promote healthy hair.

Vitamin D- this vitamin is great to help maintain the strength of your hair. Very essential especially if you pull or braid your own hair.

Vitamin E- helps to restore hair from dryness and damage, and also helps to soften hair.

Calcium- too little calcium can lead to hair loss, so consume the recommended daily amount. Aside form that, you’ll be happy to know it helps in growing your hair. You can then say hello to healthy, beautiful hair.

Zinc- another mineral (or essential trace element) you should take that can help prevent hair loss

Eat these recommended sources of food- Not just any food source can take care of hair in a good way. Healthy eating is the sufficient way to do so, but only if you consume the right foods. Here are ten of the best sources of health foods you should consume daily: salmon, low fat dairy products like milk, carrots, oysters, whole-grain foods, eggs, poultry, nuts, dark green vegetables, and beans. Here are some facts to be aware of regarding some of these sources of food:

Salmon- very rich in proteins and vitamin D, and both are very essential in improving the strength of your hair. Salmon also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which will assist to promote hair growth.

Carrots- this vegetable is loaded with vitamins, which include vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. It helps to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, and assists in helping improve the health and growth of your hair

Oysters- another great source of protein your hair needs to stay strong. This is so that when the hairs that replace the ones you shed grow, they are strong and healthy. Oysters are also rich in Zinc, which when taken daily can prevent hair loss, or a dry, flaky scalp.

Eggs- many people in the health and fitness industry would tell you that eggs are one of the most essential sources of protein you can get without consuming meat. Again that protein will help to increase hair strength. Aside from that, eggs contain vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, and calcium. Calcium and iron assist in preventing hair loss, while calcium helps in promoting growth of your hair.

Nuts- all nuts contain protein and other kinds of vitamins/minerals. Walnuts, for example, contains biotin and vitamin E. Where vitamin E helps restore hair from damage, and softens hair, biotin (if you’re taking enough if it), can help prevent hair loss from occurring.

Dark Green Vegetables- these types of vegetables are the most important of all the vegetables. Green vegetables include lettuce, spinach, greens, peas, and green peppers. They are high in fiber, which is good for cleansing your body of toxins and waste that could otherwise play a factor in the state of your hair (not a good one at that). They contain vitamin C to promote healthy hair, calcium and iron, which you need in order to prevent hair loss, folic acid, potassium and magnesium (among others). Folic acid, in particular is very beneficial for it actually helps renew cells that grow hair, thus aiding in growing healthy, beautiful hair.

Milk- contains protein and essential nutrients that help to aid in maintaining hair strength. Milk contains calcium, which aids in growing healthy hair and preventing hair loss from occurring. Vitamin A, B6, and biotin are also included in milk, which aid in the protection of hair, as well as keeping hair soft and manageable.

Beans- this is a great source of protein if you prefer something other than meat. Beans contain high fiber, aiding in cleansing your body of toxins and impurities your body doesn’t need. And with another source of protein by your side, your hair will be able to maintain its strength with no problem.

Use the right hair products- This is another way on how to promote healthy hair. Use the right hair products that have the right ingredients. You can get your shampoos, conditioners, hair crèmes, and hair restoration kits that contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Also you want hair products that contain green tea, emu oil, argan oil and shea butter (to name a few), which are good ingredients in the hair products you use that can take care of hair effectively.

Green tea, for example, is such a great ingredient because it contains vitamin C, E, and panthenol, helping sooth and moisturize the hair and scalp, helps prevent chances of you experiencing hair loss, while protecting your hair against UV radiation damage. Shea butter, another wonderful ingredient, contains rich vitamins and minerals, absorbs into hair easily, aids in the restoration of your hair and scalp, and keeps hair moisturized and healthy. Argan oil, on the other hand, is great for when you need to rid of frizzy or brittle hair, and when you like to keep hair silky and smooth. So ingredients do play a major role in the quality of the hair products you use.

Before you purchase hair products, make sure you check the labels to find out what ingredients they contain. Be weary of hair products that contain ingredients that you aren’t aware of. If you see ingredients that you’re not familiar with, it’s best to Google, or conduct your research through the Environmental Working Group website

Take note that sometimes your hair won’t get used to a new hair product you use until continuously using it for 2-3 weeks. But at that point (or even before then), if you’re experiencing hair problems that you weren’t having before, you should eliminate what you’re using and look elsewhere. Take note as well, that if a hair product, for example, contains green tea and shea butter, you’ll know the potency of these natural ingredients from the use of the hair product.

Condition hair- This shouldn’t be ignored as it helps to restore hair from dryness and keeps hair feeling healthy. It’s recommended that you condition your hair daily, and making sure you deep condition once a week to supercharge the rejuvenation of hair. If you haven’t been conditioning consistently, and you follow this step, you’ll be surprised on how soft, silky, and refreshing your hair will feel.

Remember not all conditioners are created equal. Just because one brand is cheaper than another brand doesn’t make the less expensive kind just as good. However, you want to still refer to the previous sections of this guide to find the right kind of conditioner. If you have one that already works, then that is great. General standard is you take a dime size amount of conditioner to apply into your hair. However, with thick, long, or curly hair, you’ll want to apply more so that the conditioner will fully penetrate through all the hair cuticles. Use the conditioner you’re using as directed, but make sure to rinse with cold to mildly warm water. Never use hot water.

When deep conditioning, you want to apply a little more conditioner than you normally do and apply a shower cap onto your head so that the conditioner can work on sealing moisture into your hair. Leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse with cold to mildly warm water. This is a great way to maintain soft, manageable, silky hair, especially if your hair is naturally dry and craves moisture.

Conclusion- These are few of the ways on how to promote healthy hair, and must be used today. Don’t wait to try them in order to work. If you have hair care goals, then they can be achieved today from you taking action today. Just remember, part of the battle is what you put on your hair, the other part is what you put inside your body.