When you are paying to get your hair braiding or weaving done, you want to make sure that you are getting what you are paying for. Fortunately, there are many, many different types of hair to fit every budget and style you want! Also fortunate for you, this is a handy guide to picking and choosing what’s best for you to have the maximum level of healthy, beautiful hair:
In terms of extensions…
You need to keep in mind exactly what you want to do with the hair before you even think about different kinds of quality for your weaving. Are you going to want to color it? Use braiding techniques? Chemically alter it in any other way? If so, you need to keep in mind the strength of the hair you want to use. Quality plays a big part in how well the product you use will hold up to treatment.
Real Human Hair
You are probably using extensions to avoid doing any serious damage to your natural hair, but you still want it to be healthy and natural looking, right? Real human hair comes in a variety of styles and colors simply because it is donated from actual humans. The freedom of choice this provides means that you can get exactly what you want, especially if you are going to later style your hair using braiding or other treatments. Human hair will be more expensive than synthetic one, especially if you want virgin hair for your weaving.
Virgin hair is just what it sounds like-it that has not been altered in any way with chemicals or treatment. If you are familiar with the discussion of hair quality, you have probably heard about the distinction between Remy and non-Remy hair wafts. When it comes to weaving, Remy hair is top quality. It has been chemically altered, but the cuticle of each hair has not been removed.
Whether you are dealing with Remy or non-Remy hair weaving, there are two basic types: single drawn and double drawn. These two types do not have as much to do with hair quality as they do with the length of hair. Single drawn will use many different hair lengths, some short and some long.
The obvious upside to synthetic hair is that it is much, much less expensive. Depending on what you want to do with the hair and whether or not you want to use it for hair weaving or hair braiding is very important when deciding if you want to use synthetic hair as opposed to human hair.
If you want human hair but don’t want to spend the money, a good alternative or compromise is to mix synthetic strands with some human hair. This is good for braiding and makes weaving a much more affordable process.
Regardless of what you choose, taking good care of your hair extensions is the most important part of keeping their quality consistent. No matter what you choose, healthy habits and good grooming skills will make sure you get your money’s worth.