Before we can start talking about hair grades lets take a look at the different elements of wefted weaving hair.
Wefts- The is the stitching pattern used to create the weft as well as the double or single layering of the hair creates a weft. Quality wefts should be flexible, not stiff. The tension used to sew the wefts should not be too tight or too loose, as this will cause shedding.
Beards- The short hairs that are found at the top of the weft are created from folding the hair over to be sown. The beards that are too long may cause itching and irritation to the scalp. However, if beards are too short they can also slip and cause excess shedding.
Remy vs. Non-Remy– The cuticles of the hair look and act as shingles on a roof to trap or block moisture from entering the hair shaft. Remy hair is created when all of these cuticles are facing in one direction, this will prevent tangling.
Single Drawn or Double Drawn Hair-Most hair sold on the market is single drawn. This is the difference between fullness weft to tip or gradual tapering. Double drawn hair requires and extra step in the manufacturing process which can add to the final cost.
Processed Vs. Non- Processed– 100% of all hair on the market will be coated in silicon or conditioner before reaching the buyer. The silicon/conditioner does not alter the hair chemically but can hide different imperfections of the strands. The quality of the hair under the silicon can be greatly altered depending on the factory’s process of manufacturing. Non-processed hair will not be chemically altered, just conditioned, and should have no real smell. Processed hair will have a chemical smell that often results in the “corn chip” smell when wet.
Steamed Vs. Chemically Altered– Most virgin bundles are naturally a loose wave texture, however, to achieve different curl patterns the hair must be styled. The two ways of achieving curls are stream processing, which uses steam from filtered water to open the cuticle and style the hair according to the mold of the curl pattern. (This is much like using rollers on your wet natural hair.) Chemically styling the hair is a process in which, chemicals are used to permanently alter the pattern of the hair. Chemicals are used to open the cuticle of the hair for styling. 9This is much like perming or relaxing your natural hair.)
Sensationnel’s Unprocessed Virgin Remy Hair Brands
7A Very porous high-grade remy human hair that can be colored to a medium brown and with proper care last up to 6 months. ~30% of the bundle may have shorter hairs to keep this hair affordable. Recommended care is washing 1-2 per week with deep conditioning after each wash. Air dry and heat styling only after completely dry.
10A Medium porous premium remy human hair that can be colored up to a dark blonde tone. and with proper care last up to 12 months. ~20% of the bundle may have shorter hairs making this a fuller bundle for price. Recommended care is washing once per week with deep conditioning after each wash. Air dry and heat styling only after completely dry.
12A The least porous luxury remy human hair that can be colored up to a light blonde tone. With proper care can last over 12 months. ~15% of the bundle may have shorter hairs making this a full and smooth to the tip. Recommended care is washing once every 2 weeks with deep conditioning after each wash. Air dry and heat styling only after completely dry.
**It is important to remember that short hairs are not the enemy when buying extensions. If all of the hair was 100% the same length it would appear too dense and heavy to look natural. Your extensions should mimic a natural head of hair no matter what the grade of hair is.
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