Payl8r logo

Trust Pilot logo

The three main hair types used for hair extensions and how they are sourced

Published : 01/03/2017 13:12:46
Categories : Our Blog

Ever wondered where your hair extensions come from? Ever wondered if your hard earned pounds are being spent on quality hair extensions or if they are wasted on false marketing?

When you look at various hair extension companies, many say “human hair”, other say “Remy hair” and some say “European hair”. Many suppliers do not even disclose where their hair comes from.

China can reproduce almost anything  and hair is no exception. Chinese hair is often considered cheap in the hair extension industry because in most cases it is not donated hair and is often marketed as Indian or European Hair, which skyrockets the price instantly. 

China predominantly imports fallen hair, also referred to as non-Remy hair, from India. Fallen hair is dead hair that naturally sheds, either collected from hair salons, hairbrushes or the leftover hair from the temples in India. This compromises the hair quality significantly and matting is likely to occur, and no one in their right mind wants non-remy hair. This is why they acid bath the hair to remove the cuticles from the hair to reduce matting and tangling. Chinese/Asian hair has a medium-thick fibre and can withstand these chemical processes. Chinese hair is also collected from poor villages where woman cannot put food on the table. The hair is more often than not labelled as Indian or European Grade hair. The Chinese hair extension manufacturers also grade their hair, AAA+ ,AAAAA+, etc.    

Indian hair is regarded as the second best hair quality for hair extensions, as the hair fibres are medium to thin in texture. Referred to as “black gold”, it is plentiful in comparison to other hair types. Hindu women donate their hair to their god Vishnu for religious purposes at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, where he who bids the highest receives the best quality. The profits are used to fund projects like housing, education and healthcare. Indian hair in its true state has an excellent lifespan whether processed or not and produces excellent quality hair extension products. 

European hair/ Russian hair might be one of the biggest scams in the hair extension industry today. The term Russian hair does not just mean that the hair has been imported from Russia, but also that the hair is also sourced from women with Russian ethnicity. This is the rarest quality hair in the world because it is difficult to source. Beware of suppliers charging you £200 for a set of “Russian hair” or “Euro hair”. Genuine Russian hair is extremely expensive and can cost you up to £1200 for a set of U-Tip extensions.

True Russian hair is sourced in remote towns and villages in Russia where the women are compensated for their hair in various amounts. Russian hair is also sourced at prisons where wardens make extra money on the side.

We hope you found the information insightful and that it will help you to make better purchasing decisions in the future.