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3 simple ways to choose authentic virgin hair

If you love hair extensions, then you’re probably a big fan of virgin hair. They’re durable, soft, and look completely natural. Unfortunately, because of this high demand for virgin hair, many sellers choose to market synthetic or mixed hair as virgin hair, tricking customers out of their hard-earned money. However, this doesn’t have to be you! By keeping just a few pointers in mind, you’ll be able to ensure that the hair that you’re buying is 100% authentic virgin hair.

What exactly is virgin hair? Well, it’s exactly that - human hair that has never been processed in any way. There’s no bleaching, colouring or other chemical processing done to the hair. Virgin hair also refers to hair taken from only one donor, which is key to having a premium quality bundle of hair! Hair that has all come from the same head has the same type of hair strands and cuticles, and is therefore smoother, more uniform and doesn’t tangle like mixed or synthetic hair. Virgin hair might be more costly, but when it comes to durability, they outlast synthetic hair by far. When taken care of properly, virgin hair can last for more than a year!

Lastly, virgin hair extensions are ideal for a natural and realistic look. Virgin extensions can be treated exactly like real hair, meaning that they can be curled, flat ironed, dyed and even bleached to perfectly create the look you’re going for.

With that said, here are three tried and true ways that you can identify virgin hair:

The cuticle test.

Simply run your thumb and index finger up and down several strands of the hair. Virgin hair should feel smooth when going downward but a little textured when going upwards, as the cuticle layer should still be intact on unprocessed hair.

The uniformity test

Hold a lock of your own hair in your hand. See how it naturally tapers to the ends? This is a sign of real hair fibres, so keep an eye out for this taper when you buy your virgin hair. Unrealistically thick bundles are a warning sign!

The seller test

Reviews are your best friend. Look for sellers who are reputable and trusted. Other sellers may offer lower prices, but you’re better off paying more for hair you can trust!

The hair industry may be rife with scams and dishonest sellers, but if you keep these three tips in mind, you’re sure to hit the mark on buying good virgin hair every single time.

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