Human hair is one of the best choices for hair extensions. Not only does it last longer than synthetic hair, but it’ll look exactly like your actual hair and can be treated like normal (if you’ve got synthetic extensions, know you can’t use heat on it or go swimming).
That said, there are tons of options for human hair extensions—so how do you know which one to choose? Check out the list below for tips on which human hair extensions are right for you!
Remy Hair Extensions
If you’re looking into types of human hair extensions, look no further than Remy hair.
Hair Extension Magazine argues that “the best hair extensions are made with 100% Remy Human Hair,” regardless of the method. Remy hair resists shedding and tangling, because it bundles human hair to keep roots and ends in the same direction and the strands don’t get caught together.
Virgin (never-before-processed) Remy human hair is the most sought-after on the market, and while it can be pricey, it’s definitely worth it. The quality of Remy hair means that it can be dyed, permed, and styled relatively easily, unlike synthetic hair or non-Remy extensions. Perhaps a Brazilian body wave bundle would be your style.
It also has a fairly long lifespan, so you won’t have to keep returning to the salon. Prissy Lady products fit this bill!
Non-Remy Hair Extensions
This is the most commonly used type and is more affordable than Remy hair. Non-Remy hair is made from shed or fallen hair that has been chemically treated to remove the cuticle layer. A synthetic, silicon coating is applied to give the extensions a natural-looking shine; however, the coating comes off after a few washes. That said, non-Remy hair extensions don’t last nearly as long as their pricier counterparts.
Virgin Hair Extensions
Virgin hair extensions come from a single human donor, and include hair that has never been dyed, processed or altered in any way. Expensive and extremely high-quality, virgin hair extensions can be treated just like normal hair, which makes it a good fit for anyone not looking for a huge change from their typical hair routine. Virgin hair extensions also have a long life span—even longer than Remy hair!
Hair extensions can originate from any and every ethnicity, but the common ones are Chinese, European and Indian. Different types suit different hair textures, so be aware of what will look the most natural with your hair before purchasing!
Chinese hair goes well with medium density hair and is the least expensive type. Asian hair is often fairly thick, which makes it difficult to blend with other hair types. For this reason, it’s chemically treated to appear thinner, which reduces its life span.
Indian hair is incredibly fine and blends easily with other hair types. The only obstacle is the available colors: dark brown or black. Additionally, Indian hair is often donated as virgin hair, but is fairly affordable due to availability.European (Russian) hair has a finer density and blends well with other hair types, which means that European extensions are nearly invisible to observers. These types of hair extensions are fragile, however, and the required delicate handling increases the cost.