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Human hair for extensions & Wigs

When you are thinking about getting yourself hair extensions or a wig, what type should you buy? While synthetic hair probably has the edge for a fun new look and is always more cost effective; for a natural look, you are far better off with human hair. It might cost rather more, but buying Remy virgin human hair will bring lots of advantages and longevity.

Remy hair has not lost its cuticle layer, and it all flows naturally in the same direction. If it’s not Remy, it could have a synthetic coating which will not give the hair the protection of the natural cuticle. Virgin hair has never been treated with chemicals, so the color, texture and amount of curl or wave is completely natural. If it’s not virgin, it could have been dyed prior to you buying it. Once you have purchased Remy virgin hair, you can treat it as you wish; washing, dying, straightening or curling will not harm it any more than it would your own natural hair.

Human hair won’t be as heavy as synthetic hair, so it will be more comfortable to wear and will appear more natural when the wind is blowing through it. The cuticle will maintain its condition and shine, and its natural color will never fade. Synthetic hair is covered with silicone which will wear off over time, leaving the hair feeling rougher and making it much more prone to tangling. Its color will also fade as the months go by.

Types of Human Hair

Hair for extensions and wigs is categorized by country of origin as well as quality. The most popular types are Brazilian, Indian, Malaysian and European.

Asian hair is always dark and thick. Hair from India often has a soft wave, while hair from Malaysia will be straight, but softer and silkier.

Hair from Brazil is also soft, thick and wavy. The difference lies in the multiplicity of colors and shades you can get from this area of the world.

European hair has the greatest variety of colors and textures. Usually originating from Italy or Russia, this hair can be found in all shades of blonde, brunette or redhead. It can also be straight, wavy or curly.

Wearing a Wig or Closure

People choose to wear wigs (u part, lace closures and frontals) for various reasons. Sometimes it’s to cover hair loss following a medical problem. Some women just want to ring the changes and look different for special occasions or on different days of the week and use it for protective styling. Others keep a wig on hand for those inevitable bad hair days that happen from time to time!

Making a Difference in the World

When you purchase a human hair wig or extensions, it’s not just you that benefits. You are increasing the demand for human hair. That means that hair buyers will continue to trawl the poorest villages in countries where women supplement the family income by selling their long, healthy virgin hair.

It could mean that some children’s hungry bellies will be filled. That’s as good a reason as any to buy human hair for your wig or extensions. You simply support a cause!

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What hair length is best for me

Choosing the right length can be confusing, especially when you have so many options to choose from! We have added a length chart to better aid you with your choice.  Please keep in mind your height when choosing hair lengths. All measurements are approximate and will differ on individual height. If planning to wear curly or wavy hair; consider a length longer than you would if you were buying straight hair.  Keep in mind, we measure the length of our curly /wavy hair when it is in a straight position.

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How to take care of my virgin hair

Education is crucial for properly maintaining hair extensions. Once natural hair is cut from a donor’s head, it stops receiving much-needed nutrients that nourish and keeps the hair soft, shiny & tangle-free.

Preventing Hair Shedding:

Excessive shedding occurs when the wefts are cut.  Vigorous brushing and combing can contribute to loosen hair from the weft area. That is why we stress the importance of sealing the wefts and not cutting through the wefts.

Washing your Luxe hair
-Comb through and detangle prior to washing
-Wash hair in a downward motion being certain not to bunch hair together
-After wash hair in conditioner and leave on for at least 5 mins
-Comb through hair from ends to root
-Lastly, rinse hair with cool water to help lock in moisture and nutrients
-Let hair air dry if possible (do not towel rub)
-If time is an issue, gently blow dry hair

Many factors can contribute to dryness: oil & dirt build-up, dying hair multiple times, salt-water, chlorine, and etc.  Chlorine and salt water will affect the hair as it does our natural hair so it is important to shampoo and condition immediately after such activities.

Recommended products:

Almond & Coconut oil are great to use to lock in moisture
Argan oil & Olive oil is great for combating frizzies and controlling dryness

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What does all these different hair textures mean

What is Brazilian hair?

The texture is very full and very thick easily blending with most black hair textures. Brazilian hair extensions are coarser than Indian and would hold curls better. If preferring to wear your hair bone straight, Indian would be more suitable.

What is Indian hair?

Indian hair is dense and a good match for black women hair textures. It is great if you want to wear your hair straight. Its very versatile and holds curls very well.

What is Malaysian hair?

Malaysian hair is very soft and fine. We would say it can blend well with relaxed textures or if you are someone who has fine, silky hair. It holds curls well and we recommend purchasing a top closure to ensure all hair is blended if you are someone who has more of a coarser texture of hair.

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How to nourish hair under extensions

Weaves are a great resource for protective styling. But what does that actually entail? Below we will list the basic key factors in helping all our naturalistas or relaxer wearers enrich and maintain their hair underneath.

Before installation:

Ensure that your hair is freshly washed and deep conditioned.
Be sure to not allow your stylist to braid too tight. This will help decrease any tension and prevent hair loss.
Consider a weaving net to relieve some tension placed on the scalp. This is considered a must with those who have thinning hair and edges.
Consider a lace closure (shop). This will minimize any manipulation needed with leave out.
For those who suffer from dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, ensure that you treat your hair prior and during install. Dermatologists typically prescribed Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo and Temovate (clobetasol) solution. Neutrogena’s T sal and T gel shampoos are also good over-the-counter alternatives.
Note: Please consult with dermatologist regarding further information regarding your condition or products mentioned.

During Installation:

Moisturize hair and scalp using a slim tip applicator bottle. This is also a simple way to apply your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and oils.

To prevent hair from mildew; ensure hair underneath is completely dry.

Use as less heat as possible on leave out (try bendy rollers, roller sets, tying hair down with scarf, etc as blending methods).

Massage your scalp as much as possible. This brings blood flow to the area and promotes hair growth.

After installation:

Ensure you take out your weave after 8 to 12 weeks. If possible, it’s always encouraged to allow your hair and scalp to rest for a couple of weeks between installs.

Always stay on top of any necessary trimmings. It is also a wise decision to do a protein treatment at this time.

Following these simple steps will help minimize damage and prepare your hair for proper hair growth. Take, tweak or add to the above to establish a healthy hair regimen.

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