What Grade is your hair?
High-quality human hair extensions are durable and reusable, but many women do not really understand the meaning of such a term as "grade" when it comes to these kinds of products. As we all know, the quality of any kind of product directly affects its price.
Therefore, understanding the truth behind the names used for hair grading will be important when trying to find the best hair extensions for your money.
Currently, there is not a "Universal Standard" for human hair extension grading.
There is not a standard hair grade chart that you can pull up, and it is accurate. Technically someone could call their hair extensions 8A despite being smelly, crappy, tangling, non-Remy hair.
Here are some factors you should consider when shopping for virgin hair extensions:
- Wefts: Single stitch or double stitch? Double stitch wefts should reduce shedding. Beautyhairworld's offer all bundles with double stitch wefts that secure the hair stay intact longer. A machine weft is loose sections of hair that go through a triple-head sewing machine, which creates a curtain of hair with the seam on top. When having a weave installed, most people use this type of weft. It’s also a cheaper option since a machine is creating the weft.
- Weight: The standard weight of sew-in hair bundles is 100 grams or about 3.5 oz. Is the bundle cheaper because it weighs less?
- 100% Human Hair: Beautyhairworld only sells 100% human hair and think most of our clients prefer this. If you are looking for really cheap hair that will not last, color, or style then consider a synthetic blend.
- Remy or Non-Remy: You want Remy hair with the cuticles facing the same direction to reduce the chances of tangling. Non-Remy hair will quickly tangle and cause issues. Remy hair is a type of hair that has all cuticles intact and is running in the same direction. This hair is the highest quality you will find and will give you long-lasting wear since the cuticles are intact. Remy hair is also tangle-free.
- Raw Hair or Virgin Hair: In general, there are two types of quality levels of hair on the market. Raw Hair which is in its natural state and Virgin Hair that has had some processing including aligning the cuticles. Both can be great options depending on your hairstyle use case.
- Single Donor or Multiple: Single Donor hair only matters for a few types of hair, including Indian Temple hair or possibly a unique gray hair. Is it necessary? 99.9% of the time, we would say no. However, quality of hair matters in consideration of period of time it lasts, so it will be worth every penny when compared with paying for new hairs every few weeks or months!
- Single or Double Drawn: Most human hair sold in the USA market is single drawn hair. The cost to produce a double drawn bundle is much higher because the shackling process of removing the shorter hairs is much more expensive during manufacturing. Expect to pay more for a bundle of human hair that has long hairs all the way to the tips.
- Color: Can you color the hair? Virgin hair will usually lift to a #27 Honey Blonde while Raw hair can be colored to a #613 Blonde or #60 Platinum Blonde. If you are not coloring the hair, you might consider buying a less expensive option if available.
- Styling: Human Hair extensions generally should not have an issue styling. Of course, Raw Hair Extensions will always give you the best results.
It's essential you know exactly what you are buying.
Below I will give you a detailed glossary of everything you need to know about weave!
A 360 frontal covers the entire perimeter of the head. This frontal is the biggest one yet. The installation time gets cut in half since the frontal does most of the work. Once the tracks get sewn to the middle, the style is complete.
The 360 frontal gets sewn down on all parts except on the edges. To prevent the frontal from slipping back, use adhesive glue.
A bundle is a commonly used word in the hair industry that describes how wefts come purchased. Typically when purchasing hair, it either comes in a plastic packet with the hair held in place or the weft will be rolled together with a ribbon around it making it look like a bundle of hair.
A bonding glue is what’s needed when you’re gluing tracks onto the scalp or cap. The glue is added along the seam of the track and pressed onto the head while holding in place for about five to six seconds.
You may also want to use a blow dryer to add heat to the tracks to ensure it stays in place or hair spritz.
Bond Protective Shield
A bond protective shield is a product used when a quick weave is being done and protects your hair from any glue damage. There are several ways to install a quick weave, and this is one of them.
Typically after you have washed and dried your hair, you will coat the entire head with the bond protective shield until it gets hard. Using a blow dryer will speed that process up.
A closure is typically a 4x4 hairpiece that is added to the top of the hair when doing a weave style. The hair is sewn onto a lace material and gets sewn into place. Because it’s a small hairpiece, you’re only able to part it in one section.
A frontal is typically a 13x4 hairpiece that is sewn in across the top of the head from ear to ear. The tip of the frontal is a lace material, which normally gets glued down, so it’s extra secure. This frontal provides the most versatility for styling than the 4x4.
Full Lace Wigs
A full lace wig is a type of wig that has hair sewn into a lace cap. It’s the most secure natural wig you can find. This type of wig also allows you to create parts on either side of the head and gives room for versatile hairstyles such as high ponytails or buns.
Lace Frontal Wig
A lace frontal is a wig that has lace material around the crown area. This type of wig gives a very natural hairline appearance. Most times the lace needs to be cut and perfected, so it fits nicely around your head.
The hair industry is changing at a rapid speed so I can only imagine how much this list will change within the next few years. But for now, this should be your ultimate weave glossary!
Contact us if you have more question! :)