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Episode 126 : What is the deal with hair extension grades?

Episode 126 : What is the deal with hair extension grades?

By Lisa

Bonjour, I was asked by a good friend of mine to contribute to the blog. So I think it is time to debunk some of the rumors of the infamous grading system with the human hair extension world? First let me make sure we outline the topics so we don’t get lost:

1. Where did it start?
2. Hair Grade
3. Quality Hair

So I will take you back to about 10 years ago, remember when Indian was the newest and best hair. Well, let me jog your memory a little more around that time is when you first heard the term 3A-5A. That was when someone said that was the best. Then every couple of years after the number of A’s kept growing. But sometimes the quality still seemed the same. Did you ever have the feeling that the hair suppliers came up with this system just to hike the price up without really explaining why? Also, if that wasn’t enough you had people singing the Virgin Remi (Remy Episode 118 : What is Remy Hair) song.

We will talk about the 3 most commonly used different grading systems. Let me make this clear, no certified board of cosmetology or manufacture controls the validity of this ever-changing grading system. So let’s try and make some sense of this craziness. The first will be Grades using A to describe the amount of premium hair strands being used in the 3.5-4 ounces of hair.

Grade A: 100% human remy hair single drawn – e.g. in a bundle of 18″, less than 50% of the hairs will measure 18″.
Grade AA: 100% human remy hair 50% drawn – e.g. in a bundle of 18″, around 50% of the hairs will measure 18″.
Grade AAA: 100% human remy hair 60% drawn – e.g. in a bundle of 18″, around 60% of the hairs will measure 18″.
Grade AAAA+: 100% human remy hair 75% drawn e.g. in a bundle of 18″, around 75% of the hairs will measure 18″.
Grade AAAAA+: 100% human remy hair 90% drawn e.g. in a bundle of 18″, the majority of the hairs will measure 18″.

• Debunk: this version seems to closely mirror the same explanation given for Single Drawn hair (Episode 125 : What is Single Drawn Vs. Double Drawn). Also not all hair harvested from donors is Remy (Remi) Hair.

Now let’s discuss the infamous number system. This is similar to the ranking above. Because let’s be honest when you order hair you would walk in to your hair store or beauty supply and tell the sales clerk that you want quality AAAAAAAA+, so 8A is the same as the written out version. But when you hear 8A you typically associate it towards the quality and luster of the hair. But this system is normally the way most suppliers/retailers grade the integrity of the hair. It is an easier way for the customers to judge the quality of what you are getting and paying for.
This s a hair grade chart:

 

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  •  Debunk a talented well-trained master colorist can dye just about any type of human hair. Correct 4A hair is considered low quality for a number of reasons, but the main factors are due to the health of the donor, and manufactures sourcing technique. Yes, all hair has different lifespans anywhere from 90 days to 5+ years. This is due to the amount of coloring, perming, cutting, and thermal styling. With proper care and conditioning your investment can last for years, if the quality of the hair is high. Lower grade hair is good when matching Yaki texture hair, or if you need the hair for a shorter time frame (3 months).

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Most wholesalers use a combination of the number / letter system (i.e. 7A, 8A, 10A, etc.) or another system such as low grade, mid-grade, best or high-grade. They typically will group the hair into these categories. At the end of the day, find a reputable seller that has consistence with providing quality hair.

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Episode 118 : What is Remy Hair?

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Episode 118: What Is Remy Hair?

By Mariah

I am back! Mariah, I want to talk about Remy Remi hair. What it is, and why not everything that has the name is actually the real deal. Remy Human Hair is one of the highest grades of human hair extensions. Human hair is a preferred choice for hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs because it has the most realistic natural look. And the hair has a longer lifespan than that of synthetic and regular human hair that has been mixed.

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Remy Hair is considered to be one of the finest qualities of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped, like in most other non-Remy hair extensions. Preserving the hairs cuticles and aligning them in a unidirectional fashion creates extensions that are provides a more natural looking appearance. This process ensures that the hair remains super soft, shiny, silky and completely tangle-free throughout its lifetime.

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This is an accurate picture of how remy hair should look like. The shine and luster.

Remy Human Hair means the hair has been carefully sorted after collecting from the hair donor to ensure all the cuticles are the same length and facing the same direction. It is one of the best quality human hair extensions on the market because of the care that goes into making sure that all of the cuticles are aligned and facing the same direction. Aligning the cuticles is a time consuming process. Tremendous care has been taken to ensure that the life of the hair can be extended.

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This is not real Remy Hair. This is a mixed cheap version of mixed fibers.

What is the difference between synthetic and human hair extensions? Remy Hair is made from human hair which can be color dyed, thermal styled (curled or straightened), styled, washed, and treated like your own natural hair. Hair extensions made from synthetic hair are sensitive to the sun, don’t last as long as human hair, are difficult to style (due to the not being able to curl or straighten or apply heat), and cannot blend in as well with your natural hair (due to silicone coating and heaviness of the fibers used). Expect to pay anywhere from $40-$150 for Synthetic hair extensions or wigs due to the short life span. Actual remy hair or human hair extensions will cost anywhere from $100-$2000 for human hair extensions or wigs.

Human hair extensions can seem like a costly investment but can last anywhere up to 5+ years if properly cared for by a professional. Compared to the unrealistic wiggy look you get with synthetic extensions.Which are meant for short term applications ( proms,weddings, special occasion events). We need to as women put a little more effort into what we use to achieve the level of beauty that is equal to that which is equal to what’s on the inside.

Mariah

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Episode 115 : Know Your Hair Extension Synthetic Hair VS. Human Hair?

synthetic hair vs. human hair

human hair vs. synthetic hair

Episode 115 : Know Your Hair Extension Synthetic Hair VS. Human Hair!!

By Morgan

Heyyyy, I am Ms. Morgan! I will be contributing an article about synthetic fiber hair extensions being passed off as 100% human hair extensions in beauty supply stores. This is an epidemic sweeping the hair extension world and causing confusion to customers wondering why is this hair matting up and shedding. You may ask what is going on? It is women of all nationalities are being mislead thinking you are buying 100% human hair. Sorry for the time lost and confusion, lost money. Let me walk you through this educational glossary of keyword terms you should understand when you are buying hair.

Fiber Glossary

• Human Hair – Collected from a host (person), human hair can be curled, dyed, permed (relaxer), or styled just like your own hair. While it’s the most expensive hair used for hair extensions, it looks completely natural.

• Please understand that Chinese hair is one of the cheapest and most widely mislead hair types. Human hair can be dyed, permed (relaxer) to resemble a specific curl or kinky yaki texture. The con this hair will shed, matte, tangle after one wash. Resulting in hundreds of dollars being wasted.

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• Toyokalon® – Toyokalon brand fiber is more expensive than synthetic and Kanekalon, Toyokalon feels and looks closest to human hair. It has more sheen and tends to be silkier in texture than the Kanekalon and synthetic fiber. Like most man-made fibers used in hair extensions, Toyokalon can be heat styled (low heat blow dryer or a flat iron up to 100 degrees).

• An example of this fiber is widely used in wigs and mixed with human hair because it can be mass-produced.

• These fibers are constantly being mixed with human hair. This is done to pass off the fiber as more expensive human hair (this is more expensive because it is being grown by a human host)

• This hair typically only last for 14 – 30 days with daily styling being conducted. While constantly appearing dull everyday due to the scalps natural oils and environmental factors.

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• Kanekalon® – Kanekalon brand sythetic fiber is probably the most common of its kind, and is made from a material called Modacrylic. This fiber is flame retardant, which means that braids can be finished by burning the ends.

• This hair is most used for wigs and braided hairstyles.

• There are some hairpieces that can be used for shows or special occasion typically one use style.

• When dipped in boiling water and air dried this hair can be used with a hair dryer and with a low temperature curling iron

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• Synthetic – The least expensive synthetic fiber used for hair extensions is made from Polypropylene. This fiber is non-flame retardant, which means it should NEVER be exposed to heat, either to seal it or style it. One way to finish off the braid is to use an elastic band.

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Now that we have established some key terms when buying hair let’s have a heart to heart. First know what human hair looks like and feels like. Synthetic fiber hair will appear super shiny waxy. That is due to the silicone coating used to create clear coat sheen. Please don’t let the sales associates at the beauty supply sell you on a product that appears to good to be true.

Most hair that is packaged in a mass produced packaging, will more than likely be a mix of 2-7% of actual human hair. The synthetic fibers that are mixed in with the actual human hair are a combination of high heat fibers. For a manufacture to put human hair on the label it only has to actually contain a small amount of actual human hair.

This part of the beauty industry does not have a quality control department that can let consumers know which products are misleading or conducting fraudulent advertising. We as the consumer have to know about the products that we are buying. Some of these beauty supply store associates will start to sound like used car salesman. That is because as soon as you exit their establishments the sale is final, and you are stuck with an inferior product.

The sad part is most women will complain about the service and the quality of the product, but will be right back at the same place buying the same item. I understand that we as women have to look our best with sometimes limited resources, but we do not have settle for less than the best. I have heard of the bad quality hair, but find it amazing that the same people are still walking around with road kill on their head like a Sunday church hat. I hope this information has provided some insight to this sad epidemic. I know that it is hard but we must demand more and stick to it.

XOXOXO
Morgan

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Episode 114: What Is Keratin?

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What Is Keratin

By Rebecca

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I will be explaining exactly what is keratin. This is how Webster’s defines keratin:

ker·a·tin
ˈkerəˌtin/
noun
noun: keratin; plural noun: keratins
a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, feathers, hoofs, claws, horns, etc.

Keratin is a strong protein that is a major key component in forming skin, hair, nails, hooves, horns, and teeth. Amino acids combine to form a bond like a barrier. Keratin can be hard, like a horses hooves, or soft, as is the case with skin. If the dead cells are kept in good condition, they will serve as an insulating layer to protect the new tissue that is forming below them.

Hair and nails on humans especially tend to become dry and brittle, because the dead keratin is being pushed to great lengths. Eating foods like gelatin (can be found in foods such as jello, yogurt, gummie snacks, gummie vitamins) can help with the elasticity found in your hair and nails. By keeping hair and nails moist and hydrated, they can be grown out while still remaining healthy. In general, the thicker the layer of keratin, the healthier the hair or nail is, because the dead cells outside protect the living cells at the core. Keeping the external layer moisturized will also keep it healthy and prevent cracking and splitting, whether it is forming the hooves of a horse of the skin of a human.

Now with this background knowledge of what keratin is and how it works. So now this should shed some light on the latest crazy influx of keratin and how you can find it in everything from vitamins to the latest hair treatments and products. Please understand that everybody has a different tolerance to added keratin into there system and should introduce anything new gradually, to take notice of how it is effecting you.

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Sources cited: www.wisegeek.com

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Episode 113 : What Vitamins Help Grow Hair ?

vitamins for hair growth

What vitamins are best for hair growth?

Episode 113: What Vitamins Help Grow Hair ?

By Akira

Hey everybody! We will be talking about what are the best vitamins for hair growth. Now I had mentioned in “Episode 112: Why Should You Trim Your Hair!” I am currently taking Spring Valley Biotin 10,000 mcg with Keratin 100 mg (Spring Valley Biotin 10,000 mcg with Keratin 100 mg), Episode 113: What Vitamins Help Grow Hair Now let me address a common misconception that is rarely addressed but is the reason most people stop there vitamin regiment. I have heard this statement so many times “I didn’t notice any difference so I stopped taking them”. The first question I normally ask when this is the answer, “O um about a week to a month” I reply that is not enough time for you to grow even a ½ inch to really make a sound assessment. Our generation is pledged with this instant gratification need. Let me make this clear what you intake into your system can become a huge factor as to why your hair growth is slow. You cannot take vitamins and consume large amounts of processed foods and use hair products heavy with man made chemicals and expect to see healthy hair sprout out. These factors slow the body’s natural system.

Now for your body to really take advantages of the vitamins being taken you need to regulate your diet so that the body will be able to absorb and produce healthy skin, nails, and hair. I would like to give you fair warning the vitamins effect all the hair on your body, yes that’s right ALL of the hair on your body will began to grow at a faster rate. So make a conscious choice of yes I can accept this factor because I want shinier longer hair. Now that I have provided some overall information about how to get the most out of the vitamins that you want to take. I will list vitamins that are great for hair growth and what they do.

    List of Vitamins that Promote Hair Growth

Iron: Women typically aging from 18-45 or those who don’t eat a lot of red meat tend to be deficient in iron. Even those who aren’t anemic can also have low iron levels. Iron carries oxygen to hair and promotes growth. However, it is very important to discuss with your physician about how much iron (or any mineral) you should take every day. Iron-rich foods include, egg yolks, lentils, spinach and chicken.

Vitamin D: This is important for hair follicle cycling, especially for individuals who live in northern parts of the United States and European countries where sunlight is limited. A supplement is also prescribed as a treatment for atopic dermatitis like eczema. Salmon, mushroom, beef liver and grains are great alternative sources of vitamin D.

Zinc: Heavy exercisers and sweaters tend to lose significant amounts of zinc. To regain this hair growth mineral, consume 15-30mg daily or munch on high-zinc foods like lamb, turkey, pumpkin seeds and chocolate.

B-complex Vitamins: Biotin, niacin and cobalamin are among the most popular B-complex vitamins that help restore shine and thickness to strands. Load up on whole grains, eggs, avocados and legumes, as they are some of the best food sources for B-complex vitamins. Some even believe that biotin can slow down age-related graying.*

Biotin

One of the most commonly known vitamins to promote strong hair is biotin, a B-complex vitamin that is sometimes referred to as Vitamin H. Biotin promotes healthy hair by increasing the hair’s elasticity and protects against dryness, which also helps prevent breakage.*

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a commonly known antioxidant also known as retinol. Its function is mainly to promote eye health*; however, it’s also widely used as a means to promote healthy hair. Vitamin A helps to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off.* In addition, Vitamin A fights free radicals that weigh your hair down.*

Vitamin A is found in the following foods:
• Cod liver oil
• Krill oil
• Carrots
• Spinach
• Peaches

While Vitamin A is essential to healthy hair, you must exercise caution, as too much Vitamin A can lead to toxicity and can actually result in the opposite effect – hair loss.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals,* is often referred to as the “good skin” vitamin,* but its assistive properties go far beyond the skin. Vitamin E also helps the body’s blood circulation by increasing oxygen uptake, which in turn aids the body in producing new hair.* In addition, some believe that Vitamin E has an affect on the body’s immune function, further increasing it’s potential to reduce hair loss risk.* It can be taken by mouth, applied topically or can be

found in the following foods:
• Beans
• Soybeans
• Leafy greens
• Wheatgerm oil
• Nuts
.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid, also called Vitamin B5, isn’t a commonly known vitamin, but is highly effective in the prevention of graying due to aging. In addition, it can help reduce the natural loss of hair due to aging.* Pantothenic acid is believed to help strengthen hair follicles and their cells, allowing them to function properly. In addition, pantothenic acid also helps your scalp get rid of dead skin, clearing the way for new growth to occur.
Pantothenic acid can be found in many Vitamin B complex vitamins, but can also be found in various foods, such as whole grains and eggs.

Inositol

The last vitamin that is important for healthy hair is Inositol. Inositol is, unofficially, grouped into the Vitamin B group of vitamins. It’s certainly not a commonly known vitamin, but is responsible for a number of support functions within the body.

Inositol aids in the health of cell membranes, particularly those in the eyes, intestines, brain, and bone marrow.* However, one of the most recent findings show that men who took an extra dose of inositol daily reported that their hair loss had improved, with less hair falling out.

While Inositol can be produced by the body through the natural process of breaking down glucose, it can also be found in the following foods:

• Beans
• Citrus fruits and cantaloupe
• Whole grain breads
• Brewer’s yeast

Naturally, vitamin supplementation alone will never take the place of a healthy, balanced diet. But with proper supplements, you can combat hair loss and slow down premature graying of the hair all while growing old gracefully. Just remember to check with your health care professional before adding any supplements to your diet.

Source cited: www.smartypantsvitamins.com
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