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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 124 : What is a V Tip Hair Extension ?

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Episode 124 : What Is A V Tip Hair Extension ?

***Seeing that V tip hair extensions have the same makeup of other types of pre-bonded hair. We have decided to repost a article written by Allyson. Due to the similarities in explanation. The only difference is the type of shape the glue is molded in to tip the hair extension. ******

Episode 121: What Is Keratin Pre-Tipped Hair Extensions?

By Allyson

A V tip hair extension is a small bunch of human hair extensions (also be aware that synthetic hair is often used also) that is pre-dipped into glue adhesive to create a ‘tip’ at the top of the hair. The tip is usually 1/2″ to 1″ in length size, and the width size depends on the type of tip that has been formed. They come in various shapes similar to letters “I” “U” and “V” which is what the various names of the tipped hair extension is called. Knowing which method you are most comfortable with caring for will let you know what kind of pre-bonded hair to go with. You have fusion methods(glue adhesive)The tip that would be most ideal for you will depend on the method you choose to use to install the hair extensions.
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V tip hair extension is hair that has been dipped into a glue adhesive. This means there is enough glue to bond the hair together with your own hair. You can use additional glue adhesive (either in a glue stick form or a pellet (typically used in fusion extensions) to complete the bonding process. You can also use the microbead technique. Pre-glued/pre-bonded hair is hair that has been dipped more than once to give the hair a thicker tip. With pre-glued hair you have enough glue to bond it and attach it to your hair (using a fusion heat wand).

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Episode 123 : How to install an I-Tip hair extension ?

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Episode 123 : How to install an I-Tip hair extension?

By Trish

Hello, today I will be walking you through how to install an I-Tip hair extension using the micro bead technique. The mirco bead or silicone ring (also is called micro locs, linkies, or beads, tubes or cylinders, mirco ring) is not as hard on the hair as glue. Glue adhesives can tend to pull hair when handling on a day-to-day basis.

Now an I-Tip hair extension looks similar to a shoelace tip. The I-Tip hair extension is a pre dipped into glue adhesive just like all other glue tipped hair. The micro ring method allows for a more natural looking hair extension look. The I-Tip hair extension along the mirco ring will last for couple of months (3-5 months depending on hair growth and handling), but know that the rings should be checked every 90 days to readjust based on individual growth and to be tighten.

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Things you will need

1. Pliers
2. Threading hook or loop
3. Mirco beads or Silicone rings (the amount depends on how many rows you are installing)
4. I-Tip hair extension 2 to 8 oz

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Steps to installing the I-Tip using the Micro Ring system


1. Please part hair into sections. Targeting a section towards the middle allowing your own hair to blend in when finished. Section several rows on the back of your head and the sides of head.

2. Insert the micro ring onto the threading hook or loop.

3. Take a couple strands of your own hair and thread the micro ring onto your own hair strand. Do this by inserting your own hair into the threading hook or loop. Then slide the micro ring onto your own hair.

4. Take the I-Tip hair extension, and insert the I-Tip bond tip into the ring from the bottom.

5. Please clamp the ring shut by using the pliers.

6. Repeat steps until you have reached the desired fullness.

The I-Tip extensions will last for a couple of months. Please take this into consideration to how fast your hair will grow. This will let you know when to retighten the rings or remove rings.

How To Remove Micro Bead Hair Extensions:
Take the pliers and apply pressure to the micro ring by lightly squeezing it in the opposite direction to open it. Slowly slide the I-Tip or hair extensions out.

*Please consult a licensed cosmologist or hair extension specialist to ensure a proper and secure installation.

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Episode 112: Why Should You Trim Your Hair!

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Episode 112: Why Should You Trim Your Hair!
By Akira

Hello everybody! Before I explain why should you should trim your hair, let me introduce myself. My name is Akira and this is my first post to the site and I am hyped (all love). Today we will be discussing why should you trim your hair? Let’s tackle the first myth, all length is not healthy hair. Let me explain, I began this journey growing my hair out 3 years ago. I will explain where I failed and why it happened.

I began by growing my natural hair out by going by a no heat no chemical agents (relaxers). Now my regiment on a weekly basis or as needed (workouts, swimming,) I would begin by washing my hair with a hydrating or moisturizing shampoo (such as Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo). Then I would air dry my hair and then braid it up in a beehive (a circular cornrow around my head). Then I would oil my scalp daily or every other day as needed to keep my scalp hydrated. I would repeat this process every 90 days, for the next 3 years. Now when I finally decided that I had reached my desired length, which was down my back near my lower bra strap. I decided that I would straighten it out wear it in a long hairstyle. Now let me explain my first issue, I was not following my shampoo regiment with a equally good conditioner (Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator Conditioner). So my hair was starving for some additional hydration that it was not receiving from my shampoo and oil treatments. The next was I was not consistently trimming my split ends. Even though my hair was in a protective hairstyle it was not being properly cared for. So therefore I ended up with about 3 inches of dead hair that ended up needing to be cut. I was hurt but I learned a huge lesson that even though you have reached your desired length it really matters about the condition of the hair you have grown out.

Most stylist will tell you that regular trims grow your hair, but here is the whole story. When your ends begin to split and become severely damaged from continued styling and climate changes amongst other outside factors (swimming, sun exposure, dehydration, etc.). The splitting starts at the tips and travels up the hair shaft causing breakage to the hair. This is the cause of those frayed nasty flyaway’s and the appearance of unhealthy brittle damaged hair.

Understanding that hair grows at a rate of a half a inch per month. Now when you look at diet (dark green vegetables) and vitamins (Spring Valley Biotin 10,000 mcg with Keratin 100 mg) those factors can contribute to accelerated growth or slow it to a nonexistent crawl. Breakage will give the appearance of thinning hair. When growing hair longer do not forego trims thinking you are keeping the length that you have worked so hard for intact. Understand that to control normal breakage you need a trim regiment that is 8 to 12 weeks. By maintaining a scheduled cycle with trimming the ends of your hair you should be able gain naturally about 4 inches per year. Or with adding a healthy diet and adding a regiment of taking Biotin (I am currently taking about 10,000 mcg of Biotin with 100 mg of keratin http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spring-Valley-Biotin-Tablets-10-000mcg-60-count/ ) you should notice and overall accelerated growth in hair and nails. So overall trimming your hair can help in keeping the breakage at bay so that new growth has a chance to grow to a healthy length. Please keep hope that your hair will always continue to grow so there is always a start over with a better understanding of how to properly care for it in the next go around.

Bye,
Akira

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