synthetic hair vs. human hair

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 101: How do you clean hair extensions or wigs

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Episode 101: How do you clean hair extensions or wigs

By Rico

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the world of healthy hair care. My name is Rico and I am the resident hairstylist to the ladies here at AEOMH. I will be the writer and adviser on the blog. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at rico@alleyesonmehair.com.

Today I will be outlining how to properly clean hair extensions or wigs. Keep all hair clean is the golden rule when sweat and dirt accumulate onto hair extensions it will start to dull the hair and strip the shine off the hair. I suggest that you wash the hair extensions or lace wig at least once or twice a week with warm or cold water. Please do not ever use hot water. Hot water can strip what proteins have been locked into the hair. Please wash the hair immediately after swimming, spa, exercise, and etc.

Create a detangler / leave-in conditioner. By adding a mixture of conditioner (10%) and water (90%)into a spray bottle. That is what your basic leave-in conditioner is a water and conditioner mixture. Before washing the hair, spray the hair with the mixture. Begin brushing the hair from the bottom and working your way up. Gradually untangling any hair that has become entangled. You must gradually wet the hair down and brush it gently before you completely wash the hair. If the hair is very dry and a lot of water is added at once, the hair will become very puffy and swell up like a sponge and tangle! Therefore, it is important to gradually wet the hair and brush it.

How to clean and wash hair extensions

1. Add shampoo to the hair and brush in a straight down motion. Please rinse hair in warm water.

2. Add conditioner and brush thoroughly in the same direction.

3. Allow conditioner to sit on the hair for atleast a duration of 10-20 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with warm water.

4. The best drying method is to allow the hair to air dry. The hair can also be blow-dried with a low to medium heat setting.

All shampoos are not good for hair extensions. Please check the labels of the shampoo that you use on your extensions. What is needed to maintain the life of your hair extensions might not be what you’re using. Also might be the reason the hair is starting to loose that shine. Please check out Episode #102 How to choose a PH balanced shampoo for your hair and extensions.

P.S. Asian, Indian, and Brazilian hair responds better to a low PH shampoo 3.5-5

Rico

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