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 106: How long should you wear hair extensions?

Beautiful woman

By Rico

I know that most women love they’re hair extensions but they don’t last foor-eeveeer. You have to be kind to your own hair. If you leave the extensions in for an extended amount of time it will start to matte and you begin to work against the reason for wearing them, which is to grow your own hair out to your desired length. Let’s talk what’s what in the land of hair extensions. The differences in the installment which would give you the desired look.

Hair Extensions ex·ten·sion noun \ik-ˈsten(t)-shən\
an increase in length of hair; specifically : an increase in hair length installed by a professional stylist or cosmetologist. This method is commonly installed as to extend the length in sections by blending in your own hair with the extra hair.

Hair Weaving hair·weav·ing [hair-wee-ving] noun
the attachment of matching hair to a base of nylon thread interwoven with a person’s remaining hair, to cover a bald or braided area leaving little to no hair visibly out or exposed.

Now that we have explained the difference of which technique can be used to install hair extensions, lets get down to how long you should leave in the installment before taking down and reinstalling. I totally understand that these installments are expensive but please understand that leaving an installment in for extended amount of time will cause damage to hair follicles and cause hair thinning.

Time Table / Time Period / Cause if left longer

Hair Weaving 2 months – 3 months matting, hair lost, thinning

Hair Extensions Weft 2 months – 3 months matting, hair lost, thinning

Hair Extensions Micro Ring 3 months – 4 months (*) thinning, hair lost

Hair Extensions Glue / Fusion 4 weeks – 6 weeks hair lost, thinning

Lace Wigs 5 days – 14 days (*) hair lost,thinning

• This time line is tentative based on your own personal hair type and hair growth. Also due to personal body sweat, medicines, etc.

The length of time a hair installment will last depends largely on the type of hair quality used for the extensions, the skill level of the stylist installing it, and the application method used to install it. There are the sew-in and glue-in extension wefts that can last as long as three months if properly maintained. But please know that you or your stylist should check the hair installment every 4-6 weeks to make sure there are no problems developing between your hair and the installment at the scalp. Also ensure that you are not having any allergic reactions to the adhesive used in installment and to make sure the adhesive is holding well. So in the words from Ms.Vanessa Bell “ You better know your weaver” Always know that you pay for the level of skill you receive.

Rico

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Episode 102: How to choose a ph level shampoo?

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Episode 102: How to choose a Ph level shampoo?

By Rico

Let’s attack the number one subject how do you pick the right Ph level shampoo for your hair or hair extensions? Understanding what kind of hair you have? Most Asian, Indian, and Peruvian hair types are naturally straight or slightly wavy hair types. Those hair types do not require to many hair products to maintain their natural luster and shine. In a nutshell what your natural hair may need is something totally different from what your hair extensions or wigs require to maintain shine and luster.

The acronym PH stands for potential hydrogen. The PH level is a reference to how many hydrogen ions are present in a substance. The PH level is used to indicate how much alkaline is in a substance or how acidic the substance is. Varying pH levels in shampoos have different effects on diffeerent hair types.

Most Asian, Indian, and Peruvian hair responds better to a low PH level shampoo. A good Ph level in a shampoo level is measured at a level 7 or below. Is the counter effect to prevent dull, dry brittle lifeless hair. It also preserves color treatments without stripping the shine off of the hair and helps them last a lot longer. Acidic shampoos also help add additional shine and maintain moisture without overly coating the hair and making it appear dull.

Top 5 picks

AG Hair Cosmetics Moisture & Shine Fast Food (sulfate-free) Ph 5

Joico Body Luxe Thickening PH 4.5

Kenra Clarifying Shampoo PH 4.5

Davines Well Being De Stress Muesli & Yogurt Shampoo PH 5.5

Joico K-Pak Reconstructor PH 4.5

List of shampoos with low PH levels

Joico K-Pak Reconstructor pH 4.5-5.5

Tresemme Antibreakage = 5.40

White Rain Extra Body = 5.35

Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner = 5

Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner = 5

Luster’s S-Curl Activator and Moisturizer = 5.5

Suave Humectant Conditioner = 4.5

ORS replenishing 5

Yes to Cucumbers Color care leave-in 5

Yes to Carrots pampering hair mud 5

Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo: btwn 4.0 and 5.0

Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner: btwn 4.0 & 5.0

Aubrey Organics Honey suckle Rose Conditioner: btwn 5.0 & 6.0

Oyin handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner: btwn 4.0 and 5.0

Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner: btwn 4.0 and 5.0

Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner: btwn 4.0 and 5.0

Curls Curly Q’s Coconut Dream Moisturizing Conditioner: 5.0

Millscreek Botanicals Biotin Cond.: btwn 5.0 & 6.0

Aphogee Keratin 2 Min Reconstructor: btwn 5.0 & 6.0

Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier 4.5

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo is 6

Giovanni Deep Moisturizer Conditioner is 5.5

Ion Clarifying Shampoo 5.5

Avalon Organics Moisturizing Shampoo 5

Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner 4.5 or 5

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