1. What are the four types of hair used for extensions?
Remy: Cuticles run in the same direction – this is considered the best hair.
Processed: 100% human hair, but cuticles do not run in the same direction. This is why the cuticles are silicone-dipped or stripped.
Mixed: Mix of 100% human hair and synthetic hair
Synthetic: The fibres aren’t real and are made to look like human hair.
2. What does “100% human hair” mean?
Hair is collected from a human being and synthetic fibres or animal hair is added. Many products claim to be 100% but they’re actually not. It’s crucial that you test the hair to get a better understanding of it, rather than simply believing what’s claimed on the packaging.
3. How do you test the quality of hair?
Try the Candi & Co CCSS test – cuticle, colour, smell and spilt ends:
Cuticle: Run your fingers from the bottom to the root. If you feel bumps, it’s a sign of high quality.
Colour: Hair is generally lighter on the ends and has a natural hair colour.
Smell: Hair does not have a harsh corn-like smell – there should be no smell.
Split ends: There should be split ends, as this indicates that the cuticles are running in the same direction, and is therefore Remy hair.
4. Is there a difference between Indian, Brazilian, Peruvian and Malaysian hair?
These are just names given to hair. It doesn’t mean the hair is that of a Brazilian or Peruvian woman. Sadly, many suppliers encourage this thinking because it encourages women to buy the hair. The largest supply of hair comes from India, China and South East Asia. Generally, hair that is called Brazilian or Peruvian is a mix of human and synthetic hair.
5. How can you make extensions last longer?
- Brushing: Ensure you brush the hair daily with a Tangle Teezer. Brush from bottom to top, piece by piece, in a gentle motion.
- Use a heat protectant: It’s essential to use a heat protector before using any hot appliances like curlers or irons.
- Wash weekly: Use sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners.
- Water-free shampoo (dry shampoo): This is amazing for keeping hair fresh and clean. It works like an aerosol – spray the hair to remove oil and build-up.
- Root spray: Spray on the tracks and scalp. Root spray cleanses the scalp and prevents itchiness.
- Use a light styling oil to keep hair looking healthy. Do not use too much product as it could make the hair look greasy.
- For curly hair: Spray water on the hair before spraying on a curl activator.