How is human hair harvested?
There are two ways in which human hair is harvested. The first method is the simplest and delivers a cheaper version of human hair. Hair from a donor’s head is collected from the floor and treated with acid and other chemicals which either destroys the cuticle or damages it. This is what is meant by the term, processed. Sometimes, it’s all human hair. Sometimes, it’s mixed with animal and/or synthetic hair.
The second method is more labor-intensive and therefore more expensive. This method usually involves virgin hair and REMY hair. In this method, hair is collected from a ponytail. Hair is cut close to scalp to ensure that the strands face the same direction. Hair is then cleaned to remove any lice, hair products and/or dirt. Beyond that there is no further processing and unidirectional cuticles always remain intact.
Virgin? What does that mean?
As its name implies, virgin means that the human hair is pure, and unprocessed. Hair collection uses the second (and more expensive) harvesting process. Virgin hair from donor(s) must meet rigorous standards ensuring the hair has never undergone any processing: permed, dyed, colored, bleached, chemically processed in any way. Interestingly, it also implies that donor is young, healthy and drug-free.
Why is virgin hair so expensive?
Virgin hair is indeed expensive. The high price directly relates to the harvesting process and the supply of viable donors. Harvesting (a terrible word for this) is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and meticulous. The upside is that virgin hair lasts significantly longer than thereby reducing the need to replace as often.
Can virgin hair also be REMY?
Absolutely. Virgin REMY hair is often found in the more luxurious and premium quality hair. The advantages cannot be denied. The hair is softer, richer and silkier, a true sensual experience in touch and feel.
What does single-drawn mean?
You may hear terms like single-drawn or double-drawn. These terms, again, refer the method of hair collection. Single-drawn hair generally means the hair is collected from a single donor. The donor’s hair drawn into a ponytail, cut and sold in bulk or on wefts. Hairs retrieved are of varying lengths (as on the donor’s head) making, for some, a more natural-appearing weave.
Single-drawn hair generally contains 50% of full-length hair and 50% of varying lengths and is also popular choice due to its natural gloss. Don’t fret because this is just an indication that you should pay close attention when inspecting hair as dramatically shorter hairs or imbalance may cause frizziness. Additionally, single-drawn hair is thicker at the root of the bundle andthinner at the ends, which means single-drawn has less density than double-drawn hair, thus less body.
One trick of the trade to gain some volume density is to trim the ends of single-drawn hair. The more density you want, the more you’ll have to cut. To ramp-up volume, some purchase more length (2-4”) than needed only to have the ends cut.
What does double-drawn mean?
Double-drawn hair, on the other hand, contains hair of uniform length and unidirectional cuticles. It is the most expensive hair and some believe the highest quality hair. Double-drawn, as the name implies means hair is hand-drawn a second time to eliminate shorter hairs. This method likely means hair is drawn from multiple donors as it may take 9-10 lbs. of hair to produce 1 lb. of double-drawn hair.Double-drawn hair has more density and generally has a greater longevity. One thing though, clients with thinner hair will do best with single-drawn hair as double-drawn hair has more weight.
Single-drawn usually means the hair is REMY. Double-drawn hair always means the hair is REMY.