How To Spot Fake Hair Extensions and Wigs
Pure virgin hair should not have any chemical processing whatsoever – that means no dyeing, no perming, and no relaxers.
Basically, anything outside of water and heat processing is considered chemical processing. By water, I’m referring to steam-processed hair.
To tell if your hair bundle has been chemically processed, do this quick test – wet the hair bundle, apply a dime-sized amount of neutralizing shampoo, and massage into the hair.
If the shampoo foam coming out from the bundle turns pink, chemicals have been applied to the hair. Please note that this test is not 100% fool-proof in the case where the vendor took the time to thoroughly wash out the chemicals from the hair bundle.
However, this is still a good test to keep in your arsenal because you will be surprised how many vendors do not take the time to thoroughly wash out the bundles they chemically process or receive processed.
Also perform a sniff test and if you pick up any chemical odors similar to a relaxer or perm, then the hair has been chemically processed.
Hair extensions are more popular than ever at the moment, and with that comes the opportunity for con artists to falsely advertise fake hair extensions claiming to be real! Good hair extensions don’t come cheap, so you need to make sure you are getting what you pay for.
Check for the presence of hair cuticles:
Virgin hair that is not chemically processed must have the cuticles present on the hair. If you check for cuticles and the cuticles are not present, know that the cuticles have been stripped from the hair usually from an acid bath.
It is important to note that cutically stripped hair is not necessarily a bad thing because these types of hair can last a considerable amount of time (~ 9 months of use), but know that it is certainly not virgin hair. Here is a neat trick the experts use –
The Hair Cuticle Feel Test. To feel for hair cuticle, run your fingers up and down the hair shaft. The hair strand should feel smooth going downwards towards the direction of hair growth, however, you should feel some resistance as you move your fingers in the opposite direction. This resistance signifies the cuticle is present and has not been stripped.
Non-uniformity hair textures:
Any hair that has a perfectly uniform pattern more than likely is not virgin hair. Virgin hair is natural, unprocessed hair that grows out of an individual’s scalp. Most people do not have a perfect wave from root to tip and normally have irregular curls, waves or ringlets on their head.
Sometimes even the texture can differ within the same bundle as a person can have their mother’s texture on the front of their head and their father’s texture at the back. So lookout for some irregularity in textured hair (wavy or curly) the next time you receive a bundle to be certain it’s virgin.
Virgin hair comes in natural colors and has not been dyed by the hair donor or the hair vendor. Since each bundle comes from a different person, every bundle is unique.
There are certain colors that are more prevalent in certain nationalities. For example, finding a jet black Brazilian virgin hair is few and far between. You would mostly find a dark brown to medium brown in this region of the world.
Jet black virgin hair is however not common to certain parts of Asia such as China and Korea. Therefore you can easily obtain fake Chinese jet black virgin hair. With that said, when you order pure virgin hair, expect a slight variation in the colors of each bundle (even if the vendor matches them as closely as possible).
The beauty of virgin hair is the versatility of the things you can do with the hair. Virgin hair is great for coloring to what you need to match your specific needs.
You get it to dye it, perm it, relax it to your specifications. This is why virgin hair is so sought after by hair specialists and vendors because this is the baseline starting point for hair processing to any color and texture you desire, and therefore the most versatile hair you can ever purchase.
The Hair /Burn Test
This is the one foolproof way of knowing for sure whether the hair is real or synthetic; Pull a couple of long strands of hair out and hold them above a flame – make sure you use a lighter or an unscented candle. If the hair singes and burns upwards while smelling like burnt hair – it is real. If it sort of melts into a ball and smells like burning plastic – it is fake.
However, it is not always possible to do this (for instance, when you’re in a salon or buying online), so here are a few questions you can ask to help you figure out if your hair is real or fake.
How much do the hair extensions and wigs cost?
Real hair is much more expensive than synthetic hair and if you are getting your extensions fitted at a hair salon, you will also be paying for the skills of your stylist.
As a general guide, a quarter head of real hair extensions should cost at least £200. If you are being charged much less than this, it is safe to assume that you are not getting the real thing.
Where did you buy the hair extensions and wigs from?
Your stylist or supplier should be able to tell you exactly what sort of hair you are buying. Ask them outright where the hair was sourced – the most expensive hair comes from Russia, but Brazilian and Indian hair is also considered to be good quality. For consistency, you want to make sure that all the hair you are buying comes from the same source.
It is also a good idea to ask your stylist about the ethical practices of the salon. Most places will be proud to tell you how they maintain ethical standards when sourcing their hair. If not, go somewhere else.
How were the strands mixed?
If you are dealing with a reputable salon, they will spend a considerable amount of time hand-making each strand of the real hair extensions in order to create the most natural look. Vixen and Blush believe that hand-making the strands is the ONLY way to get a perfectly bespoke color match.
If the hair is fake, your salon won’t have an answer to this question.
Can I look at the original hair extension and wig package?
Before the extensions are applied to your hair, ask to see the package of the hair that you will be using. It should be shiny, strong, de-tangled, and either tied into a ponytail or laid out in a special vacuum-sealed bag. You will probably be able to tell by running your hands through the hair whether it is synthetic or fake, but to be totally sure – check these details:
- The ends should be slightly uneven – if the hair ends in an unnaturally straight line it could be a sign that it has been used before, or that it is a fake.
- The color should be natural – if the hair appears to have been bleached or highlighted it is of inferior quality and will not wear well.
- The cuticle should be undamaged – this is the outer coating which is on every strand of hair. It should be shiny, and all cuticles should be pointing in the same direction. You can see this more clearly if you shine a light on the hair.
Is it safe to apply heat to my hair extensions and wigs?
A good stylist will be more than happy to talk to you about how to maintain your new hair. Human hair extensions can be treated more or less as you would treat your original hair, but you should be extra careful not to damage or loosen the bonds. Your stylist should be able to recommend some heat-resistant products and tools which are suitable for extensions, and they should make sure you know how to use them.
It is perfectly safe to apply heat to natural hair, as long as you take the usual measures to protect against dryness. Synthetic hair, on the other hand, will melt into your real hair if you apply too much heat to it. This can be dangerous, traumatic and unsightly and your stylist has a responsibility to warn you about this. If you are told to avoid heat styling, be concerned. You are either dealing with an inexperienced stylist or your extensions are fake.
Having your hair extensions fitted in a reputable salon that specify the type of hair they use will always be your best bet in ensuring you’re receiving good quality, trustworthy service. Hair Extensions are an investment, they boost confidence and will improve your hair. At Vixen & Blush we understand how important this is, and pride ourselves on our abilities. If you would like some further guidance or want to put some of these tips to good use, come in and see us for a free consultation!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MALAYSIA HAIR IMPORTS HAIR EXTENSIONS?
Hair extensions have been our passion for more than 9 years. During this time we’ve become the leading human hair factory of hair extension and wigs experts in Bangkok Thailand.
From the best qauility of 100% Remy Raw Cambodian Hair, Raw Burmese Hair, Malaysian Hair our our company hair is what the heart desires.
Our high-quality hair extensions and wigs are made from only the finest remy human hair.
The Highest Quality Hair Extensions – From Thailand to the World
The headquarters of Malaysia Hair Imports are located in Bangkok, Thailand. It is here that our success story began and it’s from here we continue to grow our network across the world.
Our hair extensions and wigs are shipped from the warehouse in Bangkok
And now, you can order our hair extensions from anywhere in the world. Our production process is regularly monitored by the USA and Thailand control institute to ensure the highest standard product is delivered to you.
For many years now, our high-quality standards have proved themselves to our professional partners in the fashion world and many hairdressing salons around the world.
Not only in Bangkok but also in USA, Poland, Italy, Austria, France, the Canada and Australia.
Professional hair stylists choose Malaysia Hair Imports Hair Extensions and Wigs because our hair extensions and Wigs are known to stand the test of time.
Hair Extensions with Cambodian Hair Quality Hair – Perfect Hair Everyday!
Cambodian Hair is a common raw material for a high-quality hair extension. However, the processing of this hair is less time-consuming than that of Indian hair.
Since Asian hair is more similar to the European hair structure, the hair does not need to be thinned. The attached hair extensions will look natural even without this step.
Cambodian human hair can be bleached and subsequently dyed in different shades of color.
Hair Extensions with Malaysian Human
Malaysian Hair is a valuable raw material for a high-quality hair extension. The processing of this hair is less time-consuming than that of Indian and Chinese hair.
Since Asian hair is more similar to the European hair structure meaning the hair does not need to be thinned.
Hair Extensions with Burmese Human Hair
Burmese is similar to Indian hair in its characteristics. This hair also does not have to be thinned out before making the hair extensions.
However, since Americas and Europeans have the same lineage, Burmese hair is even more similar to European hair than Indian hair is.
This type of human hair extensions is applied by looping the single-strand micro-bead extensions through your own hair and clamping down with a pair of pliers and a metal bead to finish. So pretty much, your entire head is covered in these little beads. You need to go to a professional for the application of micro-bead hair extensions.
Sewn-in/Weave Hair Extensions
Sewn-in weave hair extensions are those who have super thick, coarse, or naturally super curly hair. Your own hair is braided tightly into corn rows throughout your entire head, and the extensions are then attached using a needle and a thread.
A pro about these hair extensions is that they work super well for girls who have tons of hair that is thick and a coarse, however, a con is that the tight braids seriously strain your scalp, therefore they are not advisable for those who have thin hair.
Also consider hygienic reasons – it may be difficult to wash and condition the scalp because the entire scalp is covered in cornrows. You need to go to a professional for the application of sewn-in hair extensions as well as consistently visit the salon (even six weeks or so) to ensure that the extensions are still sewn in correctly into place and if the braids need to be tightened up again.
Clip-in Hair Extensions
Clip-in hair extensions is the fastest, easiest, and least damaging type of hair extensions which you can apply all by yourself without having to go to a professional. Clip-in hair extensions are a temporary method of hair extensions, which means you can clip them in and out whenever you want.
Clip-in hair extensions are ideal if you are looking to add length and volume to your hair without the commitment or breaking the bank. Clip-in hair extensions are a popular choice among women all over the world for bridal and bridesmaids’ hairstyles as they can greatly enhance any hairstyle.
You need to take off your clip-in hair extensions when you shower, sleep, or swim, however, clipping them in takes only about 5 minutes. Always choose real remy human hair extensions as you will be able to heat style and wash them just like your own hair.
High quality clip-in hair extensions will last you anywhere from 3-6 months up to a year or even longer, depending on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them. Malaysia Hair Imports raw human hair extensions are all high quality 100% real remy human clip-in hair extensions.
Tape in Hair Extensions
Tape in method of hair extensions involves taking each weft and literally taping them onto your own hair. The wefts are connected by wide bonds of tape and your own hair is placed between them and clamped around the strands.
Pros to this method of hair extensions is if you wear your hair extensions without a break, these can last in your hair for 6-12 weeks. Some cons to tape in hair extensions are that it can be difficult to tie your hair up how you want it since you can’t reposition the wefts after they are applied, and they can also begin tangling with your own hair as it starts growing out. You need to go to a professional for the application of tape in hair extensions.
Glue-in/Keratin Bond/Pre-bonded Hair Extensions
These hair extensions are attached to the hair with keratin bonds that are on top of the extensions, which are fused with a hot tool. This technique requires heat for application, and consistent visits to the salon to maintain them.
They can look great; however, it is best to not using oils, conditioners or any hot styling tools because this can weaken the bonds and make the extensions come out.
WHAT IS RAW VIRGIN HAIR?
Raw Virgin Hair is human hair that is in its natural state. No chemical changes, no color, has not been processed, and all cuticles are intact. All hair sold by Malaysia Hair Imports is Raw virgin hair.
HOW CAN I MEASURE THE LENGTH OF MY HAIR PRODUCTS?
Your Cambodian, Malaysian, Burmese hair extensions and wigs should be measured to the fall of the hair. Start 0 at the weft or top of wig cap and measure to the ends of the bundle. The Cambodian and Burmese Wavy, Cambodian Body Wave, Burmese Curly, and Kinky Curly hair extensions and wigs must be measured by pulling the hair straight. Again, start 0 at the weft; pull the hair straight from the ends, and the length will be at the tips of the hair.
Each bundle will not measure exact when it is still wrapped in its band, as tension can affect the fall of each strand.
CAN THE HAIR BE STRAIGHTENED OR CURLED?
Your new hair from Malaysia Hair Imports 100% Human Raw Virgin hair extensions can be styled like your own hair. You are able to use a thermal (hot) tool to straighten, curl, crimp, etc. Keep in mind the hair does not have all the nutrients that a strand growing from your scalp will.
Heat damage can cause breakage and dryness. Therefore, it is imperative that you use a heat-protecting product, always co-wash your hair, and protect it during sleep hours.
CAN I COLOR MY HAIR BUNDLES?
Any chemical processes should be done by a professional or at least consulted by one. This purchase is an investment for you and chemically altering the hair can possibly damage it. Although our Raw Virgin hair extensions can handle a coloring process very well, please be cautious.
Once the hair is chemically-altered incorrectly, the cuticle can become damaged and overexposed, causing fraying, breakage, dryness, and tangling. This in turn will affect the overall look and feel of your hair. Chemical damage has no reverse button, and we will not be held liable for any damages.
DOES OUR HAIR SHED?
Minimally, no hair is absolutely perfect. We have reinforced machine wefting, to minimize shedding to nearly none. You may see a few strands here or there while detangling or styling, but nothing troubling or excessive. The most effective way to avoid shedding is by sealing the wefts.
HOW LONG DOES THIS HAIR LAST?
Our 100% Human Hair Extensions and Wigs can last through multiple installs. However, the lifetime of your extensions depends heavily on how they are cared for. On average our customers can use their extensions from 6 to 8 months if cared for properly. Learn more about Caring for your Raw Virgin Cambodian, Malaysian and Burmese Hair Extensions
WHAT DOES CO-WASH HAIR MEAN?
Co-washing simply means washing with conditioner. It is a key task in extending the life of your extensions and keeping them healthy. We recommend a co-wash once a week with moisturizing conditioner to ensure your hair gets the nutrients and moisture it needs.
When you first receive your extensions, it is important to co-wash the hair, as it has been through Malaysia Hair Imports is a direct factory manufacturers’ that hands, packaging, etc.
Shampooing the hair can strip the hair entirely too much of its moisture. Always use WARM water, as hot water will overexpose the cuticle of the hair.
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY HAIR?
All virgin hair reacts differently to product and regimens. Please be mindful to stay away from ingredients that can strip your extensions of moisture such as parabens, sulfate, and silicone. These products usually tend to have a high alcohol content which dehydrates the hair follicle of its nutrients.
Heavy oils are also not necessary to care for your extensions as it can weigh down your hair pattern. By rule of thumb, we recommend co-washing your bundles weekly and shampooing bi-weekly to rid your bundles of any excess product. Deep conditioning can be done as needed.
WHAT HAIR PRODUCTS DO YOU RECOMMEND I USE?
With no two heads being alike, our customers have a variety of experience with different textures as well as their daily maintenance of their extensions. Over the years we have collected knowledge regarding what works best.
Our customers highly suggest product lines such as Crème of Nature, Carol’s Daughter, Cantu, As I Am, and more. Even though our customers suggest these products, your extensions may not respond in the same manner.
HOW MANY HAIR BUNDLES SHOULD I ORDER?
The key to determining how many bundles to purchase depends on the lengths you are wanting. As all bundles are the same weight (3.3oz), the longer bundles have shorter wefts, and the shorter bundles have longer wefts. For a full sew-in, we recommend 3-4 bundles of hair. For lengths over 18”, we recommend ordering 4-5 bundles of hair.
If you desire an install with a lot of volume, you will need 4-5 bundles or 4 bundles with a closure. A closure is a great addition to your install, as you will have no leave-out. This is considered a full protective style, and none of your hair will be exposed.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO RECEIVE MY PACKAGE?
We have a standard 24-48 hour processing time prior to the shipment of 5-7 business days all orders. This processing timeframe is subject to change due to sales or holidays. Please review our shipping methods to receive an estimated timeframe of received your package.
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