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!
WHY OUR HAIR IS NOT FAKE HAIR
Here at Malaysia Hair Imports, We are about Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics so we can inform you, the consumer of our strong stance on the sourcing, hair import, and hair production of ethical 100% human HAIR EXTENSIONS and wigs. . We believe we have a responsibility as a hair business to provide you with the absolute, best hair product possible, that you know have been sourced ethically and produced by skilled, adult staff.
At Malaysia Hair Imports we believe it is essential for us to lead the way in ethical practice in an unregulated and misunderstood hair industry.
Why Our Business Ethics?
This is done in relation to the codes of conduct as set out by institutions such as the United Nations Business ethics is the behavior of any business or institution that deals with individuals, communities, and society.
Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is based upon a company’s ability to positively engage in good and transparent business ethics to which benefits larger society. This ethical decision-making covers employees, customers, suppliers, and competitors.
Freedom of Association and right to collective bargaining – Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No.87) – Workers and employers are able and have the right to freely form and join groups. This works in relation to freedom of expression and is underpinned by democratic representation – voices need to be taken into account. This enables the company to work better and keep improving our hair products
Elimination of compulsory or forced labour – Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29). Each The Real Human Hair Company member is paid above the national living wage and offered overtime where applicable.
Abolition of child labour – Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) – Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) – Worst Form of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). No member of staff that works at The Real Human Hair Company. is under the age of 18.
Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation – Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100) – Discrimination (Employment and Occupation Convention, 1958 (No.111). At The Real Human Hair Company, we are proud that we employ a range of individuals from different age groups and ethnicities to ensure diversity and the elimination of discrimination.
- WHAT IS REMY HAIR?
Remy Hair is hair where all cuticles are intact and naturally aligned in
one direction from root-to-tip, which prevents matting and tangling.
- WHAT IS VIRGIN HAIR?
Virgin Hair is hair that is in its natural state. No chemical changes, no color, have not been processed.
- WHAT IS RAW HAIR?
Raw hair has not been steamed processed or chemically altered in any way.
- WHERE THE FACTORY LOCATED?
- WHAT GRADE IS ARE HAIR?
Our Hair Company does not grade our hair products since it is 100% human Raw hair.
RAW CAMBODIAN HAIR
Cambodian Hair Extensions are one of the best 100% REMY HAIR extensions on the market today. Malaysia hair Imports Raw Virgin hair that is Unprocessed 100% Human Hair with all cuticles intact and aligned in the same direction. Our Raw Cambodian Hair Bundles have a natural textured curved volume and nice thickness to the hair bundles.
Hair textures are easy to maintain and therefore last a very long time with the proper care and conditioners. Our extensions are tangle and matte-free, which means you can spend more time living your life without all of the hassles that come with many other hair extensions. You can style the hair extensions into any style because our hair is 100% Remy hair from a single donor. Your method of hairstyle is not limited at all when you use these gorgeous hair extensions.
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Our Raw Cambodian hair extensions are the best due to their coarseness, silkiness, and lightweight textures that blend well with all types of hair types. The raw coarseness of this hair makes it perfect for blending with natural African American hair. Each of our bundles is collected from a single donor. Guarantees the longevity of our raw Cambodian hair by preventing any tangling and matting. The cuticles are aligned and flow in one direction and Imported ethically directly from Cambodian hair donors. Our textures are not manipulated in any way to create uniform patterns and textures. Each bundle remains in its natural state and is unprocessed.
RAW MALAYSIAN HAIR
Malaysian Hair hands down some of the most natural-looking wefts on the market today. They have a full texture from the root to the tip of the extensions and use tapered ends which mimic the natural hair growth used in our Malaysian Hair bundles with closure.
We do not offer double drawn or fallen hair due to our strict quality control, hygiene, and manufacturing procedures We only use natural Straight unprocessed hair to manufacture our hair extensions. We guarantee that we make one of the best human hair extensions you will ever try!
Weft extensions can be used to make thick full and beautiful natural looking sew-ins, and wigs. The hair will always revert to its natural state and pattern when washed using natural shampoo and conditioners.
We only use 100% RAW HUMAN HAIR collected from single donors and therefore the hair will vary from bundle to bundle but when styled, each Raw Hair Weft will blend seamlessly to your natural hair and natural color.
Our 100% Human natural Malaysian hair extensions are not chemically treated in any way. We take pride in our etically donor hair and hope all our clients do so as well. Unlike most large companies we control our hair quality.
RAW BURMESE HAIR
Our 100% Raw Burmese Hair Extensions are one of the rarest Remy Hair Extensions on the market today. Malaysia hair Imports the best quality Burmese hair and which is Raw Unprocessed 100% Human Hair with all cuticles intact and aligned in the same direction. Our Burmese Straight, Wavy, and Burmese Curly hair have a natural gorgeous volume and thickness too it.
The Burmese hair textures we offer are very easy to maintain and therefore last a very long time with the proper care using natural shampoos and conditioners. Our human extensions are tangle and matte-free, which means you can spend more time living your life without all of the hassles that come with many hair extensions. You can style our Burmese hair extensions into any style because our hair is 100% Remy from one donor, single drawn. You can design and be very creative with these gorgeous hair extensions.
ETHICAL HUMAN HAIR FACTORY.”
Made In Thailand
2015 we committed to creating and making 100% Human hair extensions in Bangkok, Thailand. This involved taking complete control over the hair source, coloring, and making of the hair extensions, Wigs, and MEN’S HAIR SYSTEMS. Through this process, we have locale hair donors and villages to procure an ethical 100% human Hair. Taking control of manufacturing and production was a big risk for us as we had to source and train highly skilled staff our team consists of L’Oreal Professional color specialists who are degree trained and understand how hair color works with real human hair. We are very proud of what we achieved and we hope that is reflected in the videos and images you see of our hair products.
We custom and hand make all of our hair extensions and wigs with acute attention to detail using only the best resources. We can say that with confidence that our hair products are of the highest quality.
We have re-evaluated the human hair market, supply chain, and productions, and we as a company want the most ethical human hair to make and supply our human hair products across the world. You will see that our hair extensions and wigs are limited to Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian & Burmese Hair, this is because we can guarantee the authenticity and ethical practices of the hair donors and villages we work within these countries and as a result, we do not work with Chinese and Indian hair factories or suppliers.