Raw hair vs virgin hair – How vendors poison the market

Raw hair vs virgin hair – How vendors poison the market

We concentrate on raw hair vs. virgin hair in this article. While most people understand that raw hair is of the highest quality, the term “virgin hair” frequently misleads them. In this article, we’ll teach you what to look out for.

What is raw hair?

Raw hair extensions are made with natural human hair that has not been chemically processed or altered by heat or steam. It is unaltered, which is why it is called raw. They are cut directly from a donor’s head, ensuring that the cuticles all point in the same direction. This helps to prevent tangles, which is one of the main reasons floor hair needs to be chemically processed.

According to some, raw hair only comes in three textures: straight, wavy, and curly. However, other textures are frequently manipulated because most Asian girls have naturally straight hair. This includes girls from Vietnam and Cambodia, so the next time you see raw Cambodian bundles, you’ll know they’re manipulated textures. Even in India, where naturally wavy and curly hair is abundant, hair manipulation to achieve a particular style is still a common practice. However, steam-styling does not affect quality, so whether the textures are natural or manipulated is rarely important.

All countries with girls donating or selling hair, including China, can produce raw or unprocessed hair. It is not limited to Cambodia, India, or Vietnam. Some claim that raw extensions are sourced from a single donor, but this is a marketing ploy. The quality of the hair from a single donor and hair from three donors is the same.

How long does raw hair last?

Raw hair bundles can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how well you treat them. Frequency of use and care are the two biggest factors that impact your raw hair extension’s longevity. Other factors include how often you wash, bleach, heat, or color them. While unprocessed hair is more expensive, it has a longer lifespan, making it a worthwhile investment.

How do you know if your hair is raw?

Raw hair does not become frizzy when washed, retains elasticity when bleached to colors lighter than 613, and comes in a natural color. You can test for these properties with the washing test, the bleach test, and the acetone test.

Raw Hair vs Mink Hair

Obviously, mink hair does not come from a mink. It’s a marketing term that can be applied to any hair type to make it sound more exotic. Comparing it to raw hair is therefore absurd.

What is virgin hair?

All virgin hair is raw, but not all raw hair is virgin. They are both cut directly from a donor and chemically unaltered, but virgin hair comes in various steam-styled textures. Steam-styling has little effect on the quality, so they are basically of the same quality.

But creating a deep wave or curly texture will result in cuticles in opposite directions. Because it would tangle, all cuticle-aligned hair must have some of the cuticles removed before producing these textures. While it sounds confusing, the following mage will help you understand.

Raw hair vs virgin hair. Before creating textures, much of the hair has to be chemically processed.
While the cuticles of the hair are aligned, some textures have naturally unaligned cuticles

Technically, this manipulated hair is no longer raw or virgin but is still far superior to anything made from floor hair.

Affordable virgin hair

We now know the answer to the question, “What is virgin hair?” However, over 80% of all virgin hair bundles on the market aren’t truly virgin. Most of it is floor hair that has been chemically processed after being aligned with a non-remy to remy machine.

Calling your hair chemically processed sounds negative, whereas calling it virgin hair increases sales. That’s why so many vendors use the virgin hair label incorrectly.

Remy hair vs virgin hair

What about remy hair vs virgin hair? All virgin hair is remy hair, but not all remy hair is virgin. Remy hair is hair with aligned cuticles. But the definition doesn’t include whether the hair should be chemically unaltered. Raw hair that has been steam-styled is both virgin and remy, but raw hair that has been bleached is no longer raw or virgin.

Raw hair vs virgin hair

Raw hair is chemically unaltered in its original texture, whereas virgin hair is chemically unaltered hair in a manipulated texture. Non-chemical texture manipulation does not affect the quality of the extensions, which is why they are of the same quality.

People make the following claims:

  1. Raw hair comes from a single donor, while virgin hair comes from multiple.
  2. Virgin hair is silky, whereas raw hair is coarse.
  3. Raw hair should always be double-drawn.
  4. Raw hair takes is easier to bleach.
  5. Raw hair lasts longer than virgin hair.

But each of these claims is false, as I will demonstrate.

  1. If single donor hair has an advantage over double or triple donor hair, then installing four single donor bundles will magically reduce the quality of your hair extensions. This is obviously a false claim.
  2. Chemically unaltered Asian hair is naturally coarse. It varies by donor, but generally, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese hair are thicker than Indian hair. Hair is made silky by either chemically stripping some of the cuticles or applying silicon to the hair extensions.
  3. The manufacturer controls the short-to-long hair, and all bundles have roughly equal fullness. If it wasn’t controlled, you could end up with one bundle with very full ends and another with very thin ends. If you’ve ever purchased hair extensions, you’ll notice that fullness is consistent across all bundles. So this has nothing to do with virgin hair or raw hair.
  4. How well hair can bleach is determined by its thickness, health, and whether it has previously been colored. Bleach eats away at the hair; once it becomes thinner, it is less elastic and more likely to shed than unprocessed hair. The bleaching process also has difficulty removing existing dye from the hair strands, resulting in hair that refuses to go beyond a specific color. Many vendors have difficulty obtaining high-quality raw and virgin hair, so they process it slightly and dye it to a more even shade of black. Aside from that, whether it is raw or virgin hair does not affect the bleaching result.
  5. The original material’s health and thickness determine hair’s lifespan, as healthy and thick hair can withstand more abuse. Another important factor is how someone treats their hair because well-cared-for hair lasts longer. However, both raw and virgin hair are thought to be the healthiest types of hair.

However, these claims make more sense when it comes to chemically processed hair marketed as virgin hair. But then we’re comparing raw and chemically processed hair, not raw and virgin hair.


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