What is the big deal with Brazilian Hair?
As you are no doubt aware, there are many different types of hair available on the market, all claiming to be the best hair.
Here is some information about a few of the most popular types of extensions:
Most human hair used for weaves is derived from the continent of Asia (China, India, and to a very small degree, South eastern Russia). Sometimes, human hair is made more affordable by mixing it with synthetic hair or believe it or not animal hair. (They don’t call it Yaki for nothing). Human hair is the most versatile and hard wearing as well put simply, it is human hair. You can curl, perm, relax, color, crimp and primp it.
The same maintenance that one would apply to his or her own hair should be applied to the human hair to keep it in good condition. If one does so, they can use human hair for at least one year. Admittedly, good quality human hair is more expensive than most other types of hair. But you have to weigh up the costs against the benefits.
Brazilian Human Hair:
Brazilian hair is healthy virgin hair, which has not been processed at all; this is why it is called virgin. It is cuticle hair (Cuticle: The outside horny layers are composed of transparent, overlapping, protective scale-like cells, towards the hair ends. The cuticle protects the inner structure of the hair. Chemical relaxers, hair color and permanent wave solution enter the hair cortex raising the scales on the cuticle), provided by the donor in its original state, therefore, the direction of the hair is respected, and the hair does not tangle at all.
If you are looking for a rainbow of colours, you may initially be disappointed in Brazilian hair, as it comes in natural colours. Remembering that it is virgin hair should help it make more sense. The hair is generally of dark brown or black and sometimes a bit lighter like honey brown. The dark colours can be dyed to lighter shades, just as you would colour any hair.
Due to the mixtures of the Brazilian people, Brazilian hair often embodies the best attributes of the varying races that came together to create the Brazilian people. Those races being, African, European, Asian, and Indigenous peoples. Brazilian hair is generally strong, shiny, and can be naturally straight, wavy or curly. The waviness can be easily turned into curly with proper styling. It is excellent for people with African ancestry, as it looks very natural, yet manageable.
The hair is not altered chemically or mechanically.
If you opt for human hair, you can use numerous times, as long as you give the hair the proper care it deserves. Clients using the hair for 2 years, is not unheard of (however, every time you reuse the hair you may need to add a bit to complete).
While like Remy hair, this hair still has its cuticle intact and is kept aligned with all the roots pointing the same way (Like growing hair). This hair is different to Remy hair in that Remy hair undergoes processing for consistency and is coloured. Our Virgin Brazilian Hair extensions are in their natural state and as such are only available in natural colours, but they can be coloured in the same way as one would colour growing hair.
Genuine Virgin Brazilian Hair Extensions are also different from other premium quality hair in that they do not have [or need] silicon, Teflon or other coating to make them silky and tangle-free they are naturally strong, glossy and silky.
Hindus have practiced the ceremony of shaving off hair to give up to Lord Vishnu for literally thousands of years. One Hindu legend holds that Lord Vishnu took up residence in an anthill for the purpose of performing yogic penance. His friend, Lord Brahm, took on the form of a cow to feed Vishnu with his holy milk everyday. The farmer, who did not know why the cow kept wandering off, tried to cut the cow. From this, the Lord Brahm was wounded on the head and lost some hair. When Neeladri, a devotee of Lord Brahm, saw what happened she quickly gave some of her own hair to Lord Brahm. Thus was born the tradition of offering hair to Lord Balaji.
India is a country dominated with a huge religious population of Hindus. Hinduism is an amazing religion consisting of various myths and beliefs in the name of faith. One such belief, in Hinduism is sacrificing ones hair in the name of god. Donating hair to god is an ancient practice, which has been going on for centuries. Hair, for most people, is what defines their physical appearance. Whether long or short it can be an expression of social conformity and affiliation. Hairstyles, along with clothing, show who you are in this fashionable world we live in. In India, cutting off or sacrificing your hair in Hinduism is considered as letting go of your ego in front of, the spiritual power called God. No one is greater in front of God, and by sacrificing your hair in the name of God; you are letting go of your ego and your everyday life routine and devoting time for God. People in India usually donate hair because they are either grateful for or seeking a blessing.
The Temples raise millions of pounds a year from donations and the sale of hair removed in the ceremonies. The money is used not only to run the temple but also to maintain dozens of foundations, charities and local development projects within local communities.
In traditional Hindu societies, women do not cut their hair. Therefore, when hair is given as offering, it is given as an act of devotion. (It forces people to overcome their ego, since beautiful hair is such an integral part of one’s identity.) Men also make hair offerings as acts of devotion.
Remy Hair is a very popular type of hair used for hair extensions, but what is it?
One thing to note is that Remy Hair is not always virgin hair. (More about that later)
Once hair has been colored or chemically processed in any way short of removing the cuticles (Cuticle: The outside horny layers are composed of transparent, overlapping, protective scale-like cells, towards the hair ends. The cuticle protects the inner structure of the hair. Chemical relaxers, hair color and permanent wave solution enter the hair cortex raising the scales on the cuticle) it is referred to as Remy.
Good quality Remy Hair can be categorized in the ‘premium’ segment, as far as hair quality is concerned. Remy Hair has its cuticle intact and running in the same direction “unidirectional cuticle” to prevent tangling. The cuticles protect the hair from damage and give the hair its natural look.
Remy Hair is usually categorized into two types:
Remy Hair Single Drawn: This type of Remy Hair is taken out directly from the scalp by shaving the head. Care is taken to remove the very short hair, with the longer hair, found in different hair length, giving a pony-tail like appearance.
Remy Hair Double Drawn: This type of hair is the finest quality with the same wave length in a piece. The hairs are arranged with equal lengths. There should not be any short hair in a piece.
- Then the hair is further classified into grades, referred to as Quality A, B and C.
Quality A: These are an expensive type of weft hair made up of Indian Virgin Remy hair. This type is unidirectional and characterized by double drawn hair, where the whole weave is made up of hairs of the same length.
Quality B: This type is again made up of special double drawn hair, virgin Remy Hair, and is unidirectional. The length of hairs though may vary by up to 1-2 inches.
Quality C: This is the finest quality of weft hair. The cuticles are intact and are unidirectional. The entire weave contains hairs of different length.
It is important to note that Remy Hair is processed hair. This process could range from simply conditioned and hydrated, to coloured and chemically altered.
Non-Remy Hair is perhaps the most popular and commonly available form of hair. Sometimes Non-Remy Hair is referred to as ‘fallen hair’. This hair differs from Remy hair in that the roots and tips of hairs are all mixed up, and as such tangling is generally a common problem in this type of hair. Consequently, this hair is generally much less expensive and much more prevalent than Remy Hair.
Non-Remy Hair comes in two types. They are as follows:
Tangle Free Non-Remy Hair: This type of non-Remy hair is obtained by shaving off the cuticles or the ends. This process reduces the chances of friction among hairs and what remains is tangle free hair.
Normal Non-Remy Hair: This is generally the least expensive type of hair. The cuticles are present in different directions and the hair is prone to tangling.
When animal hair is used in hair extensions, it is most often Yak hair. Yes the big bovine like animal of the Himalayas. Yak hair can be curled, permed, relaxed, and colored, and is generally used when one is looking for a more tighter curl pattern. One thing to note is that many people are allergic to Yak hair. So, if you are using Yaki style hair and your head is always itching (I am sure you have seen the women patting their heads in a semi-violent fashion), it may be that you are allergic to it. Just as some people are allergic to wool etc…
Note: Beware of some hair manufacturers, key word manufacturers, passing off synthetic hair as Human Hair. Upon close inspection you will sometimes see a play on words like “Human like Hair.” This is hair that has been designed to hold up to some of the normal things women do with Human Hair, like curling irons etc?
Synthetic hair is made of a wide array of different synthetic fibers, fibers like Kanekalon and Tokokalon (kalon: Greek for, The Beautiful), if you see these words or others ending in kalon, be aware that they are man made. Synthetic hair, just as human hair, comes in weave (weft) and single strands for braids. Most stylists do not recommend using synthetic hair for weaving. It does not last as long as human hair because it tends to easily tangle and frizz out uncontrollably..However, it is cheaper, generally ranging from $10.00 to $20.00 per package, depending on quality of hair, length, brand etc.
Heating appliances such as curling irons and straightening combs generally should not be used on synthetic hair. There are newer versions of synthetic hair from some brands that claim to allow styling with lower temperatures of heating appliances. Generally people should steer clear of such claims because the golden rule with synthetic hair is that heat is not an option. Synthetic hair is better used for particular styles of braids. Although, Synthetic hair can usually shaped into styles by using the steam from boiling water to set the hair. This is a common practice for individual braids. Typically when the synthetic hair is shaped it’s best not to change it.