How are Real Hair Extensions Made?


Look at almost any A-list Hollywood female celebrity on the red carpet nowadays and it’s a safe bet they are wearing hair extensions.  Actually, to be more accurate, they are likely wearing human hair extensions—otherwise known as real hair extensions.  And yes, those are exactly what they sound like: hair extensions made up of real human hair.

Where does the Hair in Real Human Hair Extensions Come From?

But where does this hair come from?  Some people simply think that real hair extensions are made from horse hair, but this is completely false.  Others think dead people, but that too is far-fetched and an urban legend.  Actually, the human hair in hair extensions comes mainly from one area: Asia.  There are men and women who grow their hair for the sole purpose of selling it for use in hair extensions, mostly because they come from impoverished areas where work is scarce.

Eastern Europe is also a major source of human hair for hair extensions, another place populated by many nice heads of hair, but unfortunately, not too many jobs.  People grow and sell their hair in these areas to either help supplement their other incomes or to feed their families.

Hair Factories

In most cases, the growers are women and they sign contracts with hair factories.  These contracts have stipulations which the growers must follow, including the length they are to grow it to, not using any products or heat on their hair and keeping their hair away from any pollutants.  Essentially, the hair has to be in prime condition throughout the entire growing process.

To ensure this, some hair factories provide food to the growers to ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients in their diet that hair needs to grow thick, lustrous and shiny.  The quality of the hair is very important and if a grower fails to heed the contractual obligations, they might find themselves with a head of hair that is unsellable (typically they will shop it around in these cases, albeit for a lesser price than with the contract company).

When the harvest time comes, the growers come to the factory and have their heads completely shaved.  The hair is then taken and made into extensions.  The women then start the process all over again, growing their hair for another set period of time and length to collect more money.

Sorting and Coloring

After the hair is harvested, it is sorted into the optimum conditions for each hair type.  Some hair types will work better for certain coloring while others will be sold as “virgin” hair, or untouched.  Depending on the seasonal styles and lengths that are “in,” the hair will be combed and processed, then shipped over to mostly Western countries for use in wigs and hair extensions.

If the hair is of a lower quality, it will be treated and will become non-remy hair.  This type of real hair extension is still human hair, but it is treated with products to make it look more natural and healthy.  If the hair is of a higher quality, it will be sold with the cuticles attached, called Remy hair.  This is a far superior type of hair extension as it looks more natural.  Plus, since there aren’t any products in Remy hair, there is nothing to wash out.  With non-remy hair, after about seven or so washes, the product washes out, leaving the extension looking stringy.  In both cases, you get what you pay for, so quality is in the pricing.

The highest grade of hair typically comes from younger donors.  This hair is specially handled and processed with great care and a gentle hand.  The cuticles are not damaged, but preserved, giving the extension an even more appealing look.  This is the Ferrari of hair extensions, or The Remy.  The cuticles are facing in the direction in which they grew, meaning that you couldn’t get more realistic and natural looking hair on your head unless you grew it yourself.

Choosing the Best Real Hair Extensions

By far and large, the best real hair extension is the Remy.  Still, you want to check the brand, manufacturer’s reputation and the color and quality of the hair before you buy it.  Hair extensions are made continuously and with production ramping up into high gear thanks to the demand and popluarity of extensions, it’s more important than ever to make sure the hair extension you’re buying is high quality.

Author Bio – This guest post is written by Jenny from Image Hair Extensions, UK a premier hair extension service provider for real hair extensions, blonde hair extensions etc. To help you transform your style in a matter of minutes with real clip in extensions, get in touch with them today.


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