The latest craze in hair extensions is virgin hair. Unprocessed, raw, and in its most natural form. It began with India, went down to Brazil, crossed the ocean back to Malaysia and now you can get all kinds: Russian, Peruvian, Chinese, Burmese and more. While this hair certainly is gorgeous, as someone who has worn premium hair extensions (non-beauty supply store brands) for about ten years, I am finding that virgin hair is not always the best fit for me.
I bought into the craze, purchasing a few different brands of virgin hair – my favorite of which is the Pure line from Indique (virgin Indian hair). Initially I was in love with the natural body wave of my Indique Pure Straight.
I adored the natural luster of the hair – not too shiny, not too dull. I appreciated its natural dark brown color – I can’t be the only one who feels that 1b is sometimes too dark but color number 2 is often too light. I loved the fact that tangles were non-existent. Then I began attempting to style the hair. I curled with a flat iron, with a curling iron, with hot rollers, with Caruso steam rollers all with the same results. The hair always had fly aways and never held a curl for very long. As I flat ironed the hair, I noticed that while my real hair did blend extremely well with the Indian hair as far as color, my hair was more coarse than the fine Indian strands. I hated the way the hair expanded in the rain and humid weather because my relaxed hair would just lay lifelessly on top of the extensions.
While I do think my virgin hair purchase was worth every single penny and I do still love virgin hair, I plan to return to processed hair with my next sew in. Virgin hair is not the only high end hari on the market – in fact Indique sells a beautiful relaxed texture called Bounce Relaxed that looks as if it would blend with my hair perfectly, I can almost guarantee that it will hold a curl and behave similar to my own hair. I know what you are thinking…you have natural hair and are thinking virgin hair may still be best for you right?
Well, maybe. The problem with virgin hair is that it is unpredictable. Because it is not processed for color nor texture, each bundle you receive could be different. You may receive the perfect curl pattern to match your own with one purchase, but with the next it could be much looser. Sometimes the hair color matches yours exactly, other times it may be markedly off. Virgin hair is gathered directly from the head of the grower without alteration so for the most consistent purchases, processed hair may be a better option.
I’m not saying I will never wear virgin hair again, that is simply untrue. However, with the explosion of companies offering virgin hair, I think many ladies are under the impression that it is the best hair on the market and processed hair automatically means inferior. Not true – the best quality hair vendors such as Indique offer the same quality in their hair and wefting regardless of the texture. Virgin and processed hair both have a place in the land of hair extensions.