Human Hair Extensions - Russian Vs European and Asian Hair

Published: 10th September 2009
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As a hairdresser specializing in the trading of hair and application of extensions, I found the origin of donors is of the utmost of importance to determine quality. The quality of your hair extension hair will determine whether or not they look real, and how long the hair lasts. Please note, the following regions detail the process used to match hair extensions for people of Caucasian origin.



European Hair

There are a large number of hair extension artists claiming to use 'Virgin' Russian' hair for many hundreds even thousands of dollars, when in actual fact they are selling good quality European hair sourced from donors with origins in South America, Italy, Eurasian ect . This hair's cuticle has been harshly processed to strip out the very thick texture and dark colour pigments. To mimic western hair (Caucasian) the hair is re-tinted using fabric colours not hair colours to achieve the desired shade.



Indian/Asian Hair

Hair sourced from donors of Indian, Asian and Chinese donors is a very course hair strand and grows naturally very dark and very straight. The hair is processed using the same method as European hair only more harshly. The pigments are stripped back to nothing then a short lasting silicon coating is added for a more realistic texture. For this reason Asian hair is usually the cheapest and most unnatural looking hair available on the market only lasting for the short term.



Raw Virgin Russian Hair

Raw virgin Russian hair has NEVER been chemically treated and is Caucasian hair so the cuticle is not processed and stripped unlike Asian and European hair. The hair reacts beautifully to salon products and remains silky even after lighting and colouring. Raw virgin Russian hair is widely known as the "crème de la crème" of hair and of the finest quality. The hair not only looks the most natural but also last for years not months. Russian hair is softer, finer and more compatible with western hair allowing the hair move naturally with more volume which means less extensions and less potential damage to your own hair.



Cost Factors

Due to the scarce nature of sourcing raw virgin Russian hair the initial cost can be significantly more than European and Asian hair. People only compare prices directly, however volume and durability should also be an important consideration. You may find that over the long term you can purchase raw virgin Russian hair for the same price as Asian or European hair when allowing for how long the hair will last and how many extensions you need. Chemically treated hair is flat and lifeless needing more hair to produce the same affect as non treated hair. In addition to volume, raw virgin Russian hair will last for years not months so the only cost is the cost a hair extension artist will charge for uplifting the extensions. Many well known brands do not offer uplifting due to the poor quality and durability of the product they use. If hair extension artists or salons claim to offer raw virgin Russian hair but can only guarantee the product for less than six months it is more than likely a false claim.



Quick Facts: Asian/European hair extensions

• Hair only last in original condition for a short period

• Not recommended to colour as hair becomes even more porous

• Does not look real

• Not recommended to swim

• Frequently tangles

• Maintenance is very high

• Needs to be styled often



Quick Facts: Raw Virgin Russian hair extensions

• Looks natural

• Can be coloured

• Swimming causes no damage

• Hair does not tangle

• Maintenance is very low

• Hair can be left to dry naturally

• Last for years if well cared for

• Need less as hair has more volume

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