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What Human Hair Weaves Are Really Made Out Of

Have you ever wondered what weaves and hair extensions are made of? The process is quite fascinating for some and for others; they may never look at hair extensions, weaves and wigs the same again.

When you purchase products made from human hair, the hair is actually made from real humans. Humans in 3rd world countries, mostly from Asia (China and India) will sell their long locks for money. European hair is very popular in today’s market but the texture doesn’t match most hair texture of African American women which is why most afro weaves are made from real Indian human hair, Brazilian human hair or just plain old synthetic hair.

When women in these third world countries are looking to sell their hair, the buyers will actually recommend that the women do their best to get their hair healthy. The instructions to get their hair healthy are: eat a healthy diet, refrain from using too many products and especially no heat appliances. For most women the heat appliances and products are not the issue, the issue is a healthy diet. The donors are typically very young women and virgin hair is ideal. Virgin hair means that it has never been chemically treated. Virgin is one of the most expensive types on the market.

Often when you are purchasing “human hair blend” a mixture of real and synthetic strands. In the 1960’s yak hair was used in weaves and unfortunately yak hair had a horribly musky odor to it that could not be washed away. This type used to be known as “Yaki” weaves and was introduced by the Koreans but today the term “Yaki” has nothing to do with the animal anymore but has more to do with the texture of the hair. Yaki is actually a more relaxed texture of hair but not as relaxed as the “silky” texture which is usually Asian.

Today’s’ cheap and imported weaves use real human strands but because of its poor quality the price will also be significantly lower. Low quality hair doesn’t tolerate much actual wearing, styling and washing. Quality real human hair costs quite a bit more but can be worth a pretty penny.

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