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    Posted: Feb 26 2016 at 4:17am
Hair marketed as raw / virgin and or remy usually comes in loose bulk, machine wefts, handtied wefts and tips (comparable to shoelace ends)

Burn test

Human hair has a distinct smell when burnt. It clumps like burnt protein and turns powdery when touched or rubbed.

Cuticle test (For cuticle-aligned raw, virgin and remy hair)

You don't need microscope to determine cuticle alignment. You can do it with touch. Most virgin hair in wefts have beards. If you touch the beards downward from the weft track, it should feel rough because it isfolded over and lying opposite the downward direction of cuticle-correct hair. Touch the hair itself downward and it should feel smooth. Proceed to touch strands of hair upwards and it must feel rough and fight against friction. Its as if you are backcombing the hair. If the hair feels the same kimd of slip when rubbed on the opposing directions, it means the hair was stripped of its cuticles.

Color test (for raw / virgin hair)

The first wash usually reveals if the hair has been dyed. The factory dye will leak the color with water and turn it darker (or whatever color it came with)
Real raw and virgin hair has natural variations in tone. It is almost never flat in color when held against bright lighting.
Some manufacturers also leave out white hair strands.

Many virgin wefted hairs in the market are steam processed for consistent texture. Some vendors skip this test and just try their best to provide bundles of closely matching natural textures.

Steam processing is sometimes skipped in tipped hairs (for strand-by-strand extensions) because the extension technician can customize textures more easily by careful placement to achieve the look that the client requires. Add to that the fact that many raw Asian hair come in naturally straighter textures.

Raw hair from India sometimes come with undesirable bonus: nits

While most hair hair in the market comes from India and China, Asian countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and some "Eurasian" countries also supply raw virgin hair. You just have to research very well and if possible, get in contact with local people from these countries who could help you source these ethnic hairs.

While raw, virgin hair is the craze these days, it's not always the best option for everybody.
Unprocessed hair may be inconsistent in textures. Matching raw hair to a client's or buyer's own natural hair can be a challenge especially if the person's hair is ethnically different from the origin of the hair.
This is where steam processing comes in to place. With steam-processed virgin hair, the buyer/client has more certainty with what kind of texture she/he gets.

Some midrange european remy hair are either of Indian origin or Asian ethnic hair with finer strands. The most raw and expensive European virgin hair comes from countries like Russia, Ukraine and sometimes, Germany.

Lower grade hair marketed towards caucasians are heavily-processed to mimic their owm texture and color.

Hair extesnions/wigs used for Asian, African and African-American clients often come from Asian countries since our hair is usually of naturally darker colors. This makes it easier for us to source virgin hair as it needs very little to no processing at all.

Edited by PinoyHairAddict - Feb 26 2016 at 4:20am
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