It really is a shame that the hair game has devolved the way it has. All of you ladies make great points.
CrownRhoyale- I totally agree that pics should be sought as a condition
of purchase. I really should have thought to do that with Jace. It was
just that after looking at her vids, she clearly conveyed a knowledge of
curl pattern vs. texture. So, I thought I was ok to order the very
coarse with them and really did expect to get a much more textured
batch. Instead, what I received was just very smooth heavy Asian hair.
Generally speaking, I have noticed a couple of trends that vendors are
engaging in. I know folks need to meet their bottom line and I am not
throwing shade. Just observations that may help others when deciding to
They will take pics of the hair laying flat/down which can
misleading as to how much curl the hair even has. (I have some 28" long
Wagmans that is very curly for its length. I co-washed it and laid it
flat to dry, scrunching periodically while on the table and this caused
the hair to really curl and wave up. It dried that way. But when I
picked the hair up, naturally the weight stretched the curls and it was
not as curly). All it takes is some "pushing" and scrunching of the
hair to create the appearance of a more pronounced deeper curl pattern.
Selling bundles with a whole bunch of short hairs and labeling it
"coarse". This is particularly an issue with the wavy/curly. You've got a
bunch of 1-3 inch hairs toward the weft as well as other short hairs as
you go down the length of the bundle and the hairs are going in
different directions (I am saying as in east/west- not against the
cuticle). When this hair is photographed it looks coarse and bushy, but in
reality, the strands themselves are still smooth.
Fluffing. For bundles that have a tighter wave or curl pattern and have
consistent strand lengths (so that the bundle is full from weft to tip)
the hair is photographed flat and the uniformity of the waves are
fluffed. This takes some of the strands out of the wave and "bushes them
up" so that, again, the bundle appears coarser than it is.
Photographing at side angles. As an example, Mane Depot does this. The
hair is hung and photographed with light hitting it at an angle. The hair
appears "rough" and crinkly, but to Ms. Blue's point, it is very soft
with smooth strands.
"Free" inches. While this is not a coarseness issue, it seems noteworthy
that all the gurus go bananas when the hair companies (particularly
"Russian") give them longer lengths than they ordered. I know that it
can be a pleasant surprise to receive more than you originally
purchased. But sometimes people are ordering (like me) a certain length
because they want to have the bundles make a full install. When I have
ordered 18" lengths and received as much as 4-6" more in length, I no
longer have enough for a full install. If you've waited almost 2 months
for the hair, this is a bummer. Did I just get what they had laying around? Sigh.
Finally, I do believe and understand that the companies with exorbitant
wait times are waiting until they get a bunch of orders so that they can
meet their suppliers' minimum. But researching places like el-milano or
other CVs, their processing time does NOT take all that time (weeks and weeks) to get to
the retailer and the suppliers do have wefted hair already. I have noticed that these AVs ship hair out at least a
week past your 45-day paypal period.
It seems that the new coarse is only an illusion!
Edited by cocopuffs - Apr 03 2013 at 10:21pm