Long hair has been traditionally considered as a symbol of feminine beauty. Therefore, women of every country, culture and civilization wishes for a long mane of healthy and lustrous hair that they can leave open in all its glory or style according to individual preferences.
However, unfortunately long healthy hair is a boon not every woman is born with. Heredity, as many hair specialists has shown may not be the only factor behind stunted hair growth. Exposure to pollution, and low quality shampoos with harmful chemicals or water with high iron content, poor diet, undue stress, lack of sleep and proper nutrition lack be deciding factors leading to thin, lackluster hair. Hair extensions are a great way to have that long and voluminous hair
you have always wanted. Generally they are available in two forms viz - synthetic hair or artificial hair and Remy or hair extensions made with authentic human hair which is procured from regions like Eastern Europe, China and Hindu temples where many worshipers offer their hair as a sign of devotion. Both types of hair extensions have their pros and cons.
Remy hair is human hair, which has been cut from its donor and preserved in its original form and alignment. Hair follicles are maintained the same direction when collected and being molded into a wig or hairpiece. With cuticles all running in the same direction, tangling is greatly reduced and hair looks and feels silkier. It can be washed, heated, straightened curled and dyed just like normal hair. Moreover, since it is constituted of genuine hair it exudes a natural look. Remy hair is so flexible that it can be this hair can be styled with a blow-dryer, curling iron, hot roller or ceramic straightener, and styling products can be applied- just like your own hair. Unlike synthetic hair it can be lengthened or volumized according to your wishes as unlike their clip-on counterparts they are attached using precision-engineered micro bonds, which are almost invisible to the naked eye. This results in a firm attachment without application of glue (which is often damaging to your hair) as well as layering the hair to give it an unmatched volume. After being washed, the hair looks more natural and free flowing than ever.
There are however two major cons to Remy hair. One - Remy hair can be considerably expensive. According to the prevalent market rates, a single weft of human hair can cost anything from 25 dollars to 200 dollars, depending on the quality of the hair. They require proper and meticulous daily care and maintenance to last more than a span of 4 months.
The other popular option is synthetic hair. They are the first preferences for many women as they are relatively low priced and easy to maintain. Four to six ‘’jumbo braids’’ which are the staple form in which they are sold, are available for just 20 dollars! First time hair extension users therefore often opt for synthetic hair extensions. These are constituted of plastic fibers, which are consecutively created in straight or curly waves.
The main complaint of women using synthetic hair extensions is that they do not look natural and are not at all flexible. As it is made from plant fibers it is not very adaptable to change. This means that unlike Remy hair, it cannot be colored straightened, or curled , as excessive heat can cause the hair to burn or break away. What is left is a mop of fake looking hair with zero styling potential.