Hair extensions FAQs
- Where are the best hair extensions from?
- What is Brazilian hair?
- What is Malaysian hair?
- What is Peruvian hair?
- What is Mongolian hair?
- What is Russian hair or Russian Federation hair?
- What is Cambodian hair?
- What is machine-wefted hair?
- What is hand-tied hair?
- What is Yaki hair?
- How do I choose the best authentic virgin hair?
- Why is my authentic virgin hair dull—shouldn’t it be silky and shiny?
- Are all authentic virgin hair extension pieces different?
- How can I check if I’ve purchased authentic virgin hair extensions?
- What is fake virgin hair?
- If fake virgin hair can be dyed and washed, why should I buy authentic virgin hair?
- What is the difference between beauty supply store extensions and fake virgin extensions you can buy online or from other retailers?
- Why are beauty supply store extensions and fake virgin extensions so smooth and silky when I first buy them?
- Why does my hair smell like corn chips?
- Why did my hair begin to melt when I tried to bleach it?
- Why can I buy virgin hair for $50 per bundle from international trade websites?
- What is “raw” versus “low quality” human hair?
- What is the source of low quality human hair?
- Why do tighter steam-permed curls require more maintenance?
- What are the best hair care products for authentic virgin hair?
- Why are there grey hairs in my hair extensions?
- What is a lace closure versus a silk-based closure, and how do I know if I’ve purchased a quality closure?
Hair Maiden India FAQs
- Why can I buy a lace closure for $50 while Hair Maiden India sells lace closures for $150+?
- Why are extensions tapered, and how many pieces do I need for a full sew-in?
- Why can I find virgin hair for $50 whereas Hair Maiden India sells raw hair for more than $150?
- If I purchase multiple pieces of hair from Hair Maiden India, is there a chance I will experience quality issues with all of them?
- How long have you been in business?
- Is the raw hair single or double drawn?
- Does raw hair have the cuticle?
- How are the textures created?
- What is the turn around time on processing & shipping?
- How long will it take to get hair?
- Are the photos given in the videos the stock photos for promotional purposes?
- What are the branding costs?
- What are the total shipping costs?
- How long does the hair last the customer?
- How do you maintain the quality of the hair in such demand?
- Does your company provide a color chart for the different colors your company dyes the hair?
- Which carrier services does your company use?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- Do you have installment payment options?
- How many types of hair does your company offer?
- Are those Excel prices on larger quantities of hair?
- Are there different pricing for different company’s needs?
- What is your company’s exchange/return policy?
- How would I go about obtaining samples of the hair?
Hair extensions FAQs
Hair from India is naturally black or brown with a slight wavy or slightly curly pattern depending on the region it is sourced from. No matter which texture you prefer, make sure the company you work with is selling authentic high quality Indian hair with proper wefting techniques implemented at their factory and by following a few key steps as well as making sure they offer you a replacement if the hair is defective.
95% of the world’s hair extensions products originate in India.
Brazilian hair is very popular, and many companies are selling Brazilian virgin hair. Yet there is no hair-collecting culture in Brazil. Brazilian manufacturers actually importing large quantities of low quality hair from India, process it, and export it as high-grade Brazilian hair. None of the hair actually comes from Brazilian women.
Malaysian hair is either Indian hair or Chinese low quality human hair that has been acid-washed and coated with silicone. This hair does not come from Malaysian women.
Peruvian hair is either Indian or Chinese low quality hair that has been acid-washed, coated with silicone, and labeled Peruvian hair. Peru does not have a hair-collecting culture.
Mongolian hair can only be purchased from China. It’s Indian or Chinese low quality hair that has been acid washed, coated with silicone, and labeled Mongolian hair.
If the Russian hair is a natural color and priced below $100 per 18-inch piece, then the hair is actually Indian low quality hair.
If the Russian hair is a lighter shade, then it’s Indian raw hair that has been bleached or dyed to replicate Caucasian hair.
While there is some virgin hair collected in Russia, the supply is very limited.
Authentic virgin Cambodian hair exists, but it’s very rare and expensive. Cambodian hair is thicker and darker than Indian hair and usually has a slight wave. Like Indian hair, it has split ends. If you pay cheap retail prices, you are not purchasing authentic virgin Cambodian hair.
Machine-wefted hair is commonly known as hair on “tracks,” or a weaving hair. Hair is stitched together with a four-headed or three-headed sewing machine. There are many different methods of sewing.
Hair Maiden India uses the strongest, most shed-resistant method.
Hand-tied hair is a method to bind hair together through hand sewing. The advantage of hand-tied wefts is that they are very thin compared to machine-wefted hair.
Yaki hair mimics relaxed or pressed African-American hair. Manufacturers sometimes use a chemical process to make the coarse texture of yaki hair. This is the cheapest and most damaging way to produce it. A more expensive method is to secure the hair in big perm rods, wrap a textured cloth around it, and steam it. This gives the hair a coarse texture with much less damage. Here at Hair Maiden India, our yaki hair is known as relaxed straight hair, and it is produced through steam perming.
Find a company that sells raw human hair and not low quality virgin hair. If the hair is being marketed as virgin hair but costs less than $100 for 20 inches, it is probably low quality fake virgin hair. If you buy it, you may as well go to the beauty supply store down the street and purchase the same quality hair for $20 a pack. It’s best to go to a store selling authentic raw virgin hair and choose from a range of pieces. You’ll need to match the pieces. The customer service representatives should know where the hair is from, how it is processed, and what maintenance is required to keep it looking great. If you’re buying online, call the company and ask if they can match the pieces for you.
Raw human hair is usually not silky and shiny in its natural state. If there are no heavy conditioners applied, then it’s just virgin human hair, which can get shiny with care and certain products if that is the look desired.
Scary, but yes! Just as all women are unique, no two pieces are identical. Our extensions have natural variations in color and texture. We do our best to match inventory loads, so wholesalers and local clients can have the best matches.
There are a few ways to see if the hair you purchased is virgin:
- There should be split ends. If the hair does not have split ends, this means the hair has been acid-washed and the cuticles have been stripped or it has been cut to match.
- You can feel the cuticles. Hold a strand of hair near the top between your thumb and index finger, and slide your fingers down the entire length of the hair. The hair should feel smooth. If you reverse the motion and slide your fingers up the strand, the hair should have ridges—these are the cuticles. If the hair is smooth both ways, the cuticles were stripped by an acid wash and you’ve purchased fake virgin hair.
- The mustache/beard at the weft is short. The mustache/beard is the hair that has been stitched to the track and reversed so the hair does not shed. In virgin hair, the mustache/beard must be short to avoid tangling. If the mustache or beard is too long, the cuticles will catch on the long flowing hair.
- The hair is not coated with silicone. If the hair has a shiny residue on it, then it is silicone-coated low quality hair. Raw virgin hair doesn’t have this coating.
- The hair does not smell like corn chips. Authentic virgin hair will not contain chemical residue, and it hasn’t been overly processed.
Many international suppliers call their extensions virgin raw human hair. In reality, they’re selling low quality or fake synthetic hair that has been acid-washed and/or blended with synthetic hairs. These extensions contain many short hairs that add bulk near the roots. We call this non remy—it’s cheaper because it’s lower quality. When you buy it, you’re buying the equivalent of a knockoff purse.
Authentic virgin raw hair has not been damaged or over processed, so it lasts longer. When fake virgin hair is acid-washed, the hair is damaged. The acid wash also reduces the thickness of the hair, and it becomes more prone to shedding. The silicone coating only creates the illusion that the hair is healthy.
Virgin raw hair can be washed frequently to remove oils and product buildup without affecting its quality.
Beauty supply stores, websites, and other low-quality retailers essentially sell the same hair. The only difference is how the hair is processed. Beauty supply store extensions are made of low quality hair that has been acid-washed, bleached, dyed, and bathed in silicone. “Fake virgin” hair is low quality hair that has been acid-washed and bathed in silicone, but not bleached or dyed.
Beauty supply store extensions and fake virgin extensions are silky and smooth because of their silicone coating, which reduces tangling at first. This hair will always feel very smooth in the store, and when you touch it there will be a greasy residue left on your fingers. Once the silicone is washed off, the hair will dry out and become a tangled knot.
This is the smell of cheap acid and cheap silicone mixed together.
Bad virgin hair will melt if it contains synthetic hair fillers, which are cheaper than human hair. Synthetic fillers will melt when heat is applied.
These websites are selling fake virgin hair that is actually Indian low quality hair. Because there are no regulations, Chinese manufacturers can market their hair with false labels. Their extensions are cheap because: 1) they are using the cheapest hair possible, 2) they are using the lowest quality chemicals, 3) they blend synthetic fibers into the hair, 4) they put many short hairs into each piece, and 5) each bundle has less hair. If you receive poor-quality hair, these companies won’t offer a replacement.
- Raw human hair is natural. When you examine raw hair through a microscope, you’ll see that the cuticles look like little scales. When all the scales flow in the same direction from the roots to the ends, the hair won’t tangle easily. At Hair Maiden India, we pride ourselves on using only raw hair.
- Low quality human hair tangles easily because the cuticles are flowing in opposite directions. Unfortunately, 98% percent of all extensions are made from low quality hair.
- The vast majority of low quality hair and all hair for that matter is sourced from India.
- Most women in India have very long hair. When they brush it, strands get caught in their brushes. Some women collect their fallen hair and sell it to local collectors, who then sell it to manufacturers. Every strand is used—including grey hairs, dyed hairs, and hairs with lice, dirt, and oil. The Chinese hair companies come to Indian factories and buy waste hair for pennies on the dollar.
When human hair is steam-permed into tighter textures, it is being forced to hold a curl. You should treat it with care to maintain the texture. In humid regions, the hair will expand with moisture and will require more upkeep.
Use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Moisturize with argan oil. Steer clear of heavy oils. If you use them, make sure you wash them out. Check out our Hair Care & Maintenance page for more tips.
Many of the Indian women who shave their heads have grey hairs. Hair that is mostly grey will be rejected during processing. However, hair with a few grey strands will be made into colored extensions. Since all the hairs collected from individual women are mixed together, hair is not separated by color. If the hair is acid-washed and silicone-coated but not dyed, the grey hairs will remain prominent.
A lace closure is simply a layer of lace that has hair attached to it. High-quality lace closures have these qualities:
- They are made from Swiss lace, which has a very thin mesh. The thicker the mesh, the cheaper the lace.
- They have baby hairs at the front to mimic a natural hairline.
- They have bleached knots to make sure the hair underneath is not visible.
- The size of the base is important. Smaller lace closures are cheaper and cover less area. Better closures measure at least 5 inches by 7 inches.
- The edges are reinforced to minimize tearing. Many cheap closures will tear at the edges.
Silk-based closures have three layers. The first layer is silk, the second layer is lace, and the third is silk. They provide a completely natural part. High-quality silk closures have these qualities:
- No hair will be seen from the bottom since the knots will be located between the silk and the layer of lace.
- Again, a high-quality silk-based closure will use Swiss lace, not Chinese lace.
- The silk should be very thin and not heavy. The size of the closure matters. Hair Maiden India’s closure measures 4” x 4” however there are other sizes available.
For both lace and silk-based closures, the quality of the hair is important. Always choose Indian temple hair. The density of the hair makes a difference too. Most companies make closures with less than 100% density to reduce the amount of hair used. Hair Maiden India makes closures with 130% density. We do this to allow for more hair in each extension. You can reduce the thickness after you purchase the extension, rather than not having enough hair at the outset.
Hair Maiden India FAQs
Hair Maiden India sells a high-quality lace closure. Cheap closures are typically made with:
- Low quality hair
- Chinese lace
- No baby hairs
- No bleached knots
- A size of 3”x3”
- 95% density or less
Long hair is never all the same length. At Hair Maiden India, we receive our hair in ponytails. After washing the hair, we remove any hair shorter than 8 inches before creating our extensions. This gives the finished pieces a natural taper. If you purchase 18-inch hair, you’ll typically need two pieces for a full sew-in. You’ll need more than two pieces if your extensions are over 22 inches long.
Other manufacturers create fake virgin hair with low quality hair. They blend different hair lengths together to mimic the tapered shape of natural hair. They use many short hairs, and all the thickness is concentrated at the top. These fake virgin extensions are very thin at the ends and require 4-6 pieces for a full sew-in.
At Hair Maiden India, we offer the highest quality raw hair from India and Southeast Asia. Our hair has intact cuticles. It hasn’t been washed in acid or coated with silicone. Other vendors selling extensions for $50 per piece are selling low quality hair. It will dry out after 4-8 washes and become increasingly tangled and matted over time.
It’s extremely unlikely. If you consider how temple hair is produced, then you’ll understand why you won’t end up purchasing two or more defective pieces. During the wefting process, any hair that falls to the ground can’t be picked up since it may be inverted and flow in the opposite direction as the other hairs. Workers have been trained to avoid the mistake of adding an inverted hair back into the weft, but it happens on rare occasions. If the inverted hair passes through Hair Maiden India’s quality assurance processes in India and the US, it will cause tangling once it’s installed—but only in a small section of the extension. Some clients mistakenly assume that all of their extensions are becoming tangled. However, experiencing issues with Hair Maiden India hair is very uncommon.
All raw hair is cuticle healthy
With steam, no chemicals
You may use the photos
Depends which type of brand campaign you’d want and how much detail
Roughly $7-9 for less than 4 bundles and $14-17 for less than 15 bundles
Easily 1-2 years depending on maintenance and usage
By flying back and forth to my factory and temple connections multiple times each year
Yes, please message us at 323-449-9196 for the color ring
USPS, FedEx, UPS, & DHL
All payment methods are accepted.
Yes, we accept payments through Sezzle that allow you to pay in installments.
South and North Indian hair (premium and “regular”)
The Excel prices are the 10, 4, 1 kilogram rates
We do have other pricing depending on your needs which would be discussed via a phone call
We can accept that hair may not be to someone’s liking; for unopened items, we deal direct with clients that have an issue to provide exchanges or returns. You may refer to our Returns & Exchange Policy for more details.