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Virgin hair indicates that the hair hasn't been colored or processed in any way. Virgin hair is hair that is completely natural and unprocessed without chemicals (relaxers, perms, or coloring dyes). The "virgin hair" is collected by tying off the hair to maintain the direction of the cuticle and then cut. After the hair is cut and collected it can be sewn on a weft. As the cuticles are aligned and in the same direction, this prevents tangling and matting. There is no damage to the cuticles or the true structure of the hair because the hair is completely natural. The hair has a natural look without dullness because the cuticles are intact and protect the hair.
Virgin Remy is the highest quality hair and thus can last for up to 2 years with proper care and installation. When buying hair extensions, you want to install the highest quality hair in order to last you as long as possible. Most hair found in the beauty supply stores is not Virgin hair. This hair has been enhanced with over processing to look pretty in the package; but after installation, it lasts only a couple of months. The reason why it lasts a short amount of time is because processing the hair with chemicals greatly reduces the longevity of the hair. Processing strips the cuticle from the hair and causes permanent damage. Our Virgin Brazilian Remy hair is not treated with any chemicals or processing, making it true Virgin Brazilian Remy hair. Virgin Brazilian Remy Hair is a good investment because virgin hair will last you up to 2 years versus processed hair that will last you a couple of months, saving you money in the long run.
Prices can be a huge indicator. If the hair is cheap (less than $100 per bundle) that is an indicator that it is not virgin hair. Virgin Brazilian hair is rare and difficult to source; it is collected from women across various villages in Brazil who have grown their hair for years, in order to sell. It is costly for companies to supply high quality virgin hair and the price of the hair is reflective of that cost. That doesn’t mean you can’t find bargains on virgin hair, however, just note that if the hair was a high quality product, the seller would be asking for a price that is relative to the quality. On the contrary, it doesn’t costs thousands to buy good virgin hair. Note: “You get what you pay for.”
Curl Patterns: Virgin hair does not have a very defined curl pattern when it arrives to your home. If hair has a very uniform curl pattern, this is an indicator that the hair has been chemically or steam treated for a curl pattern. If the hair has a very defined curl pattern, it is not virgin hair. Virgin hair comes in a raw natural pattern and the curl pattern is not very defined.
Virgin hair should always wave/curl up when wet, even straight hair should have some sort of wave. Virgin hair, irrespective of the original texture, can be curled, waved or straightened and once wet the hair should revert back to its original texture. Also deep curls, waves or bone straight hair does not stay in that state for more than a couple of days without the need to re-curl or re-straighten.
Virgin hair comes in the natural color of the donor and is completely untreated nor colored. As virgin hair is cut directly from donors' heads, there will be very slight color variations between bundles. The slight color variations between bundles is one of the key indicators of virgin hair. There may also be some grey strands in the hair if the donor had a few grey strands. Brazilian virgin hair mostly comes in Off Black, Dark Brown and Light Brown colors. In some bundles, the ends of hair may have a slightly lighter shade due to the effects of the sun.
Virgin hair can be colored/dyed any color. Test: Once hair is received, place the hair in hot water; the color of the water should not change colors, indicating that there is no bleeding of dyes on the hair.
As virgin hair is collected from separate individuals, each bundle will slightly vary in weight; no two people have the exact weight in hair. On average a virgin hair bundle weights between 3.3-4 ounces. Compared to processed hair, virgin hair will be lighter and appear less thick. However weight can be deceiving, processed hair is heavier because it is mixed with synthetic, animal and various human hairs (unlike virgin hair which is 100% human from one person). Thus as the hairs in processed hair are collected from various places, chemicals are applied to process the hair strands in order to make them all appear the same. Chemicals weights the hair down, making the hair heavier due to the chemicals, not necessarily because there is more hair or the hair is thicker.
Virgin hair has been cut off from another person’s head and no chemicals have been applied. Smell is generally a great indicator to tell if hair has been treated with chemicals. Virgin hair smells just like your own natural hair, washed with shampoo and conditioner. But it shouldn’t smell like hair typically bought at beauty supply stores nor should you smell any harsh chemicals. Virgin hair should not have a “weird smell”.
As with your own hair, virgin hair has a natural taper at the ends and may have split ends. It is neither trimmed. On the contrary processed hair is 100% thick and is perfectly even at the ends, this is an indicator that is has been altered and treated.
As all the cuticles are intact and aligned in virgin remy hair, virgin hair is not likely to tangle, but it can without proper care. The reality of life is hair does tangle. Your own natural hair tangles! However, virgin hair does not tangle excessively like processed hair. As with your own natural hair, virgin hair will tangle if: you do not comb hair frequently and sleep on wet hair, which causes matting as well. On the other hand, processed hair tangles because as time goes on, the chemicals that were applied to keep the various synthetic, animal and human hair strands uniform wear off and thus tangle as the various hairs are no longer the same.
All hair sheds, even your own natural hair sheds. However, shedding should not be excessive. It should only be a few strands after a comb through. Comb hair extensions from the tips to the roots with a wide tooth comb, this will reduce shedding as well.
Virgin hair has a natural shine (low luster) and requires hair products to preserve natural shine and/ to become more shiny. If hair is very shiny or glossy and stays very shiny without the use of hair products, this is an indicator hair is processed with chemicals to increase the shine. As with your own natural hair, virgin hair requires hair products to increase shine, without hair products your hair will become dull.
Virgin hair has a natural bounce and motion. It shouldn't be stiff and should move in the wind, if it does not, this is an indicator that it is processed. Fly Away Test: All strands of virgin hair should “fly away” in the wind. On the contrary, the chemicals in processed hair weights hair down, making it stiff and unable to move in the wind, giving it a “plastic” appearance.
As with your own natural hair, virgin hair can get frizzy in humid environments. If hair becomes frizzy in certain environments, this is an indicator of virgin hair. On the contrary, processed hair has a chemical coating, which makes the hair unchangeable.
Remy is when all of the hair is human and when 'close to' all of the strands (e.g. in one weft) are organized with the roots in one direction and the tip to the opposite end. Remy hair lasts much longer than non-Remy and tends to stay shiny and "tangle free" longer. This is based on the fact that every strand of hair is biologically keratinized skin cells organized in layers overlapping one another. However, the word "Remy" is being abused in the market, and generally accompanies processed packaged hair.
Remy Hair is considered to be the finest quality of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and not stripped, like in most other non-Remy hair extensions. Preserving the hairs’ cuticles and aligning them in one direction creates extensions that are completely natural in appearance. This process ensures that the hair remains super soft, shiny, silky and tangle-free throughout its lifetime.
Virgin Remy Hair is the highest grade of real, human hair that is a preferred choice for hair extensions because it achieves the most natural look. Virgin Remy is also called “cuticle” hair. When hair is harvested from a donor, the cuticle remains intact. The cuticle protects the hair from damage. Virgin Remy is not chemically processed for color or texture. This means the hair has not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached or chemically processed in any way. Virgin Remy is very soft and 100% natural. The color of virgin hair is called natural because it is not processed for color. The natural hair color for virgin Brazilian, hair ranges from natural black (1b) to dark brown (2) in color.
The texture of virgin hair is generally straight, wavy or curly in texture. However any hair that has been chemically processed for texture, for example yaki, body wave or curls is no longer virgin. Sometimes, virgin hair texture may be altered to make curls and waves using a high pressure and heat method. The hair is still considered as virgin because no chemical processing is used. If Remy hair has been altered in color, it is chemically processed and no longer considered virgin.
Virgin Remy hair last longer and is much less likely to tangle than non-virgin Remy hair. In general, all virgin hair is Remy, but not all Remy hair is virgin.
The Satin Collection Virgin Brazilian Hair is imported from various regions of Brazil. Genetically, Brazil’s population is very diverse consisting of European, African, Amerindian, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish ancestry.
Only virgin, unprocessed, cuticle intact hair is collected, each original cut ponytail is from one person and kept in correct cuticle alignment from top to bottom. Genuine Brazilian Remy hair is always cut directly from one donor. The hair is grown from one person, pulled back in a ponytail and then it is cut. The ponytail is from one person and is not mixed with any other person’s hair.
Genuine Virgin Brazilian Remy originating from Brazil comes in Natural shades ranging from off black (1b) to dark brown (2) which are the most common shades. The hair is typically warm which means there are no ash tones. Because the hair is virgin, it can be Level 1 to Level 2 at the point of cutting and gradually become lighter as the length progresses. As hair grows and is exposed to the sun, UV penetration causes hair strands to lighten. In some original cut ponytails this can clearly be seen as the underside of the ponytail will be darker. As the hair is virgin, it can have several color variations continuing through the entire length of hair.
Due to its virginity, it can be lifted, bleached, dyed, colored with semi or permanent color, henna etc. However, as this is natural hair, it can damage just as easily as your own hair once chemicals are applied, so proceed at your own risk or choose your hair professional wisely.
We do not list this virgin hair using the standardized Single/Double Drawn. As the hair is virgin and each bundle is cut from one individual donor, it will have a natural taper at the end, creating a “single drawn” effect. It’s rare to source naturally occurring “double drawn” hair as most women, do not have all hair strands the same length. We do not mix bundles of hair to create “double drawn” hair as this would make the hair not virgin. However, some bundles may naturally have a “double drawn” effect.
Brazilian hair has varying textures, strand diameters, softness, luster and movement. Because of the varying ethnicity in Brazil, we receive ponytails that range from silky straight to straight with a bit of a wave, very wavy to body wave, tight curly to loose curly.
Each bundle is approximately 4 ounces.
In general for a full head sew-in you will require a minimum of 2 bundles. For longer, fuller or layered looks you will require 3-5 bundles.
Use quality products free of alcohol and other harmful substances to shampoo and condition this hair - in order to maintain its healthy state. We recommend using natural and organic products. Make sure to shampoo and condition your hair at least once a week. If multiple washes are required during the week due to leading an active lifestyle or using excessive products, substitute conditioner for shampoo during your extra washes.
Distribute a generous amount of shampoo to hair and scalp, massage scalp with finger tips. Gently shampoo hair in a downward motion, working from top to bottom. Thoroughly rinse hair and scalp afterwards, still massaging scalp with your finger tips. Carefully wash with lukewarm water. Water that is too hot will cause hair to dry.
After shampooing and thoroughly rinsing hair, apply a generous amount of conditioner to the hair. Gently comb hair with a wide tooth comb, to ensure even coverage. Rinse conditioner from your hair with lukewarm water. Conditioning the hair is critical to ensuring beautifully long lasting hair.
While hair is still damp, evenly distribute a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture to maintain healthy hair. Using a leave-in conditioner every two weeks to a month is suitable for hair extensions. Air dry or gently towel dry. If blow drying, blow dry under low heat.
Brushing & Combing
Keep your extensions tangle free by combing out knots and tangles properly. Brush or comb gently by holding hair like a ponytail to avoid any excess tension. Always comb or brush hair from the bottom up, use small sections at a time. Use a loop brush or a wide tooth comb to gently brush or comb through your hair. Following these steps will eliminate any tangles. The more dutifully you take care of your extensions the longer they will last. It is essential to learn more about texture specific hair care methods to maintain the natural beauty.
Heat Styling Tools
Heat damages the hair and shortens the life span of your hair. Use heat in moderation. Do not use high temperatures. High temperatures can damage the hair, including permanently altering the hair texture.
Chemical treatments and processing damages the hair. If you perm or color the hair, do so at your own risk. If you must chemically alter the hair, then test a strand first. This will allow you to test how the hair will hold up to the chemicals.