Years ago, before I had boots on the ground to source curly hair extensions in India, i blindly ordered bulk hair from an Indian vendor. When the hair arrived, it had the odor of old meat, was filled with nits (lice eggs), and the hair was not 22 inches, it was much shorter.
Today, our curly hair from India is sourced from several temples, where the donors are well compensated. The temples are Trupati, Yadgiri, Gutta, and Simhacalam. The hair is considered raw, and since it comes from one donor, the shades vary from medium brown, dark brown, soft black, and jet black. To achieve lighter shades, I use a gentle bleach, and tone with Redken Shades EQ, or Colorance by Goldwell.
This natural hair is offered in a hair weft, I will often dye the weft with fabric dye such as RIT dye, particularly when I color the hair lighter. This is true virgin hair. In India, Raw virgin hair is carefully washed, no chemicals, and left out in the sun to dry. The sun also helps to promote subtle highlights in the raw hair. The process is natural, and when it is raining, the process is delayed.
There is no chemicals to curl the hair, it has the curl pattern that the donor had. Raw Indian hair is the gold standard in curly hair, but what you see it was you get. It is difficult to find a very tight curl in raw hair, and hair from India. Tight spiral curls are chemically processed by a water wave and are most likely from China. Unfortunately, like a hair perm, the curls loosen rather quickly.
In India, we have the option to purchase "man-made" hair, this term does not need artificial, or synthetic hair. Rather it refers to hair that is dyed or bleached to achieve lighter shades. My preference is to customize the color myself, I can control the bleaching level, color, and toning process, and maintain the integrity of the hair.
Coloring raw virgin Indian hair is an essential extra step, but one that is worthwhile. If you are a client of our salon, we will expertly match the color for you, and if you are interested in purchasing our hair -- we will teach you the best color practice.
In many cases, darker hair clients will color their own hair to match the hair extensions since they may prefer to wear their hair in a darker shade.
I can not tell you how important it is to purchase high-quality curly hair, and hair from Indian temple hair is top-notch. I do have one resource from Brazil, but there are not many women willing to cut their hair.
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Hair Extensions Background
At Noelle Salon, they evaluate your natural hair, and listen to the client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. They use human hair extensions like 100% Remy human hair, or Virgin Hair (unlike Bellami hair). Hair extensions can be used for short hair or 24 inches of a full head of hair, and they have worked with different methods like tape-in extensions, clip-in hair extensions, Keratin and enjoy using the Veila Pull-thru method with the Veila Hair Extensions for ease of hair care. Styling can vary from flat iron, natural curl, or curly hair. Whether you are looking for a change of style or look for a day such as a Clip-in ponytail, having a high-quality ponytail extension can mix it up for you. Your natural hair journey with your hair growth can be enhanced with Hair extensions when protective styling is applied, and regular maintenance is used. You can change your hair in one day - feel free to reach out and explore the possibilities.