The Truth About Human Hair Extensions

The Truth About Human Hair Extensions

The ever-popular question today is where does the hair come from and whether is it ethically sourced? There is no governing body for human hair, therefore, the best we can do is work with factories that are part of "Fair Trade," which only purchase human hair from mass collection sites where men and women are paid a fair value for their hair. Mass collection sites exist worldwide, and working with a large factory helps to ensure the hair is not collected in a nefarious fashion. A large factory relies on dependability and consistent quantities which a collection site can ensure. Still, the industry is wrought with unethical practices. We do our level best to source fair trade hair and products.

Most hair comes from the continent of Asia, from Cambodia to India. Most hair factories are located in China where the collected hair is processed and manufactured into wigs and a variety of hair extensions. Actual Russian hair is pretty much non-existent! In fact, most Russian women wear hair extensions and are unwilling to sell their hair. The closest country to sell Russian hair is Mongolian situated between China and Russia. Actually, Russian hair is often a myth, it is not unusual to walk through a hair factory in China and see boxes being shipped to Russia! The "gaf" is the hair that is then shipped to the United States and European countries.  

There are some hair collection sites in Brazil, and we work with the country's largest hair supplier. Brazil offers all types of wavy, curly, and deep curly hair with the least amount of processing. Brazilian hair strands are stronger than other countries and are not easily destroyed when processed. If you have purchased curly hair from a company that only deals with Asian hair, you will find the curl loosens quickly, this is because they are working with straight hair.

Asian hair is not inferior hair, but it all starts with the collection process. If the hair is virgin (one-donor) hair, then it is collected from one person which creates color consistency and resilience. Indian hair is generally not virgin (one-donor), but the better quality hair is "Remy," meaning the cuticle of the hair is aligned in one direction as it grew from the donor. The strands of Indian hair are fine, whereas Cambodian, Malaysian and Mongolian hair strands are thicker and more durable. 

As a responsible hair extension salon and vendor, we do our due diligence to work with ethically sourced hair from any country. It is important for us to ask our factory where the hair comes from and how it was collected. The factories we work with provide live videos to us and we literally watch the hair being auctioned off. In certain circumstances, we have videos of collection sites where men and women are willing to sell their hair and be paid for it. 

Noelle Salon offers our own exclusive brand of Veila Hair extensions known for the pull-thru technique which has made a fantastic mark in the hair extension industry offering no glue, tape, or sewing.  

For more in-depth knowledge of hair extension methods, textures, fair trade, and origins of hair, click the youtube link below.

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Noelle Spinosa owner of Noelle Salon and Veila Hair Extensions, evaluates your natural hair, and listens to her the client's wishes on styling, color match, and look. She's used 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, and Keratin 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. 


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