What are the Different Types of Hair Extensions?


What are the types of tape in hair extensions?

  • Real Human Tape in Hair Extensions:  Real Human Tape in Hair Extensions are created from a pure blend of human hair and is not mixed with animal or synthetic hair.  This hair is categorized as being "real" which is intended to inform the buyer that it does not contain any synthetic hairs.  However. 
  • Remy Tape in Hair Extensions:  Considered to be the highest quality hair tape in hair extensions.  Remy hair is collected with all of the cuticle intact and flowing in the same direction from root to tip.  Remy Tape in Hair Extensions are also made of real human hair.
  • Non-Remy Hair:  Non-Remy Hair is collected from multiple donors.  When the hair is collected, it is mixed up in direction and the cuticle is misaligned.  This hair is generally less supple and tends to tangle.  Non-Remy hair less expensive then remy hair.  One way manufacturers add softness and shine to non-remy hair is by applying a coating to the hair which will minimize the possibility of tangling until the coating wears off.
  • Cuticle Intact Tape in Hair Extensions:  The term "cuticle intact" generally refers to back to the same terminology and description of remy hair.  It is the seller's intent to raise awareness to the consumer that this hair has not been processed to remove the cuticle.  With the cuticle intact, you are able to color the hair extensions in the same manner as your would hair that grows from your scalp.
  • Cuticle Removed Tape in Hair Extensions:  Tape in Hair extensions where the cuticle has been removed and then processed for smoothness and shine.  This can also be a term used for non-remy hair, wherein at the time of collection, care is not taken to ensure the cuticle is aligned, but instead, a chemical is washed throughout the hair to remove the cuticle completely.  Therefore it no longer matters what way the cuticle lays since it no longer exists. 
  • 100% Human Hair Tape in Hair Extensions:  Tape in hair extensions crafted from all human hair and does not contact synthetic or animal hair.  These can be made from any quality of hair, as their only claim is that it is human.
  • Virgin Hair Tape in Hair Extensions:  Tape in hair extensions that have never been processed in any manner, and generally refers to a single donor and is inclusive of virgin human hair and is not mixed with animal hair.  These kinds of extensions are virtually impossible to find unless handmade specifically from one person's head for another single person.  The reason is that, if a company offers  "virgin" color hair (like light golden blonde) but they have 2,000 in stock.  You can rest assured there are not 2,000 women all with the same color and length of hair willing to cut it off for your tape in hair extensions.  Virgin hair extensions are no longer virgin once they have been colored. 
  • Brazilian Tape in Hair Extensions: Form of tape in hair extension using hair collected from Brazilian Donors.  This can be processed, unprocessed, mixed with animal or synthetic, Remy or Non-Remy.  Unfortunately, there is no official way, other then laboratory testing to find out if this is true or not.  Many women find the term leading back to "Brazilian" appealing because they may also be Brazilian in heritage and think that the texture may blend in better with their of natural hair.
  • Indian Tape in Hair Extensions: Form of tape in hair extensions using hair collected from Indian donors.  There is no official way, other then laboratory testing to find out if this is true or not.  Many women find the term leading back to "Indian" appealing because they may also have Indian heritage and believe that the texture may blend in better with their of natural hair. This can be processed, unprocessed, mixed with animal or synthetic, Remy or Non-Remy
  • Natural Hair Tape in Hair Extensions:  Tape in hair extensions that are crafted from natural human hair and is not intermixed with animal or synthetic hair.  The term Natural Hair Tape in Hair Extensions does not correlate with length or whether the hair has been processed.
  • Synthetic Hair Tape in Hair Extensions:  Form of tape in hair extensions that are manufactured to look and feel like human hair but is made from silicones and other plastics.  Synthetic hair cannot be heat styled but can be washed and hung to dry.  Many synthetic hair extensions hold their color indefinitely because the plastic and silicone material itself has been pre-colored before being manufactured.  Synthetic hair extensions do not blend well with the look of natural hair, but they are relatively inexpensive and long-lasting.

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