As we all know, there are human hair weaves and synthetic weaves, and you can choose each of them depending on your preference. However, there is some unscrupulous businessman may sell synthetic hair extensions as human hair extensions to naive buyers. And some real and counterfeit extensions can look nice if done by a talented stylist. So before purchasing you should be cautious and take some steps to test the hair’s quality. Today we are going to learn some tips to help you test the hair extension quality.
Good-quality human hair weaves are not going through any chemical processing-no dyeing, perming, or relaxers. They come from the donor’s hair, after being brushed, treated and processed for the use in lace wigs and extensions. You can do a sniff test, choose any strands of the hair to see if any odors. Another quick way to test is to wet the hair bundle and apply a dime-sized amount of neutralizing shampoo and massage into the hair. If it turns pink, it means the hair has been chemically processed.
Real human hair is very silky to the touch, the strands of hair are very fine. But synthetic feels light, you will feel a little heat when you rub it. Good human hair extension should be smooth with thickness. You also may do a test like this, to identify the hair quality, for example, if you buy a Brazilian body wave human hair, you can pick up a few strands of hair, and run your fingers down the hair, then back up. If the hair is cuticle intact, you should feel some resistance. Grab the hair and run your hand down it, then look for the breaking point, where hairs start to split out. If you feel the hair very silky and the strands of hair are very fine, then congrats! You’ve bought a real human hair.
Smelling and smoke
If you don’t mind, you also can do a burning test. Take out a match or lighter and light the ends of the hair. If the virgin hair burns with white smoke and turns to ash, and the smelling is like singed hair, it indicates it is human hair and no synthetic fibers have been added to the bundle. If the hair burns with black smoke and turns into a sticky texture, and the burning smelling is like plastic smell odor, it indicates that synthetic fibers have been added to the hair bundle.
All in all, before you buy a wig or hair extensions, if you are not very skilled at selecting them, you may try those tips, hope those tips can help you prevent you from making some costly mistakes.