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Where does all the hair for hair extensions really come from?
This page is intended to provide answers and facts to the often misleading information publicized about the sources of hair.
It is designed to help you ask the right questions about your new hair extensions......so that you are knowledgeable about the hair extension decision you make.

To ensure the highest quality and long lasting new hairstyle, the hair used in your new extensions must have certain essential properties. These properties may be summarized under four headings:

1. Hair Cuticle must be present

Mother Nature provided hair with a scaly coating known as the "cuticle". The cuticle acts as a natural protection and is responsible for the shine and resilience of your hair, locking in essential moisture and protecting the hair against the harsh elements (wind, sun, pollution, etc.) to which it is exposed. Hair without cuticle would rapidly dry out, become brittle and break, and appear lifeless and dull. (For reasons which are explained later, cuticles are removed from an available source of inferior quality hair.)

2. Cuticle scales must face the same direction

In your own natural growth, the individual cuticle scales are naturally aligned in the same direction. Hairs next to each other are easy to comb because of this. But what would happen if the cuticle scales where not all facing the same direction? Imagine a Velcro fastening. The reason the fastening grips so well is because the burrs which interlock with each other are all aligned in different directions. This is clearly the opposite of what is required for hair extensions because, in this case, interlocking would soon lead to completely matted and tangled hair.

3. No mixed cuticle and non-cuticle hair

When combed wet, natural hair with cuticle will stretch by approximately 10%. Hair in which the cuticle has been removed (later explained) is much more elastic. Because of their different stretch, mixing these two qualities together can produce disastrous results, especially in the case where the cuticle has not been fully removed from the inferior quality hair and may be facing in the opposite direction to that of your natural hair.

4. Hair diameter must not be thin

The hair of typical European women has an oval cross-section and is relatively thin; it is normally between 0.06mm and 0.09mm thick. The hair used for hair extensions must have the same characteristic in order to provide easy maintenance and a lasting natural appearance and feel.

Country of Origin
There are three types of hair that are typically used in hair extension products. Click the links to get additional hair information from each region.

  • European - European hair varies immensely in type, texture and color. The hair type ranges between straight, kinky, wavy and curly and the texture might be anything from fine to coarse. It tends to be of medium strength and usually accepts chemical processes. The color can vary from blonde to red through to dark brown, but is very rarely black. There is less melanin in European hair so it is not so well protected against strong sunlight.

  • Chinese - Asian and Oriental hair types are usually straight and the texture is thick. The hair is usually very strong and has a tendency to resist chemical processes. The color is dark brown or black, and occasionally the black tends to have a bluish tone to it.

  • Indian - Indian hair is similar to that of Caucasian/European hair in it's basic structure. The color is usually black or dark brown.

All Great Lengths hair originates from India. Because of its same genetic origin the basic structure of Indian hair is similar to that of European hair. Indian women traditionally cut off their long plait of hair either at their wedding -as a symbol of starting their new life- or if they want to ask a special favor or offer thanks to a deity at a religious temple. This collection method allows numerous benefits:

  • The cuticle layer of the hair is perfectly healthy and intact since Indian hair is of exceptional quality and Indian woman rarely visit hair salons for chemical treatments of any kind.

  • Weaving the hair into a plait ensures that all the hair is aligned in one direction which minimizes tangling.

  • The hair is homogeneous in color and thickness.


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