Hair Extensions

History shows Egyptians wearing wigs

Virgin Bundles: Get Longer Hair Without the Wait

History shows Egyptians wearing wigs, but wealthy Egyptians had human hair sewn into their own. Women wore elaborate hairstyles during the Victorian, Edwardian and the Gilded ages. However, these styles would have been impossible without hairpieces, added to create the illusion of length. Centuries later, hair is still a symbol of health, youthful fertility and wealth, and remains one of the features that attracts men. Modern women are less dependent on physical attraction, but changing hairstyles can mean waiting years for natural hair to grow from a pixie cut or bob to long and flowing. Hairstylists still use ancient hair weaving techniques and the hairpieces to accomplish demanding hairstyles are now called hair extensions.

Wigs give their wearers immediate gratification, but wig caps can be drying, inexpensive synthetic wigs can look unnatural, and human hair wigs can be too expensive. Add the wear and tear of having a wig's cap rubbing against the hair and length gained through patience can be lost to breakage. When modern women consider temporary length, hair extensions are often the answer. However, choosing high quality, human hair extensions means understanding human hair itself. Each strand of hair is made three layers of a protein called Keratin. The medulla is the innermost layer or the core of a strand. The cortex is the next layer where the protein is organized into rod-like structures. The cuticle is the outermost layer and made up of cells arrange as slightly overlapping, shingle-like plates. When hair has not been chemically altered the cuticle lies flat along each strand's cortex. This hair, called virgin hair. Is in the best condition of its lifetime.

Chemical processes like permanent dyes, permanent waves and relaxers lift the cuticle. Once this happens, it never returns to its virgin condition. Cuticle hair, also called, remy hair, is gathered from donors who have never used chemical processes to alter their hair's structure. To ensure consistency, each hair tangle-free bundle is collected from a single donor, then sorted so that all cuticles flow in the same direction. Having each strand arranged like natural hair eases styling and makes uniform dying possible. Cuticles flowing in opposite directions will lead to frizzing and may cause extension hair to break during grooming. Hair extensions can ease the impatience that can develop while waiting for hair to grow. Virgin hair is combed, straightened and curled as if it had grown from the owner's scalp. With proper care, extensions remain tangle resistant and can last for a year or longer and may be a perfect solution for people wishing to enhance their appearance with longer hair.