Alopecia, specifically Traction Alopecia is the slow and steady process of hair loss, which is most often the result of the continual pulling of the hair. Common causes of the gradual hair loss include: frequently sporting tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids; tight cornrows, weaves or braids with or without extensions; over-rolling hair rollers or curlers to the point of painful pulling.
Unfortunately, once the hair has been tightly tugged to frequently, the hair loss itself is extremely hard to reverse. This is typically when women consider ordering extensions or wigs. However, it goes without saying that younger women are reaping the beauty benefits of hair extensions. Regardless of your situation, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed at one point or another when noticing that buying a set of hair extensions isn’t that simple. Virgin and nonvirgin hair, processed and unprocessed hair, remy and non-remy hair, what does all this mean?
Unprocessed or Virgin Hair
The to save you any future confusion, the terms “unprocessed” and “virgin” can be used in place of one another, as they hold the same meaning; for the purpose of this article, we will stick with “unprocessed.” Most typically, the term “unprocessed” applies to hair is that have never been processed, thus, it is unprocessed. For a wig or set of extensions to dawn the unprocessed label, it must meet demanding standards, which, for the most part, remain the same across a variety of companies. Typically, these standards require that the hair has not been permed, colored, bleached, or endured any sort of chemical process. Further, it is a prerequisite for all unprocessed hair products to present the hair with all cuticles intact and all organized in the same direction. In addition, it is standard for a set of unprocessed hair extensions to come from just one donor.
If gentle, regular maintenance and proper care are taken, unprocessed hair can be expected to last around a year. To assure you get the full 365 days out of a wig or set of extensions follow these tips:
- Just as you would your natural tresses, unprocessed hair replacements should be brushed frequently.
- Because chemicals have not tainted the integrity unprocessed hair, it is important that you shampoo and condition the hair on a regular basis.
- Regular hair hygiene happens to be imperative for those of you who you use a substantial amount product. If not washed, the hair product will likely leave product deposits which will ultimately damage the quality of the hair.
- Just as heat tools can damage your hair, they will, at the very least, leave the unprocessed hair feeling less smoother over time; if you can cut down on heat time, you will enjoy its “brand new” look and feel for much longer.
The Unprocessed Benefits
As with all beauty products, there are both advantages and disadvantages that accompany unprocessed hair. By far, the key advantage to unprocessed hair is that, because it has not previously faced chemicals, it much stronger when compared to processed hair, which is more than likely already partially damaged. Additionally, it is much easier to style your unprocessed hair piece with heat tools because there is no keratin treatment or perm defying change. The main disadvantage of unprocessed hair is that specific colors and styles are not readily available.