Hair variations

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW, VIRGIN, AND PROCESSED HAIR.

Shopping for hair extensions and wigs is a serious selection process! As the hair industry grows, hair lovers are being provided with many new types and textures on a regular basis. This increase in variety can make it even harder to choose the best kind of hair for your desired style.

At Olympia Beauty & Style, we offer 100% Raw and 100% Virgin hair extensions. 

If you read that, and thought “Wait, aren’t raw and virgin hair the same thing?” –WRONG! Keep reading honey, we’ve got you covered. Here are the differences between raw, virgin, and processed hair:

RAW HAIR is pretty self-explanatory in its name. It is raw, unprocessed, 100% authentic human hair. This hair is pure and natural, and will not have undergone ANY chemical, heat or steam processing before you purchase it. Raw hair’s untouched strands can be re-used for years with proper care, but be sure to keep it moisturized as it is typically a bit coarser than virgin hair extensions. Although no two bundles of raw hair are the same, raw hair is typically available in straight, wavy, and curly hair patterns. Unlike virgin hair, raw hair textures may not always provide identical curl and wave patterns because the bundles have not been steamed or manipulated to create a sense of uniformity among the strands.

VIRGIN HAIR is one of the most popular hair types on the market. The term “virgin” when related to hair, is used to refer to hair that has not ever been chemically processed, treated, or dyed. Virgin hair is different from raw hair because, although it is natural, it has been treated with non-chemical remedies such as steaming and rolling. Steaming the hair enhances the desired hair texture which often results in longer lasting curls and waves. Steaming the hair also helps to create a uniform hair pattern, setting them apart from raw hair extensions. With virgin hair, you are more likely to order the same hair type twice without many differences in texture between purchases. 

PROCESSED HAIR has been altered with chemicals and cannot be worn in its natural state. Common chemical processes include perms, relaxers, texturizers, treatments, and dyes. These alterations often decrease the quality and longevity of the hair extensions by making harsh and permanent changes to the strands. Processed hair textures may dry out quickly and require plenty of maintenance as they commonly tangle and shed due to the weakness of the strands. Processed hair can be mistaken for virgin hair if you’re not careful, so be sure to do your research!

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