Human hair is a lucrative business in India. Companies export long hair to the West where it is used for wigs and hair extensions, whilst the shorter hair is mainly sold to Chinese firms who extract amino acids from it. At the Venkateshwara Temple in south India more than 75 tones of hair are sold annually, raising nearly £4 million for the temple's charities.
Indian remy hair is the most desirable virgin hair because of the way it has been cared for and protected. In many cultures young woman shampoo, condition and keep their hair covered and protected from elements. They keep it out of the way as they go about their daily life.
SOURCE OF OUR HAIR:
Our Hair is collected from Indian Temples, where women tonsure their hair as an offering to God. It’s a very ancient tradition, where Indian women are willing to sacrifice their beauty by cutting their hair, which is her most precious personal belonging. According to custom, at marriage the hair is cut at the nape so that the hair cuticles are perfectly aligned in the same direction, from the roots to the ends, therefore preventing tangling and frizzing and then given to the new husband. This is called remy hair, cuticle correct hair. The husband then takes the hair to the temple, a prayer is given that his family will have a long life filled with prosperity, and that his wife will be a good working helpmate and provide him many sons. The temple then sells the hair. This funds the many need to the community.
It is rare for Indian women to visit hair salons for chemical treatments – thereby preserving a natural quality and texture. The basic structure of Indian hair is very similar to that of Caucasian hair, especially the texture, because of genetic origin.
Remy Hair is categorized in the ’premium segment’, as far as hair quality is concerned. Remy hair is the only hair that gives unbeatable movement and body and can be heat-styled at high temperatures and also has a natural feel unlike the other hair.
European hair is too fine and generally it is the hair has been chemically treated at some point during its lifetime so the hair is not virgin hair. Chinese hair is not compatible with Caucasian hair as it has different cross-sectional shape. Chinese hair has a round cross-section as opposed to Caucasian hair which has an oval cross-sectional shape. This means that Chinese hair is too rigid to be compatible with Caucasian hair.Synthetic fiber extension hair is a man-made fiber that has been specifically designed as the hair to use to create hair extension hair styles. It is an acrylic fiber that is heat sensitive. The use of heated electrical hairdressing tools will damage the fiber. All electrical hairdressing styling tools must be used on a medium heat setting when blow drying, setting or styling. This ‘hair’ should be avoided at all cost.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REMY – AND NON-REMY HAIR:
International Hair Extensions’ bonds are made from keratin and NOT glue. Our bonds are made of keratin which is a natural material–which bears high temperature, i.e. sunlight, the influence of chemicals such as colouring or waving. With correct application of keratin bonds shedding is virtually eliminated. Unlike keratin, other polymers (glue) do not behave like human hair and environmental elements deteriorate the bond. This means that the bond will soon deteriorate and hair will start to fall out.
When wet, hair expands and when dry it contracts back to its natural state. Since your hair is made of keratin, our bonds will expand, contract and behave in the same, natural way as your hair does, ensuring a gentle yet strong hold without damaging your hair in the least.
OUR PRE BONDED HAIR
WORK SMART, NOT HARD!
Our Pre-Tipped Hair Extensions are perfect for creating length, adding volume and extra color and dimension.
Our Pre-bonded (or) Pre- tipped fusion hair is available in: I- Tip & flat bonds.
The strands are packaged in individual pieces or 25 pre-bonded extensions.
Keratin / Pre-bonded hair extensions are easy to apply since the keratin is already in place. At the end of the hair is a protein tip shaped in a flat like tip. You melt the keratin with the fusion tool. Save time by not having to do any cutting or weft removing. Shedding is almost eliminated. Keratin section is much smaller and lays flatter. Less keratin means less breakage and tension. Hair can be reused with the use of the micro ring system using the stick/shoe lace bonds by opening the micro rings and shifting them up every 4 to 6 weeks.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE HUMAN HAIR FOLLICLE
Should the need arise to color the hair extensions they should only be professionally darkened and not lightened. When the virgin hair arrives at our factory it undergoes a delicate process of de-pigmentation lasting 15 ‑ 20 days. The dark pigments are slowly lifted from inside the hair and not simply from the outside as happens with ammonium derivatives (bleaching) which damage the cuticle.
Traditional systems of de-pigmentation the colour pigments are broken down but they continue taking up space inside the hair. The bleaching agent also damages the hair, leaving it opaque and fragile.
Basically, our hairs’ colour molecules are actually removed … our hair in not bleached!
In order to obtain excellent quality without variations as well as a vast range of colors, the hair is subjected to a special process of pigmentation. Because of our delicate process of de-pigmentation (where the colour molecules are actually removed) the new colour pigment has a clean, empty space to occupy. This ensures that the colour molecule sits firmly in place and that the colour will not fade.In traditional dyeing the colour molecules remain on the surface. This means that after several washes the color will fade.