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How To Detect Low Quality Hair Extensions

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

When the owner of Yummy Candi Collection started this business she was still learning the hair industry. Every day there were new findings that were good and bad about this industry. She started a Youtube channel reviewing different hair extensions and took a deep dive in to the different levels of hair qualities.

Detecting low-quality hair extensions can be important to ensure that you get the best value for your money and avoid potential hair damage or dissatisfaction with your

purchase. Here are some tips to help you identify low-quality hair extensions:

1. Price: Low-quality hair extensions are often priced significantly lower than high-quality ones. Be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true, as they may be made from synthetic or low-grade human hair.

2. Texture and Appearance:

- Synthetic vs. Human Hair: Synthetic extensions typically have a shinier, less natural appearance than human hair extensions. Real human hair extensions should have a more natural texture and luster.

- Inconsistent Texture: Look for hair extensions with a consistent texture from top to bottom. Low-quality extensions may have irregularities, such as frizz, uneven thickness, or different textures within the same bundle.

- Uneven Color: High-quality hair extensions are usually dyed evenly and match the color you ordered. Low-quality extensions may have uneven or unnatural coloring.

3. Shedding: Gently run your fingers through the hair extensions. If you notice a significant amount of hair shedding or strands falling out easily, it's a sign of poor quality.

4. Tangling: Quality hair extensions should not tangle excessively. Run your fingers through the hair and see if it gets tangled easily. Low-quality extensions may become tangled and matted quickly.

5. Heat Resistance: If you plan to style your extensions with heat tools, ensure they can withstand heat without damage. Low-quality synthetic extensions may melt or become damaged when exposed to high temperatures.

6. Testing the Burn Test (for human hair):

- Take a small strand of the hair extensions.

- Use a lighter or match to burn the hair.

- If it burns and turns to ash, it's likely human hair.

- If it melts and produces a plastic-like smell, it's synthetic.

7. Weft Construction: Inspect the weft (the part that attaches to your hair) for quality construction. A well-made weft will be sturdy and have minimal shedding. Low-quality extensions may have a poorly stitched or glued weft.

8. Brand and Seller Reputation: Research the brand and seller of the hair extensions. High-quality extensions are often sold by reputable brands or retailers with positive customer reviews.

9. Packaging: Pay attention to the packaging. High-quality extensions are typically packaged neatly and professionally, with care instructions included.

10. Return Policy: Ensure that the seller offers a reasonable return policy. This way, you can return the extensions if you're not satisfied with their quality.

It's essential to do thorough research and buy from reputable sources to avoid purchasing low-quality hair extensions. Investing in high-quality extensions may cost more upfront but can save you money and frustration in the long run.

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