If you wear human hair extensions, you know if you prefer Virgin, Remy or Non-Remy, Indian, Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Cambodian, Mongolian, or Russian hair.
You may also believe you can simply look at hair extensions packaging to find out its origins.
But the truth is, it’s difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from.
Now, the market is flooded with so many different hair extensions from different countries, Brazilian, Indian, Peruvian, Chinese, and so many more, it is hard to know which is which.
“Virgin hair” is a term synonymous with premium weave, and in recent years, the growing trend has been to precede the term with an exotic location:
- Peruvian virgin hair.
- Brazilian virgin hair.
- Mongolian virgin hair.
- Filipino virgin hair.
- Cambodian virgin hair.
- Malaysian virgin hair.
- European virgin hair
Go online in search of a wig or hair extension and you'll be presented with a dizzying spectrum of choices:
- "Luxury" virgin hair from Brazil or Peru.
- "Pure" Mongolian hair.
- "Finest” Remy hair from India.
- “Sleek” European weaves.
But very rarely you will see hair from China advertised, even though that is where most of them come from.
Consult the many online hair glossaries, blogs, and tutorials and you'll be told that:
- Malaysian hair is the coarsest.
- Filipino hair is like Chinese hair but much shinier.
- Brazilian hair is "full-bodied with a beautiful bounce".
- Peruvian hair is "versatile with a natural shine".
- European hair is "premium virgin hair".
Definitions are as varied as they are vague.
Quite a lot of mislabeling goes on and often the people buying it don't ask questions anyway.
Where do Hair Extensions come from?
1. What is Brazilian hair?
Brazilian hair is very popular, and many companies are selling Brazilian “virgin” hair.
Yet there is no hair collecting culture in Brazil.
Brazilian manufacturers import large quantities of hair from India, process it, and export it as high-grade Brazilian hair.
None of the hair comes from Brazilian women.
Brazilians do not sell their hair, nor do they cut it for profit or religion.
It would be impossible for the Brazilian community to provide a large abundance of hair for the rest of the world.
You want to know why hair companies claim that their hair is from Brazil.
It is perceived that Brazilian women are beautiful and so their hair should be beautiful too.
So, it is only fair to think Brazilian hair is fabulous. Then you are led to believe, “I’ve got to have it.”
Hair companies use inexperienced customers to manipulate this belief that Brazilian hair exists.
Then the transformation begins, Indian hair or Chinese hair is now Brazilian hair.
Vendors are now endorsing this fake hair!
Saying they have manufacturers that distributed the hair from Russia, Brazil, Peru, Malaysia, Cambodian, Europe, Philippines, & South America.
This is not true!
Brazilian women are more beauty-conscious when purchasing hair & plastic surgery.
Brazilian culture feels that the women must be pretty and on point 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Brazilian women will not shave their heads, but they will buy hair to create a glamorous look!
2. What is Malaysian hair?
Malaysian hair is either Indian or Chinese Non-Remy human hair that has been acid-washed and coated with silicone. This hair does not come from Malaysian women.
3. What is Peruvian hair?
Peruvian hair is either Indian or Chinese Non-Remy hair that has been acid-washed, coated with silicone, and labeled Peruvian hair.
Peru does not have a hair-collecting culture.
4. What is Mongolian hair?
Mongolian hair can only be purchased from China.
It’s Indian or Chinese Non-Remy hair that has been acid-washed, coated with silicone, and labeled Mongolian hair.
5. What is Russian hair?
If the Russian hair is a natural color and priced below $100 per 20 inches’ piece, then the hair is Indian Non-Remy Hair.
If the Russian hair is a lighter shade, then it’s Indian Remy hair that has been bleached or dyed to replicate Caucasian hair. While there is, some virgin hair collected in Russia, the supply is very limited.
6. What is Cambodian hair?
Authentic virgin Cambodian hair exists, but it’s very rare and expensive.
Cambodian hair is thicker and darker than Indian hair and usually has a slight wave.
Like Indian hair, it has split ends. If you purchase the hair directly from Cambodia, expect to pay no less than $150 for a 20 inches’ piece.
If you pay cheaper retail prices, you are not purchasing authentic virgin Cambodian hair.
7. What is Chinese hair?
China is the biggest exporter and importer of human hair and harvests huge amounts from its population.
"People who work in the industry are conscious of the fact Made in China is viewed as a negative label and market it in more glamorous ways.
8. What is Indian hair?
Virgin hair comes from India and about 99% of the hair is donated!
The people in India cut their hair in a temple for religious purposes, and the hair is kept in its virgin form.
Millions of Indian Hindu women, men & children donate their hair each year to God.
In return for cutting their hair, they receive back good health and good fortune.
Each day over 20,000 donates their hair at the Sri Venkateshwara Temple in South India.
Roughly, over 80 million American dollars of hair are donated each year.
Indian’s have the best hair on the market.
What is the big deal with the fake names of hair which does not exist?
Companies are selling Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Mongolian, Eurasian, Filipino, Cambodian, and Russian hair to clients and claiming that all the different types of hair to be the best!
Clever marketing tactics:
China begins using clever marketing tactics to create new markets within the industry, such as Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Cambodian hair, Peruvian hair.
This hair is non-Remy and processed with low-quality traits.
The prices are kept low to compete in this multi-billion-dollar industry.
After the "Brazilian Hair" marketing tactic became successful, it was only natural to see the "exotic" hair craze perpetuated through other exotic textures from around the world.
This hair is never actually from these areas, it's a fancy way of saying the hair is processed hair from China.
Honestly, there is not even a place in any of these countries where these types of people donate their hair to any temple or any person.
None! Not one person!
Hair companies are disguising and perpetuating this hair to be the best from around the world.
The truth is: the “BEST” hair comes from India!
Let us just take a ride down to any of these countries and find any person donating their hair.
What is the next bright idea a hair company is going to make up for hair?
Is it Argentinian hair, African hair, or Japanese hair!
You be the judge!