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Information about Hair Qualities

Russian Wefts

Hello Ladies!

It has been quite a while since I’ve been able to upload a blog post. We have been super busy building the business and working on our new online store! I’m sorry for the delay but better late than never!

Today I’m going to talk about Hair Qualities. It is a common misunderstanding of how hair extension qualities differ  so I thought I would break it down for everyone.

Hair quality is determined by its country of Origin. Knowing the natural form of the hair should give you an idea of the process it undergoes before you have it applied to your head.


Beautiful Virgin Russian Hair is rare and super expensive. Russian hair is normally naturally light/fair in colour and is sold in its purest form (untouched, uncoloured, unprocessed). It can be bleached, does NOT come in a packet and can cost up to $3000-$4000 for a full head installation. The hair can last over a year and is completely tangle free for that entire time. You can also use protein based hair products on this hair type.

In today’s market companies sell their hair as Russian (in a packet) to make it more appealing to the consumer. THIS HAIR IS NOT RUSSIAN. So be sure what you are getting before you buy. 




Beautiful authentic Virgin South American Hair is more available but naturally dark brown to black in colour. For brunette clients this hair is amazing. It  is also sold in its purest form (untouched, uncoloured, unprocessed) and can be bleached, protein based hair products can be used on it and can usually last the client over 12 months without being replaced… AND remains tangle free for the entire time. This hair quality and is available from our online store and in our salon 🙂

In today’s market companies sell their hair as South American (in a packet or in a ponytail). This hair is a tricky one as suppliers are good selling it off without it being authentic. The best way to test if it’s actually Virgin and not processed is by bleaching it. If it has a silky outer layer which doesn’t feel natural… It’s probably fake!


Cuticle hair is a new type of hair quality which has been developed because of the high demand for good quality hair types. Virgin
VCH#18 - 2hair (unless it is Russian which costs a fortune) usually comes in naturally dark colours so a development of cuticle aligned and intact hair qualities has been developed. The process the hair undergoes (especially for lighter colours) is gentle ensuring the cuticle is still intact which means it is free from tangling and should behave just like your natural hair.

We love this new hair quality and is available from our online store and in our salon 🙂


Oh the trickiest of them all! Europe is such a big part of the world so where does it come from? WHO KNOWS!

I’ve researched and asked the question and I can never get a consistent answer. It’s almost like these wholesalers don’t even know the answer themselves. Russia, China, India are the 3 main answers  and in come cases I’ve been told it’s a mix of them all.

Funny how none of those countries are in Europe…

European hair is again, just a name to make the hair seem more appealing to the consumer. It’s definitely not Russian because as we already know it comes in a packet so lets go with  China or India. This hair quality CANNOT be bleached as it has already undergone  processing before it’s available to us to be worn.


eurotextSo let’s talk about the processed hair types as a whole. This includes European, Indian and Chinese hair.

Asian and Indian people have naturally black/dark brown hair. It is also very common that these nationalities have course hair (Asian is usually straight and Indian is usually on the wavy side)

To get these hair qualities to become blonde, straight and silky the hair needs to be acid washed, the cuticle is stripped, the hair is toned/coloured with a fabric dye, permed straight and then silicone coated to give a cosmetic silky result. Once the hair is washed a few times, the silky silicone outer layer washes away and you a left with acid washed hair which is extremely difficult to brush, style and wear. Usual life spans of this hair is anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months.



It can cost anywhere from $200 – $1500 depending on what the salon decides to charge you. We have come across so many ridiculous price tags so unfortunately as a consumer it is really hard to decide who to use. In this instance and in this industry you don’t always get what you pay for so PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH. You need to know what you are paying for so,  ask questions, read reviews and SHOP AROUND!!

If anyone has any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0414 184 014 or email in at

Kind Regards

Stacey Racovalis

Hair Extension Specialist Melbourne

Hair With Envy

Level 1, 209 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Ph: 0414 184 014