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Hair Extensions: What to look for...

Hair extension issues fall into two categories - mechanical failures (ie loose weft stitching, broken bonds, hair shedding from permanent attachments etc.) or hair quality.

Quality is discerned at the time of purchase - mechanical failures are not. 

To determine the quality of your bundles, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the following tests. 
We recommend these specifically as they can be done without disrupting the package and voiding most distributor's guarantees:

  • 1. View the fullness to the tips - your extension hair should have a gradual taper and not just loose stringy ends.
  • 2. Feel the temperature of the bundle in your hand.  Higher quality hair will have a cooler temp due to the moisture trapped inside the cuticles. 
  • 3. Look for split ends and mechanical damage.  Bending the strands over your hand will make the tips more visible.
  • 4. If you are concerned about overprocessing, take a small strand and wet it.  See how it stretches.  Damaged hair will overstretch and possibly break.  If it feels like rubber, avoid installation.
  • 5. If you are concerned about it possibly being plastic, take a strand and remove it from the pack.  Light it on fire and then observe the smell that is released.  Human hair has a very distinct smell.
  • 6. Run your fingers up and down one or two strands of hair - cuticle hair will be slightly rougher on the upward movement.
Here is a helpful video to guide you through some common tests:


Hair quality is discernable before installation. 

Removing the bindings and/or installing the bundles will almost certainly void your guarantee. 
When in doubt, never unbind or install the hair.  Doing so is your inferred agreement that the quality meets your expectations. 


Mechanical defects are almost always found during the life of the installation.

Mechanical defects are physical defect issues that are demonstrable.  
Examples of mechanical defects could include:

  • Loose weft stitching that sheds excessive hair.
  • Bonds that have prematurely released strands.
  • Tape pieces where you can see missing strands throughout the poly top.
  • Tips that are broken or missing components.

Mechanical defects can sometimes be seen before unbinding and installation, but it is rare.

Note: Hair breakage is not considered a mechanical defect since it would be visible when you test for hair quality before installation.  


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