Types of Hair

There are three main types of human hair used in hair systems – European, Indian and Asian. Of course there are many variations of each category, but for this discussion we’ll stick to the basics.

Questions & Answers About the Hair Used in Hair Replacement Systems

What kind of hair does Hair Direct use?

In our continued search for the highest quality human hair, our buyer makes frequent trips to Asia and hand selects each bundle of Chinese and Indian hair. The hair is then brought to our factory in Qingdao, China, where it is then processed, including cuticle removal.

Although we do not recommend artificial hair, in some rare instances it is requested. Hair Direct uses only the finest synthetic hair, manufactured by Kanaka Fugi, Japan.

What kind of knots should I order?

Knotting for hair systems is extremely technical and is in itself a vocational discipline. It is wise for the consumer to allow the experts to make these choices. The specific ventilation and knotting technique can vary greatly depending on the style requirements.

What are bleached knots and why are they used?

For each single hair that is tied to the lace material, the pigment is removed from the knot to make them less visible in the hair replacement system.

Can I have bleached knots if my hair and skin are dark colored?

Yes, bleaching the knot will cause it to lose most of its color and become nearly translucent. However, you can only have bleached knots when you are wearing a full lace or lace front hair system.

Can you match my hair if I'm African-American?

Yes, we have a wide variety of textures for African-American hair.

Can you match African American hair that’s been “straightened”?

Yes, “straightened" African-American hair is one of our textures.

Can you match my very fine hair?

You bet! At Hair Direct, we always try to choose the closest texture and disposition to your own growing hair, although it is not always possible.

What is Remy hair?

Remy hair is human hair, but the difference is how it's processed. Remy hair is cut from the head and tagged "root-to-tip." Throughout the entire manufacturing process, the hair is carefully kept in order.

With the traditional manufacturing process, the cuticle layer (outer layer) of the hair is the cause of tangling and matting problems. When the hair is examined under a microscope the cuticle layer looks like the bark of a palm tree and when the hair gets wet the shaft swells and the cuticle opens creating "horny barks."

Through the normal manufacturing process the hair is blended and ventilated. This process leaves the hair cuticle going in opposite directions and unless the cuticle is removed through an acid bath it will tangle and matte when wet.

With your own natural, growing hair all the cuticles are facing up, in the same direction, which prevents the tangling and matting problems when the hair is wet.

Remy hair is not virgin hair. If an order requires color, curl or wave added this will require further processing. Remy Hair does not mean the hair is not processed to remove the cuticle.

Wanna learn more about "Remy" hair? Read this.

Can you put highlights in my hair system?

Absolutely. We recommend color graduation in every hair system for a more natural look. If you really examine most people’s natural growing head of hair you’ll notice that only rarely does a person have the exact same color throughout their head. Most times there is some level of natural color graduation.

What should I do when the hair in my system gets dry?

Because a hair system can't wick nature’s oils from sebaceous glands, it will eventually become dry and brittle. We offer a variety of products to help alleviate dry hair systems. Unfortunately, science has not yet developed protection for the hair as good as your own natural sebum. Shampoos for natural, growing hair have a tendency to burn dry, brittle hair. We recommend that you follow a regular deep conditioning treatment, followed by shampoo on your own growing hair.

How can I style my new hair without damaging it?

Heat and friction are two of the most damaging elements. We highly recommend that you allow your hair system to air dry, rather than blow drying. Remember, the drying process is the setting process. After the hair is blotted by the towel simply direction it in the desired style and allow it to dry naturally.