What Is Raw Hair?

JSDK Hair is a mother, daughter and sister trio committed to providing our customers with the purest, chemical-free raw hair extensions on the market.

In this blog post we'll talk about what raw hair is, the benefits of using raw hair extensions, and answer our most asked hair extension questions. 

What is raw hair?

Raw hair is human hair that has not been altered by steam or chemical processing. Raw hair cuticles are intact and aligned in one direction, which prevents hair from tangling and matting. Raw hair bundles come from one single donor (single drawn), so cuticles and textures aren’t mixed. Raw hair is the most natural, pure, and 100% authentic human hair on the market.

India is one of the primary global sources of human hair, per their ancient cultural traditions, where Indian men and women sacrifice their hair to the Hindu deities. The Indian hair temples then auction that hair off to vendors/manufacturers, like the one we work within India.

At JSDK Hair we source our hair directly from India, where it is cleaned and woven into bundles. All of our hair is single drawn, machine weft human hair, and comes in 3 natural textures (straight, wavy, curly).

Why use raw hair extensions?

The integrity of the hair cuticle! The hair cuticle determines how well the hair styles and how it feels. If the hair cuticle is not intact, hair extensions will lack luster and are more prone to tangle and break. Raw hair cuticles are intact and aligned in one direction. 

Virgin remy hair is human hair that has been altered by steam or chemical processing to achieve different textures (i.e. Body Wave, Loose Wave, Kinky Curly, etc.). Virgin remy hair bundles come from multiple donors. This results in hair cuticles not remaining intact or aligned in one direction. The hair is chemically processed to mask this, hair is coated with silicone to make it appear soft, only to experience tangling and matting after a few washes when the silicone wears off.

We have heard so many horror stories from customers who have experienced rashes, breakouts, or balding due to reactions from the chemicals in these virgin remy hair extensions. Essentially, “bad hair extensions” are not only bad for your wallet, but can also be bad for your health. 

We have a free mini-course on our website that goes more in-depth on this topic. 

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Do hair extensions damage your real hair?

Hair extensions are a temporary, protective hairstyle, when used in this manner hair extensions will not damage your hair. At JSDK Hair, we highly recommend that you care for your own hair first. We regularly share on our blog and social media accounts, the benefits of natural, organic, vegan hair care treatments and products.

As with all hair products, hair styles, and hair care routines, when done on healthy hair, in moderation and in the correct manner. Hair extensions can be a great way to experiment with different hair colors, textures, lengths without the permanent commitment.

The damage that typically occurs with hair extensions is in the application process. There are 3 methods for applying hair extensions to your natural hair, these include:

Clip-ins: They are attached to the hair using small pressure sensitive clips.
  • PROS: Application takes minutes and can be done easily by yourself, allowing more versatility.
  • CONS: Cannot be worn overnight or for long periods; Not ideal for thin & delicate hair types, clips could be too heavy and cause hair breakage.
Glue-ins: Glue is applied to the base of the extensions and attached to your hair.
    • PROS: The least expensive form of hair extensions. They are short-term; extensions will only stay in the hair for a few days.
    • CONS: Glue can cause damage to the hair if applied or removed incorrectly. If the glue is applied to the scalp during application, hair follicles can clog and cause bacterial scalp infections.
    Sew-ins: Hair is braided into cornrows to create a base for the extensions, and then the extensions are sewn onto the cornrows using a needle and thread.
      • PROS: Ideal for curly & thick hair types. No heat or glue is needed for an application.
      • CONS: Tight braids can cause hair loss/traction alopecia; Limited styling options.

      What are hair extension DOs & DON’Ts?

      DO: Care for your own hair first, weaves and wigs are great protective styles, but you HAVE to condition and moisturize your own hair first before doing a protective style.

      DON’T: Skimp! Yes, high-quality human hair costs more. When you buy cheap hair, you ultimately end up buying hair more often, therefore, spending more. JSDK Hair lasts 3-4 years with proper care.

      DO: Think about how much time you want to spend on styling. Curly/wavy textures is a wash-and-go texture so takes less styling time, whereas a straight texture needs more maintenance.

      DON’T: Use glue! Wig glue, in our opinion, does more damage than good. It’s made up of some pretty toxic chemicals but also can eat out your edges. There are great alternatives, we have customized wigs using the bra strap elastic band method which gives you that beautiful laid-flat look. I also use a grip band you can order online, and they’re great for keeping your wig in place. Or you can go old school and sew in your weave.

      DO: Think about weight, longer hair weighs more, and this can cause added tension on your own hair and make it more prone to breakage.

      DON’T: Max out on products! Too much product over time dries out the extensions and makes them appear stringy and dull. When you order JSDK Hair, it comes with a complete hair care guide.

      DO: Buy JSDK Hair ❤️

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