5 Reasons Why Sew-Ins Are Better Than Wigs

The Great Debate Which Side Are You On?

The most significant debate since the dawn of time in the hair industry is which is better, sew-ins, or wigs?

Well, it’s simple and clear to see that they both would have their advantages and disadvantages. But one great thing is that if you’re a woman who hates being bothered with the idea of doing your hair every day, then extensions will always be a great option.

Sew-ins do a lot more than what the eye can see; they keep you looking beautiful and can be a tremendous seasonal protective style to give your natural hair a break. We hate to say it, but we have found some pretty big reasons why getting a weave in is a little better than buying wigs. If you are on the fence about purchasing a hairpiece or if you have been thinking about getting some bundles or a sew-in this blog post will be beneficial.

You’ll learn about how long the commitment is when having someone install your hair extensions, and we’ll figure out if Sew-ins help your hair grow more or just as much as wigs do. Of course, at the end of the day it will come down to your preference, and what works better with your lifestyle. I mean who wouldn’t love the idea of changing their lookup instantly without growing your hair or cutting it off?

It is time to give your hair a break and pick aside. Hopefully, we can convince you with our 5 top reasons why we think sew-ins are better than wigs.

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Stability and Commitment

When you get a sew-in, you commit anywhere between one to three months before you would have to reinstall.

With wigs, you would have to reapply your hair every morning, and that can get annoying for a woman who is always on the go. Sometimes you want to wake up and already look bomb, not wait a couple of minutes to throw on your hair to do so.

Sew-ins are great for a long weekend road trip and even better if on vacation. You can take a quick hop in the pool and not worry about your wig floating away from you. If we want to be confident in our looks, then we have to trust that our hairstyles have some stability. The number one reason why women have yet to make the switch to wigs is that they are so scared that it will blow off in the wind.

Of course, the rumors aren’t valid since these hairpieces usually come with an adjustable strap or combs. The main point is that we are more likely to commit to something that is more secure and definite than something that we can snatch on and off.

In summary, if you are someone who doesn’t care for switching their look up then sew-ins are a dream for you and no one can convince you otherwise.

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Since we briefly went over how much we love a secure hairstyle, we think it would be best to discuss the second reason why people love sew-ins a lot more than wigs.

No one wants a false sense of security in their life. That’s like buying an alarm system that doesn’t work or installing cameras in a store thinking that it will scare away any thieves. Wigs are a false sense of security, yes you can have someone sew them on, but if that’s the case, you might as well get a sew-in.

The number one advantage of buying a wig is the convenience and flexibility of being able to take them on and off as you go throughout your weeks and months. You will take away all the convenience by sewing it down don’t you think?

Don’t get me wrong now, and I love wigs they give you the chance to switch up your look in the most natural ways. But one thing I can’t stand it when I get my hairpiece to lay a certain way, and the next time I wear it, I can’t get it to the look the way I love again.

I’m the type of person that if it looks good, I want it to keep looking nice even the next day, and sometimes wigs don’t give you that absolute surety. So, If you are someone who likes the idea of having your hair lay the same way every day, then sew-ins are a big plus for you.

We take advantage of our sense of security but sewing those bundles down might be what you need to lower that anxiety and stress levels ladies.

sew in braid down

Save Money In the Long Run

If you take the time to invest in good quality bundles, you could have hair extensions that last up to 2 years making it more convenient and cost-effective to have a sew-in.

Wigs have short life expectancy even the best of the best quality ones can still look messy over a certain amount of time. The average woman will go through and buy at least ten hairpieces a year; I know this is true because I own about 20 wigs right now and we are not even halfway through 2018.

Yeah, I get the chance to be versatile and switch my lookup Monday through Sunday, but at what cost? Synthetic pieces average around thirty to fifty dollars, and lace front wigs can start from the low hundreds and skyrocket from there. So, is it worth it to invest in something that you will probably throw to the side later to buy another wig?

For some reason when you purchase bundles, you are better at taking care of them when its time to uninstall them we give them a gentle wash and blow-dry and put them right back in. If you save enough to get excellent quality extensions, you can change the color up as you please and with ease.

No more buying different color wigs or different lengths, you can get the look you want and save some extra coins in your pocket at the same time.

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Sew-ins are just as convenient as wigs if not more.

The reasons we love wigs are because we can wear them throughout the day and can take them out at night, but in the morning, you must repeat the process all over again.

When you have a sew-in, you can wake up and go, who wouldn’t love that feeling? No more waking up early to brush out or gel up your curls, no more having to search for that hairpiece when you are ready to dip on out of the house. I know that the second I have someone install my bundles, I feel overall more put together.

All I have to do is put on a little bit of makeup, and I can conquer my daily chores without a problem. There will be no such thing as a bad hair day, especially if you take the time to tie your hair down at night your extensions will always come out looking ready to go.

So, at the end of the day wigs maybe a little more convenient because you have more direct contact with your scalp and natural roots. But on the other side sew-ins can give you the convenience and confidence of being able to wake up and start the day without having to re-curl, straighten, or place on a wig.

If you think this reason is good enough to rush out and grab some bomb hair extensions, we would not be mad at you girl!

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Amazing Hair Growth

Now for the moment, we have all been waiting for, will your hair grow more if it’s in a wig or a sew-in?

Well, of course, there are tons of circumstantial things that can cause hair growth like a healthy diet, vitamins, genetics, and the list go on. But there is a crucial difference, when you wear a wig you have easier access to your hair, yes. But at the same time, you always want to put your hands in your curls.

For your locks to indeed grow you want to wash them occasionally and leave your hands out of them as much as possible. So, now you probably are thinking that sewing down your wig will lessen the chance that you will mess with your natural hair.

But the problem with these pieces is that the cap is usually full coverage except for the small area of lace. So, if you were to sew down the wig to your hair, then your braids would have no room to breathe. If there is not enough air getting to your scalp, this leaves room for dirt, dandruff, and sweat buildup, when this happens it leaves the door open for hair loss and breakage to enter, and nobody wants that.

When you wear wigs, you have a habit of just placing your curls in a low bun, slapping on a cap, and placing on the hair but no growth will come from doing that.

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Reasons for Growth

The reasons sew-ins help your hair grow longer is because, one, you are natural tresses is in cornrows or braids.

Second, your twists underneath the sew-in can breathe since there are spaces and gaps between the hair, it is still straightforward to wash and treat your scalp while wearing a weave and that contributes to the reason why you will experience tremendous growth.

Another plus is that you do not have easy access to your hair, so it will grow freely without you adding extra heat or coming into contact with harsh outside chemicals. The ends that are the driest part of your hair you can now tuck it away and out of sight under your weave, this allows it to retain moisture throughout your hairstyle.

Since the extension is on the cornrow base, it’s like having one protective style on top of another. Now, you can protect your natural hair from the use of color, so if you like going for a lighter shade, it is now possible. No more lousy bleaching techniques since your good quality weave can handle several dye jobs.

At the end of the day as long as you continue to practice proper hair care methods like cleansing the scalp and applying oils to your roots every time you take your sew-in out you will see the fantastic growth that you will not even believe.

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What Are Some Reasons That You Like Sew-ins?

Well, now you can see the top 5 reasons why sew-ins have a little bit more of an upper hand than wigs.

It will come down to your preferences if wigs work better for your overall busy and fast pace lifestyle then, by all means, go ahead and try them. Sew-ins are for my women who want a little more stability in their lives.

You want to feel like the hair you have in can last for a long time, and that’s why extensions are perfect for you. You won’t have to worry about re-installing your wig in every day because your weave is secure. If you purchase the right bundles, you could keep the hairstyle fresh, try infinite styling options, and try out multiple hair colors in the process.

Please do not get lazy and opt for a cheaper less reliable weave, this could lead to a lousy sew-in and ultimately messing up your hair and leave negative thoughts on buying extensions in the future. If you want affordable and great looking hair, then be sure to check out our bundles at Glam Society Hair Boutique!

Best Sew-in Weave Techniques You Should Know

Over time, sew-ins have easily evolved into the most dynamic, versatile method of installing hair extensions.

This installation method has helped women effortlessly enhance and transform their looks.

What are sew-ins?

Sew-ins consist of adding hair extensions at the hair weft or hair tracks by using a thread and a needle. When you have decided that sew-ins are the best installation method for you, it is important to also consider what type of hair you will have installed. Preparing in every way is important to the success and duration of sew-ins.

What You Will Learn about Sew-Ins

  • Sew-in Intro
  • Sew-in Supplies
  • Hair Prep for Install
  • Stitching Techniques
  • Full Sew-in Technique
  • Vixen Sew-in Technique
  • Partial Sew-in Technique
  • Invisible Part Sew-in
  • Discussion

You’ll Never Have a Terrible Install Using One of These Sew-In Techniques

Everybody is talking about securing the bag but what about securing your weave or secure the sew-in?

I’m all for paying for quality bundles such as those at Glam Society Hair Boutique but you should always wear them properly to get the most out of them and to give you a flawless look. You shouldn’t have tracks showing, leave-out not blending in well with your bundles, or a sew-in looking like it’s about to levitate off of your head because the foundation is horrible.

Remember, before you think about going to secure that bag make sure your sew-in is on point! With a flawless install, you’ll have the deal sealed as soon as you enter the room!

There’s no need for a GLAmgoddess to look less than perfect at all times!

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Here’s what you’ll need to complete your sew-in from start to finish.

Sew-In Supplies You Will Need:

  • A rat-tail comb to create neat parts
  • A wide-tooth comb to comb hair neatly
  • Oil for scalp
  • Black Nylon Thread
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Hook Needle
  • Duckbill Clips
  • Weaving Net
  • Wig Cap (depending on the technique used)
  • Flat Iron
  • Three bundles of hair (shampooed, deep-conditioned, and dried)
  • 1 Pack of Synthetic Braid Hair (optional)

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Prep Your Hair Before Weave Install

You should never install a sew-in without prepping your hair first and choosing the best sew in technique for the ultimate installation.

Just think about it!

Your hair is going to be under an install for an extended period. Could you imagine the smell or damage your hair and scalp will have if you don’t prepare it properly

Shampoo and condition your hair with a product that has an oil like Argan Oil. I am absolutely in love with the Organix line of hair care products because the company has a variety of products perfect for your specific hair type and needs.

I also like Kim Kimble’s hair care line because it’s ideal for relaxed hair as well as natural styles.

To get started, shampoo and condition your hair. It’s your choice of how you dry it. The technique you use to dry your hair is your choice but if you allow your hair to air-dry or sit under a hair dryer make sure you add moisture back into your hair.

A great moisturizer is vital to prevent dryness while you’re rocking your sew-in. As you are applying your moisturizer, pay particular attention to your ends and edges. Don’t go overboard with the product because a little goes a long way.Stitch tracks

Sew-In Stitch Techniques

If you want your sew-in to last using the right stitching technique is essential.

Choose either one of these stitch types to secure your wefts to your braids/net and prevent sliding:

The overcast stitch requires you to take your needle through the weft and pulling it throws. This stitch is the easiest and most used method for sew-ins. Pull the thread tight enough to ensure you don’t have slack.

The double lock stitch is the same as the overcast stitch, but this time you will loop your thread two times. The double lock stitch is the best stitch for maximum security of your install especially if you want to keep it in for a few months.

The lock stitch method is the same as the overcast stitch. When you pull the thread through the weft, you will take your needle and stick it through the loop. Pull snug to prevent slipping of tracks.

Full Sew-In Technique

If you want your sew-in to last longer and be the envy of everybody in your office, you have to make sure your braids are on point. Now, they don’t need to be as fly as Allen Iverson’s braids but almost!

A good foundation will make sure your sew-in is flawless!

How to Sew In Weave

Start by leaving out a small section of hair around the sides and back to blend for a more natural look.

Create two perimeter braids (each one going to the temple of your head). Braid them both toward the back of your head. Create one braid (make sure to leave some hair out) that is going to go across the back nape area of the head. This braid will be your anchor braid for your back wefts.

Separate hair into three sections and slide down about a quarter of an inch to half an inch before you start to your braid. Braiding this way helps to reduce tension on your scalp.

Braid the rest of your hair and keep your braids small and neat. Small braids provide you with a flat and smooth look when your sew-in is finished and helps it to last longer.

These braids should be braided straight to the back. You can add synthetic hair into each braid. It helps your braids last longer.

Sewing Into The Braids

Take the braids and start to sew them down by placing your remaining loose braids in between other cornrows to ensure you get a flat base. Make sure you knot your thread a couple of times to make sure it’s secure.

Take your threaded needle underneath all three braids. Loop your thread twice and pull straight through. Create a knot and continue the stitching process until you secure the entire braid.

Continue the process above for each braid.

Apply oil to your scalp but don’t saturate the hair or scalp.

Remember! A little goes a long way!

Take the braids and start to sew them down. Place your remaining loose braids in between other cornrows to ensure you get a flat base. Make sure you knot your thread a couple of times to make sure it’s secure.

Installing the Closure

If you’re installing a closure, align closure with the part in the head. Leave about a ¼ of the closure in front of the hairline.

Put your first stitch through the closure and then stitch into the braid and through the closure and pull the thread through. Loop it through the thread and bring it to the edge of the closure to secure a knot.

You’ll need help with the other side. Have someone hold the closure down as you secure the opposite side. Repeat the same process as before.

Don’t pull too tight because you want to protect your edges. Stitch the closure along the perimeter and the braid. Don’t leave large gaps between stitches because you don’t want any bunching.

Stitch closure down going toward the back of the head. Always stitch the sides first and then the back.

Begin sewing your bundles by doubling the wefts.

Start at the back of the head. Stick the needle through the wefts through the bottom braid and then through the weft again.

Complete 5-7 stitches and then knot them.

You don’t have to go through the weft with every stitch. Maybe every 3-5 stitches.

Make sure you go through the wefts when you get to the edge of the head and knot the thread.

The Best hair closures

Part the Closure

In the part, anchor the front of the closure to the braid

Use single wefts at the top of the head to reduce bulk.

Using a net helps to maintain your braided style for longer, provides fullness in areas where you may suffer from alopecia, to prevent damage to your natural hair, and helps those with short hair. You can choose to use a net to reinforce your foundation if you have significant gaps between your braids, hair is short, or if your hair is thin.Vixen sew in styles

Vixen Sew In Technique

(No more than three bundles at no more than 20 inches)

This sew-in weave technique is perfect for versatility. It allows you to pull your hair up into ponytails and different styles.

Refer to the Prep Your Hair section above before beginning your install. You want to make sure you protect your natural hair to prevent damage.

Leave some hair out for the perimeter ( to cover tracks)

Find the middle of your head and part down the middle. Leave about 2cm (½ fingertip) on the outside of each part.

Braiding for a Vixen Sew In

Braid the center hair that’s left out into a braid, so it’s not braided in with any of your future base braids. Now, Part hair from ear to ear and leave about 2cm (½ fingertip) on the outside of each part.

Braid the center hair out into a braid, so it’s not braided in with any of your base braids. Start braiding each section into a beehive braid (small circular singular braid).

Keep parts and sections small and tight to ensure a flat and flawless finished look.

Braid all four sections in the beehive braid. Use needle and nylon thread to secure the loose end of each braid by placing the braid in between the parts to make sure your foundation to be nice and flat.

Loop the thread and tie a knot twice to ensure it’s secure.

At this point, you can use your weaving net (if you choose to) and secure the net to the perimeters of each braided section. You should have four beehive net covered sections at this point.

Starting in the back with your first section, sew your track under the bottom braid. Continue sewing your tracks one on top of the other until you finish with the section.

Repeat this process for the other three sectionsMiddle part sew in

Partial Sew-In

A partial sew-in is perfect if you want flexibility in styling your hair in different ways. Most would consider it is similar to a quick weave.

You can get a lot of wear out of your partial sew-in. With a partial sew-in, you have more ability to allow your hair extensions to blend naturally with your hair. Updo’s are the ultimate hairstyle to rock when you get a partial sew-in.

Refer to the ‘Prep Your Hair’ section above before beginning your install. You want to make sure you protect your natural hair to prevent damage.

Leave some hair out around the entire perimeter of your head. Braid this hair, so it doesn’t get mixed in with your foundation braids.

Also, braid a section of the hair at the crown of your head because this will be your hair left out after you’ve completed your partial sew-in.

Braid the back of your nape area.

This braid will make sure your back braids anchor your sew-in firmly.

Now, take the ends of your braids and lay them in between the parts. Sew each braid in the same as you would for the full sew-in.

Once you finish the braiding the rest of your hair in either a beehive pattern or straight back (this is entirely your choice), prepare your weaving net.

How to Sew-In Weave

While keeping your net flat and neat, make sure you cover the entire head with the net. Begin sewing your net on the side of your deep part.

Stitch the top of the net, next will be the sides, and the back is last.

You’re sewing your net to the braided foundation making sure you avoid braiding to your perimeter and center braids because remember, this is your leave out and essential to the partial sew-in. At the back, stretch your weaving net first and then sew the net to your braid to makes sure there’s no buckling.

Next, trim the excess net off.

Now you can begin sewing your bundles in until you get to the top using the fold-over method.

Unbraid of your leave out and perimeter braids.

Style into your desired look and you now have a partial sew-in.Partial sew-in<

Invisible Part Sew-In

An invisible part sew-in gives you a flawless look without having any noticeable tracks to distract from your look.

Refer to the Prep Your Hair section above before beginning your install. You want to make sure you protect your natural hair to prevent damage.

Braid your hair in a braid pattern where your hair has a deep side part. Begin your braid on each side in a semi-circular pattern. In the back, secure the braids with a rubber band and sew them in between a part.

Take your wig cap and stretch it over your entire head. The cap should cover your perimeter braids. Make sure the cap extends past your perimeter braids.

Get Your Wig Cap Ready

Begin sewing your wig cap to the perimeter braid. Feed your needle through the cap, under the perimeter braid, and then through the cap.

Use the double lock stitch to secure the wig cap to the braid. Continue braiding around the perimeter braid until you come back to the front of the hairline.

Now, start sewing the wig cap around the base area of your invisible braid. Continue sewing until your last stitch meets with your perimeter braid. Use a double lock stitch twice, and you’ve secured the wig around the invisible part.

Cut your thread, off and now cut the wig cap along the invisible part. Leave a little of the wig cap, so you don’t snip any of your double lock stitches. Trim off the rest wig cap around your hairline.

Measure them to get the proper length, so they meet at the beginnings of your perimeter braid. Make sure to overextend just a little bit to make sure your length is just right. Cut your extension.

Measure your track at the beginning of the base. Take the tracks and wrap around the base of your invisible part base. Make sure you overextend here as well. Cut your extension.

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How to Sew-In Weave

Sew in your first measured track by placing your track in line with your perimeter braid.

Your track should lay smoothly in line with your braid, and the weft should face toward the back of your head. Go through your braid, underneath your extension, and pull the needle through the weft. Make sure you use your double lock stitch method while you sew in the entire track.

Secure your ends with a double lock stitch twice. Trim off any excess weft when you have completed the top of your head. Repeat this method for the invisible part section.

Now for the rest of your head, you can sew in your tracks by using the fold-over method to eliminating cutting your wefts.

To fill in the area left near your part. Take your track and measure from the end of your invisible part braid and just before the weft along the invisible part.

Cut that weft and pull your needle through the weft. Use a double lock stitch the thread and cut any excess thread.

Without cutting the double thread stitch on the other end of the weft. Place the track on the braid. Take the needle through the braid and the weft.

Create your knot to make sure the weft is secure.

Repeat this step once more.

For the rest of the weft use a single loop to attach the weft to the braid. At the end of the weft, double lock stitch twice to ensure the weft is secure on both ends. Cut the thread.

Continue this process to cover the entire area.

Finishing up the Invisible Part Sew-In

The last part is to create your closure for the invisible part.

Take your hair extension and measure the space left at the top of the head. Take your needle and thread, go through the weft, and create your double lock stitch.

Now, create a second stitch. Roll your extension until it forms a circle. Roll it once make a single knot, roll again, make a knot, and continue until you completely see the entire hair track.

Make sure you pull your needle through all the wefts as you are stitching. At the end pull the thread through the weft and, then, underneath all the wefts. Secure the wefts with two double lock stitches. Pull the thread tight and cut the thread. At this point, flip your closure over and spread the hair evenly around it.

Use your flat iron to flatten the hair.

Now, take your threaded needle through a few loops on the closure. Pull the thread through and knot with a double lock stitch.

At this point, you have your needle and thread connected to your closure. Grab a rubber band and secure the loose hair. Take the side of the closure with the loose string and place it in the exposed area at the crown of your head.

Take your needle and take it through a piece of a track previously seen along your invisible part. Pull it through and stitch it down. Pull-on the thread to get a snug feeling, but you don’t want it too tight.

Continue this same process around the entire closure. Your last step is to cut the thread to finish off your invisible part sew-in.


A proper and consistent hair care regimen is very important when wearing wigs or other protective styles. Wigs allow you to transform your style without compromising the health of your natural hair but what’s the point of taking it down if it’s not healthy?


Healthy Hair Tips for Wig Wearers:
1. Wash your hair regularly.
2. Deep condition or hot oil your hair before you braid it down.
3. Moisture your hair to avoid breakage.
4. Treat your scalp. Apply an appropriate amount of oil to your scalp. Make sure braids aren’t too tight.
5. Get into a habit of steaming before and after you braid your hair down. Use a mix of conditioner and Black Jamaican Castor Oil to moisturize while steaming.
6. If possible, don’t sleep in your wig. If your wig is glued on, secure it with a scarf to prevent shifting.
7. Always sleep a satin scarf or bonnet or use a satin pillowcase to prevent breakage while you sleep.

This GLAMgoddess is completely natural and wears wigs to hide her hair during the winter months. With consistency, your hair will continue to grow because HEALTHY HAIR IS A MUST! LADIES, GLAMORIZE THOSE TRESSES!!!!  

With consistency, your hair will continue to grow because healthy hair is a must!

Raw Hair Vs Virgin Hair- What’s The Difference Between Raw Hair and Virgin Hair?

If you have ever worn hair extensions before, you may have heard of the term “Remy hair”. You may have also heard the term “virgin hair”. But have you ever heard of raw hair? If you don’t know Virgin hair and Raw hair very well you probably can’t tell them apart.

In this blog, we will be discussing the difference between Raw hair and Virgin hair.

What is Raw Hair?

Raw hair is 100% unprocessed hair collected from one donor. Not only has it never been chemically processed but it has never had heat applied to it as well. Unlike virgin hair, it comes in its most natural state. This is the highest quality of hair on the market as it is 100% natural. With fuller, longer-lasting bundles, Raw Hair is not only natural-looking, but it acts just like your own natural hair and it blends well with all hair types. Raw hair is the purest and most natural hair on the market.

Raw Hair features:

  1. The hair comes from the same person or donor
  2. Raw hair is 100% unprocessed Hair
  3. Premium quality
  4. 100% human hair
  5. The cuticle is aligned
  6. Hair that has not been altered in any way by steam or chemical treatment.
  7. There are 3 basic textures: straight, wavy, and curly.

What is Virgin Hair?

Virgin hair is chemically unprocessed human hair, which is collected from a single donor. The virgin hair has not been altered by dyes, perms, bleaches, or harsh washes. All the cuticles are intact and moving in the same direction.

In simple terms, the virgin hair is the type which hasn’t been chemically processed. Since there have been industry alterations over the years, it’s okay to refer to hair that is steamed as virgin hair. You can get different styles of virgin hair by steaming. They include waves, natural straight, curly hair, kinky curly, Malaysian deep wave and more.

The most popular kinds of virgin hair are:

Peruvian – coarser, thicker, durable

Malaysian – heavier, softer, silkier

Brazilian – light, shiny, silky

Indian – easy to style, elastic

This type of hair is extremely popular because you can dye, bleach, cut, and process the hair and treat it as your own.

Virgin Hair features:

  1. 100% human hair
  2. Come from one donor
  3. Premium quality
  4. Not Been Chemically Treated – including dyed, bleached or colored
  5. Not Been Straightened, Curled, ironed, blow-dried, permed, etc
  6. Undamaged hair cuticles

What is the difference between Raw Hair and Virgin Hair?

Virgin hair is steamed to achieve different textures. Raw hair has not been altered in any way by steam or chemical treatment.

Understand that raw hair is all virgin hair but not all the virgin hair makes for raw hair. This is the main difference between virgin hair and raw hair.

Which Raw Hair or Virgin Hair suit me best?

For both types of hair, you can change a variety of styles and colors. When you have to choose between the two, you can consider both the style and the price. Maybe you want a more expensive option (Raw hair), or something more affordable (Virgin hair), while still getting great results. Do you want a rough, natural hair or a virgin hair that offers style, geology, and pattern?