I finally did it! I ordered a small weft sample of virgin Malaysian hair from Manedepot online and that i bleached it. It took less than 10 minutes and remained very soft and healthy. I have light blonde hair and as some experienced hair extensions wearers might know…there are usually not many top quality blonde products in the marketplace. Hey…if I am wrong, please tell me. I might love any recommendations. In the event that they last greater than two or three installs without getting ratty I consider them prime quality.
Lately, I’ve been researching the topic of virgin hair as they pertain to extensions (wefts, fusion, wigs, etc). Virgin hair is unprocessed and so it behaves naturally and lasts longer than chemically altered hair extensions. Manufacturers often use an acid bath or coloring process to change virgin hair textures for resale and this damages the natural cuticle that ensures hair lays smooth and feels soft. Asian hair is usually acid bathed to strip the cuticles making the strands less coarse and more suitable for Caucasian use. A silicone coating is applied after the acid bath thus giving it a soft feel and shiny appearance; problem is, once the silicone wears off the hair starts to tangle and mat. If you happen to decide to purchase virgin hair, be certain buy from a reputable retailer; you don’t need nits, lice or gray hairs in your weft. You also don’t want animal hair interspersed with human hair, synthetic hair interspersed with human hair, or different batches of hair mixed into the identical weft resulting non-aligned cuticles. It is best to purchase single or double drawn unprocessed hair that came from one donor. The principle drawback in all of this for myself after all is that virgin hair is sort of always dark hair since the vast majority of donors are of Indian, Hispanic, or Asian decent. The one exception to most dark virgin hair is that which comes from a more Northern Slavic origin or European virgin hair – and that stuff may be very expensive and rare!
I suppose what I’m really getting at is that I am uninterested in not being able to make use of my blonde hair extensions for greater than a few installs. So after researching and determining the various benefits of virgin hair I decided I had to try it; the primary problem is I would must bleach it with the intention to color it to my shade of blonde. If all goes well I will get to reap all the advantages of wearing beautiful virgin hair (technically its now not virgin after you bleach it but you realize what I mean). and hopefully it is going to last a year or more if I take good care of it. Some wearers have reported that their virgin hair actually got nicer and softer the longer they wore it. It seems virgin hair is more expensive than other types of extensions but considering I have been buying one 4 four ounce weft at $130 a pop every few months or so I believe the upper initial cost is worth it. In the event that they last so long as people say I’ll actually save money in the long run.
I came across a detailed article describing the bleaching process so armed with this new knowledge I purchased the supplies from Sally’s Beauty Supply. Here is an inventory of what I purchased: 1 tub of bleach powder, 40 volume lightening solution and a few toner (takes out the brass) and a few good aragan oil. That’s it folks…those 4 ingredients. I mixed the powder and 40 volume in equal parts (added a little bit of toner and aragan oil), smeared it on the sample and (here is the secret) I put it in aluminum foil and in the oven on the warm setting for 7 minutes. Unbelievably easy yo! My sample weft lifted to a medium golden blonde color that quickly. I rinsed it, added some apple cider vinegar to neutralize any leftover lightener and deep conditioned it with aragan oil. It’s really beautiful, very soft and ready to color to the shade of blonde I choose. I do know if I might have left it in for another 2 or 3 minutes and it could have been a very light blonde. I decided I will purchase the complete 4 ounce weft from Perfect Locks for the reason that place I bought the sample is a bit pricey – regardless that they give the impression of being to have good products. I usually install less than the entire 4 oz so this is fine for me. People with thicker hair would want two 4 oz wefts to get a fuller look. They have some really nice curly virgin Indian hair in 16 inches for about $150 (customer reviews rave about the standard).