Raw Hair…What's that?

Raw Hair is a term you may have seen being thrown around in the hair industry lately. But what is it? Is it good, and should you buy it? Here’s full disclosure on what raw hair is; I’ll let you decide if it’s for you or not.

About 12 years ago, when human hair became available to mainstream America, it was pure and expensive, often from India. Do you remember? We stopped calling it weave and began using the term “bundles” to describe our package of hair. At that time, people weren’t used to spending hundreds of dollars on weave, but the idea of wearing it for months to years was enticing. That was raw hair.

Raw hair is human hair in its most original state. It is from the head of one donor, then sanitized and conditioned before it is sold. Countries in South East Asia such as India, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia are typically where authentic human hair is collected. The good news is also the bad news about this hair, and that is, it’s a person’s real hair. Let me explain.

I’ll start with the bad news. Think of the hair that grows out of your scalp chemical and heat-free. If you’re a woman of color, then your hair probably is “high maintenance,” requiring a timely process to style it how you want and also needing good handling to keep it nice. Raw hair requires care just as good, if not better, than that of your natural hair. For example, it’s best to deep condition this hair with every wash every 2-3 weeks with regular wear. This hair is free of chemicals and dye, which can be both good and bad.

Since this hair is not chemically processed, it can and will react to the environment. Without styling products, humidity will cause this hair to frizz and poof up. Using that example, think of your hair, chemically relaxed versus natural, and how it reacts to moisture, that’s a good metaphor of raw versus virgin hair. Without chemicals, there is no guarantee that any 2 bundles of hair will be exactly alike. Think of your hair compared to your mother or your sister. Although you all are related, your hair texture may be different; that’s the same concept here. This is why the textures are named “natural wave, natural straight, natural curl” because it’s sold as-is instead of being processed into textures like body wave and deep wave.

Please keep in mind that the donors of raw hair come from third-world countries, and they aren’t going to the salons often for hair treatments and trims, so that the hair may have some minor split ends because….it’s the real deal. And just like organic food found at the grocery store, natural raw hair comes at a higher cost than virgin hair.

Now that I got that out of the way, I’m happy to tell you that the good outweighs the bad. Raw hair is the absolute best quality in hair extensions on the market. With proper handling, this hair is expected to last 2-5 years. Because this hair is chemical-free, it lightens and takes color applications flawlessly and can lift 9 levels without damaging the hair. This hair does not tangle or shed easily when it’s cared for. Raw hair is 100% human hair without fibers and fillers, allowing it to style beautifully without burning on hot styling tools. The hair will flow and sway on your shoulders with a noticeable bounce. If you’re someone who has been wearing the same hairstyles for years, upgrading to raw hair will still give you a noticeable difference. 

I recommend raw hair to anyone who wears false hair regularly. Its initial investment may be pricey, but it will pay for itself in longevity and appearance. Level up to quality hair raw hair. It’s truly a luxury to have. 

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