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A Cheat Sheet on Choosing between Raw and Virgin Hair

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When it comes to the world of weaves, it seems like there is always something new popping up. The latest trend has been raw hair. Raw hair is different from virgin hair. A few things to consider before buying raw hair.

1. Raw hair is significantly different from virgin hair. Both are human hair extensions; however, raw hair is hair that is completely unaltered. Virgin hair is hair that has been steamed processed to give it its texture. Raw hair has not been steamed processed or chemically altered in any way. Essentially, they get the hair from the donor and then clean it and attach the wefts and send it to you. The way you get the hair is the way the same way the person had it in their head.

2. Since raw hair hasn’t been chemically altered or steamed processed, it only comes in three textures. Raw hair only comes in the textures of curly, wavy, and straight. There is no such thing as a deep wave, kinky curly, body wave, etc. when dealing with raw hair.

3. Raw hair does require different maintenance from virgin hair. As weird as it seems, raw hair products do require a different type of maintenance. There are specific products you should and should not use on raw hair. However, the products used on virgin hair won't alter the pattern in any way.

4. While raw hair seems to be better quality, keep in mind it will be more expensive. Unlike virgin hair, raw hair can be quite expensive. Prices can start at $200 for one bundle in a shorter length and will continue to rise, depending on the vendor. Virgin hair can be expensive too, but there are ways to find good bundles for cheaper. With raw hair, you will always pay more.

5. Raw hair can be limited. While virgin hair is always in excess, raw hair is limited. Many sellers will run out of the hair and will have to wait a month or so for their next shipment to come in. So, keep that in mind when you’re planning your hairstyle.

6. Virgin hair comes in a variety of origins and textures. Unlike raw hair, which only comes in three textures and usually one origin, you have more of a variety with virgin. Virgin hair comes from multiple origins like Brazilian, Indian, Mongolian, etc. and a variety of textures like kinky curly, body wave, deep curly, etc. You have more of a variety with virgin hair.

It’s important to remember that raw hair will cost you more money and will require more maintenance. When your budget permits and you are ready to experience the difference, consider getting raw hair. But, if you prefer a more extensive selection of textures, virgin hair is better for you.
- Angela Tilghman, Hair lover, Writer, Intern, Kesini Beauty Bundles

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