Virgin hair is hair that is free from processing and still has its cuticles attached. No chemical treatments including perming, dying, bleaching or colouring. Virgin hair comes from a single donor. The hair is tied into a ponytail and then cut. Cutting the ponytail in this way keeps the hair cuticles in one direction preventing tangling and shedding. Each ponytail is machine double wefted ensuring it is reinforced multiple times in order to increase its durability. This process is why it is important to not cut the hair wefts as it can loosen the strands and cause excessive shedding.
There are various precautions and steps you can take to care for your virgin hair.
1. Do Not Cut or Pierce The Wefts (During Installation)
Cutting the wefts loosens the strands and will cause shedding. If you have already cut the wefts they can be sealed with fabric sealant along the wefts. Sealing your wefts can also be done even if they have not been cut. Contact us for recommendations.
Once virgin hair is cut from its donor, it no longer receives the natural oil and nutrients from the scalp which naturally keeps hair soft, shiny and tangle-free. It is very important to use products to replace these nutrients for the hair so it can maintain its softness and versatility. Use sulfate-free, oil free and silicon free hair care products. Not maintaining your hair well will result in dry, dull, tangled, damaged and unmanageable hair extensions.
Recommended Lines: John Frieda Frizz Ease, Aussie and Herbal Essences, TRESemme Heat Defence
3. Co-wash & Deep Condition
Shampoo and condition your hair at least once a week especially if the texture of your virgin hair is very curly. Do not massage or rub the hair against itself. Comb the hair with a wide-tooth comb gently from tip to root. Wash in a downwards motion. Ensure shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly. Apply a moisturising conditioner. Use a wide tooth comb or fingers to work the conditioner into your hair. Put on a shower cap and wait for at least 10 - 30 minutes, and then rinse conditioner out thoroughly.
Use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment in your hair twice a month. This is very important if you have dyed the hair or used hair straighteners.
4. Drying & Styling
Air drying your hair is highly recommended. Set the hair with rollers whilst wet to maintain uniform curls. When hair is completely dry, apply more serum from John Frieda range if required. If you must use heat to dry or style the hair, be sure you use a leave in conditioner first and heat protector.
Sleeping on your hair can reduce its lifespan dramatically. Use a satin or silk pillow and scarf to prevent excessive friction on your hair whilst sleeping.