So, what is raw hair and where does it come from? Raw unprocessed human hair is sourced mainly from these countries India, Vietnam, Cambodia, and South America. 

Hair that comes from China is usually process in some form chemicals, steamed, bleached to blonde, the cuticle is often removed and coated with silicone  to match various textures.

Raw hair is exactly as the name applies; Raw, unprocessed, 100% human hair. When you think about unprocessed this means it has not undergone ANY chemical, heat or steam processing. Raw hair is the most purest and natural form of hair available on the market. Raw hair is great in that the quality is top notch and can literally last from two to four years.

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Single donor hair is a bundle of hair that is cut only from one donor that is what’s called single drawn hair. Double donor hair is cut twice from one donor. This type of hair is more expensive than a single donor. Next when the hair is collected from donors it is examined for evidence of nits lice is removed it is then washed, shampooed, conditioned,sorted then made into wigs, frontals, closures, and bundles. 

The beauty and the beast of Raw hair is that no two bundles are the same in terms of color and even texture. They won’t be very different from each other but never identical and that because the hair is not steamed to from uniformed patterns. 

The other thing to keep in mind is that raw human hair will most likely be aligned meaning the hair is organized in the same direction to keep hair from tangling. To test this out you can simply take a few strands of hair starting from the top and run your fingers down the length of hair. It should be very smooth, however if you do the same thing in the opposite direction you should feel some resistance or friction that is an indication of real quality hair that will last from two to four years. Yes, that’s right but again that truly depends on how well the hair is cared for.

Raw hair does require different maintenance from virgin hair. As weird as it seems, raw hair needs a lot of moisturizing and conditioning. We highly recommend using quality products, salon grade hair care products costs more but in the long run it will preserve the life span of your wigs or hair extensions. Yes, if that’s not an option for you then please use products that has no sulfates, paraneans, or alcohol as these ingredients tend to strip hair leaving it dull and brittle. 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.

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Raw Indian – Highlights: Raw Indian hair is extremely popular and favored by clientele and usually comes in those lighter brown colors- which may be a pro if you need to blend it with lighter colored natural leave outs. See our collection of our raw Indian hair here

Raw Vietnamese- Highlights: Raw Vietnamese is bomb in their straight texture. Super smooth and are perfect for those smooth sleek looks. The texture is also great for blending with natural hair see here

Raw Cambodian – Raw Cambodian hair is very full body, thick, wavy and bone straight and most known to have curlier styles available again is also rare.

South American—Raw SouthAmerican hair is very full body hair that comes in straight, wavy, and in rare cases curly. What makes South American hair great is the colors, textures and lengths are well suited to most ethnicities.


Virgin hair is a term for hair that has never been chemically processed.  Chemically processed hair is hair that has been color treated, permed, relaxed, bleached or dyed. A pattern textures are introduced to a different look.

Virgin hair comes in a variety of origins and textures. Unlike raw hair, which only comes in three textures and usually one to three origins, like Cambodian, Indian, and Vietnamese, South American. Raw hair normally comes in straight, natural wave, and curly. You have more of a variety with virgin. Virgin hair textures and patterns range from Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Mongolian, etc. and a variety of textures like kinky curly, body wave, deep curly, etc. 

Steam processing or steaming allows for the creating of those hot exotic and unique styles like, body wave, deep wave, mink or silky straight, Italian curl or Spanish wave, kinky curl, tight curl, curly wave, loose wave, kinky straight, 4C Afro kinky, natural wave, Blonde 613.

So, here you have it a quick intro to raw and virgin hair on a last note may we recommend that you sign up for our newsletter we plan or dropping different styles of wigs and hairextensions using these raw and virgin hair goods.
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Ada Leroux Hair

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