Virgin hair refers to human hair that is still in its original state. Meaning, the hair is pure in that it has never been colored, bleached or chemically processed in any way. Virgin hair is 100% natural so there is no damage to the cuticles. The cuticle is important because it provides mechanical strength to the hair fiber. It is a protective layer as well as the system that controls the water content of the fiber. Virgin hair has virtually no split ends or damage to the hair. It gives off a natural sheen because the cuticles have not been altered.
The best quality virgin hair in the hair industry is hair that has been provided from a single donor or person. The hair is tied back into a ponytail and then cut in order to keep the hair cuticles in one direction to prevent tangling and shedding. The hair is then prepared into single or double drawn wefts after washing and disinfection. A ponytail of virgin hair should weigh approximately 100-115g. Be cautious when some suppliers offer more than the average quantity because the hair may have fillers of synthetic or animal hair.
Beware of cheaply priced virgin hair. Virgin hair can cost well into hundreds of dollars for just 12 inches of hair in a bundle of 100g. Virgin hair is very time consuming and is a tiring process to harvest, which is why it is reflected in its high prices.