Hair Grades and the Grading System

The hair weave business has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Today, there are so many different types of hair extensions as well as marketing terms to quantify the quality of the hair.

The (5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A) grading system was created by manufacturers in China as an easy way to explain to their clients “how good the hair is.”

Although, there is a catch. Do you remember just five years ago when “5A” hair was so amazing? That might have been back around 2012 – 2013. But wait! Then there was “6A” hair in 2014. That was then the best hair extensions. In 2015 we were introduced to “7A” Brazilian hair weave which was considered the new top grade. The amazing “8A” virgin hair was then popular in 2016 and now in 2017, the “9A” hair weave is the best.

Now in 2018, you see people selling 10A hair and I have even seen a few marketing 11A and 12A. Do you see the trend here? Every year Chinese hair manufacturers add an additional “A” to their hair to stay competitive. In reality, it is all just hair marketing. Expect “11A” hair weave to be the new high-grade hair extension and the talk of the town in 2019.


Peruvian hair is normally thicker, straighter, or slightly wavy. Peruvian hair is usually slightly thicker and coarser in texture than Brazilian hair. … Both types, if the hair is 100% unprocessed virgin hair, can be coloured, ironed-flat and curled. You can achieve a fuller hair installation with lesser bundles of Peruvian Hair due to its natural thickness. This difference in texture should be kept in mind when you plan to add hair extensions or otherwise invest in a weave. Always try match your existing hair texture in the case of  hair extensions.

What do all these fancy HAIR TERMS mean?

Virgin hair is 100% real human hair that has never been altered by a chemical process. It is the highest quality human hair available on the market. Virgin hair is expensive, but it does last longer than Remy hair, making it worth your investment.

Remy hair, just like Virgin hair, has its cuticles kept intact and not stripped, but has been through some kind of chemical process.

Cuticle.  The hair cuticle is the outermost part of the hair shaft. It is formed from dead cells, overlapping in layers, which form scales that gives the hair shaft strength and provides protection for it.

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