Hey, are your hair extensions really Russian?

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Beware there are fake Russian hair sellers about!
In this blog post we will give you advice on how to spot fake Russian hair before purchasing and what to do if you have already bought fake hair.

Does the supplier have a social media account or an online presence?

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Before parting with your hard earned cash, it is always best to research, research and then research who you are buying from. There is nothing worse than spending hundreds are even thousands of pounds all for it to be wasted on the not so real deal! Look to see if they have a social media account/accounts. Also look to see if they have a website or if they have a Google my business page. Is the information up to date or correct? If they have any of the above, this is a good sign. The more of an online presence they have the better!

Are their full contact details easily available?

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If you can clearly see the suppliers full contact details on their social media, website or market place listing, you have another green tick! Anything hidden, please back away. A supplier should not have any basic information missing such as contact details.
If there is an issue or even an enquiry, how are you supposed to contact the supplier if this information is missing?

Prices are a huge give away!

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If the prices are cheap, it’s not Russian hair point blank! There’s no ifs or buts.
Russian hair is expensive. The reason is Russian hair is very hard to source and its availability to the general public is limited. Very few suppliers source real Russian hair. The ones who do actually fly out to Russia and collect the hair themselves straight from the donors. Russian hair does not typically come processed. So if you come across processed Russian hair, such as coloured it is highly unlikely to be genuine. If you come across hair that is in plastic packaging or factory made. This hair will not be Russian either. Most if not all suppliers are crafts specialists. They hand tie and tip the wefts themselves after they have brought the donors hair from Russia.

Large inventory? Fast turn around? Large colour options? Sales?

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If they have answered yes to any of the three, chances are it’s not real Russian hair. As stated earlier, Russian hair is hard to come, by plus it is only available in a few natural shades as it is unprocessed. You may find that suppliers offer slight discounts when purchasing more hair, as they may have the means to source the hair through their reputable links. However this will not be on a large scale as factory hair such as Chinese and Indian hair is. They will not be offering huge sales on their inventory either.

What to ask the supplier?

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Politely ask to see photos or videos of the donors hair being cut. Most suppliers often have footage of the hair being cut straight from the donor. If they do not have this, ask to see photos of their workshop space.
Is the lifespan of the hair short? Real Russian hair, with good aftercare should last you a lifetime, i.e 7 years. This is a lot longer than any other hair types by far!
Does the hair have a slight wave? Russian hair has a slight wave or kink to it when wet. Curly Russian hair is a clear sign of it being fake!

What to do if you have bought fake Russian hair?

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If due to the unfortunate event, you have already purchased fake Russian hair. If you can, please try to contact the supplier. Politely bring to their attention that you have done some research and that the hair is not genuine Russian hair. Ask them for photographs or videos of the hair being cut by the donor or their work space. If the hair is not used and is in its original packaging, ask how you can return the hair. If all else fails, then you can leave a review on their page detailing the false advertisement and how you tried to rectify the problem. If you still have no luck, take this a lesson and do not buy from the supplier again.

Below are two genuine suppliers or hair extension technicians who provide real Russian hair.
https://www.russianhair.net/ – Supplier

https://tatianakarelina.co.uk/ -Supplier and hair extension technicians

We do not supply Russian hair, however we have a keen eye and are able to tell if the likelihood of your bought hair is Russian. If you would like to have hair extensions installed by us or need hairloss prevention or hair loss management advice, then feel free to make an appointment with us at our Home base salon in M14 area of Manchester, UK. Have a look at the hair extension services we provide https://nyaimpressions.com/services/

Conclusion

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Always do your research before purchasing, find out how visible the supplier is on the web. Ask as many questions as you need to feel informed, such as videos, photos of the hair being cut from the donor or ask to see their work space. If the hair is cheap, stay clear! Also back away if they are offering many different colours and crazy sale prices. If you have already bought fake Russian hair, try and contact the supplier to rectify the issue, if not leave a review and take note not to order from them again.
Only buy from Genuine Russian suppliers such as Russain hair net or Tatiana Karelina.

Have you been duped by fake Rusian hair? Tell us of your experiences down below in our comments section.

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