What Are Hair Extension Grades?

What Are Hair Extension Grades?
Given that hair extensions are extremely popular, some people are still confused about hair extension grades. What does that mean and how did it get started? If you’re not sure what the best grade of hair is, this hair grading system is helpful.

With this in mind, this article will help you make a knowledgeable decision for your next purchase. Read on for a sure-fire way to better understand hair extension grades.

First, let’s quickly review the history of the hair grading system.

The Beginning of Hair Extension Grades

In the early 2010s, the hair grading system was created by some hair extension suppliers. The purpose was to determine the hair quality sold to buyers. It was also because they wanted to differentiate themselves from companies that sold lower quality hair.

However, there’s actually no legal regulation for the hair grading system. And many companies are not honest about the quality of hair in their different hair extension grades. For example, they may use top hair grades to sell you low-quality hair for a high price.

And until you get the hair in your hands, you won’t know the actual quality of the hair. So, to get the highest quality of hair at affordable prices, you must learn about the different grades of extensions. Not only will this help to avoid confusion, but also will save you money in the long run.

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The Difference Between Hair Grades

At Heaven Sent Hair Supply, we sell the highest quality of hair. However, we do have various grades of hair that you can use for different purposes.

With this in mind, let’s briefly discuss the different types of hair.


It’s not properly maintained by the donor and is very thin. Additionally, it’s considered to be low quality hair. As such, sometimes suppliers add animal hair or synthetic fibers to the 3A grade hair.

This hair grade may have an unpleasant chemical smell due to it being chemically processed. The ends are often split, very thin and tapered. As a result, this hair will mat, shed, tangle, and doesn’t look healthy. In fact, you’ll notice how the color fades after a few shampoos.

4A and 5A Grade Hair

4A and 5A hair extension grades is lower to medium hair grade. It’s best use is for hairstylist schools because of its budget-friendly price. The cuticles are stripped and don’t go in the same direction. And it may be sourced from different donors.

Like the 3A above, 4A and 5A grade hair is also thin and other similar characteristics.

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This grade of hair is Remy or 100% human hair which means all the cuticles go in the same direction. Because it has a medium thickness, you can dye it up to a medium blonde level. Since it works on straight hair and last up 8 months, it’s a suit option for many women. Not to mention the budget-friendly price. But if you want hair that’s longer than 18 inches or curly hair, a higher grade is necessary.

Grade 7A

A great choice that will deliver good quality on a budget. Grade 7A is high quality Remy hair that has the cuticles intact. In addition to being strong and thick, it can last up to 12 months. 7A will tangle and shed much less than the other types and can be dye as per your needs.

8A and 9A

Both 8A and 9A are 100% virgin human hair, which is from a single donor. Moreover, the hair is never processed in any way and has all cuticles intact. Obviously, the price of these two grades is high with a lifetime of 1.5 to 2 years. Also, this type of hair has fewer short hairs mixed in the hair bundles. It doesn’t tangle as much as well as easier to maintain.

10A Grade

10A is the highest quality and most expensive hair that you can buy on the market. It’s 100% unprocessed virgin hair and comes from donors with thick ends and strong structure. As a result, it can be straightened, bleached, permed, dye, or styled as you would your own hair. Additionally, it tangles and mat less than your own hair.

For the best hair extension grades, shop online for extensions at heavensenthairsupply.com. Also, check out our Instagram for the latest hairstyles and ideas.

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