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What is the difference between raw hair and virgin hair?

What is raw hair, and how is it different from virgin hair? Everyone is curious to know about it. Unfortunately, there has been a false aged long narrative regarding raw hair and virgin hair on the market today. These terms have been used by some hair vendors incorrectly in the labeling of their hair extensions to sell to their unsuspecting customers. But RIE Hair Boutique provides organic raw Indian hair bundles without any false claims.

Both virgin hair and raw hair have very distinct features, and we hope that after we help you master them, you will be able to decide which one to purchase for yourself or your clients.

Differences between raw hair and virgin hair :

  • Raw hair is slightly different from virgin hair. Both are human hair extensions. However, raw hair is unprocessed; virgin hair has been steamed processed to give the texture of deep waves, loose waves, etc. Raw hair has not been steamed, processed, and behaves just like human hair growing out of your hair. This is why raw hair requires more love, care, and attention. Raw Indian hair bundles are one of the best examples of raw hair.
  • Since raw hair has not been chemically altered or steamed processed, it usually only comes in three textures. Raw hair primarily comes in straight, natural waves, and curly. Styles such as kinky curly, deep wave, body wave, etc., are nonexistent in raw hair.
  • Raw hair does not require different maintenance from virgin hair. As unusual as it may seem, raw hair needs a lot of moisturizing and conditioning. We highly recommend using quality products. Please note that even if you use products on virgin hair, it won’t alter the actual pattern in any way.
  • Like the raw Indian hair bundles, raw hair is of better quality, but in mind that it will be more expensive. Unlike virgin hair, raw hair can last up to 4 years and more. Quality virgin hair can be pricey too, but typically with raw hair, you will pay more.
  • Raw hair can be limited, while virgin hair is always in excess. Many sellers will run out of hair and will have to wait for months, so grab your raw Indian hair bundles before it becomes out of stock.
  • Virgin hair comes in various origins and textures, unlike raw hair, which only comes in three textures, i.e., straight, natural wave, and curly, and usually one of the three origins, i.e., Cambodian, Indian, and Vietnamese. So you have more of a variety with virgin hair. Virgin hair textures and patterns have names that range from Brazilian, Malaysian, Peruvian, Mongolian, etc. Virgin hair extensions also have various textures like body wave, deep curl, kinky curly, afro kinky, loose curl, etc.

While raw hair is more expensive, the investment and maintenance is worth it as it can last up to 4 years or more, and you can always make a wig or clip-ins out of it. But if you are looking for some textures, then virgin hair is for you.


This is what you need to know about the difference between raw hair and virgin hair. It’s a matter of preference. There are pros and cons in both types, so it’s better to ask yourself do you like the more natural advantage that raw hair provides or do you want the trendy styles and textures that virgin provides.


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