Posted on June 30, 2013 by Helen Van De Kaa | 4 Comments

Longevity = Hair Grade

At Noir Virgin Hair we understand that Hair comes in many different grades from the lowest which is no grade or A (1A) - AAAAAAAA(8A)  The higher the grade the better the hair was cared for by the donor.  No grade,top quality or 1A is the bottom of the barrel.  It is hair that is usually very dry and brittle with split ends and uneven lengths.  The most common grade is AAA or 3A.  

This is the most reasonably priced higher grade hair available.  3A hair tends to be much drier and will not last as long compared to 4A-5A. It will require more deep conditioning to keep it in good shape. AAAA (4A)-AAAAAAAA (8A) is the best.  It is also referred to as Royalty Grade.  Most companies do not offer 5A or 8A because the of the cost.

This is Noir Virgin Hair preferred grade because of the longevity and wear time. 4A hair is good hair but 5A-8A is great hair. 5A -8A hair has nice soft thicker ends. It has more moisture. 5A -8A hair has been taken better care of by the donor before it was harvested. 4A-5A is the best by far.   It will last many years with proper care.  Even abused it will last more than 6 months. There is a considerable difference between 4A and 5A-8A hair. For Noir Virgin Hair 8A Gold Range.  


Tangling = Remi vs Remy 

Always choose Remy with a Y.  Remy with a Y means that all the cuticles are intact, running in the same direction as it would growing out of the scalp naturally.   All Noir Virgin hair comes from a single donor.  Remy should not tangle or mat if the hair is a good grade.

Remi with an I is a brand of low quality hair.  It is readily available at most beauty supply stores.  In general it has been coloured (#1, #2, #3 etc) or chemically treated including perming, texturing (Yaki), highlighting etc. It has already been dyed so it WILL NOT colour well. 

Virgin vs Non Virgin 

Refers to hair that is completely unprocessed, and intact.  To qualify as virgin hair, it must meet rigorous standards including: not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached, chemically processed in any way. Virgin hair is the hair you want if you are going to dye the hair.  

Virgin hair is likely to have a few strands of grey or white hair since it is in its natural colour and has not been dyed.  This is a natural characteristic of 100% virgin hair. It usually comes in a colour range around #1b to #1 a natural dark brown to black.  NOTE:  It is possible to get Virgin Remi with I.  

Virgin Remi is hair that has been swept off of the floor from a Virgin donation station and then sewn onto a weft.  Although the hair has not been coloured the cuticles ARE NOT in alignment so it will tangle even though it is Virgin hair.  Buyers Beware.  Knowledge is Power!  

What's the difference bet. single/double drawn?

Single drawn Remy hair also called Virgin hair is made up of hairs of all different lengths as it grows naturally on the head. The cuticles are intact and these pieces look very natural.

Double drawn hair is sorted so that all the hairs in a weft are within one or two inches in length, this is sorted so that all of the strands are of the exact same length.

This is the most expensive grade of hair because of the care that is required and the time it takes to sort the hair so meticulously.  For our 5A Virgin range visit our collection at  


Final Break down:  

3A is Low grade Virgin or processed remy, coloring not recommended. It may lift to #4

4A is Med. Grade Good quality Virgin hair, Tangle free ,Min. shedding (Can color)

5A is Pure Virgin remy hair cuticle in same direction, Tangle free , Can bleach to light blondes, softest feeling!

8A is the Finest Pure Virgin Hair with cuticle in the same direction, Tangle free, can bleach to light blondes, softer than 5A with Luxury feeling!

Some suppliers are offering 4A grade as 5A so be-careful...

Have questions? simply ask us at sales@noirvirginhair.com 




4 Responses

Avis Harris
Avis Harris

October 21, 2015

Great information! Thanks

Ready Redd Chicago
Ready Redd Chicago

July 26, 2014

Indeed… Very informational! I’ve been trying to figure out thee grades of hair.


October 15, 2013

Good day, I struggle to get blond hair that doesnt tangle, please provide me with a price on your highest / best quality blond hair
Regards Liza

Alunisha Dougherty
Alunisha Dougherty

July 29, 2013

very informative was not aware about the grades of hair.

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