When we hear the term mink, most of us think of the adorable animal with lovely hair. That said, most of us wouldn’t run to the store to purchase a pack of mink hair extensions. Why would we want these precious creatures harmed?
Well, let me give you some good news. Although the name mink hair extension might sound like they come from this type of animal, they don’t.
So what exactly are mink hair extensions, then? Ladies, I’m here to tell you all about it.
What Are Mink Hair Extensions?
Mink hair extension is a misleading name. Mink hair extensions are not made from actual mink hair. That said, there is absolutely no harm or killing involved in this type of hair extension.
What’s the deal with the name?
Well, mink hair extensions are simply referring to the impeccable quality of the hair. It is so immensely soft, thick, silky, and durable that it resembles mink hair.
Mink hair extensions are simply designed with the highest quality virgin human hair, no animal hair.
There is so much to love about “mink” hair used for mink hair extensions. Aside from being full-bodied and gorgeous, a few other benefits of going the mink route include:
- Hair colors well
- Typically made with double weft construction for thickness root to tip
- All hair flows in the same direction for seamless blending
Mink hair is also notably longer-lasting than other types of hair. In fact, high-quality mink locks can easily last up to three years with proper care. Talk about getting the biggest bang for your buck!
This is great news, considering mink hair extensions tend to be on the higher end of the price scale. For example, these gorgeous FQ Peruvian Straight Human Hair Bundles are fairly high-priced, and you’ll need multiple bundles for a full set of hair.
Seeing as how long they last, though, you shouldn’t mind shelling out some extra dollars for mink hair extensions.
Is Mink Hair Better Than Raw Hair?
With so many different types of hair found in hair extensions, it can be challenging to choose which one is the best. Two popular options are mink and raw hair. Which is better, though? Let’s take a closer look at the details.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that mink and raw hair are pretty similar. Both hair types come from a single donor. However, raw hair tends to be a bit stronger than mink hair. Both are incredibly silky smooth, and luxurious, though.
Another big difference between the two is that mink hair is washed, conditioned, and steamed before being sold. The process ensures that the hair is extremely soft to the touch and has a full, bouncy appeal.
As you may have guessed, raw hair is not washed or conditioned. It is sold as-is, straight from the donor. Therefore, it might need a little tweaking before being worn. Mink hair can be worn right out of the package, making it a great option.
What’s The Difference Between Mink Hair and Virgin Hair?
What about virgin human hair compared to mink? Which one takes the cake? Again, mink and virgin hair are incredibly similar. After all, mink is known as the most high-quality virgin hair on the market. However, the main difference is that virgin hair tends to be stronger from a single donor.
There are some notable differences between the two, though. For one, mink hair is far thicker and lustrous than regular virgin hair. That is one reason why people seek out mink: there is a whole lot of body you won’t find elsewhere. With so much density, mink hair is less likely to frizz.
Mink hair is typically longer than virgin human hair, too.
How to Care for Mink Hair Extensions
Although mink is incredibly high-quality, the good news is, it doesn’t require any fancy or intricate maintenance. However, proper maintenance is key to ensuring the hair stays in tip-top condition. Here are a few handy tips and tricks.
- Use high-quality shampoo and conditioner. My personal favorite is this combo, the NKY1 SALT AND SULFATE FREE SHAMPOO and Conditioner. It’s sulfate-free, which is an absolute must, and is great at maintaining mink locks.
- Use a deep conditioner once a week. A deep conditioner will ensure that the hair stays healthy and hydrated. I recommend the Finally Hair Hair Mask because it repairs and restores with tons of hydration.
- Be gentle with drying. You don’t want to use a towel roughly with your hair extensions. Letting them air dry is the best way to go. If you use a blow dryer or another heating tool, consider using a heat protectant spray beforehand. Don’t forget to brush through any tangles gently, too.
Mink hair isn’t really from the animal (thank goodness). It’s a marketing tool to explain just how silky soft, and durable the hairs are. Don’t be afraid to try these luxurious locks out for yourself.