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Remy, raw hair, Europid, Russian – the hair glossary explains to you the most important terms from the world of real hair extensions

Some of the statements about certain terms are not always correct. You can maintain an overview with the glossary put together by secondary hair experts, hair producers and doctors.

Androgenetic hair loss

Androgenetic hair loss is the most common form of hair loss. It is a genetically caused oversensitivity of the hair follicles (hair roots) to the so-called steroid hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The consequence is that the growth phase of the hair is shortened. Persons with sparse hair growth therefore do not have fewer hair follicles than people with full hair but the growth phase of their hair is shortened to the point that it is scarcely still visible. This is also referred to as so-called miniature hair.

We at Hairdreams have a suitable solution in all cases: with our anti hair loss treatment Stop&Grow hair loss can be effectively combatted. We have developed a product line especially for men:  Stop&Grow for MEN. In case of advanced hair loss, we work with various systems (MicroLines, Folium or MediWig), to restore the old hair volume to those affected.

Asian hair

Many different ethnicities live in Asia. Most hair donators belong to the Mongoloid basic hair type (see section on “raw hair”). This hair is naturally dark brown to black, smooth and very thick. It has to be strongly chemically treated in further processing and bleached to achieve a lighter colour tone or a certain soft hair structure.

Asian, chemically bleached hair is used for most cheap hair extensions. It is not surprising therefore that the number of lower quality hair extensions offered nowadays is so large.

We at Hairdreams exclusively purchase Europid raw hair for our real hair products.

Bonding extensions

What are bondings?

A bonding refers to the connection point that is fitted to the top end of an individual real hair strand. The bonding is melted with warm tongs and the hairdresser can fix the strand to natural hair.

Connection points are often wrongly referred to as keratin bonding. Keratin is hard and cannot be melted. Bonding is therefore always a thermoplast. This is a synthetic that can be shaped through heating.


How are the bonding extensions fixed?

There are two principle methods:

  • Individual bonding fixing (“single strands”): here the extensions are fixed manually to the natural hair.  Your hairdresser simply forms the bonding with their fingers. It can be formed differently depending what suits you and your hairstyle wish the better, either round or flat bondings.
  • Automatic multiple bonding fixing: here several hair strands are fixed to the natural hair at the same time with a machine. Of course, this is quicker than the single strand method, but it cannot be worked so individually.Das geht

We at Hairdreams work with both methods. We often also combine them for the perfect result.


How big are the connection points?

This varies from supplier to supplier. As a rule, good systems have very small connection points, which applies to Hairdreams: they are more pleasant to wear and are not noticeable amongs your own natural hair.

Good systems also always have different strand thicknesses, depending where they are used on the head. We work with a total of three thicknesses.


How are the bondings removed?

To remove the bonding extensions again, the hairdresser releases the thermoplast connection with removal tongs. For even gentler removal, we at Hairdreams additionally use a special liquid, our Hairdreams Removal Solution.

Brazilian hair

Brazilian hair comes especially from the indigenous natives of Brazil. It belongs to the Mongoloid basic hair type (see section on “raw hair”) and is naturally always black. It is offered as straight, wavy and curly. The hair is thicker than Europid hair but a little thinner than Peruvian hair and is therefore very popular among people of color.

It often happens here also that the term “Brazilian hair” harbours a marketing trick and hair from Asian countries is falsely sold instead.

Clip extensions

Clip extensions, also known as clip-in or clip-on, is conceived especially for short-term use and can be compared to hairpieces. They usually consist of braids or strands 15 to 40 cm long, with a clip sewed or adhered to the end. This clip is used to fix the strands to natural hair.

The advantages of clip extensions: they can be used spontaneously at home and fitted yourself, rapidly conjuring fabulous hair volume – perfect for occasions such as weddings, parties etc. It is important that the clips are fitted carefully, as otherwise the natural hair can easily be damaged.

The quality of most clip extensions leaves a lot to be desired, which is why they are so cheap to buy. As they are often only used once or for a short period, nobody wants to spend a lot of money on them.

Hairdreams can make clip extensions on request – in the form of either braids or tapes. However, as quality is a priority for us, they are exclusively available in our Premium 5-STAR and 7-STAR hair qualities.

Real hair

“Real hair” means naturally grown hair and is clearly distinct from artificial hair in terms of its properties, care and styling possibilities. The term “real hair” in itself is vague and is used independently of its exact origins, hair quality, hair structure and refinement of the hair.

There are many different qualities and hundreds of terms for real hair. The majority of real hair basically comes from dark, black raw hair that is mostly chemically refined. It is in these refinement processes, and depending how elaborate and careful they are, that the secret of good real hair quality often lies.

A special class unto itself is presented by the hand-selected real hair that comes from light, brown to blond raw hair and is selected painstakingly hair by hair with tweezers and a magnifier. This hand-sorted hair generally also has a higher price.

Ethically sourced hair

Due to the great demand for real hair, a worldwide black market has developed, dealing with stolen hair. To make a clear distinction to fairly traded hair, the “Ethically sourced hair” seal was introduced: only voluntarily donated hair may bear this title.

We at Hairdreams attach special importance to only processing hair from adults who have sold it voluntarily at a fair price. You can rest assured: we do not purchase our raw hair blindly on the hair market! To ensure that it is “ethically sourced hair”, we either acquire the raw hair directly from the hair donators, from hairdressers or certified hair collectors and check its origins again ourselves.

Foil toupet

This type of toupet has a medium to extremely thin foil that the hair is fitted into. This foil is then applied to the scalp. Foil toupets provide very natural results, especially if one wants to simulate a very airy hairdo that is not too dense.

However, the thinner the foil, the shorter the toupet lasts. Very thin foil toupets last as a rule for 6 weeks before they either tear or the hair they contain starts falling out. For thin foil toupets, a hair fixing method is used whereby the hair is not alighed in the same direction, so it is non-remy (see the “non-remy” section). This causes strong matting of this foil toupet after just a few hair washes. Toupets with a somewhat thicker foil are better, which hair of an impeccable hair quality is fitted to, for example the Hairdreams toupets in the 7-star or 5-star quality.


Baldness refers to the crown, if there is no visibly growing hair on it or the hair has been shaved off. Androgenetic hair loss among men usually starts with a receding hairline and progresses rather slowly. Contrary to this, with other forms of hair loss, such as Alopecia Areata (see “circular hair loss” section), total baldness can occur within a few months.

We at Hairdreams have a suitable solution in all cases: with our anti hair loss treatment Stop&Grow hair loss can be effectively counteracted. We have developed a product line especially for men:  Stop&Grow for MEN. In case of very advanced hair loss, we work with various systems  (MicroLines, Folium or MediWig), in order to restore the old hair volume of those affected.

Basic hair types

Human hair is divided into three basic types: Europid (Caucasian), Mongoloid (Asian) and Negroid (African) hair. The three basic hair types in detail:

  • Negroid raw hair is most common in Africa and among black people. It features tight curls and has a cross section simular to a ribbon noodle (approx. 0.02 mm high and 0.8 mm wide). It is naturally black to dark brown.
  • Mongoloid raw hair is most common in Asian countries such as Myanmar, China, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam etc. It is smooth, has a round and circular cross section and is thicker  (approx. 0.07 mm to 0.12 mm). It is naturally black so has to be chemically bleached.
  • Europid raw hair comes from a variety of regions worldwide and its structure is smooth to curly. It is principally finer, has an oval to triangular diameter (approx. 0.04 mm to 0.07 mm) and is available in all colour variants: from black, all shades of brown to auburn, blonde and ash-blonde.
Hair loss

Hair loss refers to an excessive loss of hair. There are various forms.  For example, in permanent hair loss, the so-called androgenetic hair loss, as a rule one loses more than 60 to 100 hairs per day over a long period and there is noticeably less and thinner hair. In circular hair loss, on the other hand, also called Alopecia Areata, which is triggered by an autoimmune reaction, hair loss is often very sudden and in clumps.

The causes for hair loss can be genetic, hormonal or due to illness, the wrong diet, stress and many others. Hair loss is often presented as a men’s problem, but women face it equally. Unfortunately, hair loss is increasingly common and poses a severe mental problem for many of those affected, because not only is it detrimental to self-confidence but feelings of self-worth and enjoyment of life are also compromised.

Hairdreams has therefore been working on reliable solutions for decades – and with great success! With our innovative and patented systems, from the MicroLines hair thickening  and toupets to MediWig real hair wigs and our anti hair loss treatment Stop&Grow, we help those affected around the world.

Our hair loss solutions are available exclusively at the Hairdreams CompetenceCenters, where the staff are specially trained and certified.  Because especially when it comes to hair loss, personal and detailed consultation is required, along with special expertise.

Hair integration

For thickening in case of hair loss and sparse hair, hair integrations are no doubt the best solution, because they can be easily and especially invisibly worked into the natural hair. This is not possible, for example, with tape and bonding extensions, as they would be visible and do not provide the necessary volume on the crown. The exception are the Quikkies Secrets tape extensions, which can also be used in the parting area due to their special appearance, seeming to grow out of the scalp.

We at Hairdreams have developed and patented the MicroLines for this. MicroLines are microfine lines that the finest real hair is fitted to and that are adapted individually to the shape of the head of the wearer. They can be fixed permanently but absolutely gently to the scalp or alternatively are removable with clips – but no matter what method: MicroLines boast an incomparable wearing feeling.

Hair implantation

Contrary to hair transplantation, where one’s own hair is relocated, in hair implantation artificial hair is inserted into the scalp.

However, the human body will only accept a certain amount of artificial hair, rejecting the rest. Consequently, the rejected hair falls back out again. As the quantity of artificial hair is only sufficient for very small bald patches, the method is not suitable for counteracting severe hair loss.

The best solution is anti hair loss products, such as our hair treatment Stop&Grow, or hair integration. Your Hairdreams partner salon near you can provide detailed advice.

Hair net

The term hair net refers especially to the elastic, netlike head covering that is used to keep hair together. But it is also used for hair thickening: here hair strands are fitted to the hair net, also often called a topper. This net is integrated into the natural hair using various methods. It is most common for the hair net to be fixed to the natural hair using so-called bonding rings.

Hair nets are not to be mistaken for our MicroLines. Hair nets are usually thicker, woven fabrics that hair is fitted to. MicroLines on the other hand, as the name suggests, are ultra fine lines that real hair is fitted to. These lines are then joined individually to matrices and can thus be adapted perfectly to the shape of the head of the wearer. They therefore boast an incomparable wearing feeling and the quality is unique worldwide.


A hairpiece basically refers to any form of hair replacement that is not a wig. This includes e.g. a toupet, butterfly hairpiece, parting piece, T parting, hair filler etc.

Hairpieces can be made of real hair or artificial hair and they are available as readymade solutions, if one is in a hurry, or as individual customisations, adapted to the wishes of the wearer.

Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation or hair replanting refers to the planting of endogenous hair and is used especially in case of hair loss – both for men and for women.

There are a variety of methods. In all cases, natural hair is taken from the back of the head and then planted into the crown or bald patches either in little bundles (three to four hairs) or as individual hairs. The replanted hair can then continue to grow normally.

However, the hair loss among the hair that was originally already on the crown continues. And this means that the crown or the bald patches continue to get more sparse despite the transplantation.

A hair transplantation is therefore not satisfactory in the long term. As a rule, only anti hair loss products help in this case, such as our Stop&Grow hair treatment or a hair integration. You can receive detailed advice at a Hairdreams partner salon near you.

Hair thickening in lengths and tips

To achieve great hair fullness and volume, one can work with various methods: bonding extensions, tape extensions or hair braids are perfectly suited to hair thickening in lengths and tips, as they merge wonderfully with natural hair.

The condition for a beautiful result is of course the quality of the real hair extensions. Caution is advised for cheap products with a low hair quality, as undesirable results are par for the course. We at Hairdreams work only with tape and bonding extensions in top hair quality: the proven  5-star quality, the legendary 7-star quality and our brand new #iNSPOS hair.


This is a type of toupet with a basic thickness of 0.06 mm. The hair is fixed without knots to the toupet surface, the SuperSkin, to simulate natural growth. The SuperSkin is fixed to the scalp with adhesive and adhesive strips but is still very breathable.

However, as with all other foil toupets (see “foil toupet” section), the following applies to Hairskin: the thinner the foil, the shorter the toupet lasts.

Hair sources

European hair, Russian hair, Slavic hair, Indian hair, Brazilien hair – in the hair industry, it is customary for the hair to be falsely attributed to certain countries. The aim is to make the end consumer believe that they can expect a certain hair quality.

However, a classification of the hair according to the country of origin is not very helpful (see “Russian hair”). Instead, it is the basic hair type (europid, mongoloid, negroid) that is decisive. You can read further details in the “raw hair” section.

Indian hair

In principle, Indian hair lies between the europid and mongoloid hair type (see “raw hair” section). Many different ethnicities live in India, which is why Indian hair can have both an oval and a round diameter.

The colour among young Indians is naturally black. Older persons whose hair is already grey often disguise this grey with henna dyes. The henna dye washes out over time, however, and the grey hair is then coloured in red and orange tones.

There are basically two raw hair types in India: temple hair (Remy hair) and fallen hair (non-Remy hair).

  • Indian temple hair is hair that is donated by women, men and children in Hindu temples for religious reasons. Due to the low standard of life of the donatory, there may be lice, insects or dirt adhering to the hair. The cut-off bundles of hair are therefore chemically cleaned.  This can be detrimental to the hair. The dyeing with henna also poses a problem, as  henna is a slight irritant to the hair cuticles. The more often the hair is dyed with henna, the thinner the hair cuticles become. Dyed hair can also no longer be referred to as pure raw hair.
  • So-called “fallen hair” is hair that has been combed out, gathered by women and handed over to hair collectors.  The same problems as with henna dye apply to this hair, as it is no longer Remy.
Circular hair loss

Alopecia Areata, also known as circular hair loss, is an autoimmune reaction in which the immune system attacks the hair roots. These get inflamed and hair falls out in clumps, leading to circular bald patches on the head. The hair roots are not completely destroyed, so in some cases the hair can grow back again. Apart from an immune system disturbance, circular hair loss can also be caused by stress, shock or toxins.

We at Hairdreams have a suitable solution in all cases: with our anti hair loss treatment Stop&Grow hair loss can be effectively counteracted.  We have developed a product line especially for men:  Stop&Grow for MEN. In case of very advanced hair loss, we work with various systems (MicroLines, Folium or MediWig), to restore the old hair volume to those affected.

Artificial hair

Artificial hair or synthetic hair is made of textile fibres. It is considerably cheaper than real hair and is often associated with poor quality. But like with real hair, for artificial hair there are also various price and quality categories.

Artificial hair in lower quality is often statically charged and therefore attracts dust easier, quickly losing its gloss. High-quality artificial hair, on the other hand, may remain glossy and smooth for a very long time and in terms of quality is often even better for certain hair products than real hair of an inferior quality. It can therefore not be generalised that only poor quality artificial hair is available.

Artificial hair is used especially in mass production, for example for Carnival wigs. But we at Hairdreams have also recently been combining our Premium real hair with high-quality artificial fibres, so-called “active fibres”: the result is the innovative and unique #iNSPOS-hair – an incomparable hair quality that is unprecedented on the real hair extensions market.

Micro ring extensions

In this method, individual hair strands are fixed to a plastic or metal ring (diameter approx. 2 to 7 mm). These rings are then pressed together with special extension tongs and clamped to the natural hair. Very precise work is the condition for not damaging the natural hair. Furthermore, the rings may not be fixed too close to the scalp, as they can otherwise cause pain and pressure.

Hairdreams does not have microring extensions in its product range, we work exclusively with tape and bonding extensions.


The mounting is a significant quality feature of a hairpiece. The hair is anchored into it. There are various models, which differ in comfort, durability and not least in appearance.

On the one hand there are net hairpieces (monofilament) consisting of nylon threads with various mesh thicknesses (from very fine to very coarse). On the other hand, there are also foil hairpieces that are made of polymers (PU/poly), which are skin-like materials whose main components are usually silicon and polyurethane.

Nano ring extensions

This is a mini variant of the micro ring extensions, as they are up to 90 % smaller. For this reason you also need a lot of hair strands, between 500 and 1000, to achieve a beautiful hair volume. Between 200 and 300 hair strands are needed for micro ring extensions.

We at Hairdreams do not work with nano ring extensions, our product range exclusively includes tape and bonding extensions.

Non-remy hair

When hair is cut or when hair from different sources is gathered together, it gets mixed up. To be precise, the strands are not aligned in the same direction of growth. The consequence is that their hair cuticles rub against each other and mat the hair.

So that this does not happen, in many cases the hair cuticles are cauterised chemically (with acid) and coated with a silicon layer. This hair is then sold falsely as “remy hair”. Why falsely? The silicon layer washes off after several washes, resulting in splitting. Ultimately it leads to severe matting.

Scalp hair thickening

In case of sparse hair or bald patches on the crown, hair integration is best suited for creating a satisfactory and natural-looking thickening. We at Hairdreams have developed and patented the MicroLines for this. The MicroLines are micro fine lines that the finest real hair is attached to and that are adapted individually to the shape of the head of the wearer. They can be fitted permanently but without any damage to the scalp or alternatively can be removable with clips – but not matter what method: MicroLines boast an incomparable wearing feeling.

The MicroLines system has often been copied, but its high wearing comfort and exceptional quality are unrivalled. Furthermore, the imitations often fail when it comes to their areas of use, as the Hairdreams MicroLines can even be used on large bald patches.

A crown hair thickening with bonding or tape extensions is very difficult, as the hair extensions would be visible and furthermore do not provide the necessary volume on the crown. Only our Quikkies Secrets Tape Extensions are suitable for use in the parting area, as their special appearance makes it look as if they are growing straight out of the scalp.

Permanent hair thickening

If you would like lasting hair volume, a permanent hair thickening is suitable for you. In this method, hair extensions, for example in the form of tapes, are attached to the natural hair using special adhesive strips or fixed with bondings.

We at Hairdreams work with tape extensions and bonding extensions with the highest hair quality for permanent hair thickening in lengths and tips.

Peruvian hair

Peruvian hair is black, slightly wavy and belongs to the mongoloid basic hair type. The hair is much thicker than europid hair and especially popular among people of color.

It also often happens here that the hair from Asian countries is sold under the name of “Peruvian hair”.


Alongside the toupet, the wig is no doubt the most well-known form of hair replacement. It is not a modern-day invention but was already a firm feature on the heads of both women and men in ancient Egypt.

A wig is characterised by covering the whole head area from the forehead to the neck. The hair is attached to a mounting – i.e. a base made of tulle – which is sewed so that it fits closely to the head. A wig is suitable for people who have either lost all their hair (e.g. due to Alopecia Areata Totalis), who have too little hair to fix a hairpiece to it (e.g. due to Alopecia Areata or advanced androgenetic hair loss), as well as for persons who like to change their hairstyle quickly and easily.

Remy hair

The term originates from French (“remise”) and means something like “to align”, “to equate”. French wig makers in the 17th century already used the terms “remise” and “non remise” for raw hair. So hair that was cut off by barbers/hairdressers and landed on the floor was referred to as “non remise”, as one could no longer tell where the top and bottom of the hair was. But if hair was cut directly off the head and bundled immediately, noting the top and the bottom, it was referred to as “remise”. These terms were transferred into English and became “remy” and “non remy”. The same applies in India, where hair that is shaved off in temples indicating the top is referred to as remy. Hair that is combed out and gathered, on the other hand, is sold as “non remy”.

Non-remy hair would matt immediately if used, for example, for hair extensions, as the hair cuticles rub against each other. This is why hair producers in Asia, India etc. proceed as follows: they take non-remy hair and cauterise the cuticles off with acid, then seal the hair shaft with silicon and sell the originally non-remy hair as remy hair. However, after around 10 to 15 hair washes, the silicon washes off and then this hair starts to mat due to the residual cuticles.

Note: not everything labelled as “remy” is truly remy hair! Furthermore, over the course of refining the hair, the hair can easily get mixed up and so true remy hair can easily become non-remy hair.

Hairdreams has taken a stance against such methods and false statements. Already back in 1990 we developed a patented method that checks all hair for remy and non-remy and can separate them out. All hair at Hairdreams runs through this inspection process twice. The first time is when the raw hair is delivered to the Hairdreams manufacturing and then again when the refined Hairdreams hair leaves our manufacturing and is sent to our partner salons.

Raw hair

“Raw hair” refers to human hair that has been treated neither mechanically nor chemically, so is raw and untreated. In principle, there are 3 basic times of human hair: Europid (Caucasian), Mongoloid (Asian) and Negroid (African), but which can also all occur mixed.

  • Negroid raw hair is most common in Africa and among black people. It is very curly and has a cross section like a ribbon noodle (approx. 0.02 mm high and 0.8 mm wide). It is naturally black to dark brown.
  • Mongoloid raw hair is most common in Asian countries such as Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam etc. It is smooth, has a round cross section and is thicker (approx. 0.07 mm to 0.12 mm). It is naturally black so has to be chemically bleached.
  • Europid raw comes from various regions worldwide and its structure is straight to curly. It is basically finer, has an oval to triangular cross section (approx. 0.04 mm to 0,07 mm) and is available in all colour variants: from black to all shades of brown, ginger, blond and ash-blond.

Hairdreams exclusively uses Europid raw hair. In principle the following applies: the lighter the colour of the raw hair, the rarer and more expensive the real hair is to purchase. This is because light raw hair does not need to be chemically lightened and is therefore not damaged in the refinement process.

Thousands of workers manually sort the raw hair strand by strand for Hairdreams with tweezers and a magnifierm according to a total of 25 colour nuances from light brown to ash-blond, resulting in uniform basic colours for the legendary Hairdreams 7-star hair quality, without any chemicals. For the Hairdreams 5-star hair quality  black Europid raw hair is carefully lightened to the required colour tone by means of an extremely elaborate and painstaking process for up to 6 weeks.

Unfortunately, at first glance it is not so easy to find out whether purported raw hair has been mechanically or chemically treated/refined and is therefore actually not genuine raw hair. It requires scientific tests to establish this.

Hairdreams therefore subjects all raw hair supplied to Hairdreams manufacturing to very thorough quality controls. All incoming hair is screened and its keratin content is determined. In addition, the surface properties and intactness of the hair cuticles are examined closely and the elasticity and colourfastness of the hair are checked. Only when the hair has passed all the entry tests at Hairdreams is it processed further as “Hairdreams raw hair”. Hair that does not meet the strict Hairdreams quality criteria is eliminated and returned to the hair suppliers.

Only hair that has never been bleached, dyed or coloured, mechanically treated or straightened and that has a healthy, intact hair structure is worthy of being “Hairdreams raw hair”.

Unfortunately, a lot of raw hair is offered and dealt with on the market that does not meet these criteria. Many hair dealers and hair producers also lack the necessary expertise and the sophisticated technology used by Hairdreams for quality controls. Therefore many inferior hair qualities are used for hair extensions and other real hair products that often lead to great disappointment for the wearers.

Russian hair

Some dubious hair suppliers like to use the catchphrase “Russian hair”. This is intended to suggest that it is light natural hair from blond Russian girls. However, this is false! Because one cannot determine where exactly the hair comes from – each individual hair would have to bear an origin stamp from the original owner of the hair, which is of course impossible. One can only establish the basic hair type based on the diameter of the hair and other genetic features.

In reality, “Russian hair” means hair that comes from the Russian region and does not reveal anything about its ethnic origins! However, the human hair type is decisive for hair quality (see “raw hair” section). If we consider enormous Russia, after all the largest country in the world, and that it is 12,000 km wide and most of it lies behind the Ural Mountains in Asia, where the majority of people of Asian origins live, it soon becomes clear that it must be predominantly Mongoloid hair.

Alongside the orthodox Russians (41%), many different Asian and indigenous ethnicities (Tuvans, Buryats, Khakassians, Yakuts, Altays, Chukchi, Evenks, Koryaks, Nenets, Khanty, Mansi, Yukaghirs, Bashkirs, Mongols, Chuvashs, Tartars, Chechens and many others) live in Russia. Therefore the term “Russian hair” has little meaning. What is decisive is what raw hair type it is (Europid, Negroid, Mongoloid) and what colour the raw hair is. Most Russian hair is black and of a Mongoloid type, as it comes from behind the Ural Mountains in the Asian region, as explained above. This hair therefore has to be chemically bleached and dyed to achieve the required colour.

The question is also raised as to how the hair is obtained. Whether it is cut individually from the head (remy hair), comes from prisons or is gathered from the floor at hairdressers (non-remy hair).

Conclusion: the term “Russian real hair” is used purely for marketing purposes and is intended to dupe the end consumer into thinking that it is hair with a Caucasian or Europid hair structure.

Sandwich procedure

This is a method for fixing tape extensions. A natural hair strand is adhered between two tape extensions (see “tape extensions” section). This method not only prevents an unpleasant feeling of pressure on the head but also reduces the risk of hair splitting.

Cut hair

“Cut hair” in itself actually means very little. It only refers to hair that has been cut or shaved directly from a person’s head. Such hair is therefore only cut hair at the moment it is cut off.

“Cut hair” is intended to suggest a particular hair quality. But unfortunately this is incorrect, as nobody knows whether this cut-off hair has been bleached, dyed or otherwise chemically treated by the owner. It is also decisive and should always be questioned what hair quality and which raw hair type (Mongoloid, Europid, Negroid – see “raw hair” section) the cut hair is, what natural colour this hair once had and how good the surface structure still is.

In any case, as soon as a mechanical or chemical treatment has taken place  (either before or after being cut off), it is no longer untreated raw hair. Certain hair dealers claim falsely for marketing purposes that cut hair has the best quality and sell it as virgin untreated hair.

Conclusion: a good marketing trick, but that is all.

Slavic hair

The term “Slavic hair”, like “Russian hair”, is regularly used by some non-transparent hair dealers for marketing purposes, referring to the wider “Slavic” area of origin, from Russia and the Soviet Union to Poland and Montenegro. It is intended to suggest that it is light natural hair from blonde Slavic girls (Czechs, Russians etc.). But this is false!

In states such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, the Ukraine, Russia etc. the standard of life has continuously risen in recent decades. Consequently, the demand for beauty products such as hair extensions, especially among younger women, has increased greatly, so that these countries are increasingly important markets for real hair products. The probability that there are many women in such countries who make their hair available for hair extensions is very low.

Furthermore, one cannot establish where the hair comes from. Each individual strand would have to bear an origin stamp indicating the original owner, but of this is of course unfeasible. One can only establish the basic hair type on the basis of the diameter of the hair and other genetic properties. For the purported “Slavic hair”, every individual hair would therefore have to be genetically tested and certified in order to be able to claim that it was really hair from a Slavic person.

However, when one considered the huge territory of the former Soviet Union and that the majority of it lies in Asia, one can only presume which hair type it really is. Tests have shown that this so-called “Slavic hair” is largely of a Mongoloid type “see “raw hair” section) and probably comes from the Asian regions of the former Soviet Union. It is naturally mostly dark to black and has to be chemically bleached and dyed. In many cases, the hair cuticles have also been cauterised.

Conclusion: the designation “Slavic hair” is used purely for marketing purposes and dupes the end consumer into believing it is hair from Eastern European ethnicities and of a Europid basic hair type.

Tape extensions

What are tapes?

Tapes are adhesive strips made of PU and other types of synthetics, which real hair strands are attached to. This synthetic adhesive strip acts like a double adhesive strip: when the foil os peeled off, the real hair extensions can be fixed to the natural hair. It is an especially quick and straightforward method that is also known by the names “tape-in”, “tape-on” or just “tapes”.

The material of the adhesive strip is decisive for making them feel pleasant to wear. The tapes can often be too hard and can then not mould to the shape of the head of the wearer and can be clearly felt. If tapes are thick, there is also the risk that they do not last so long, as the adhesive loosens more easily. On the other hand, thin and soft tapes are more reliable, but are more difficult and expensive to produce.


Which tapes does Hairdreams use?

We at Hairdreams exclusively use wafer-thin, super flexible and extremely durable PU strips for our Quikkies tape extensions in 5-star quality.

Apart from the tried and tested Quikkies, for perfect results we also work with the Quikkies Secrets tape extensions. They are absolutely invisible, as the Hairdreams hair comes directly out of the surface of the PU strips, covering the adhesive strip. The hair therefore appears to grow directly out of the scalp.

Our #iNSPOS tapes are brand new and revolutionary. They are also super thin and flexible, but also a bit wider (6 cm), making them even more pleasant to wear. You can find out more about the many other advantages of our new #iNSPOS here.


How are the tapes fixed and removed again?

In most cases, the tapes are attached to the natural hair by means of the sandwich procedure, with one tape over and one tape under the hair strand. We also do it like this with our Quikkies tape extensions.

As your natural hair is constantly growing, the tapes automatically wander further downwards. They therefore have to be regularly refitted further up on your hairline. But not to worry, you do not need to buy new tape extensions for this! The adhesive strips are sprayed with a harmless removal spray and can then be easily pulled from the natural hair. With our special replacement strips, the so-called “refix tapes”, we then attach the tapes to your natural hair again.


Toppers are hair nets that artificial or real hair is sewn/tied onto and are then integrated into natural hair. They are not to be mistaken for our innovative and patented MicroLines that can be adapted perfectly and individually to the shape of the head.


Toupets are half wigs or replacement hairpieces that serve to conceal partial hair loss. They are usually customised hairpieces that are worn especially by men with a receding hairline or bald crown.

Originally the term toupet referred to a hair fashion from the second half of the 18th century, a hair quiff created by backcombing or pads underneath and fixed with pomade.

Shorter lengths

The hair on our head is not all of the same length. The reason: they have differing growth times. If a whole hair plait is cut off, there are also many short hair strands in it that cannot be used for hair extensions from a certain length. This shorter hair is referred to as shorter lengths.

We at Hairdreams reliably pluck these shorter lengths out of the raw hair plaits in two to three procedures. Why? We thus guarantee an even thickness from the roots to the tips. Compared to the hair strands of competitors, where the shorter lengths are often only minimally eliminated, Hairdreams real hair extensions are incomparably voluminous and only have a minimal number of shorter lengths.

Shorter lengths are also often referred to as “drawn”. It refers to the procedure in which the too short hair is drawn out of the hair plait.

Virgin hair

“Virgin hair” is a term that has only been used in the hair industry for marketing purposes for about 10 years but is often used incorrectly. The term is supposed to suggest that it is virgin hair, meaning pristine hair of the highest quality. But in 99.99 % of cases this is false. Because only hair that has had absolutely nothing done to it – neither by the original owner nor in further processing – can be referred to as virgin hair.

All so-called virgin hair on the market, however, has been mechanically or chemically treated. Dyed, bleached or otherwise mechanically treated hair may not be called virgin hair, however, as the customer is clearly misled. Hairdreams therefore explicitly avoids such statements.


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