It was two years ago when it happened. I rushed to the post office to pick up my package from Genesis Virgin Hair. I had waited four weeks for the hair to arrive; the same hair that was so coveted online, it was only in stock for one hour each week before it completely sold out.
I was still in the car when I opened the box, just too excited to get home. I had waited too long for this “good” hair. And Lord knows, I didn’t want to wait any longer.
I ripped open the box at a red light. Hoping to see something as valuable to me as gold. Instead, I was met with the stench of burnt corn chips. YUCK! I pulled the hair out of the plastic bag that covered it. Immediately, I noticed its poor texture. The hair was as stiff as a board and clearly dyed black. My heart dropped deep into my car seat. I couldn’t believe that I had just been bamboozled and tricked.
I had just received some of the worse hair ever.
I send Genesis Virgin Hair a message or two to voice my concerns. Of course, they never refunded me my money ($150!) or sent me another bundle of hair. But through that experience, I learned two very valuable lessons that I will carry with me always.
1) All hair is NOT created equal. & 2) Hair companies LIE!
Since then, I’ve teamed up with quite a few hair companies and distributors who have schooled me on the difference between good hair, bad hair and the best way to purchase hair online. And today, I’d like to share those tips with you.
Hopefully, you won’t ever find yourself in the same situation I was in.
It definitely was a terrible one.
1. Stay Away From YouTube Reviews
I’m sure you’ve watched a million and one YouTube reviews about the hair you are interested in buying. But unfortunately, YouTube reviews are not reliable. Often times, brands give YouTubers free hair in exchange for a positive YouTube review. These reviews are expected to be done a day or two after the initial install. Once the review is up, the deal is complete and the YouTuber moves on to the next brand of hair. Because of this, viewers never get to see a true and honest review, especially from the more popular YouTubers who are frequently courted by hair brands.
Additionally, more often than not, YouTubers of all levels neglect to to do a four week, three month and one year review. Because of this, viewers never know how the hair will hold up on the long term. All hair is great during the first few days. But will your hair hold up through the seasons? Leave it to YouTube and you may never know.
2. Visit Black Media Hair Forum
Skip the YouTube videos and head over to Black Hair Media Forum. Here, stylists post honest reviews about the hair they frequently use on themselves and their clients. Reviews are typically thorough and accurate and cover an expanded length of time. Plus, no one is paid to post on Black Hair Media Forum. So you can rest assured that people are a lot more honest.
3. Order A Sample
This may seem like a hassle if you want your hair right away. But if you can spare a few weeks, order a sample size of hair from the company you are interested in before you place your official order. This way, you’ll be able to test the hair for yourself and see how “good” it is. You’ll also be able to see if the texture and color matches your own. And because most virgin hair companies do not accept returns on purchases, this may be the most cost effective option. However, if the hair company you are interested in purchasing from does offer a return policy, like Corine Hair & Beauty (hint, hint), you may be able to skip this step.
The Bottom Line:
Buying hair online can be a daunting task. But if you take your time and follow my advice, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and heartache on the dreaded bad bundle. Out of the States? Click here to shop in Canada online.
What’s your favorite hair company? Where do you buy your hair from online?