Hair Extension Grade Differences: 10A vs. 9A vs. 8A vs. 7A vs. 6A

There has been a lot of talk about different hair grades, but for many girls, it has been really confusing what it all actually means. Since hair extensions have become more and more popular over the years and the market was getting bigger with all kinds of extensions, hair suppliers have come up with a hair grading system to determine the quality of the hair.  Not all hair is for the high class market and of high quality, some hair is low in quality and lower in price and it is sold in the lower class market. So because there is different quality hair, the hair grading system was invented so that you know what type of hair you’re buying; is it high quality hair, medium quality, or low quality? So for example, you’ve got 5A, 6A, 8A, or even 10A hair and that number determines the quality of the hair.

The Difference Between Hair Grades

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That sounds pretty simple, but there is a lot of confusion regarding the hair grading system. The first reason is because the grading system has changed over the years, what was considered high-quality hair a couple of years ago, with a grade of 5A is now medium quality hair, for example. Also, many hair companies are honest about the hair quality and they’re using hair grades to sell you low quality hair for a high price. So the grading system is not very regulated, but you should still understand what every hair grade means before you buy your extensions to avoid any confusion and paying a lot of money for low quality hair. And it is also important to know the different types of hair extensions so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

Hair Extension Types

Let’s quickly go over the most important hair extension types. There is 100% virgin hair, Remy hair, 100% human hair, human hair quality, and synthetic hair. 100% virgin hair is the most expensive hair you can buy and it has the highest quality. It is human hair with all the cuticles going in the same direction which hasn’t gone through any chemical or mechanical processing. Remy hair is also 100% human hair with all the cuticles going in the same direction, but it has been chemically or mechanically processed. It is also high quality hair that will last you for a long time. 100% human hair has not been mixed with synthetic hair, but it has been stripped of its cuticles and might be chemically processed. It will not last as long as 100% virgin or Remy hair. Synthetic hair has no human hair whatsoever and it’s completely synthetic and this would be considered low quality hair that won’t last for a long time.

Grade 3A

Grade 3A Hair Extensions

This is low quality hair that was not properly maintained by the donor and is very thin. It it low quality hair that was not properly maintained by the donor. chemically processedactly what you’ensions to avoid any confuusually has very thin, tapered ends that are often split. This hair will shed, tangle, and mat and won’t last you for a long time.

Grade 4A and 5A

Grade 4A and 5A Hair Extensions

This is lower/medium hair grade. This hair is 100% human hair but it’s not Remy hair and the cuticles will be stripped or won’t go in the same direction. It is also going to be pretty thin and it’s highly likely that it will tangle and mat. For that reason, it won’t last for a long time, probably a couple of months. If still choose to buy this type of hair, make sure you purchase shorter lengths, no longer than 12 inches to avoid as much tangling as you can. This hair is high maintenance since you will have to spend a lot of time using different methods to detangle it.

Grade 6A

Grade 6A Hair Extensions

Grade 6A hair should be Remy hair which means all the cuticles go in the same direction. It will have medium thickness and you’ll be able to dye it to a medium blonde color. But keep in mind if you do want to buy, it is best to have it done by a professional. This type of hair could work on straight hair up to 18 inches and could last you for up to 10 months. If you take proper care of it, it could work just fine as a high quality budget hair, but if you want curly hair or hair that’s longer than 18 inches, a higher grade hair is necessary.

Grade 7A

Grade 7A Hair Extensions

Grade 7A is high quality Remy hair that has all the cuticles intact. It is pretty thick and strong and it will last for up to 18 months. This hair will shed and tangle much less than the other types. Grade 7A can be dyed up to a platinum blonde color and stay healthy and strong. This a good option when buying hair extension.

Grade 8A and 9A

Grade 8A and 9A Hair Extensions

Grade 8A and 9A is 100% virgin hair which means it is pure human hair from one donor that has not been processed in any way and all the cuticles are intact. The price of this hair is higher, but it’s very high quality and it can last you up to 2 years. It is much thicker than lower grade hair and it has much less short hairs mixed in the hair bundles. You can dye this hair to a completely white color. This type of hair will not tangle as much and is much easier to maintain.

Grade 10A

Grade 10A Hair Extensions

This is the highest quality hair that you can buy and it’s also the most expensive. It’s 100% unprocessed virgin hair from one donor and it’s very thick and strong. It can be dyed up to a white color and still remain healthy. If you want really long hair, or curly hair, this is a great choice. This hair won’t tangle or mat as much and it doesn’t require much maintenance. It will last you for a very long time. Grade 10A is very thick and strong and it’s definitely the best hair you can buy at the moment.


  1. JoAnna April 9, 2018

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Hair Extension Grade Differences: 10A vs. 9A vs. 8A vs. 7A vs. 6A

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