The Best Russian Hair Extensions in the World

We truly believe that Russian hair is unlike any other. Luxurious and strong; it is the perfect hair to make long-lasting and natural-looking hair extensions. Unlike most Russian hair extensions salons, who use branded hair, we work directly with collectors to source it ourselves. We handpick the softest and most luxurious strands.

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What Makes Russian & Slavic Hair the Best for Extensions?

Russian and Slavic hair is some of the most sought-after in the world when it comes to hair extensions. There are a number of reasons as to why Russian hair extensions are seen as the best, however, the main underlying factor behind this is diet. 

The traditional Russian diet is very low in salt and fat. It is also extremely nutrient-rich due to an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. This combination means that Russian hair is very healthy.

Gloss: nutrients help the hair to look glossy, and keep it looking healthy, luxurious and super soft.

Strength: not only do the nutrients help the hair to look amazing, but they also help to strengthen the hair resulting in fewer breakages.

Lightweight: Russian hair is also very lightweight, despite its strength. This means it moves like natural hair and puts less strain on the scalp.

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Our Colour Matching Service

Russian hair is similar to western hair in texture and is available in a wide range of colour options, including blondes, brunettes and reds. This means that it is much easier to colour match your extensions to your natural hair to ensure a seamless blend. This also means that extensions do not need to be chemically treated before fitting and will behave the same way as your own hair, even after washing and drying. 

Our service is all about finding the best match to your hair for a seamless, natural-looking finish. We expertly match the colour, texture and thickness of your hair to create bespoke, undetectable extensions. 

The superior quality of Russian hair extensions means that you can expect to wear your bespoke extensions for years, as opposed to months, if proper aftercare and maintenance is carried out.

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Our Russian Hair Extension Types

Russian hair is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide range of extension types.  At The Hair Alchemist, we offer Russian and Virgin Russian hair extensions with micro rings, miniature micro rings and clip in attachments. Find the perfect Russian hair extension system for you.

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Clip-In Hair Extensions

We offer luxury clip-ins for those wanting to add volume and length without the commitment of more permanent extensions.

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Micro Ring Extensions

The only truly safe, damage-free method of hair extension attachment. They are semi-permanent, easy to maintain and very discreet.

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Mini Micro Rings

Our alternative to nano ring hair extensions is a safer, discreet hair extension option for those with particularly fine hair.

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Female Hair Loss

We offer hair extension and hair replacement systems for those suffering from thinning hair and hair loss.

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Extensions for Short Hair

You don’t need long hair to get luxurious hair extensions.

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Regular maintenance and proper at-home aftercare is crucial for long-lasting, healthy hair extensions.

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Whether it’s everyday confidence for fine hair, a summer holiday or your big day(!), we’ve got you covered. To find out more about Russian hair extensions or to book a free consultation appointment, get in touch on 07538 970628!


Russian Hair FAQ

How do we source our Russian hair?

Russian hair is extremely rare and difficult to source, with many suppliers selling Asian hair disguised as Russian hair. Due to this, many salons claim to work with Russian hair, and may believe that they are, but in fact are not. We believe that the only way to truly know what you are purchasing is to travel there directly…so that’s exactly what we did!

Russian hair is expensive and for the salons that don’t employ Russian speakers, it is easy to be mis-sold Asian hair cleverly disguised as Russian. With an abundance of counterfeit hair on the market, the only way to truly know is to collect the hair at the source, avoiding dishonest hair merchants and brokers.

With over 15 years experience, we know just what to look for when it comes to sourcing genuine Russian hair.

Asian and Chinese hair needs to be heavily processed in order to lift it to a lighter colour. In addition to this, chemicals are often used to change the texture to match western hair. This can leave the cuticle layer severely damaged and therefore affect the overall quality of hair extensions.

Our virgin Russian hair arrives in the form of bulk ponytails. We colour match all of our hair by hand to our client’s hair, ensuring damage to the extensions is minimal if processes such as lightening are required.

How to spot fake Russian hair?

We are experts at spotting fake Russian hair to ensure that all of our clients receive the very best quality hair extensions. There are a number of giveaways such as price, imperfections and durability.

Price – Russian hair is rare. The population of Russian accounts for just 1.87% of the world’s overall population. Asia on the other hand accounts for over 50% of the world’s population. This, therefore, means that Russian hair is scarce in comparison to the amount of Asian hair available on the market. The recent demand for Russian hair extensions also means that supply cannot keep up, therefore, driving the price even higher.

Any salon that is selling ‘cheap Russian hair’ is unlikely to be the real deal. Russian hair should be seen as an investment, not a cheap fix.

Another quick giveaway is if the price increases between hair lengths are standardised. Longer lengths of Russian hair are even rarer and therefore demand a premium in terms of price. The longer the hair the more you can expect to pay.

Mass Production – The rarity of Russian hair means it is almost impossible to mass-produce hair extension product lines made entirely from Russian hair. If you see a site advertised next day delivery on Russian hair extensions in a wide variety of colours and lengths, it is likely fake.

Mass-produced hair extension lines must be consistent and exact. This is simply not possible with Russian hair. The hair would need to be chemically treated in order to ensure consistency across the product range. In addition to this, the cost to have the stock necessary to provide a wide product range and quick delivery is simply not feasible for most businesses.

Double Drawn Russian Hair as Standard – Double drawn Russian hair is the same thickness at the top as it is the bottom. In order to achieve this, the shorter lengths of hair must be removed. This means that more hair would be needed in order to create hair extensions and therefore the price would be higher. Whilst many salons do offer double drawn Russian hair, this is very rarely offered as standard.

If a salon claims that all of their Russian hair extensions are double drawn, they are likely not selling real Russian hair.

Hair Appearance – One of the biggest giveaways is the actual appearance of the hair. Whilst Russian hair is glossy by nature, it should not be unnaturally shiny. If this is the case, Asian hair has likely been coated in silicone to give the impression of Russian hair. This will wash off after a few days, leaving it dull and damaged.

The hair should also feel soft and fine, whilst Asian hair tends to have more of a coarse texture. In addition to this, you should actually look for imperfections. Hair that has been chemically treated often looks ‘perfect’ or a single block colour, however, it is likely damaged and low quality. Natural imperfections such as split ends, kinks, highlights can be a sign that the hair is really Russian.

Language – If you are attempting to buy Russian hair for your salon, language is a key signal to look out for. It is easy to be conned if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Try to buy from Russian speakers and businesses. You should also look out for all the other signs mentioned above to ensure the hair you’re buying is legitimate.

Durability – This can be a difficult one to ascertain however, if a salon is advertising Russian hair that only lasts a few months then it is highly likely to be fake. Russian hair extensions can last up to 5 years with proper aftercare and maintenance.

At The Hair Alchemist, we uphold a commitment to transparency and authenticity with our valued customers. We take pride in delivering genuine Russian hair extensions and readily demonstrate their authenticity, ensuring our customers always receive what they expect.

What are Slavic Russian hair extensions?

Slavic Russian hair extensions are those created from hair that originates in the Slavic and Russian regions. This includes the Ukraine, Belarus and Slovenia.

What is the difference between Slavic hair extensions and Russian hair extensions?

Slavic hair extensions are those created from hair originating in any of the Slavic countries (this includes Russia). Russian hair extensions on the other hand are created only from hair that originates in Russian.

In terms of differences between the hair, Russian hair is the highest quality available anywhere in the world. This is due to the traditional Russian diet. Slavic hair is also very high quality however, it cannot be guaranteed to the same standard that Russian and virgin Russian hair can.

How long do Russian hair extensions last?

Russian hair extensions can last up to 5 years if properly maintained. During that time you will need to attend regular in-salon maintenance appointments in order to have your hair extensions re-fitted to help avoid slippage and shampoo build-up. You will also have to follow a good aftercare routine however, it’s all worth it to keep your hair extensions looking amazing!

Are Russian hair extensions expensive?

We like to think of it as an investment rather than an expense. Russian hair is expensive for salons to buy in so you can expect to pay a premium for Russian hair extensions but, remember you are also getting a premium product. Russian hair extensions will last much longer than other hair extensions so you won’t have to replace them as often. You might actually end up saving yourself money!