What’s The Difference Between Single and Double Drawn Hair?
Single drawn and double drawn are terms used frequently in the hair extension industry to describe different types of hair, however if you are new to hair extensions you may be a little unsure as to what this actually means.
To help you understand the differences, here we shall detail what makes hair single or double drawn
Single drawn hair is the standard thickness that many hair extensions are available in, and is a very popular choice for hair extension wearers. A standard bundle of single drawn hair will contain around 50% full length hairs, and 50% varied length hairs.
What does this mean? An example of single drawn hair extensions
If we take a bundle of 18” nano ring hair extensions as an example, around 50% of the hairs are likely to measure approx 18”, with the additional 50% comprising of a combination of lengths which are likely to be between 14-16” in length. This means that the hair will be thick at the tip of the bundle and then taper off slightly towards the end.
Benefits of Single Drawn Hair Extensions
There are many positives associated with single drawn hair extensions, and it is often a popular choice due to its natural finish. As hair naturally grows from our scalp, each of our hairs will have a different growth rate, therefore an individual with naturally grown long hair will have hair that is thinner at the tips and tapers off towards the bottom. For clients looking for a natural finish where masses of volume is not important, single drawn hair is a great choice. Equally, single drawn hair is often cheaper than double drawn hair, however if you trim the ends up by a couple of inches, they can easily be thickened to give the same overall appearance as the more expensive double drawn hair.
Drawbacks of Single Drawn Hair Extensions
The down sides of single drawn hair extensions are that you will find a lack of volume in this type of hair extension. If you have a client who is looking for a glamorous look, you will struggle to achieve this with single drawn hair extensions and will need to trim off a significant amount of length to achieve this look. For example, if you are looking for very thick 20” hair extensions you will need to purchase single drawn hair of 22-24” in order to allow enough hair for the extensions to be trimmed and thickened at the ends, so that they still have an overall length of 20”. If this is the look your client is after, single drawn hair extensions may not be the best choice, and double drawn could be a better option.
Double Drawn Hair Extensions
When hair extensions are listed as double drawn, this essentially means that within a bundle of hair, the majority of shorter hairs as described above are removed and replaced with longer hairs BY HAND!!!!!. This means that if you were to purchase 18″ hair extensions, the hair would be thick from root to tip, as the majority of hairs (around 70-80%) within the bundle would measure the full 18 inches
Benefits of Double Drawn Hair Extensions
Double drawn hair is a great choice if the hair you are after is that of volume and glamour. As the hair extensions are very thick right to the tip, a full bodied look will be achieved with ease. As the extensions are so thick, it is also likely that you will not need as many as you would for a full head of single drawn hair extensions, and therefore will not need to purchase quite as many strands.
Drawbacks of Double Drawn Hair Extensions
Although you may be able to get away with purchasing fewer double drawn hair extensions in comparison to single drawn hair extensions, on a strand by strand basis double drawn hair can be more expensive than single drawn, however you are getting more hair for your money. As double drawn hair extensions are thick from root tip this can make the strands quite heavier in weight. If you have a client with fine hair this weight may be too great for their hair to support without causing damage, and therefore double drawn hair extensions are not suited to everyone.