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Is your weave faux real? Bargain weaves may be a hair don't

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Brandi Covington-Windom is known as the queen of all weaves. "It makes you feel beautiful," she said. "If you're on a budget, you want to make sure you're purchasing the right hair."

And in this case, the right hair is human hair. Most human hair extensions fall into two categories:  virgin hair, which is completely unprocessed, and Remy hair, which is processed with the cuticles intact. Remy extensions are considered the gold standard, and prices start at more than $100 per pack.

Instagram has ads offering Remy hair extensions for less than half the price. Is it too good to be true?  Armed with a hidden camera, we visited several beauty and wig stores to see if Remy hair extensions could really be purchased for a fraction of the cost.

Right off, we struck gold. Or so we thought.

The clerk said anything under $20 is anything but real Remy.

In an email, a spokesperson with the Vivica A. Fox Hair Collection wrote, "Vivica's Wink is a blend. Meaning that it is not 100% all human hair. It is mixed with 100% human hair and protein hair. To avoid confusion, we changed the packaging a year ago to reflect that more clearly."

She went on to write, "We do consider Vivica's Wink to be 'Remi Quality' regarding the texture. Also, Vivica's Wink can be curled upwards of 365 degrees. If the hair burned while you were curling it, it means that the heat was too high."

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency does not have the resources or authority under the law to approve product labeling before it hits store shelves. It is the manufacturer's and/or distributor's responsibility to ensure that products are labeled properly.

"They're misleading women and even little girls who are interested in getting hair extensions," Covington-Wisdom said.

The FDA can bring regulatory action against a manufacturer if the label is false or misleading. The lesson here is if the price is too good to be true, it probably is!

"It's not going to be presentable, so pretty much you've wasted your hard-earned money," Covington-Wisdom said.

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