A reader asked on my review for the Perfect Locks virgin Indian hair what the letter grading systems mean in terms of hair extensions. For those who are unfamiliar, a lot of new hair companies and Chinese vendors have began labeling their hair as 5A, 6A, AAA – leaving consumers confused as to what those letters indicate.
Great question! I’m going to answer in two parts – the technical response and my opinion. Technically the higher the letter rating, the better the quality of hair. So, 6A would be considered “best” while AAA is mediocre. My opinion? It’s a bunch of crap. It is a good idea in theory, but that is exactly what it is – a theory. There is no governing body that regulates these ratings, nor is there a standard set of requirements that need to be met in order to give your hair a certain rating. So of course most companies – especially those on Instagram and YouTube – are going to say their hair is 6A! In fact, when I first starting seeing the letter rating, the highest that even existed was 5. Then someone had the bright idea to go one better with 6. I’m not knocking anyone’s hustle, I mean if 5 is good then 6 must be great right? Instagram hair companies are good for it! But what does it actually mean? Not much.
Some sources say 3A means it is all virgin hair, 5A guarantees the cuticles are in the same direction, so forth and so on. I don’t put stock into any of it; In fact well established, reputable companies don’t even bother with this nonsense. A rating system is only helpful if there is a regulatory organization and/or requirements that must be met for each grade. Otherwise, anyone can label their product with whatever grade they want. After all, who gonna check ‘em boo?