Grading Hair Extensions 5A - 9A
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Hair Extension Grades: 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A

What is the Difference Between 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, and above?

A lot of potential clients ask us, “What Grade is your hair?”

Great question!

If you are looking to buy wholesale hair from a reliable vendor, then you want to know if it is great hair and will your clients fall in love with it.

Before we go into the hair grading system, let’s see where it first evolved from. This will be important when trying to find the best hair extensions for your money.

History of the Hair Grading System

The hair weave business has changed dramatically over the past ten years.

Today, there are so many different types of hair extensions as well as marketing terms to quantify the quality of the hair.

The (5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A) grading system was created by manufacturers in China as an easy way to explain to their clients “how good the hair is.”

Although, there is a catch.

Do you remember just five years ago when “5A” hair was so amazing? That might have been back around 2012 – 2013.

But wait! Then there was “6A” hair in 2014. That was then the best hair extensions.

In 2015 we were introduced to “7A” Brazilian hair weave which was considered the new top grade.

The amazing “8A” virgin hair was then popular in 2016 and now in 2017, the “9A” hair weave is the best.

Do you see the trend here? Every year Chinese hair manufacturers add an additional “A” to their hair to stay competitive. In reality, it is all just hair extension marketing.

Expect “10A” hair weave to be the new high-grade hair extension and the talk of the town in 2018.

Hair Extensions 6a 7a 8a 9a

How to Grade Hair Extensions

Currently, there is not a “Universal Standard” for human hair extension grading.

Technically someone could call their hair extensions 8A despite being smelly, crappy, tangling, non-remy hair.

Here are some factors you should consider when shopping for virgin hair extensions:

  • Wefts: Single stitch or double stitch? Double stitch wefts should reduce shedding.
  • Weight: The standard weight of sew-in hair bundles are 100 grams or about 3.5 oz. Is the bundle cheaper because it weighs less?
  • 100% Human Hair: We only sell 100% human hair and think most of our clients prefer this. If you are looking for really cheap hair that will not last, color, or style then consider a synthetic blend.
  • Remy or Non-Remy: You want remy hair with the cuticles facing the same direction to reduce chances of tangling.
  • Single Donor or Multiple: Single Donor hair really only matters for a few types of hair including Indian Temple hair or possibly a unique gray hair. Is it necessary? 99.9% of the time we would say no. Some companies “claim” the hair bundle is from a single donor but I would not pay extra for it.
  • Single or Double Drawn: Most all human hair sold in the USA market is single drawn hair. The cost to produce a double drawn bundle is much higher because of the shackling process of removing the shorter hairs is much more expensive during the manufacturing process. Expect to pay more for a bundle of human hair that has long hairs all the way to the tips.
  • Color: Can you color the hair? The best quality virgin hair will lift all the way to a #613 Blonde. If you are not coloring the hair you might consider buying a less expensive option if available.
  • Styling: Human Hair extensions generally should not have an issue styling.

It is important you know exactly what you are buying and selling to your clients.

Let’s go over the type of virgin hair offered here at Private Label Extensions.

Our Hair Extension Grades

Our phone rings off the hook all day! One of the common questions people ask us is what grade of hair is sold on Private Label Extensions?

Would we consider the hair 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, or what? Do we sell mink hair? What about Japanese denim? The list goes on!

To be honest, all the numbers and name to describe hair extensions is 100% marketing.

What we consider our 7A hair extensions could be a 9A from another company. Seriously! When people ask what grade our hair is we usually go with 7A for the Malaysian hair, 8A for the Brazilian hair, and RAW for the Vietnamese hair.

Malaysian Hair Extensions

The Malaysian body wave and Malaysian straight weave are an amazing value for the price.

The natural 1b color blends very well and can be styled very easily.

What you should know:

  • The hair is 100% Human Hair
  • Double Stitch Wefts
  • Hair is “Remy” with cuticles facing the same direction
  • Malaysian Hair can be colored up to a #27 honey blonde
  • Single drawn but still not thin at the tips
  • All bundles are 100 grams (standard)

Our clients have enjoyed the price vs quality of the Malaysian Hair. The construction of the matching closures and frontals are excellent!

If you or your customers are looking for low-cost options, then this would be it. Not everyone can afford the most expensive hair so offering an alternative will increase your customer base.

If you call us or visit our showroom, our staff will call the Malaysian hair a 7A grade so clients can relate to the product.

Brazilian Hair Extensions

Ready to take it up a notch? We consider our Brazilian Hair Weave to be an 8A quality. This could be a 9A or 10A when comparing with other companies.

What you should know:

  • The hair is 100% Human Hair
  • Double Stitch Wefts
  • Hair is “Remy” with cuticles facing the same direction
  • Brazilian Hair can be colored up to a #613 Russian Blonde
  • Single drawn but still not thin at the tips
  • All bundles are 100 grams (standard)

Brazilian Hair is our most popular hair type. The quality if excellent and the price reflects that when compared to the Malaysian hair.

If you are looking for a great quality hair extension then this is it!

Brazilian Loose Wave Hair

Rated 5.00 out of 5

Brazilian Kinky Curly Hair

Rated 5.00 out of 5

Brazilian Deep Wave Hair Extensions

Rated 5.00 out of 5

Brazilian Body Wave Hair Extensions

Rated 4.92 out of 5

Vietnamese Hair Extensions

The Vietnamese hair weave is just stunning. We would not consider it anything between a 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, or higher. We just call it “Raw” hair that is sourced from the countryside of Vietnam.

The hair is THICK. Probably the thickest hair we have ever sold. The texture is not silky smooth like the Brazilian but a little course. A perfect match for a woman that wear sew-in extensions.

What you should know:

  • The hair is 100% Human Hair
  • Double Stitch Wefts
  • Hair is “Remy” with cuticles facing the same direction
  • Vietnamese Hair can be colored up to a #613 Russian blonde
  • Double drawn and full to the tips
  • All bundles are 100 grams (standard)

This weave is some of the best quality hair you will ever find. You will not find many sellers of Vietnamese hair as it is not common in the marketplace. It is not as easy to get and takes longer to supply than other hair types.

We do our best to stay stocked with Vietnamese hair despite is scarcity. You could consider this hair extension grade a 9A or whatever the current top number of hair extension is by the time you read this.

Indian Hair Extensions

The wavy & curly Indian hair textures are some of the most sought after in the industry.

We are talking beautiful and long lasting hair extensions.
What you should know:

  • The hair is 100% Human Hair
  • Double Stitch Wefts
  • Hair is “Remy” with cuticles facing the same direction
  • Vietnamese Hair can be colored up to a #613 Russian blonde
  • Very ful bundles
  • All bundles are 100 grams (standard)

The popularity of Indian hair has stayed conistent over the past ten years. Because it is less abundunt to find the prices for true raw Indian hair that has been donated at temples will generally be more expensive.

Our Indian hair is 100% with no mixing of processed hair. You may find “cheap” Indian hair, but it will not match the quality of the bundles we provide our clients. It has been our goal to offer the best possible raw Indian hair that is available from India.

Wavy Virgin Indian Hair

Rated 4.67 out of 5

Universal Hair Grading System

Will there ever be a universal hair extension grading system? We don’t think so anytime soon.

The hair extension market is still like the wild west when it comes to marketing terms and ways to grade hair.

The idea of having a 5A or 6A hair quality was great until the marketing concept of adding additional A’s to the numbers to appear higher quality.

Comparing 5A to 6A to 7A to 8A to 9A

Is it even really possible?

Technically no.

Selling your clients virgin hair that matches their needs will be key. Understand the capabilities of the natural hair will be key to your success. We don’t think there is anything wrong with calling your hair a certain grade but make sure you can back it up.

Nobody markets “5A Hair” anymore. Everything seems to be “6A” and above. Do some research and you will probably find 11A and 12A hair available. Just remember this hair is no better than the 9A hair of today. There have not been any significant advancements in wefting, shackling, or manufacturing of human hair in some years.

If you have any questions about hair extension grades or the numbers system just drop a comment below!

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10 thoughts on “Hair Extension Grades: 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A

  1. Mikey Moran says:

    Have any questions about grading hair extensions? Just drop a comment and we will reply shortly!

  2. Ty Reshard says:

    Hello i am new to hair business i want to start selling my own hair with my brand name and also to make my own edge control could you guys help me by answering more questions ?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      You might want to start off with getting samples for yourself and then decide from your experience if you like what we provide. We offer many options to get you started. From creating your own website to custom packaging, we have it all. We also offer dropshipping as an option for inventory purposes. It is convenient for anyone who lives a busy lifestyle. For additional inquiries you may reach us at

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      You may also want to check out this page to see the hair extension grades for each hair extensions, individually.

  3. Conseta Richardson / UCME HAIR says:

    Hi Mikey,
    I just started my online business on the 1st of this cold new year and even though I have been wearing weave and wigs for years and this article is by far the best informative breakdown of the hair grade system I have read. I feel more knowledgeable, to say the least. I want my brand to have an affordable baseline along with exquisite raw hair. I enjoyed this article a lot!

    1. Mikey Moran says:

      Fantastic! The way people grade hair is just not consistent. This is why it is crucial to really know your hair extension products. Trust me, as soon as everyone starts selling 10A hair on Alibaba someone else is just going to call their hair 11A. It will never stop! Private Label Extensions does offer different ranges of quality vs price. Not everyone can afford top quality extensions like the Raw Indian Wavy hair. They might be better off with a Malaysian body wave or possibly the Brazilian. Stay informed and keep educating your customers!

  4. Amy M says:

    When I think of this grading system and the people that ask about it or only “buy 10A Mink Peruvian…” I can’t help but roll my eyes and think “label Dummy”. Those customers are my biggest pet peeve. And then they get mad and want a refund from the person they bought it from when it turns out to be synthetic human blended hair. If you’re going to wear it and spend money on it please research. I’m trying to incorporate more educational post on my social media because I for real don’t want to see people scammed out of their money because they already either don’t trust online hair boutiques or they don’t trust a black person selling hair(it’s so sad).

  5. Shanyce smith says:

    I’ve always wondered how manufacturers based their decision on whether the hair was 8a,9A Virgin Hair etc. this makes a lot of sense now that you have broken it down this way! I’ve always wondered how ppl considered their hair mink or 9A, but now I see as the year changes things like this are changed to stay up with the market. This is very good information that I can provide on my website, and my email list to my customers to give them insight on the wailing of hair I would be providing them with!
    Thanks so much for this information !!!

  6. Sha says:

    I always tell people where did these grades come from they could never answer they just go by what the next say.

  7. Roselin Abreu says:

    Hello, so what grade would you consider the Vietnamese hair?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      The Vietnamese hair we offer is 100% raw.

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