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

What is the Difference Between 5A, 6A, 7A, 8A, 9A, 10A and above?

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

Great question!

If you are looking to buy wholesale hair extensions 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.

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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, 10A) 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.

Now in 2018, you see people selling 10A hair and I have even seen a few marketing 11A and 12A.

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 “11A” hair weave to be the new high-grade hair extension and the talk of the town in 2019.

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How to Grade Hair Extensions

Currently, there is not a “Universal Standard” for human hair extension grading. There is not a standard hair grades chart that you can pull up and it be accurate.

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.

What is the best grade of hair to buy?

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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, 10A, 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 or Indian 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Indian Curly Raw Hair

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.

What Are the Best Hair Extensions?

Are 10A hair extensions really better than 8A hair extensions?

It’s really a tough call because technically you could call your hair any “grade” you want.

Our staff tends to agree the best hair extensions are the RAW hair. Our clients absolutely love our Raw Vietnamese & Indian hair. Because it’s in the natural state it can be a little more to deal with.

Everyone is going to have a different opinion on the hair extensions they buy. Your opinion of what’s the best weave will be different than the person next to you. The goal is to find great hair at an affordable price. If it’s labeled 7A, 8A, 9A, or even 10A it really doesn’t matter!

Comparing 5A to 6A to 7A to 8A to 9A to 10A

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.

To be competitive you have to focus on selling the best hair extensions possible for an affordable price. You don’t have to go too cheap as someone might not think your hair is of quality.

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!

About Mikey Moran

Serial Entrepreneur focused on great products, service and building an amazing hair team.

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

  1. Mikey Moran says:

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

    1. Malika says:

      Is 9s+ quality hair the same as grade 9A quality hair?

      1. Mikey Moran says:

        Really tough to say! People are just making up all sorts of letters and numbers for hair extension grades.

      2. November Wren says:

        Sounds like a cell phone ??
        Ok sorry I had to say it!

    2. Mitzi says:

      I would like to purchase your Curly Indian hair.

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        That is great, you may purchase our raw curly Indian hair on our website.

    3. Joyce Ganzy says:

      What is the highest grade of hair does it go up to?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        Our highest grade of hair goes up to 8A, we also have Vietnamese and Indian raw bundles.

    4. Naykiyah says:

      What grade of hair is easiest to take care of far as shedding, tangling, etc.?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        The higher the grade, the better the quality.

    5. Lee says:

      If I want to start a business in selling hair, which wholesale would you recommend? Do I stock hair or where?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        It depends on where you want to take your business. If you want to have our own store, then yes, you most definitely would need to consider keeping the popular bundles at hand. If you are worried about inventory, look up our dropship bundles page and see if that is something that might work for your business endeavors.

    6. Cam says:

      Hello, which product would be best for Asian straight hair that doesn’t require flat ironing to remain straight as a pin? Thank you.

      1. Mikey Moran says:

        I would highly suggest the Vietnamese hair! It is some of the best straight human hair available!

    7. Nyheem Moore says:

      Can the wholesale price be purchase through this company?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        Everything on our website is all wholesale prices. We have Grade 7A, 8A, as well as raw bundles. Check out our website for more information.

    8. Kimberly says:

      What are the best products to use on the Vietnamese and Indian hair?

    9. Neecyj13 says:

      Do I have to pay to receive wholesale prices?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        Hey there, you do not have to pay to receive wholesale prices in regards to all sorts of hair we offer. Please visit our home page to get started!

    10. Lamika Shaw says:

      Which does mink fall in?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        Our mink lashes are real mink, so they are raw unless you choose our faux lashes.

    11. Victory says:

      What is the best grade for an upcoming hair vendor that is not too cheap and nt too expensive? That the customers can be satisfied with

      1. Mikey Moran says:

        Hey, Victory. Clients in different areas are often accustomed to different levels of quality hair. A “cheap” hair extension but still with good quality would be our Malaysian hair extensions. This is currently only offered in Straight and Body Wave. The Brazilian Hair Extensions are the most popular and come in a range of styles. That is probably the safest bet when trying to have great quality weave at an affordable price.

    12. Zandy says:

      Is there a grade 11AAA

      1. Mikey Moran says:

        Hey, Zandy! If you read the article in detail I go into the “11A” grading system if flawed and changes yearly. It’s truly just a marketing tactic but I still recommend using it because often clients will not purchase the hair unless you give them a “Hair Grade” that they can relate to. You can technically call a bundle of hair 12A and nobody could dispute that as there is not a true universal hair grading system. Hope this helps!

    13. Kirsten Sandefur says:

      I have thin hair and am looking to purchase the best softest and fullest tape ins offered. I bought some recently that were 10a balayage but after washing them once they were not soft and looked stringy. I like the balayage brown and blond look. Which would you recommend to. Purchase??

    14. Blue says:

      Do you sell? Can I buy crochet hair that is not on a track?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        We definitely sell a variety of hair on our home page. Unfortunately, we do not have what you are requesting. We have grade 7A, 8A, and raw hair. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

    15. Albert J. Washington says:

      Are you still in business?

      1. Mikey Moran says:

        Yes! We are also one of the fastest growing private companies in America because our clients are crushing it!

    16. Melanie Highsmith says:

      I purchased hair from Amazon, and when washed it, it became wavy. No problem with that, but it has split ends after 2 weeks of wear. I haven’t ironed it. Found your site but wondering the difference between virgin hair and other options. Have never seen the grades about hair, so that’s definitely new to me. I do my own hair and redo the strips every 6 weeks. How can I find good hair that wont split so fast??

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

        We have Grade 7A, 8A, and raw bundles. The care of hair varies, but with proper care, extensions can last up to 3 years! It’s also about trial and error and investigating which company works for you, as we cannot speak for all hair extensions providers. Have you tried our bundles? You can start out by giving us a chance to see if we work for you! We have affordable prices that will help in search of your perfect bundles! Visit our homepage for more information.

  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 [email protected].

      For branding and logo information visit:

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

      1. felicia cravin says:

        Can I buy samples of bundles?

        1. Private Label Extensions says:

          Definitely! We currently do not have a minimum requirement for purchases. You may purchase any of our products to sample for yourself.

  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).

    1. Mikey Moran says:

      It’s important to know the difference between the hair grades for sure. Anyone can label hair 10A or higher for no real reason. There are so many other factors when looking for the best hair extensions for the price. On Private Label Extensions we use the hair grades only because people ALWAYS ask about it. It really helps us keep the support tickets down as before we would always get emails asking “What grade is your hair? Is it 7A? 8A?” We can only do the best we can to help our clients find the hair that will work best for them in their price range.

  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 !!!

    1. Mikey Moran says:

      We totally agree! I just can’t keep up with everyone adding an additional “A” to their hair to stay competitive.

      I think this is how the grading of hair has changed over the past years.

      The top weave grades by year:

      2014: 6A
      2015: 7A
      2016; 8A
      2017: 9A
      2018: 10A
      2019: 11A (estimated)

      But in reality, it’s probably the same hair but just an additional A. This is why I wanted to express other ways to test the quality of the hair and other things to look for. There are so many different quality variables when dealing with weave hair.

  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.

    1. Mikey Moran says:

      Having a great understanding of the hair grades will make you be able to work with clients easier. I personally don’t like to call a bundle of hair 7A, 8A, 9A, or 10A but sometimes it just helps people understand the levels of quality. Our top quality weave, Raw, is the best option but of course, it’s also the most expensive.

  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.

    2. Mikey Moran says:

      The raw Vietnamese hair is so beautiful. Vietnamese is not as well known as Cambodian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and a bunch of other origins. You will love this weave!

      1. Brandon Salyers says:

        whats the difference ? Especially from Brazilian?

        1. Private Label Extensions says:

          The higher the grade, the better the quality. Our 7A can lift to a #27 and our 8A can lift to a #613. We also have raw hair as well.

  8. Mpho says:

    I have never had any interest on human hair extensions until lately when my life started to be so busy. I need some but with information on what to get if i want quality and how to take care of it

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      We offer a variety of options for you. For hair care and tips, please read our blog posts on how to take care and maintain your hair.

    2. Mikey Moran says:

      Human hair is the way to go when wearing hair extensions. They are much more versatile with styling and should last longer. Finding the best grade of hair for your budget will always be best!

  9. Bbarb says:

    I just want to Know do you guys sell hair at 35 to 40 inches in length on your bundles?

    1. maryannesalas says:

      Our raw Vietnamese straight bundles range from 10 to 40 inches in length.

  10. Tamara says:

    What a great, informative, and in-depth explanation of virgin hair and alike. I thank you.

  11. Yemisi says:

    Good morning this is really brilliant, thanks for putting it up! I am based in Nigeria and want to purchase in bulk for retail, please how do I go about this?.

    1. maryannesalas says:

      We are extremely pleased this helps out. Unfortunately, we only ship within the US and Canada.

  12. rita says:

    Hello, I live in Canada. I want to start hair business here in Canada. I understand u do shipping to Canada and USA. Please, can I have the names of the kind of hair you have in stock, the grades and price?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Hello, you may explore all of our products on our websites. We can also go ahead and send you more information.

  13. Akili says:

    This was a great article! I knew it was a marketing thing when she asked, and she only wanted to know it was Grade A, not a number attached to it. However, she’s an influencer and I told her it was Grade A!

    Thanks, Mikey! You rock!

  14. Jolei Henderson says:

    Hi there. I am starting my hair business with your products. I have a good starting buffet. But I am wondering how much hair to start off with? I am starting with Brazilian Body Wave, Brazilian straight and Brazilian deep wave. How much of each would you get? Your help is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      We suggest starting off at least 10 bundles each length and in time you will be able to tell which bundles you need more than the others.

  15. Pauline says:

    Hi there, I am from Zambia and I would like to start hair business, who do I go about it?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Hello, we only ship in the US and Canada.

  16. Shams says:

    Do you guys deliver to South Africa?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Hello, we only ship in the US and Canada.

  17. Faye says:

    What grade is your brazillian Hair ??

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Our Brazilian hair is grade 8A. We also have 7A as well as raw Virgin Hair!

  18. Dominque says:

    Hi, how many bundles can I purchase with two thousand dollars?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      It depends on what you are looking for. We have different types of bundles, including special order items. We have different grades of hair ranging from 7A, 8A, to raw.

  19. officialsdoll says:

    What is wefting, shackling, & manufacturing?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Wefted hair refers to how bundles are sewn to create the bundle. Shackling is the process of removing shorter hair. Manufacturing refers to how a large amount of a product is processed using machinery.

  20. Annah Akulya Edward says:

    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.

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      That is great to hear! We are a wholesale company who help individuals with their business. We offer dropshipping, branding, as well as websites services. If you are interested in edge control, we suggest looking into our mini edge control as a sample to see if you like our product!

  21. Shaye says:

    How does the process go for ordering samples? Do you offer a sample kit of bundles? Or do I just order whatever bundles are available at the price on your website? Also, if I decide to utilize your company for drop shipping, do you offer samples automatically as part of the startup process? If not, I think you guys should. I’ve been looking at multiple companies and by far, you guys are hands down the best. And I would love to start my business with Private Label Extensions but I def would need a sample option.

  22. UG says:

    For a person who wants to start her own human hair business and who can’t really different between all these hair types, how does she know that she is getting the best product?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Research is everything. Make sure you sampling the products in order to test it out yourself for heat, color, and wash. This will help you decide on what you want to pursue, for your business.

  23. Ariel says:

    I am new to the industry and you are correct. Many suppliers try to differentiate themselves from others by giving their product a high grade when selling the hair. I’ve gone through multiple suppliers trying to figure out if there were any difference and I had to do exactly what you recommended in this article. I always examine the wefts, size, how the hair feel when rubbing my fingers through it.

    1. A says:

      Why does it leave out naturally blonde hair? Is it just not a type of hair that interests people? Mine is fine, but I have a lot of it. I was just curious about how much hair like mine would sell for but, it doesn’t mention my hair type.

  24. Kate says:

    Hi, I really want to go into the hair business, but I have a problem identifying good hairs. Please, how do I check if a particular hair is good and will last? Can you please explain the term weft in details?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      To identify which bundles are good for you is to try samples! Sampling hair for yourself if proof itself. Also, it depends on how the bundles are taken care of. This can make a big difference in the life of the hair. Try a sample now, as we do not have a minimum requirement for purchases. A weft is a filling thread in weaving.

  25. Porscha mickens says:

    Do I have to set up an appointment to visit the store?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      No, you may come in during business hours. We are more than happy to welcome you!

  26. Dawn Burrell says:

    Who sales hair that is 100% human with no Remy.
    It seems as if all the numbered hair has Remy in it

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Hey there! Our bundles are 100% human hair. Remy hair extensions are considered high quality, which means that all of the cuticles of the hair are kept intact and are going in one direction.

  27. Hairextensionsbytariah says:

    This information about hair is so great to know. Especially being that I have a new business and I appreciate that info you share helping new small business owners to be knowledgeable about hair. Are your wefts double stitch?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Hey there, our wefts are in fact double stitched. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

  28. Haley says:

    Do you sell colored wefts besides blonde?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Have you checked our special order items? We have a variety you might be interested in.

  29. Michelle says:

    What do you mean when you said, cuticles facing the same direction?

    1. Mikey Moran says:

      This would be the hair cuticles and remy hair. Here is an article to help explain in detail. What is Remy Hair?

  30. Mimi says:

    I needed this article! ?? Thank you soooo much for this right here!

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