Remy or Non-Remy Hair – How to Choose
With the advent of the industry of hair extensions, the count of suppliers or wholesalers of human hair extensions are increasing. No wonder it is hard to determine which company supplies good-quality hair products. You often tend to resort to online resources to get help in this context. But, in the internet, every supplier claims to sell top-quality products. So, you need to know certain basics related to the types of hair extensions that are available in the market. In case of Non-Remy hair, you cannot use it seamlessly on a regular basis with comb or washing. Before knowing about Remy or non-Remy hair, you need to know about virgin hair.
What is Virgin hair?
Completely untouched hair is called Virgin hair. The cuticles in this unprocessed hair remain intact. This hair has seldom been premed, dyed, colored, bleached, and chemically processed in any way. This hair is simply obtained a single donor in its most raw form. All the cuticles are intact, running in the same direction.
Virgin hair can last up to a year and even beyond, provided it is subject to proper care and maintenance. You need to take proper care for your extensions just like your own natural hair. You should know the basics related to shampooing and conditioning your hair extensions. You need to do the same on a regular basis, in case you happen to use a lot of hair products. On maintaining these virgin hair extensions properly, you can enjoy them at their best: shimmery, smooth, tangle-free and natural looking hair. You can certainly use them for a really long time. In fact, you shall be able to reuse the hair many times after.
What is Remy hair?
Remy hair is the most superior-quality hair extensions available in the market. It basically describes the quality of hair used to make up the particular extension. This hair necessarily comes from a single donor. This guarantees consistency in texture. The hair cuticles of Remy hair remain intact. The hair cuticles remain aligned in one direction only and consists of cuts that are the same length. Thus, the hair is remarkably smooth and shiny texture wise. This hair has a longer shelf-life. Alongside being long-lasting, this hair can be styled naturally and easily.
People often translate the term “Remy” into a different meaning then what it really stands for. Exclusively for marketing and selling purposes, Remy hair is often used. As far as marketing and selling purposes are concerned, that generally misleads the client into thinking they are getting the best grade of hair.
In case of Remy hair, the root and tip travel in the same direction. This ensures that the cuticle does not tangle or matte. There is no stripping of cuticles.
Remy hair is a bit more expensive than the other hair types. It certainly looks more natural as well. As compared to the non-Remy hair, this hair has a smoother, shinier, and healthier appearance.
A specific method is employed to collect Remy hair. All the hair strands stay aligned in the natural direction as they grew, whether top at top, and ends at ends. This is the reason why the natural texture pattern and cuticle direction are maintained. Even with fingers it is easy for you to comb this hair just after washing. This successfully eliminates any tangling problems that are a part-and-parcel of using non-Remy or any form of low quality hair.
What is Non-Remy hair?
If you are a hair expert, you can literally feel the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair just by touching the hair strands. However, if you are not a hair-expert, you might not be able to feel the difference in the beginning. There are certain companies that claim to sell 100% Remy hair. However, they are mixing anywhere between 10-40% Non-Remy hair into their packs. You need to be able to figure out the difference in order to detect Remy hair while purchasing.
Non-Remy hair is collected basically in a random manner as compared to the Remy hair. It is procured from the floor of temples, salons and random suppliers. Thus, the hair might come from more than one donor. It is obvious that this type of collection method leads to the direction of the cuticles become mixed. This causes inevitable shedding, tangling and matting problems. The hair needs to go through a process sometimes referred to as an “acid bath” in order to cover up the problems.
The cuticles are removed. Once the cuticle removal process is done over with, the hair is dipped in silicone to make it shine and to cover up any cuticles that were not removed in the acid bath. The silicone adds weight to the hair. This heightens the selling price as hair is sold by weight. This processed hair of course appears to be ultra-glamorous: silky, soft, shimmery, velvety etc. However, the truth is that this luster sort of goes away just after a few washes. This silicone coating usually wears off, making the hair very brittle with matting and tangling effects. These problems do not last beyond a few washes and cannot be reused in any way. These hair extensions are not able to withstand color treatment, heat or any other form of chemical treatment since the cuticles are stripped and not intact.
In case of Non-Remy hair, the roots and tips do not travel in the same direction. This hair needs to be processed to remove a portion of the cuticle in order to do away with nasty tangles.
In this case, the cuticle runs in both directions. So, it requires a higher concentration of acid. This is also one of the big reasons why this hair has a very low moisture content that leads to the much-dreaded dry straw-like hair.
When some specific person is donating hair, the hair is collected and sectioned. This hair is Remy hair. It is quite clear that here; the cuticles and the outermost part of the hair strand are all in the same direction relative to the neighboring hairs.
Certain times the hair is collected off the floor after a day of hair cutting. When placed in a bundle, the cuticles on the hair point towards different directions. This hair is non-Remy hair.