If you are in the market for hair extension products, you may find it all a bit difficult. There are a lot of different phrases used in the hair extension industry. Many of these can appear to be one and the same thing. As well as a lot of confusion, it can also lead to a lot of companies and retailers using misleading terminology to try and market their hair extension products as something they are not. One thing Remy hair and human hair are not though is synthetic.
While it is true that remy, virgin and human hair all refer to 100% natural human hair, the difference between the terms and what sets each hair product apart is the condition of the hair when it is collected and what happens to it next.
The difference between Remy hair and human hair (or virgin hair) is that although they are both still human hair, it is what has been done to the hair before it is collected and how it is collected.
Despite a name that would suggest it is of the highest quality, the hair used in what are referred to as human hair extensions is not collected in the same way as others. Human hair is hair that has been collected from hair that has fallen on the floors of salons and from hairbrushes. Unless otherwise stated, this means that the hair used is derived from more than one donor.
While this does mean that it is more readily available and for a more affordable price, there is not as meticulous process involved in the collection. All cuticles are flowing in different directions, and as such the companies who sell Remy hair use acid baths to cut to the chase and remove the cuticle completely.
Silicone is then used to cover cuticles that were not fully removed and to give the hair a healthy and attractive shine and luster. It’s important to note that although it is cheaper than some alternatives, the process of adding silicone to the hair makes it heavier and hair is priced based on its weight.
When you first buy them, you will enjoy hair extensions with a nice shiny and silky appearance to them, that is until you have washed through the hair, the shampoos washes out the silicone. This also leads to it becoming more easily matted, tangled and will have a duller look and more brittle texture.
When it comes down to it then, non-Remy human hair extensions are not suitable for long term use and better suited for special occasions and one-offs.
We’ve gone into more detail in another post about the differences between remy hair vs human hair and virgin hair
This is obviously a very important question. After all, you want to know you are getting something worth the money are spending on it. The short answer is that yes, Remy hair is good quality.
In fact, within the beauty industry and the hair extensions market, Remy hair is regarded as the highest of quality. This is down to the fact that the 100% human hair has been taken from the donor’s scalp with all the cuticles completely intact and it is guaranteed that all the strands will run in the same direction as one another.
When all the strands are running in the same direction, and when processed properly, there will be no matting and tangling in the hairs. The thing you need to avoid is the companies that hastily use old fashioned and harsh manufacturing that can ruin the cuticles. Many of these use silicones to coat hair so it has a softer appearance but causes matting and tangling once the silicone has been washed out.
Look for Remy hair extensions that use more cutting-edge technology to process the hair, like those used for cashmere to prevent the cuticles from falling apart.
Generally, it is thought that Remy hair is 100% human hair taken from donor, where, as we’ve discussed already, it has been taken directly from the scalp carefully to ensure the cuticles remain. All the hairs run in the same direction and care and attention has been taken to ensure each strand is tangle free, so they are brushed through from the ends to cuticles.
Unlike virgin hair, Remy hair has obviously been treated in some way. The manufacturer will normally explain (and should) what kind of treatments the hair has undergone before it has been sold to you.
Although the meaning of Remy hair never changes, some companies are less fussy about where they collect their Remy hair from. To benefit from the highest quality Remy hair, you need to check the information about whether it was derived from one donor or not. If there is no mention of this, it is reasonable to assume that it may come from more than one donor. The cuticles will still be intact.
We hope you now have a better idea of what is meant when you see the terms Remy hair and human hair used in relation to hair extensions.