Remy human hair is the top most grade of real human hair that is a popular choice for hair pieces, wigs and hair extensions because they look most natural.
What is meant by Remy Hair? Remy hair is regarded as the finest human hair in which cuticles are retained and not stripped away as in the case of other non-Remy hair extensions. By preserving the cuticles of human hair and aligning them in one direction, a totally natural look is achieved. Not only that, the hair remains smooth, silky and tangle free in its life span.
How is it different from synthetic hair extensions?
- Human hair extensions can be heated (to straighten or to curl), dyed, styled and washed like ordinary human hair.
- Synthetic hair extensions are difficult to style, sensitive to the sun, and not as durable as human hair. Naturally, human hair extensions are costlier than synthetic hair extensions.
Remy hair has unidirectional cuticles, which means hair follicles are all aligned in the same direction. Remy hair is collected in such a manner that all hair strands remain in the same direction as per the natural hair growth. This avoids tangling of hair that is common in non Remy hair. Remy hair is processed only lightly. It will usually last 3-6 months.
Some experts recognize Remy hair by touching-it has a smooth and silky finish. But others may not be able to identify non-Remy hair except when it starts matting after a few weeks of use.
There is a category known as regular 100% human weave. Here, the hair is collected from hair brushes or the floor. It is more abundant and therefore cheaper than Remy hair. Most of human hair sold nowadays is non- Remy hair. Most of the hair collected feature hair cuticles in different directions. To deal with this, cuticles are subject to ‘acid wash’.
After the cuticle is removed, the hair is dipped in Silicone to make it shiny and cover up any remaining cuticles. The silicone adds to the weight of the hair and increases the selling price of hair which is sold by weight. In the initial weeks, non Remy hair may look smooth and silky but after a few shampoos, the silicone layer will begin to wash off. The hair will start to tangle, matte, become dull and brittle. Hence, this type of hair is not suited for long term extensions. Non Remy hair is used for making human wigs also.
Virgin Indian hair, which is another name for unprocessed Remy, is the best and topmost quality of hair in the market. It is the hair that has not been chemically treated, and with hair cuticles running in the same direction. It refers to European, Asian, or Indian hair. They are available in original colors, as well as, can be colored in your favorite shade. Another bonus is that it is hypoallergenic and does not contain any harmful chemicals. But this hair is expensive because it is in short supply.
Only use oil free products for these hair extensions. They should be shampooed and washed only twice a week and must be kept away from heat. You can buy hair extensions from stores that promise to deliver 100% Remy hair extensions.
Author’s bio: She is associated with excellencehair.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger. She is a hairstylist by profession. She contributes articles on hairstyles and hair dressing.