What’s the difference between REMY HAIR and NON-REMY HAIR in Wigs & Hair Extensions?
Do you truly know what REMY hair really means?
The term “remy” is often translated into a different meaning than what it really stands for. It is often used in marketing and selling purposes that generally misleads the client into thinking they are getting the best grade of hair.
The 3 grades of hair most popular are European, Indian, and Chinese. These are the grades of hair. REMY just means the direction of the cuticle of the hair. Let’s look closer.
Remy is hair collected and sorted from various sources with the root and tip traveling in the same direction to ensure the cuticle does not tangle or matte.
The cuticles are not stripped and remain aligned in one direction.
I like to think of it as shingles on a roof, they all have to go the same direction.
Remy hair is more expensive and looks more natural due to the tedious process that the hair goes through to not damage the cuticle. Usually virgin hair or hair that has been minimally processed to protect the integrity of the hair has cuticle in tact.
REMY hair is a smoother, shinier, and healthier appearance than NON-REMY. This hair feels amazing even after multiple times being washed. Most of our clients can get a year or two of wear with REMY hair still looking great. The investment is great but well worth it.
Do you wonder why non-remy hair is less expensive then remy hair?
Non-remy is hair that does not have it’s roots aligned (Roots and tips not traveling in the same direction).
Since the cuticle runs in both directions it requires a higher concentration of acid. Eventually resulting in hair with very low moisture, leading to dry straw-like hair.
With NON-REMY the hair cuticles are stripped usually from over processing and the hair is thrown together which causes tangling. To mask this some manufactures use heavy silicone to make the hair appear shiny and healthy, but beware as soon as you wash it the silicone comes off and the hair mattes into a huge mess. Some shops will go so far as to guarantee the hair UNTIL you wash it.
Remember, yes the investment is much lower however you will struggle with this hair after you wash it the first time. The hair will matte and look dull once the coating has worn off.
So what side are you on? REMY or NON-REMY
See chart below, this will give you an idea of how long your hair should last.
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