This guide has everything you need to know about the REMY HAIR.
If you're new to HAIR, I'll show you what is Remy really.
And if you're a HAIR pro? I'll reveal a few tips that you can use to get top quality hair extensions.
What Is Remy Hair?
Remy Hair is the special hair extensions that have all the cuticles running in the same direction. And it is bundled in such a manner that the roots of the hair are on one side and the tip of the hair on the opposite side.
But what is the “cuticle”?
One research found that each strand of human hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. Take a look at the following image content:
Elements of Human Hair
Let me break that down even further:
When it comes to Remy Hair, there 's cuticle. The cuticles are not stripped and remain aligned in one direction to ensure the hair extension does not tangle or matte (if processed properly).
Remy hair looks more natural due to the tedious process that the hair goes through to get into remy form. It has a smoother, shinier, and healthier appearance.
The Differences of Remy Hair VS Non-Remy Hair?
It is crucial to have a good understanding about the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair. Because quality is the best factor to consider when buying your real human hair extensions.
The cuticle is an important part of determining if the human hair is “Remy” or “Non-Remy”.
Remy Hair VS Non-Remy Hair
The term “Remy” is absolutely one of the overused words in the hair extensions industry. Others use it for marketing strategies and selling purposes that generally misleads the client into thinking they are getting the best grade of hair.
While Remy hair is considered a high-quality grade of hair, it is not the best nor is it the worst.
Do all companies that call their hair “Remy” actually sell Remy hair? Absolutely not.
Some vendors mix their low-quality non-Remy hair with synthetic fiber or animal hair, and there is also top grade Remy hair that is soft, silky, and can even be colored.
So Remy can be confusing. That's because Remy hair can come in all quality levels.
How to get the RIGHT REMY hair extensions?
In a moment I'll show you a few tips. But let’s keep on with REMY.
With true top quality Remy hair, the hair collected is healthy, the cuticles intact and all cuticles flow in the same direction from root to the tip.
But do you know how Remy Hair is collected?
REMY is collected directly from a woman's head and has been cut while in a ponytail, from a donor. This collection process guarantees that the cuticles will stay aligned. In addition, you should band the hair before it is cut. Because this is the best method of collecting hair.
Well actually, the collection process can take place in a salon, a temple, hair supplier, etc. And the raw material can be from Asia, India, and Europe – where it comes from really doesn’t matter as long as it's ethically sourced.
As with all hair extensions, there are always different types of production processing which determines the longevity and experience with the extensions. Therefore, it's super important to know how the end hair is manufactured.
Let's sum up what pros and cons of Remy Hair are.
Non-Remy hair (sometimes labeled “Remy” but truly is not) is also very popular as it is readily available and is cheaper than remy human hair. Do you wonder why non-remy hair is so much more inexpensive then remy hair?
As the name suggests, non-remy hair is collected or sorted randomly from different sources such as multiple hair suppliers, hair brushes and even the floors of salons or temples.
Unlike remy hair, non-remy cuticles’ direction run in both directions. This hair is mixed together from different donors and contains some short hairs mixed with longer hairs. Due to its collection process, easy shedding, matting and tangling are inevitable.
In order to prevent hair from tangling , this hair must go through a process called acid bath to remove a portion of the cuticle. Now due to a higher concentration of acid, it decreases the hair's natural moisture which results to straw like hair strands.
To cover up this problem and hit the market, the hair is then coated with silicon to help make it feel soft and appear silky and shiny. But, the silicone is not permanent and washes off when you shampoo it.
In fact, Non- Remy hair may initially appear soft and silky, but after a few washes, the silicone coating wears off and the hair feels very brittle. Worse yet, the hair will become extremely tangled, dry, and will not hold a style. Also, since the cuticles are stripped and not intact, the hair extensions are unable to tolerate color treatment or heat.
Some women may feel that they are saving money by purchasing non-Remy hair, but in reality, they are wasting money. Why?
That is, because the non-Remy hair might last you about 1-2 months, and then it will be time for you to replace the hair. The constant need to repurchase hair will become extremely expensive.
And as a bonus, quality hair extensions initially may not come cheap, they are more of an investment. So it is best to do research before hitting that add to cart button just so you get the most out of your money.
How to get the RIGHT Remy Hair?
Avoiding low-quality hair can be tricky.
Every hair company advertises high-quality hair, so how can you protect yourself from the low-quality hair? Here are a few tips:
1. Check Out The Reviews
Because of all the reviews on a company’s webpage are going to be positive, check out these reviews that are left by customers and are not managed by the company. Some customers even make YouTube videos about the quality of their hair and service they received from a hair company.
2. Do Your Homework
Contacting a hair company before a purchase is great because it allows you to become educated about that company's processing practices.
Ask questions like, “Are the cuticles kept aligned and intact?” “Do you accept returns on purchased hair?””How is your hair processed?””How long have you been in business?” or any other inquiries you may have.
It is a good indicator that you can trust shopping with a company that has been in the business for an extensive amount of time.
If their replies sounds unsure and unsatisfactory, I wouldn’t recommend making a purchase.
3. Your Friends’ Recommendations
I feel as though this is one of the most trustworthy ways. Friends are great. But friends who have good HAIR recommendations are even better.
4. Get A Sample If Possible
Lots of hair companies allow you to purchase a sample. So, order a sample size from a hair company, and test it out before making a costly purchase.
After purchasing a sample, you will see and feel the hair quality. In addition to running the routine tests, if you plan to curl the hair, it is also wise to test the hair out with a curling iron to verify whether or not the sample hair can hold a curl.
Being educated about hair makes it a lot easier to spot bad hair out. Especially before you waste your money!