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REMY HAIR vs VIRGIN HAIR: What is the difference?

For those of you who have been in the hair extensions game for a while, chances are you have run across the term Remy and Virgin hair when describing the type of hair that you can purchase. If you are anything like me (and most others), these terms may be confusing and even misleading at times. More often than not, these terms have been used interchangeably. Although both Remy and Virgin hair can accurately describe a particular set of cases, they are not at all the same.

VIRGIN HUMAN HAIR

Virgin human hair is a phrase used to describe a set of hair that has not been chemically altered in any way. This includes dyes, perms, bleaching, and other popular processes. Because virgin human hair is void of these processes, the cuticles are intact. This translates to smooth, tangle free hair. However, this also means that more work is required in order to maintain the look and feel of the hair. Additionally, the color that appears in the hair extensions is natural, which is why you see only this color available when virgin hair extensions are offered.
However, many so called “virgin hair” in the market are actually uncolored non-remy hair. So choosing the right supplier is very important.

REMY HUMAN HAIR

Remy human hair extensions actually describe the quality of hair used to make up the particular extension. This hair is of the highest quality and comes from a single donor, which ensures consistency in texture. Also, the hair cuticles are intact, in one direction and consists of cuts which are the same length. This provides a smooth texture and allows the hair to last longer and style more naturally. So although all Remy hair is Virgin hair, not all Virgin hair is Remy hair.
However, many so called remy human hair in the market are actually non-remy hair. So choosing the right supplier is very important.

NON-REMY HUMAN HAIR

Of course, this hair comparison would not be complete without mentioning the ever popular, non-Remy human hair. Non Remy human hair is a happy medium between high quality, Virgin Remy hair, and lower quality hair such as synthetic or Yaki. These type of hair extensions generally undergo a chemical treatment in order to produce a particular color or texture in the hair. This destroys the cuticle, which drastically shortens the life of the hair extension. The source of this hair is difference as well and consists of the “leftovers” found in salons, brushes and other places. This means hair will flow in different directions and eventually lead to tangling.

In an effort to delay the inevitable, many salons and suppliers will use a process that adds several layers of silicone to the hair follicle. This solution gives the hair a great appearance and even easy maintenance at first. However, washing the hair several times will eventually remove the silicone coating and expose the hair. Dying or adding heat will also expose the hair and make it susceptible to damage. Non-Remy human hair is considered a great choice and is even considered the best, non-virgin extension you can get, but it is not the best of the best.