Remy VS Virgin: Whats is the difference?
For those of you who have been shoppers and lovers of hair extensions for awhile chances are you have came 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 can be confusing and often times, misleading. More often that not, these terms have been used interchangeably. Although both Remy and Virgin hair can accurately describe different types of hair depending on the process, they are “NOT” at all the same.
Virgin Hair Extensions
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.
Remy Hair Extensions
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
Non-Remy Hair Extensions
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 different as well and consists of the “leftovers” found in salons, brushes and other places. This means hair will flow in different direction 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 is 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.