Difference between human and Remy hair extensions
We are often asked what’s the difference between human hair and Remy hair? Is there a difference, or is Remy just another name for the same thing?
Remy is more to do with the natural condition of the hair and how it is handled and processed rather than being any sort of special type of human hair. True Remy hair will be collected carefully, usually by tying a donor’s hair into a single ponytail and cutting off at the top keeping the hair all together in one secure length.
This means that all the hair follicles will lay in one single direction – exactly as they were grown and will stay aligned from top to bottom. This will maintain the natural cuticle direction and will avoid tangling problems commonly associated when you get cheaper extension made up with mixed hair from different sources where you cannot guarantee the cuticle direction.
Remy hair is also not subjected to any harsh chemical treatments such as extreme colour stripping or bleaching, unlike other heavily processed hair. The main benefit of choosing Remy hair over anything else is that the hair will retain it’s natural health, strength and lustre, but because of it’s higher quality it will also last for a good three to six months – or even longer with proper care and attention.
Quite often hair suppliers will say that they sell Remy hair and claim that is is completely unprocessed. However, all hair must be processed to some extent, and some suppliers have been known to add in a percentage of non-Remy hair to their extensions. To a true hair expert this will be easy to detect, but for most people it is hard tell the difference.
When cared for correctly, true Remy hair will last a long time so is worth the extra expense when comparing prices.
Regular 100% human hair
Non-Remy human hair is often collected differently and cannot be guaranteed to be from the same person. The majority of human hair sold today is non-Remy hair and it is often much cheaper to buy. This doesn’t mean that you are not getting good quality hair though. 100% human hair is still going to be much better quality and give you better results than using synthetic hair alternatives.
The obvious issue with non-Remy hair is that you cannot guarantee which way the hair cuticles will lay as each strand may go in a different direction. To overcome this, hair manufacturers will chemically process the hair to completely remove the cuticle so the hair will be smooth and will not tangle so easily.
Once the hair has had the cuticles removed, it will be given a protective coating of silicone to ensure the hair is smooth and shiny. The silicone will also cover over any cuticles that have been missed during the chemical processing.
This all sounds fine until you realise that after only a few shampoos the protective silicone layers will wash away. This leaves the underlying hair exposed and will become dry, dull and brittle. Hair will quickly start to tangle and become matted up, so will have to be removed.
Non-Remy hair is usually used for human hair wigs that are not worn constantly and don’t require washing as often as you would wash your own hair. Non-Remy human hair extensions are also a good option if you plan to change your style for only a short time, maybe for a special event or a holiday etc. For longer-term styles that you want to last it is always better to stick with true Remy hair.