What Are Remy Hair Extensions?

Have you been looking for hair extensions online? You’ve probably encountered the term “remy” and  “non-remy” if you’re unfamiliar with these terms check out this guide.

We’ll be going over the difference between remy and non remy hair, we’ll go over whether you can dye it or not, and we will be going over where remy hair comes from.

What is the difference between remy and non-remy hair?

The term remy hair refers to hair that has all the cuticles going in the same direction, just like your own natural hair. Remy hair can be collected from single or multiple donors but as long as all the cuticles flow in the same direction the hair is considered virgin.

remy hair vs non remy hair

The term non-remy hair refers to hair in which the cuticles flow in different directions, this is what causes hair to matte and tangle. Depending on your preferences and how long you plan on wearing your hair extensions either choice can be a good option.

If you don’t plan on wearing your hair long term, non-remy hair may be a good option for you. Non-remy hair tends to tangle really bad after you wash it a few times, this is because the silicon coating that was used to keep the hair shiny and tangle-free has washed off. Non-remy hair usually last 2-3 months before it needs to be replaced.

Good remy hair can last 6-8 months with proper care, virgin remy hair can last 2-3 years with proper care.

What are Virgin Remy Hair Extensions?

All virgin hair is considered remy hair. Since all virgin hair is collected from one single donor, the cuticles naturally run in the same direction making all virgin hair remy hair. This does not mean that all remy hair is virgin hair. Since remy hair can be collected from multiple sources it disqualifies it from being considered virgin. To learn more about virgin hair please check out our article on “what is virgin hair“.

Since remy hair can be sourced from multiple donors it is possible that some of the strands of hair may be different lengths and sometimes different colors.

What are REMY hair extensions?

Can you dye remy hair?

Remy hair can be dyed but if you plan on dying your hair and you want the absolute best results make sure the hair you dye is “virgin” remy hair. Virgin remy hair can be treated just like your natural hair, meaning it can be dyed, shampooed, cut and whatever else you decide to do.

Is remy hair indian hair?

Remy hair can be Indian, it can also be Brazilian, Chinese, Peruvian, Vietnamese, or European. It doesn’t really matter where there hair originates for it to be considered remy. As long as the cuticles are in tact and flowing in the the same direction it can be considered remy.

For example our remy only hair originates from Malaysia and our virgin remy hair originates in brazilian and Vietnam.

How to tell if hair is remy hair?

One way to tell if your hair extensions are remy hair extensions is to wet your thumb and index finger.

You then pinch a few strands of hair and run your fingers down the hair, it should be smooth.

Now run your fingers back up the same strands of hair and it should be a little rough, this is 100% normal and an indicator that you have remy hair.

If you run your fingers up and down the hair and its smooth both ways thats a sign that the hair has been treated with silicone. Some hair vendors take low quality hair that can be collected from salon floors and many other places. The hair is then chemically treated and coated in silicone. This is what gives non-remy hair its shine and why non-remy hair seems good initially. After a few washes the silicone coating comes off to reveal the true nature of the hair.


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