The Difference Between Remy Hair and Virgin Hair

When it comes to hair extensions and wigs, there are a number of different classifications for the type of hair used. It can be confusing, as some of the terms even have overlapping meanings.

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  1. When it comes to hair extensions and wigs, there are a number of different classifications for the type of hair used. It can be confusing, as some of the terms even have overlapping meanings. Understanding the difference will help you get the highest possible quality extensions within your budget. The higher quality the extensions, the longer they are likely to last and the easier they will be to care for.

    Remy Hair

    While it may sound like a brand name, Remy is actually a generic term that describes the condition of hair used for wigs or extensions. Another name for this type of hair is cuticle hair, as the hair is harvested with the cuticle still intact, making it less likely the hair will become damaged. Any hair sold as Remy will come from just one donor and will have cuts that are all the same length, making the remy hair smoother and easier to style. Remy hair can be virgin hair as well, but could also be non-virgin, meaning it has been altered at some point chemically.

    Virgin Hair

    Any extensions that are described as virgin hair will consist of hair that hasn't been chemically treated. This means that it won't have been dyed, permed or bleached. This type of hair is less likely to tangle and virgin brazilian hair is smoother, but may require more maintenance to keep it looking at its best. All virgin hair is also Remy. This hair is sometimes treated with pressure to change its texture, but can still be classified as virgin as it hasn't been chemically processed.

    Other Types Available

    Another term to understand is yaki, which refers to hair with a texture similar to relaxed African-American or Caribbean hair and can be synthetic, Remy or non-Remy human hair. There's also human hair, which is any hair that comes from people but isn't necessarily from the same donor or all cut in the same direction. It's usually been processed in some way, perhaps to change the color or the texture. This is a better choice than synthetic hair, but not as good as virgin Remy, as it doesn't last as long and may tangle more often. This type of human hair is sometimes coated with silicone to help extend its life and make it easier to handle, but the coating only lasts for a few washings at most. Heating the hair or dying it further shortens the lifespan of this type of extension.
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