What are Natural Remy hair extensions?
A lot of people think that natural remy hair extensions are the same as virgin hair, however these are totally different concepts.
In this article, we will explain the different types of natural hair extensions you can find. We will also tell you what the difference is between remy hair extensions and non-remy hair extensions.
Virgin Remy Hair Extensions
Virgin Remy hair is natural hair that is obtained from a single woman. It is hair that has not received any chemical process, in other words, the owner of this hair has never had a permanent, has not dyed nor bleached the hair. It may sound that it’s impossible to find such hair, but in reality, in many Asian countries (where 95% of the hair for extensions comes from) it is not common for women to dye or curl their hair. In those places, straight black hair is a hallmark.
That said, when obtaining natural hair, a strict process must be followed so that the extensions continue to be considered virgin hair: the hair cannot be dyed or discoloured, and neither can aggressive chemical processes be done to curl it.
Advantages of virgin Remy hair: they last more than 2 years with proper care. They are the closest thing to your own natural hair.
Disadvantages of virgin Remy hair: only available in natural black color. Women who want other colors will have to discolor and dye the extensions.
What about the denominations “Brazilian, Malay, Peruvian …”? Although it seems so, they do not refer to the country of origin of the hair, but rather to the way of processing it. It must be said that at present, 95% of natural hair for the manufacture of extensions comes from Asia (China, India, and Southeast Asia).
Natural Remy Hair Extensions
Remy hair extensions are extensions that are processed from virgin hair, but that need a bleaching and dyeing treatment to meet the demand of most women.
In addition to this, the selection process must be very careful. The hair is also handled very carefully so that the it is always going in the same direction. In other words, the roots above (tied) and the tips down.
Why is it important? Well, we all know what happens on a windy day – the hair gets tangled. This is because the hair has little parts called cuticles, that protect it from the sun and moisture. But when the the ends meet the roots, the cuticles collide and it gets tangled.
These natural Remy hair extensions can last more than 8 months.
Advantages of Remy hair: you can get it in different colors and the length and texture that you want.
Disadvantages of Remy hair: it is not advisable to dye it again, as the results might be uncertain.
Non-Remy hair extensions
In this case, the hair comes from the factory waste. It is hair that does not meet the quality requirements because it has already been bleached, dyed or curled. This type of non-remy hair extensions are still natural hair, but to avoid tangles, the hair is subjected to an aggressive process for a few seconds in a bath with acids to remove the cuticles. In the final process a wax bath is given so that the hair recovers the shine. In addition, that bath of wax or silicone, adds weight to the hair, so you pay more for less. The silicone, of course, disappears with the first washings, so it is an option for women who like to change their look frequently.
Advantages of non-Remy hair: mainly the price.
Disadvantages of non-Remy hair: last for a shorter time, about 3 months.
How to know if the hair extensions are remy?
In most cases, these two types of extensions are impossible to differentiate with the naked eye. Even professionals need to touch natural hair to ensure its quality.
If you have the opportunity to have them in your hand, take a strand of hair and move your thumb and index finger up (direction to the root). You should hear a sound when rubbing. That indicates that the cuticle is intact. You will also notice that the hair offers some resistance when rubbing up but you will notice no resistance when you rub down. Do the test with your own hair to check it and see if there is a difference. If you don’t hear that same sound, natural hair extensions may have received a treatment to remove the cuticles. In that case they are not remy hair extensions.
Something that can also be very useful for you is to look at customer testimonials.
In short, remy hair extensions are the ones chosen by most women. They have excellent quality at very tempting prices. They are extensions of natural hair of the best quality.