Virgin Hair vs Remy Hair: For those of you who have been in the hair game for a while or have just started, chances are you have heard the terms Remy and Virgin hair used to describe the type of hair that you can purchase. That fact is, when it comes to hair extensions, weaves, wigs and the human hair products, there is a lot to learn especially because terms can become confusing, misleading and more often than not, terms are used interchangeably. Although both Remy and Virgin hair can accurately describe a particular set of cases, they are not at all the same.
It is important to know that not all hair extensions are human hair, even when they claim to be. Some hair extension companies (especially online) will mix animal hair and/or synthetic fibres to the hair bundles and still call it “human hair.” This hair is usually very cheap, looks good initially, but will fall apart within weeks. High quality human hair is expensive however it will last longer with proper care.
REMY VS VIRGIN: What is the difference?
Virgin hair extensions are 100% real human hair that has never been altered by any chemical processing. Virgin hair is the highest quality human hair available on the market. This hair is expensive, but lasts longer than remy hair, making it worth the investment.
What is Virgin hair?
Virgin hair is chemically unprocessed human hair, which is collected from a single donor. The Virgin hair is Remy hair that has not been altered in any way. To qualify as Virgin hair, the hair must meet rigorous standards including:
•never chemically processed in any way.
Because Virgin human hair is void of these processes, the cuticles are intact. This translates to smooth, tangle free hair. Additionally, the colour that appears in the hair extensions is natural, which is why you see only this colour available when virgin hair extensions are offered. Virgin Hair generally last about 3 years and longer if it properly maintained.
What is Remy hair?
Like with Virgin hair, Remy hair’s cuticles are also intact and face the same direction. Remy hair is gathered from many hair donors and mixed together. The hair that is collected from Remy hair may have been previously processed (colour or otherwise). The hair is collected in such a way as to keep the hair’s cuticles properly aligned. When all the hair strands follow the same direction you know that you are getting the highest quality bundles of Remy hair, which will be tangle free and remains soft and silky, which is useful in producing higher-quality wigs, extensions and hairpieces. Finally, Remy hair tends to last about 1.5 years, because the hair may have been coloured or permed.
One last thing to keep in mind is that not all hair labeled remy is true Remy hair with cuticle intact, and after 2-3 washes the hair will mat and tangle.
The best thing to do when it comes to hair is to try and test it yourself. Do research, read reviews, follow up with other customers who have worn the hair from the brand you want to buy. Always buy your human hair extension from a reputable company and remember true Virgin and Remy hair are usually more expensive, but will last longer.