Virgin Hair VS. Raw Hair VS. Remy Hair
Hair extensions have many, many names: virgin hair, raw hair, remy hair, etc. Whether you are a hair stylist, salon owner or customer, it is important to know the difference between these terms and correctly label the hair you are selling so you can avoid miscommunications and unhappy customers!
Virgin Hair VS. Raw Hair
Raw hair is defined as hair that has NEVER (this word is very important) been altered by steaming or any chemical process. It is natural, pure and 100% authentic human hair. The highest quality hair extensions are made of true raw hair. Picture someone cutting a ponytail straight from someone’s head. That is what raw hair is. They tend to blend better with any hair type and make for fuller and longer lasting bundles.
Most importantly each bundle of raw hair comes from a single donor and has a distinct natural hair pattern. Raw hair cuticles are ALWAYS intact and naturally aligned in their own direction this is helpful in ensuring hair quality. Making sure the cuticles are intact and facing the same direction will be key in the longevity of the hair.
Virgin hair is also defined as natural human hair that has not been manipulated by a chemical process. These terms include applying bleach, dyes, perm, hard washes, and relaxing techniques. Virgin hair is also collected from a single donor, just like raw hair. The most popular types of virgin hair currently on the market are Indian hair, Brazilian hair, and Malaysian hair. American hair factories only sell grade AAA virgin hair – the highest quality hair extensions on the market as of today.
Virgin Hair vs. Remy Hair
Virgin hair is also called remy hair. Remy hair means that human hair is collected directly from the head of several donors with the hair cuticles still intact. They are then processed to all face in the same direction.
Virgin remy hair extensions have not been chemically processed in the sense of COLOR so they can be dyed with minimal damage. It is possible to lighten or darken remy hair a telltale sign that the hair is in fact human. Remember though raw hair and virgin hair are always un-altered, the term remy means the cuticles have been processed. You will want to remember the words “Virgin Remy” mean the hair has not been dyed but it is still processed.
Remy Hair vs. Non-Remy Hair
Since remy hair means it is collected and the cuticles are then properly aligned, it stays soft and silky. This makes remy hair perfect for producing high-quality extensions, wigs, frontals, closures, etc.
What is non-remy hair?
On the other hand, non-remy hair is literally leftover hair swept off of the ground from the floors of salons and temples. The truth hurts, doesn’t it? These strands are recycled to create a weft. If the hair cuticles go in different directions, the hair will tangle and matte easily. Sellers try to mask this defect by dipping non-remy hair in a silicone coating. This type of hair extension is low quality and will not last very long. Generally, this type of hair is what you will find at your local beauty supply store at cheap prices.
It’s also pretty well known that many “high-end” clip in extensions companies catering to caucasian women are selling non-remy, coated, colored hair claiming it is remy at insanely expensive prices (Bellami). These are companies you will usually want to stay away from. Honestly, you’re better off ordering raw bundles from a small store like IRL that sells real, quality bundles and making your own clip ins or purchasing directly from a store whose factory sells them with the same raw hair they sell as bundles.