Shopping for the right hair extensions can be confusing. There are so many brands, types, colors and textures. One of the most commonly asked questions…”What’s the difference between Remy and Virgin hair extensions?”.
Virgin hair is completely natural and unprocessed. It’s free from any chemicals such as relaxer, perm, silicone, or color dyes. There has been no damage to the cuticles or the true structure of the hair.
With Remy hair, a.k.a. Remy Cuticle hair or Cuticle hair, the direction of the hair is preserved, cuticles are kept intact and each hair strand is kept in one direction. Remy hair usually comes from a single donor.
The majority of human hair sold over the counter is Non-Cuticle hair. Typically, donor hair is stripped off and thrown into piles with other hair destined for hair extension production. The problem with this process is that care is not taken to ensure that the cuticles of hair from a specific donor remain aligned in the same direction. To combat this problem, most donor hair is stripped of cuticle by getting an acid bath. Silicone is then applied where the cuticles previously were. This gives the hair a shiny look. However, after extensions are washed, the silicone wears off and the hair tangles and mats easily, since the cuticles are not all facing the same direction. With Remy hair the cuticle is always going in one direction as on a natural head of hair, so the hairs remain undisturbed, making then less likely to tangle, more durable, and easier to comb. Remy hair is not necessarily virgin hair, it could be dyed or processed.
So, this is why less expensive hair extensions (that 12 inch hair for $8.99) look and feel extremely dry, after you wash it. Virgin and Remy hair extensions are more expensive, but can be washed, curled, flat ironed and reused multiple times. Quality hair extensions can last for a year or more.