Beauti 101: The Difference Between Remy and Virgin Hair Extensions

Posted on Feb 16 2011 - 12:33pm by BSB

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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.

Remy hair strands are kept in the same direction.

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.

Sources: wikipedia, ehow

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  2. c sections September 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm - Reply


  3. Jane Doe February 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I sbsolutely love Remy hair! This site is very imformative. I have Yet to find try virgin remy hair, but it is next on my agenda!!!

    • Boujae Hair September 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Boujae’ Hair is proud to say we are a company dedicated to selling 100% VIRGIN hair extensions.

  4. Renee September 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    So virgin or remy hair? Which is better?

    • Boujae Hair September 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Virgin Hair is the best. It comes in its natural state.

  5. Jennifer September 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Remy or vergin? Witch is better?

    • Goddessweaves April 21, 2013 at 11:56 am - Reply

      *Virgin hair means no processed, a little hard but can be dyed

      All Virgin hair have cuticle attach, but not always in the same direction. This is normally the case in 4A grade

      Virgin Remy hair means all cuticles are in same direction, no tangle definitely;(can be bleach/dyed easily )This is found in 5A Grade virgin remy hair….

      This is the biggest difference between 4A & 5A.
      4A is virgin hair , but not all cuticle in same direction.
      5A is Virgin remy hair all hair in same direction, no tangles longer lasting.

      Problem is many sellers are selling 4A grade as 5A, so beware!
      5A is Luxury soft, no tangling and last up to 3yrs with proper care…

      and there is 3A which is cheap processed human hair also called remy hair, which makes it confusing for many clients.

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    is unprocessed human hair the same as virgin hair.

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