Weaves, hair extensions, hair pieces and wigs are popular items for African-American women. However, the definitions connected with these pieces can be confusing. Take remy hair, for example. What is it? Before you drop your hard-earned money on this fabulous hair type, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re buying.
You can purchase synthetic hair or you can purchase human hair. Remy hair is human hair, and it’s one of the highest grades you can buy.
This hair type comes from a donor. The donors are found everywhere and not just in North America. They may be Indian, or they may be Chinese. You can buy Brazilian hair imported from Brazil. Or you can buy Peruvian hair imported from Peru. The hair is gathered into a pony tail, tied off and then cut.
An important distinction for remy hair is that the cuticles are intact and facing in the same direction. Why does it matter if the cuticles face in the same direction? The look is completely natural, and when the hair is combed, there’s little to no tangling throughout the life of the hair. This is a hair type that can last for years with proper maintenance.
There are two types of remy hair, virgin and non-virgin. Virgin remy hair is left in a completely natural state. Therefore, it is available in only a few natural colors, such as black or brown. This is the highest grade you can buy. If you want the best quality weaves or hair extensions possible purchase this grade of hair. This hair type can be washed, dried, colored and treated as if it were the natural hair on your head.
Non-virgin remy hair is collected the same way virgin is except that it is processed for color, waves and/or curls. Therefore, if you’re going for a particular look, this hair type can give you exactly the style you want while at the same time looking completely natural.
Virgin and non-virgin remy hair will give you the look of the celebrities, and to get that look you have to be willing to pay for it. This hair type is expensive because of the quality and the amount of time it can last. One 4 oz. package can cost an average price of $100 or more, and you’ll likely need more than one package. In addition, the cost of the package does not include the cost of the salon visit. You can purchase remy hair from beauty supply stores or online, but always make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company.