Difference between Virgin and Remi Hair extensions?

Remi and Virgin Hair have increasingly both become regular buzz words on the hair extension scene. Is there really a big difference in the two? Read on to understand which is best for your glamorous look…

Virgin hair?

Virgin hair refers to hair that is completely unprocessed.  To qualify as virgin hair the hair must not have not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached, gone through acid washes or chemically processed in any way. This also means that the hair would have come from a single donor, (the donor could be Peruvian, Malaysian, Brazilian, etc.) One of the most important characteristics of Virgin hair is that all the cuticles are intact and going in the same direction.  
The hair cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair shaft.  Picture the appearance of cuticles to look like fish scales. If they are intact and going in the same direction if you rubbed your hand from top to bottom it would feel very smooth. Hair cuticles that are misaligned and going in different directions is what causes issues with how long the hair holds up and tangling. 

Remi Hair?

Remi is a term used to describe hair extensions where the hair is gathered from a single donor in such a way to keep the hair’s cuticles properly aligned and going in the same direction. 
Remember, that although Virgin hair is always Remi hair, Remi hair is not always virgin hair. This is because Remi hair can undergo chemical and mechanical processes before it is sold as hair extensions and still be Remi hair (because the cuticles are intact and in the same direction).  Coloring, bleaching, straightening, and curling are all examples of some of the alterations that can happen to Remi extensions.

Here are a couple of things to pay attention to if you’re looking for true Remi hair.

Remi hair will be more expensive than non Remi hair.  So, if you see a package of hair that is labeled Remi, but the price does not seem reasonable for what you now understand the process for Remi hair to be, it’s likely not true Remi hair.

Run your fingers through the hair, it should be smooth and soft. Your fingers should glide through any of the strands and should they get tangled it should only take a slight wiggle to get through the hair.

Also, if it’s not dyed, the ends should be lighter than the hair at the top of the weft when placed in good lighting.

Non-Remi Hair?

The majority of human hair sold over the counter is Non-Cuticle hair. Usually, the donor’s hair is stripped off and thrown into piles with other hair to be used for hair extension products. With this process care is not taken to ensure that the cuticles of hair from a specific donor remain aligned in the same direction, which is what causes the hair to tangle and matte quite easily.  Often times non-Remi hair is dipped in a silicone coating to give the hair a shiny and smooth appearance and to keep it from matting and tangling too quickly.  It’s less likely that this hair can be used for more than one install.

Depending on how long you want to wear your extensions, the type of hairstyle, and the look you want to achieve you might purchase all three types at any given time.  We believe that all three hair types serve a purpose and we engage regularly with a community of women that make all different hair types work! Whichever type you choose you will want to use your eZ SCRATCH versus digging in to scratch with other objects to avoid loosening your threads and braids or damaging your scalp. This will preserve your extensions longer and maintain your style. 
Be sure you let us know which type of hair extension is your favorite so we can always provide up to date feedback for our community!