Remy hair - you may have heard about it, but you’re not exactly sure what it means. The basic definition of Remy hair is where you can distinguish the root end of the hair from the tip end of the hair when the human hair is collected and manufactured. If you are unable to make the distinction, then you have non-Remy hair.
So what’s the big deal with Remy hair? It is important, but what’s even more important is that the Remy hair has the cuticle intact. The cuticle is the protective layer surrounding the Cortex of the hair shaft, which handles shine, elasticity, moisture retention, and manageability of hair. When you remove the cuticle from the hair, you are left with tangled, dull, lifeless hair. Why, you ask? The process of removing the cuticle of the hair involves the use of acid, which clearly is highly damaging.
The term Remy hair is desirable in the hair extension market, however, can be misleading for consumers. Most hair extension companies claim they use 100% Remy human hair, however human hair manufacturers are unable to produce large quantities without removing the cuticle first. The process of removing the cuticle fully or partially is achieved through the use of acid, which is a highly damaging and corrosive compound. Once the cortex is partially or fully exposed, the hair will become dry, damaged, lifeless and tangled. Therefore, if a company is claiming to have 100% Remy human hair and their prices are below market, then that’s a huge red flag.
The only way to make sure you’re getting what you pay for is to do your research.