Demystifying Human Hair Terms: Remy Vs Non-Remy Vs Virgin Hair

Do the many terms used to describe human hair confuse you? In this article, we will have a look at Remy’s hair, non-Remy hair, and Virgin hair with the intention of differentiating the three hair types.

Demystifying Human Hair Terms

Ideally, each type of human hair differs from the other based on the origin (country of origin, original donor, total number of donors etc.). Other differences are based on whether the hair is processed or not as well as its texture (straight, wavy, curly, and kinky).

The most common human hair extensions and wigs are Brazilian hair, Peruvian hair, Indian hair, Eurasian hair, and Malaysian hair. All these are available as Remy hair, non-Remy hair, or virgin hair.

Note that these terms are applicable only at the time of collecting the hair. Some unscrupulous manufacturers may, for example, collect Remy’s hair, subject it to harsh treatment, still package, and sell it as Remy’s hair. Due diligence is therefore important when buying hair extensions and wigs.

What is Remy Hair?

This is the finest 100% natural human hair. Its cuticles are still intact and non-stripped. Though collected from one or several donors, the cuticles of Remy’s hair are aligned in the same direction starting from the roots to the tips of the hair, making the hair to have the most natural look compared to other human hairs. This alignment is made possible by taking the hair through rigorous processing. It is soft, silky, shiny, and tangle-free. Due to this uniqueness, Remy hair is scarce and it retails at a premium price.

Remy Vs Non Remy

Unlike what most people believe, Remy’s hair is processed hair. The manufacturer will perm, color it, or even remove unwanted cuticles to suit the various hair preferences of his/her clientele and still end up with intact cuticles uniformly aligned from root to tip. However, some manufacturers end up damaging the aligned cuticles and apply a silicone coat to mask the damage. This inferior Remy hair is natural to point out due to its tendency to tangle and matte after a few washes. With proper care, Remy hair can last up to a year with limited chances of tangling or matting.

What is Non-Remy Hair?

Non-Remy hair is 100% human hair but it has cuticles flowing in different directions. This is because it comes from several donors. The manufacturers of non-Remy human hair may opt to either sell it in its raw form or process it further to add more value to it.

In its natural form, this hair has its intact cuticles in different directions. Tangling and matting, therefore, is a significant issue with raw, unprocessed non-Remy human hair. To correct this, manufacturers process the hair in an acid bath where most of the cuticles are removed, and the hair loses most of its moisture content.

A silicone coat is added to improve its shine and disguise its tangle and matte. Non-Remy human hair retails at a lower price than Remy’s hair. It is also readily available in the market in various forms and color.

Difference Between Healthy Remy hair cuticles and a damaged hair cuticles

BrazilianHairOnSale view of a healthy Remy hair(Left image) cuticles and a damaged hair cuticles(Right image):

cuticles only provide the best quality 100% Virgin Remy Brazilian hair extensions. It has gone through minimal processing to keep the cuticles intact, it is durable and soft to touch. You will not be dissapointed.

What is Virgin Hair

Virgin human hair is chemically unprocessed natural human hair collected from a single donor. This is virgin hair precisely at the time of collection of the hair. Some manufacturers may color the hair after obtaining it to grade it.

It has a vibrant hair color and stronger cuticles. Depending on its country of origin, you may have virgin hair retailing in such names as Indian virgin hair, Peruvian virgin hair, Malaysian virgin hair, or Brazilian virgin hair. Although retailing at a premium price, the virgin hair lasts for a long time with proper care.

The ideal donors for virgin hair are young healthy women who have never had their long hair processed before. This hair is then gently washed, combed, and graded and packed individually.

Comparison table: Remy Human Hair VS Non Remy Human Hair VS Virgin Human Hair

# Remy Human Hair Non Remy Human Hair Virgin Human Hair
Cuticles alignment Cuticles are aligned in one direction. Cuticles are aligned in different directions or completely removed. Intact undamaged cuticles running in the same direction
Processing Is natural processed hair. May have been curled, bleached, steamed or colored Is natural processed hair through an acid bath Is original and natural unprocessed hair. No chemical treatment or straightening, and no previous use of extensions or weaves on the hair.
Source May be sourced from a single or multiple donors Is sourced from multiple donors Is sourced from a single donor
Price Very Expensive Relatively cheaper Very expensive
Availability Not easily available Easily available Available in most hair retail stores.
Texture Smooth with a natural shine Smooth with an artificial shine from silicone coating Has a full natural look. Are available in different textures and colors depending on the original donor.
Versatility Recyclable, responds well to heat treatments Cannot be reused, responds poorly to heat treatments Recyclable, responds well to heat treatments
Maintenance Easy to maintain May be challenging to maintain Easy to maintain
Durability Lasts upto one year without tangles and mattes Tangles and mattes after a few washes. They are shed free and tangle free for a long time

Video tutorial: Virgin vs Remy Hair vs 100% Human Hair (What the Differences Are) – Ultimate guide


As the demand for authentic human hair grows, the manufacturers add more value to hair extensions to the satisfaction of their customer base. Unfortunately, some suppliers have been reported to mix human hair with animal hair and sold the mix as real human hair. Be cautious when buying hair extensions and wigs. Always purchase extensions and wigs from a reputable brand.

Similarly, when buying hair extensions, the rule of thumb is to let your natural hair guide you. Whether you go for Remy, non-Remy, or virgin hair, your natural hair texture, color, and thickness should blend perfectly with the hair extension you choose.

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