Saturday, March 31, 2012

What Is Remy Hair?

The hair that grows out of your head is remy hair,and is the best quality hair (beside your own) you can buy! Remy hair is defined as - human hair collected directly from a hair donor. Other names it is known by are cuticle hair, virgin hair or cut hair.

The majority of human hair sold in the industry is non-remy hair, which means that the hair cuticles have been stripped by the process of bleaching or acid-bathing. Remy hair goes through special processing during the de-pigmentation phase, one that resembles treating cashmere. After this processing, the hair cuticles are still intact, and therefore the hair is stronger and more durable.

How is it collected?
The hair is tied in one direction, cut, and the direction of the hair is preserved. Hair that is collected at random, not keeping track of the natural direction will tangle when it gets wet, and this is mostly the type of 'floor' hair you will find in your local beauty supply store. By 'floor hair' I mean the hair that is not behind the cashier's counter, but within the reach of the customer. This type of hair is in fact human hair, but sometime is mixed with synthetic fibers which can withstand heat up to about 400 degrees, or it maybe 100% human hair. The thing is, this hair has been stripped of its cuticles and what is visible is the cortex, which is the interior of the hair shaft. Hair cuticles are the protectors of the inner core of the hair shaft and are not visible to the naked eye, but you can see them under a microscope and they look like this.....

Healthy Hair Shaft (note: flat cuticles)

After the stripping process, the hair is coated with silicone to give it that smooth feel and healthy sheen. After a few shampoos and styling with hot tools, that treatment breaks down and the hair begins to tangle, and ends up in a matted mess!! Some of you know what I'm talking about! LOL!

With Remy hair the cuticle is always going in one direction as on a natural head of hair, so it is less likely to become a ball of matted mess!!! Since all the hairs are placed in the same direction, the hairs remain undisturbed, making them more durable and long lasting. Remy hair lasts longer, keeps vitality and elasticity, colors better (enhancing color consistency over 95% to that of synthetic- fiber), easier to comb and it curls better. All of that is what makes remy hair so special, sought after and preferred.

Virgin hair is remy hair that has NEVER been processed in any way. For example, if you have relaxed, texlaxed, texturized, permed, or color treated hair, the new growth would be virgin hair.

How can you tell it is Remy Hair?
Take your fingers and run it along a hairshaft opposite to the weft, or if 'bulk' hair (non-wefted hair), the area where the hair is tied together. Doing this, you will be able to feel some tiny bumps as you go along. Those are the cuticles. As you stroke the cuticles in the opposite direction to which they lay, they will raise a bit so you can feel them. When you stroke them again in the direction which they lay, the hair shaft will feel smooth. Try it with you own hair first to get a feel of what it should feel like. Non-remy hair will feel smooth if you stroke the hair in either direction!

You should care for the hair the way you would care for you own. Moisturizing and deep conditioning are a MUST, especially for the hair growing out of your scalp! Using heat protectants and serums, also help to keep the hair as well as your own hair in pristine condition. If you do not use these products that I mentioned, then you should include them in your hair regimen quick, fast and in a hurry!

Since I am transitioning my hair to texlaxed (relaxed hair that has been deliberately under-processed to preserve some of the hair's natural disulfide bonds, thereby retaining some texture and keeping the hair stronger) I bought this Kinky-Straight wefted hair to make some clip-in extensions....

I purchased the hair from Here's a link to the store incase you are interested:

Ulike Ada Hair Products

Recommended: Before use/installation, shampoo with a mild shampoo and deep-condition.

Check out my You Tube Channel  to see my reviews on this hair and how I used it to make my own clip-in extensions.

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