Remy Hair is a very popular type of hair used for hair extensions, but what is it?
One thing to note is that Remy Hair is not always virgin hair. (More about that later)
Once hair has been colored or chemically processed in any way short of removing the cuticles (Cuticle: The outside horny layers are composed of transparent, overlapping, protective scale-like cells, towards the hair ends. The cuticle protects the inner structure of the hair. Chemical relaxers, hair color and permanent wave solution enter the hair cortex raising the scales on the cuticle) it is referred to as Remy.
Good quality Remy Hair can be categorized in the ‘premium’ segment, as far as hair quality is concerned. Remy Hair has its cuticle intact and running in the same direction “unidirectional cuticle” to prevent tangling. The cuticles protect the hair from damage and give the hair its natural look.
Remy Hair is usually categorized into two types:
Remy Hair Single Drawn: This type of Remy Hair is taken out directly from the scalp by shaving the head. Care is taken to remove the very short hair, with the longer hair, found in different hair length, giving a pony-tail like appearance.
Remy Hair Double Drawn: This type of hair is the finest quality with the same wave length in a piece. The hairs are arranged with equal lengths. There should not be any short hair in a piece.
- Then the hair is further classified into grades, referred to as Quality A, B and C.
Quality A: These are an expensive type of weft hair made up of Indian Virgin Remy hair. This type is unidirectional and characterized by double drawn hair, where the whole weave is made up of hairs of the same length.
Quality B: This type is again made up of special double drawn hair, virgin Remy Hair, and is unidirectional. The length of hairs though may vary by up to 1-2 inches.
Quality C: This is the finest quality of weft hair. The cuticles are intact and are unidirectional. The entire weave contains hairs of different length.
It is important to note that Remy Hair is processed hair. This process could range from simply conditioned and hydrated, to coloured and chemically altered.