Remy vs. Non-Remy Hair – What’s the Difference?

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Human hair extensions and wigs have become an increasingly popular item among women; however, with so many different terms used to describe these products, as well as options to choose from, determining the right product for you can become a horrendous nightmare. You could end up purchasing a wig that was described as being a fantastic traditional wig only to find out that the wig does not allow your scalp to breathe, thus causing damage to your natural hair.

One such difference that has clients confused is the difference between remy hair and non-remy hair.

What is remy hair?

Remy hair is 100% human hair that was all donated from the same source. Since the hair was all taken from the same donor, the hair has each of the individual hair strands organized in the same direction. In other words, the cuticles are all facing the same way. This results in remy hair more closely resembling your natural hair.

What is non-remy hair?

On the other hand, while non-remy hair is still 100% human hair, the hair was not all collected from a single donor. Instead, the hair was gathered in packs from multiple different sources. Thus, the strands do not all face the same direction and the cuticles are not aligned with one another.

Why are both types of hair used?

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Both remy and non-remy hair is used because, while remy hair tends to be of higher quality than non-remy hair, non-remy hair is much easier to make. The process of crafting remy hair wigs and extensions requires a great deal of precision and time to make due to the fact that each hair strand must be facing the same direction. However, non-remy hair does not have to go through the same extensive process, which means that non-remy hair extensions and wigs can be made much easier and quicker.

Does remy hair or non-remy hair cost more?

Due to the time-consuming and labor intensive process of making remy hair extensions and wigs, remy hair is invariably more expensive than non-remy hair. The typical price range for a good quality remy hair wig can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000 and the price for a set of extensions can cost anywhere between $200-$500.

Conversely, the typical price range of a non-remy hair wig is generally between $100-$350 and the price for a good quality extension set is between $75-$200. Ultimately, there is quite a clear price difference between remy and non-remy hair due to the methods each hair type is processed with as well as remy hair being in shorter supply than non-remy hair.

What is the durability of both hair types?

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When it comes to durability, remy hair is vastly superior to non-remy hair. If taken care of properly, remy wigs and extensions can last up to 1 or 2 years. As for non-remy wigs, these wigs an extensions typically last for a much shorter amount of time, roughly from a few weeks to a few months. The reason non-remy hair does not last as long as remy hair is because the cuticles of non-remy hair do not all flow in the same direction, which can cause tangling, shedding, and matting issues.

What are the comfort levels of both hair types?

The comfortability of both remy and non-remy hair is essentially the same because both remy and non-remy hair use 100% human hair, so the feeling of the wig or extension will feel fairly natural. Factors that can affect a wig or hair extension’s comfortability are the weight of the product and whether or not your scalp can breathe through the product.

How realistic does each hair type look?

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Since remy hair is 100% human hair and the cuticles all flow in the same direction, remy hair looks extremely realistic. In order to achieve the most realistic results, be sure to properly style the hair to achieve your desired effect. On the other hand, while non-remy hair is still 100% human hair, it does not all flow within the same direction, which causes the hair to look less realistic. Moreover, non-remy hair tends to show wear much faster than remy hair, so it will start to become brittle and duller quicker.

How easy is it to style each hair type?

Remy hair is extremely easy to both style and color, so this is the perfect choice for someone who enjoys frequently changing the look of their hair. In contrast, non-remy hair is not recommended to be put through extensive styling or coloring due to the fact that it will significantly reduce the lifespan of the hair product. This is because non-remy hair is treated using a silicone-based solution, which will eventually deteriorate or soften through the use of shampoo, certain styling products, and heat.

What are the benefits and detriments to remy hair?

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Overall, remy hair is considered to be far more superior than non-remy hair products. In terms of longevity, appearance, and style variety, remy hair is undoubtedly the best option. As for cons, the only true problem with remy hair is how expensive a high quality wig or extensions can be. However, if you are looking to purchase a product that will last for a long time and look fantastic even after multiple wears, then remy hair is well worth the investment.

What are the benefits and detriments to non-remy hair?

On the flip side, non-Remy hair is better for those who are looking for a cheaper price. Non-Remy hair is in larger supply and does not require an extensive treatment process, which makes non-Remy hair a great affordable option for those who do not wish to wear their wigs or extensions every day.

However, there will be sacrifices in terms of the overall quality of the hair, the lifespan, styling and coloring options, and the overall natural appearance of the hair. Thus, while non-Remy hair is perfect for someone operating on a budget, Remy hair will ultimately provide its wearer with more benefits.

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