Have you ever used hair extensions and wondered why none have all the three qualities you want in a hair extension: tangle-free, long-lasting, and affordable?
You’re not alone.
In recent years, more and more people are using hair extensions. Some use them as a cosmetic necessity, while some purely as a fashionable item.
There are many different types of hair extensions available, but finding one which has all the three listed qualities can prove tough if you’ve just started using hair extensions. I’ve used hair extensions for several years now and have tested many different types of them in the past. This has led me to believe that remy human hair extensions are a cut above the rest.
Remy hair extensions come with a broad range of qualities. They are usually tangle-free, shed less than others and have a longer life. Plus, they are affordable.
In this post, I’ll tell you all that you need to know about remy hair extensions, all this information will help you make an informed decision when you go to a hair shop to buy new hair extensions.
So, let’s get started…
What are remy human hair?
Remy hair extensions are of the highest quality. For hair to be called ‘Remy’, it needs to come from a human’s head and must retain the cuticles (these are in the protective layer which sheaths the hair and keep it healthy).
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Most hair is sourced from India and China. Some other places from where remy hair is sourced include Brazil, Peru, or Russia. Because all the cuticles remain intact and the follicles don’t get all tangled up, remy hair remains healthy and shining for longer than other hair.
You can get remy human hair anywhere, including online. However, there are many unscrupulous sellers who sell cheap non-virgin remy human hair extensions which are of below-par quality. Stay away from such suppliers because they mix synthetic with human hair and label it as ‘100% human’.
Types of remy human hair extensions
Remy hair is available in several versions, including wavy, straight, and curly. However, there are actually two main types: virgin remy hair and non-virgin Remy hair.
The first type has never been dyed, straightened or permed, whereas non-virgin remy human hair is obtained from donors who have at some point in time dyed their hair or used a straightening or curling treatment.
Naturally, virgin remy hair is of better quality and lasts longer, however, it can be very pricey. With that said, non-virgin remy hair is also of good quality, plus it is pretty affordable.
Main Advantages of remy human hair extensions
Since I started using remy human hair extensions, I’ve never felt the need to use any other type of hair extension. This is because this one offers the full range of qualities that are important to me.
Here are some of the main benefits of remy hair extensions:
1. They last a considerably long time
Did you know that compared to non-remy hair extensions, remy hair extensions can last up to 3-4 times longer?
Remy hair extensions, in general, last for anywhere between 9 to 12 months, depending on how you look after them. If you follow all the care instructions, your hair extensions can even last for over a year.
On the other hand, you can consider yourself lucky if a set of non-remy hair extensions remain usable for more than 3 months. Virgin hair, of course, can remain usable for up to 24 months, but they are extremely costly.
Just a few words of caution: You shouldn’t expect your remy hair extensions to remain usable forever. Human hair needs to be attached to the scalp to remain healthy. When hair is attached to the scalp it receives much-needed nutrients to sustain the keratin.
However, the hair in remy hair extensions—just like any other kind of hair extensions—has been removed from the scalp. Therefore, eventually, even after the best care it loses its shine, becomes weak and is prone to tangling.
2. They don’t require much maintenance
This is one big advantage. Unlike other hair extensions, remy human hair extensions don’t need any extra maintenance.
You can keep them healthy and shiny by brushing them regularly and washing them with a high-quality product. Take care of them just the way you take care of your normal hair.
You can treat remy hair just like your own. This is something that you can’t do with synthetic hair. remy hair can be washed, dyed and styled like normal hair. It can also sustain heat, irrespective of whether you’re using curlers, a blow-dryer or iron.
You can even take a dip in the pool while wearing them. However, don’t sleep with them if they are wet, otherwise, you might wake up with your hair extension all tangled up.
3. They give you more options
Since remy human hair extensions can be treated, you can change your style or color whenever you want. In case you want to change hair color drastically or straighten or perm it, simply treat the remy hair with your natural hair.
In addition, compared to most other hair extensions, remy hair can be used successfully with a wider range of styling products.
4. They look more natural
Last but not least, remy hair is made of genuine human hair. It blends easily with your hair and, thank to its overall sheen and texture, helps improve your hairstyle.
Valuable advice regarding buying remy hair extensions
In my experience, buying remy human hair of the highest grade is the best option. Look for the 5A grade. Purchasing low-quality products just don’t make much sense; they don’t work half as well as remy human hair and have a dismally short life.
Also, do some research before you make a purchase. Compare different brands before selecting one for the beginner. The best option is to stick with reputable brands and suppliers.