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The Truth About Remy Hair vs. Non-Remy Hair

remy hair vs non remy hair

When World War II came to a close, the materials that were absorbed by the war effort (such as nylon), were free once again for the public’s consumption. Nylon was put to work in new ways…such as the development of artificial hair extension pieces to offer a little “flair” to hairstyles. Thankfully the scarcity of real human hair ended once new trade opportunities opened up with India and the world was introduced to Indian Remy Hair (the kind we use). For so many reasons it is the superior quality of hair where hair extensions are concerned, giving you the most realistic look (because it’s real hair!) and highest degree of satisfaction.

How can I tell if the hair is synthetic?

Synthetic hair extensions can sometimes be marketed as real hair (it’s not). For some unscrupulous dealers, synthetic hair is mixed in with real hair to save costs and maximize profit. The easiest way to tell is if the hair has a burning smell with being styled with a flat iron. What gives synthetic hair away is the shiny “fishing line” look to it. Synthetic hair is cheap, but doesn’t last long are sensitive to the sun, quickly photo-aging and fading.

  • Synthetic hair extensions are prone to product build-up, so you can’t use styling products with them
  • They also can’t be colored and put through any chemical processes like real hair can, such as perming.
  • As mentioned before, you can’t use thermal styling tools on them. Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons will melt synthetic hair.

lifespan of remy vs non-remy hair

What is Remy Hair?

Remy hair extensions are made from human hair that is collected from one source or donor. The hair cuticles (small scales of keratin that make up the top layer of hair) are intact and undamaged and all are aligned in one direction. Extensions made with Remy hair contains some short hair with a natural taper at the end that gives you a very natural looking hairstyle.

  • Remy hair is strong and holds up to hair color and chemical processing.
  • It is tangle-resistant and you can create any hairstyle you’d like

What is Non-Remy Hair?

Non-Remy hair is still real human hair, but it’s collected from multiple sources, without being properly sorted.

  • The cuticles that make up the keratin layer of hair aren’t sorted from root to end, so the scales are in opposite directions, leading to hair that tangles and damages easily.
  • It can be sold in its raw state, but also as a finished product to fix the cuticle layer problem just mentioned.
  • During finishing, the cuticle layer is chemically stripped off and the hair is coated in silicone to make it look healthy again. This silicone however doesn’t last long, washing away after a few showers, leaving the hair dry and frizzy. 
remy hair vs non-remy hair


Here at Perfect Locks, we only uses 100% ethically sourced Remy Hair, gathered direct from temples in India ethically during the ritual of tonsure. We only select the best hair from the temples.

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Indian Remy Hair Myths Debunked

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We hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend! Now for some of us, it's back to work and the play time is over. This doesn't mean that you can't have fun and invest in hair extensions though!

This post is going to be a bit educational, and we hope you enjoy learning about all different types of hair extensions in general. This post will focus specifically on Indian Remy Hair Extensions and what this special type of hair is exactly and where it comes from.

Your gorgeous hair extensions don't look beautiful just because. Here are some known facts about virgin Remy Hair Extensions that explain why your locks are so silky smooth and lovely.

What is Remy hair?

Remy hair is basically the upper and lower ends of hair that are kept in their natural state. The cuticles from the silky strands of hair run in all of the same directions allowing the hair to stay silky smooth and beautiful. Remy hair also does not become easily tangled due to how it originates, which leads to its well known silky appearance and touch.

You'll find Remy hair on our site that has subtle and gentle waves. The texture of the Remy hair is silky soft with subtle waves such as the Loose Curly Indian Remy Hair Weave. This virgin hair is very desirable because of its beautiful classic body wave texture. But enough about how wonderful this hair is, where does it come from?

Where does the hair come from in India?

Often times Remy hair comes from head tonsuring in India. This is a tradition and a religious practice that symbolizes one’s ego to God. Those who are devoted give their hair to God to show respect to Him when He  hears and answers their prayers. People also go on a pilgrimage  and visit a temple where they may shave off their hair. Men, women, and children of all ages do this. Once the person has offered their hair, the hair is collected.

Where does the hair go?

Remy hair is collected and taken to a near by factory where it is sorted according to size. It also is numbered and then put into a bundle for observation. Next the hair is put through the process of hackling where it is untangled and sorted into individual strands. After this step the hair is cleansed and conditioned until no dirt or impurity remains. The deep conditioning helps the hair maintain its virgin state and as soon as it is considered clean and silky, it dries and shortly is ready to become Remy hair to sell.

Hair that is not made from Remy hair becomes tangled a lot easier because the upper and lower ends of the hair are mixed.  The good news for you is that Remy Indian Hair is available at our site as straight, curly, or a kinky curly hair weave. You can instantly have the added hair length you desire and the much needed thickness that you've also been wanting for your hair.

We hope that we debunked some of the myths and questions that you might have had about how Remy hair orignates! Enjoy your soft and gorgeous locks even more now that you know where they come from. They have a bit of history and pilgrimage attached to them!

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Priyanka Swamy, the visionary founder of Perfect Locks LLC, is a passionate advocate for empowering women and promoting cultural diversity. With an unwavering commitment to ethical sourcing and quality craftsmanship, she redefined the hair extension market and created a supportive community that celebrates individuality. Priyanka's dedication to sustainability and social responsibility continues to inspire positive change within the industry. Her journey with Perfect Locks remains an inspiration, unlocking the true potential and confidence of countless individuals worldwide. Connect with Priyanka on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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