Remy Hair vs Non-Remy Hair – What’s The Difference?


the difference between remy hair and non-remy hair

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When deciding between hair extensions, you will have come across remy hair and non-remy hair. Many will likely direct you to consider remy hair over non-remy hair, and for good reason.

However, it’s important to understand why remy hair is so heavily favoured, and to see if those reasons align with your own needs. In this article, we cover remy hair and non-remy hair in detail so that you know which of these is best for you.

What is Remy Hair?

When it comes to hair extensions and hair systems, people often seek remy hair.

Remy hair is human hair; the cuticles (the outside layer of the hair strand) are intact and aligned towards the same direction.

As a result, remy hair offers a convincingly natural look with a noticeably soft and silky feel.

How? Because the cuticle is intact (or at least 90% intact), the hair retains its moisture, thus keeping its shiny look. Moreover, remy hair will take longer to matte than non-remy hair.

In addition, the intact cuticle prevents remy hair from tangling. Overall, the intact cuticle plays a critical role in providing remy hair a longer lifespan than non-remy hair.

However, because there is less remy hair in the market, remy hair is also more expensive than remy hair. Nonetheless, for many people, the more natural look and quality, as well as its longer lifespan, are completely worth the greater investment.

What is Non-Remy Hair?

Unlike remy hair, non-remy hair comes from multiple sources, typically from the floors of salons. However, it differs in that the cuticle is neither kept intact nor does it point to the same direction.

While non-remy hair is more affordable than remy hair, it also has its drawbacks.

The process of producing non-remy hair involves stripping the cuticles through using acid. The acid takes away the hair’s shine and feel, but to mask it, some manufacturers might use silicone to make non-remy hair appear healthy.

Unfortunately, once the silicone wears off or is washed out, non-remy hair will begin to matte and look lifeless and dull. This could potentially occur within weeks.


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The Difference Between Remy Hair and Non-Remy Hair

Based on the facts above, it’s clear that remy hair is the way forward when it comes to your hair replacement needs. But you might ask, “isn’t it too expensive?” and might feel that non-remy is ‘just enough’ for what you need.

Yes, you should pick based on what you need, but without the right level of quality, you will not meet your goals. When it comes to selecting the hair type of your hair replacement system, you should think of the following factors before making a decision:

Cost of Remy hair vs Non-Remy Hair

For many people, the bottom line matters. Not everyone can afford to buy the highest quality hair for their hair system, at least not right away.

At the same time, a limited budget shouldn’t mean compromising quality by settling for the lowest-cost option, even remy hair is offered at varying levels of quality and cost. The right selection depends on what you are comfortable with spending up front and in the long-term.

Maintaining Remy and Non-Remy Hair

Remy hair can take about as much as natural hair, so you can style the hair as you would your own hair. In addition, washing and styling it will not eat into your remy hair’s lifespan as rapidly as it would with non-remy hair.

Where Remy Hair Comes From

Remy hair typically comes from one donor. The process is done to ensure that the cuticles are both preserved and in the same direction. You might notice that the majority of the benefits of remy hair are preserved right from the beginning when it is cut.

Next Steps

Choosing between remy and non-remy hair is not easy. You have a lot of questions about which of these truly fits with your needs. Get in touch with an expert hair replacement studio to get the information you need about your options and, in turn, make the right decision for yourself.

We at 3rd Dimension Studios help people regain their confidence through non-surgical hair replacement systems. Contact us today to understand your options and support to make a decision that will impact both your personal and professional life for the better.


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