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Remy vs. Non-Remy Hair

Remy vs. Non-Remy Hair


Remy Hair is hair collected from a natural hair donor (sometimes meaning it came from one person or cut from a single ponytail) and collected in a manner to ensure the natural cuticle on the hair shaft is all flowing in the same direction from root to tip.  If you can think of a shingle roof house; the Shingles are all laying on top of one another aligned so that runoff from rain and debris will run down the rooftop.  Same concept with Remy hair.  All off the cuticle is aligned in the same direction, as it is in its natural state from root to tip.  Some would theorize that all hair is Remy hair at the time of collection and no hair is Remy at the time is it manufactured into hair extensions.  Once the hair has been colored or processed in any manner, including those listed as "Natural Hair Extensions" or "Virgin Hair Extensions" are in fact no longer Remy Hair.  


Non-Remy Hair is Remy hair that is collected from multiple donors.  However, during the collection process care is not taken to ensure the cuticle is flowing in the same direction.  Instead, the hair gathered is chemically processed to remove some or all of the natural cuticle.  Once the cuticle has been removed in whole or in part, another chemical process of coating the hair takes place to ensure its smooth soft appearance.  These processes also help to cut down on tangling and shedding.  Non-Remy hair typically will create a stronger hair extension due to the fact that the hair was collected from multiple donors.  It is also the leading type of hair extension to ensure all the hair strands are mostly the same length.  It is more difficult to collect enough single strands of all the same length from a single donor to process into hair extensions.  Non-Remy hair is more readily available within the hair extension market.  Most hair extensions that are labeled as Remy are in fact Non-Remy by the time the processing is finished and the final product is in the consumer's hands.  

How Can I Tell if the hair is Remy or Non-Remy?

Remy hair is not impossible to find.  The true meaning of Remy hair is:

  • Natural virgin human hair
  • Single donor
  • Unprocessed 
  • Uncolored
  • Cuticle intact 

This would mean that one person cut their hair, and only that hair was used to make hair extensions.  The hair cannot be colored or processed in any other manner.  Considering the whole manufacturing process of hair extensions by definition includes processing the hair in one manner or another, true Remy hair extensions do not exist.  The only true form of Remy hair would be virgin hair still attached to human's head that has not had any chemical process done to it, including the use of many store-bought and professional hair products that can, in fact, change or alter the natural cuticle.

There are a few ways to determine if your hair extensions are Remy or Non-Remy...have a microscope handy? Place a random single strand under a high power microscope where you can visually examine the cuticle clearly.  If you see gaps in the cuticle layer, you have Non-Remy hair extensions.  Don't have a microscope? Your best bet is to assume its Non-Remy as is most hair extensions on the market are.  

Another way to determine if your hair is Remy or Non-Remy is to pinch a single strand between your thumb and index finger and using your thumbnail, glide your nail up the hair shaft.  If you are able to feel snags - it is Non-Remy.  Note, this is very hard to determine unless trained correctly.

A simple way to determine if the hair is Remy or Non-Remy is to evaluate it after every wash.  If you notice wash by wash that the hair that was once smooth and tangles free is now rough and tangled, you are more then likely working with Non-Remy Hair.


SDX. Tape in Hair Extensions is collected from 100% Natural Remy Human Hair Donors.  We do no use synthetic or animal product blends. You're going to love our Hair!  Use it, abuse it and throw it out!  Wearable for approximately 4-6 weeks.  SDX. Tape in Hair Extensions should be removed and replaced as often as needed but are priced perfectly affordable should you choose to offer new hair at every appointment.