Virgin vs. Remy Hair—What’s the Difference?

What is Virgin hair? What is Remy hair?


When it comes to hair extensions, the options out there run far and wide, some more expensive than others. So what is remy hair? What is virgin hair? 

If we’re going to be spending some of our hard-earned coin on them, we want to know what we’re actually buying, am I right ladies?

Virgin vs. Remy Hair

Just think of any other product we buy on a day-to-day or a pricier investment: from our go-to coffee that we pick over any other on the block to the type of phone we decide to purchase. 

We’re paying for quality and ultimately what will best fit our needs.

The same goes for our beauty routine and the extensions/weaves we purchase. 

There are several different types of extensions on the market. 

We know them as Virgin Hair, Remy Hair, Non-Remy Hair, and Synthetic Hair. 

Here’s an easy way to understand these 4 extension types: the first three (virgin, remy and non-remy) are made from 100% human hair, while synthetic extensions often use either animal hair or heat-resistant fibres which make them cheaper and not as long-lasting.


Virgin vs. Remy Hair

The Difference Between Remy and Non-Remy Hair

First off, before we get into Virgin vs. Remy hair, let’s look at the bigger picture and talk about the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair. 


The key component is whether the cuticle has been retained or not.


Non-Remy Hair


Non-Remy hair is usually sourced from hair brushes and hair that’s fallen on the floor, resulting in hair cuticles running in different directions. 


To remedy this, the cuticle is chemically stripped from the hair in order for it to be machine-processed. 


After the cuticle-removal process, the hair is dipped in silicone to give it a shiny look and cover any cuticles that weren’t removed previously. 


While this gives non-Remy hair a soft healthy look at first, after a few washes at home, this silicone layer will start to wear off, resulting in brittle ends, dull-looking hair, tangling, and dryness. 

Although non-Remy hair makes up the majority of extensions sold on the market due to its wide availability and cheap prices, they definitely will not last as long as the higher-quality Remy hair. 


If you’re looking for long-term extensions, you may want to look elsewhere. 


Remy Hair

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Remy hair is high-quality human hair where the cuticle importantly remains intact, helping to retain the integrity, shine and softness of the hair.


All hair strands follow the same direction which gives it a sleek look that’ll blend in effortlessly with your natural hair. 


Remy hair is the most popular, go-to option for extension-wearers because of its quality and affordable price point as it will last longer than Non-Remy.


It’s important to note that it does require more care, so be sure to follow the care instructions well to extend its durability. 

For 4c hair extensions, use these products to take care of them. 

Something to also consider:

Only Remy and Virgin extensions can be dyed afterwards yourself or at a salon, as Non-Remy and synthetic extensions won’t hold the dye, so keep this in mind when making a decision. 


Now that we’re a little more clear on the differences between the two main categories, let’s focus in on the two highest-quality extensions: Remy and Virgin. 


How do these two types differ?

What is Virgin Hair?

Virgin hair is the highest-quality extension of them all. If Non-Remy hair were your average cheesecake and Remy hair a bomb-ass chocolate soufflé, Virgin hair would be the crème de la crème. 


It is the most expensive option, but you’re getting quality for what you pay for. 


Virgin hair comes from one single donor and the hair has not undergone any sort of chemical processing.


This means no dyes, perms, bleaches, harsh washes or agents, and not even any blow-dries ever! It’s 100% pure with the cuticles still intact and all running in the same direction. 


What does this all mean? 


Virgin hair extensions will last the longest over any other options if properly maintained. 


Because the hair sourced for Virgin extensions is naturally healthy, full, and long, it doesn’t require any further processing to make it look more beautiful than it already is.

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So what is the main difference?

So how’s Virgin different from Remy hair? 


The main difference between Remy hair and Virgin hair is chemical processing


While Virgin hair is 100% pure, untouched from any chemical processing and always comes just as it is, Remy hair may have undergone dyes, perms, bleaches, or even just steam processing and needs to be rearranged before being sold. 


On top of that, Remy hair is often sourced from multiple donors unlike Virgin hair.


 But rest assured, because the cuticle still remains intact, Remy hair is still of great quality and can last very long if cared for well. 

What’s Right for Me?

We’ve just outlined the 3 main types of human hair extensions, now you may be wondering, which is right for me? 

Well, you've come to the right place. We offer a great variety for all our customers. We have virgin and remy hair! 


Just like with shoes, extensions aren’t a one-size-fits-all and when making a decision, go for the one that fits your needs and priorities best.


If you’re looking for the finest, most premium quality and durability, without a doubt, go for Virgin hair extensions. 


They’re the most long-lasting, making them worth the investment, but will require some extra care to maintain its longevity. 


If the most affordable prices are your biggest priority, Non-Remy extensions might be your best bet.


If you’re maybe looking for the best of both worlds, you’ll still find high-quality, long-wearing hair in Remy hair extensions and it will be a more affordable option than Virgin hair extensions.


All in all, extensions and weaves are a gorgeous way to give yourself the perfect glow-up in your current hair routine.


Think about what you want when making a purchase but also just have fun with it!



Let us know in the comments below what’s your go-to extension type and texture! 


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