Hair extensions enhance looks significantly by providing versatility, and there are plenty to choose from. Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify and select the best among them, which is why many consumers end up dissatisfied with their purchase decisions. In this article, we will be going over the differences between remy and non-remy hair. We hope that the information below will be valuable in helping you make informed decisions on your next hair purchase.

Human hair is a generic term used for natural hair sourced from humans. Human hair extensions can generally be divided into virgin hair, remy hair, and non-remy hair. Virgin hair is the highest quality of human hair extensions available in the market. The hair is sourced from a single donor and has not been subjected to any chemical treatment or procedures. Conversely, remy hair resembles virgin hair in quality, but may have been subject to chemical procedures.

Remy Hair

Remy hair is one of the highest quality of real human hair, and is preferred for hair extensions. The hair is collected from a single donor, resulting in uniform cuticle direction an hair texture. Collection of this type of hair is typically done from religious temples and other places that accept hair donations. This process of sourcing hair ensures that the hair retains its soft and shiny luster while also keeping the cut length uniform and providing a tangle-resistance that can't be found in its non-remy counterpart. Lastly, remy hair is only very slightly processed, which means it can last for a long time if maintained properly.

Non-Remy Hair

Non-remy hair bundles are generally collected from multiple donors, making it more readily-available and cheaper than remy hair. It is often collected from leftover hair on the floors of the temples, salons, and other random suppliers. The collected hair is then processed and put together in one bundle in the form of hair extensions. Since the hair in the bundle belong to multiple individuals, non-remy hair extensions are generally not as smooth and consistent as their remy hair cousins. More specifically, the hair cuticles are not aligned in one direction, and the direction of hair growth is not preserved. This results in the hair becoming much more susceptible to tangling, making them more difficult to comb and manage during regular use.   

Differences Between Remy and Non-Remy Hair

The major differences between remy and non-remy hair are surmised below:


Remy Hair Extensions

Non-Remy Hair Extensions


Stronger and more durable than non-remy due to being sourced from a single donor.

Less durable due to being sourced from multiple donors. 


Typically silky with uniform length.

Usually rough with uneven length and flow


Usually tangle-free due to preserved hair growth direction.

Easily mangles due to hair being from different individuals.


Lasts up to 1 year with proper care.

Lasts up to 6 months with proper care. 


Comparatively more expensive than non-remy.

Comparatively cheaper than remy.


Requires less maintenance due to unidirectional cuticles.

Requires more maintenance due to uneven cuticle directions.


Natural with a healthy luster.

Slight improvement from synthetic hair.


Feel and texture are also great indicators of remy and non-remy hair. Remy hair is softer, smoother and silkier to the touch, while also being uniform and consistent. Conversely, non-remy hair will feel uneven and rough. 


In short, remy hair has a better feel and texture while being smoother, softer and more durable than non-remy hair. Despitee budget is one of the major factors when it comes to determining which type of hair extension to purchase, remy hair is an ideal long-term investment. It will last longer and will look more natural than non-remy hair, while also being easier to manage and maintain.

Remy hair is advised over non-remy hair as they are not made using any chemical process. It is naturally made and consists of hair which has its cuticles intact and pointing in the same direction. It also makes it look natural and appear attractive than the cheaper non-remy hair.

June 10, 2018 — Yi Zheng
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