Differences Between Remy and Non-Remy Hair


Hair extensions enhance looks significantly by providing versatility. There are plenty of products available in the market for human hair extension. Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify and select the best option among them. Many consumers end up dissatisfied with their purchase decisions mostly due to lack of awareness on the human hair extension types and quality. Human hair is a generic term used for natural hair sourced from humans. Human hair extensions can be broadly divided into virgin hair, remy hair, and non-remy hair. Virgin hair is the highest quality of human hair extensions available in the market. It is sourced from a single donor and the hair that is collected has not been previously subject to any chemical treatment or procedures. Remy hair is close to virgin hair in quality, but it may have been subject to chemical procedures earlier.

In this article, we will analyze the differences between remy and non-remy hair. There are many types of hair extensions and fittings available. Customers are generally confused between which hair extension type is suitable for them and the features of each of these hair types. We will explore the features of remy hair and non-remy hair extensions and the major differences between the two in this article.


Remy Hair

Remy hairs are collected without losing the cuticles and the natural direction of the hair growth. These hairs are collected mostly from the religious temples and places from where people generally donate hair. Remy hair is one of the highest quality of real human hair that is preferred as hair extensions. It provides natural and beautiful looks. These hairs come from a single donor which ensures its consistent texture and natural looks. The cuticles in the remy hair extensions are intact and flow in one direction. The cut length of the hair is also uniform. As the cuticles are preserved and are in the same direction in which they grew, these hair extensions are completely natural. This process of sourcing the hairs also ensures that the hairs are completely soft and shiny and this also reduces the tangling problems significantly. Since these hairs are only very slightly processed, they can last for a long time if maintained properly.

Non-Remy Hair

Non-remy hair is collected from multiple sources. These hairs are easily available in the market and are cheaper than the remy hair. It is collected from the leftover hair mostly from the floors of the temples, salons and other random suppliers. These collected hairs are then processed and put together in one bundle in the form of hair extensions. Since they are collected from multiple users, the non-remy hair is not as smooth and consistent as the remy hair. The hair cuticles are not aligned in one direction and face different directions. This results in these hairs getting messed up and tangled easily. It is also 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 provided below:


Remy Hair Extensions

Non-Remy Hair Extensions


Superior to non-remy due to little to no chemical treatment and originating from a single donor.

Inferior quality to remy due to chemical treatment.


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

Less durable due to being sourced from multiple donors. 


Rich texture with uniform length.

Rough texture with uneven length and flow


Smooth, silky, and easy to manage

Rough, uneven, and gets tangled easily. Relatively difficult to maintain.


It can last up to 1 year

Lasts up to 6 months only. As it consists of hairs from different users and of different lengths, it is prone to breaking and damage.


These hairs are costly

These hairs are relatively lesser priced and cheaper


It is easier to maintain as the cuticles are intact and unidirectional

Comparatively difficult to maintain as cuticles are not aligned in one direction


Remy hair will look natural and healthier. It also has more shine

Will not look natural and shiny. Tends get roughed up and tangled easily with passage of time


One can tell the difference between the two hair types by simply touching them. 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. 


With the variety of options available today, it is quite easy for the average consumer to become overwhelmed by the choices. Thus, it is important for customers to stay informed when purchasing a product such as hair. 

Remy hair has better feel and texture to it while being smoother, softer and more durable. While budget is one of the major factors when it comes to determining which type of hair extension to purchase, remy hair is and ideal long-term investment. It will last longer and will look more natural than non-remy hair. furthermore, It will also be 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
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