Differences Between Remy and Non-Remy Hair


Hair extensions provide versatility to our looks and also enhance it significantly. There are plenty of products available in the market for human hair extension. It is not always possible to identify and select the best option among them. Many customers end up being 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 hairs sourced from humans. The human hair extensions can be broadly divided into virgin hair, remy hair, and non-remy hair. The virgin hair is the highest quality of human hair extensions available in the market. It is sourced from a single donor and the hair collected has not been previously subject to any chemical treatment or procedures. Remy hair is close to virgin hair in characteristics, however, it may have been subject to chemical procedures earlier.

However, in this article, we will analyze remy and non-remy hair only. 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 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 in one direction. The cut length of the hair is also uniform. As the cuticles re 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 floor 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 smooth and consistent as the remy hair. The hair cuticles are not aligned in one direction and face in 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:

S. No


Remy Hair Extensions

Non-Remy Hair Extensions



Cuticles are intact and kept in their original state and growth direction. It is, therefore, softer and shiny and healthier also as the process does not involve chemical processing of the hairs.

It is not of the same quality as remy hair but of comparatively lower quality



It is stronger and more durable as it is sourced from a single user.

It is less durable as it is sourced from multiple users. It is also uneven and lacks consistency.



Remy hair extensions have a rich texture and of the same length which gives a more natural look.

These hairs have rough and uneven texture as they are chemically processed and the cuticles also are not unidirectional.



It is smooth and silky and easier to manage

It is rough and uneven and gets tangled easily. It is not 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

It will not look natural and shiny. It will get roughed up and tangled easily with passage of time


One can tell the difference between both the hair types by simply touching them. The remy hair is softer, smoother and silkier in touch. It is uniform and consistent. On the other hand, the non-remy hair feels uneven and rough. There is lack of consistency in the feel of it and they are also not of uniform length.


The variety and options available in the market can confuse customers. It is important for the customers to be informed for purchasing the product which meets their needs and requirements. Generally, it is felt that to transform and enhance one's look, it is important to choose high-quality hair extensions over cheaper alternatives.

Remy hair has better feel and texture to it. It is smoother and softer and has better durability. Though the budget of the customer mainly decides the type of human hair extensions they will purchase but investing in remy hair can be good for the long-term. It will last longer and will look more natural than non-remy hair.  It will also be easier to manage and maintain and will not take much time for the end user daily.

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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