“That hair isn’t really yours?! You’re kidding.”
If you don’t tell them, they’ll never know it’s remy hair—and even if they do, they’ll have a hard time believing it. That’s the level of “natural-looking” hair you can reach with remy hair, but have you ever wondered just how that level is achieved?
Read on to learn the secret behind remy hair’s natural good looks.
You’re wearing Remy’s hair? Who’s Remy?
You’d be surprised to learn how a lot of people don’t know what “remy” hair is, and think it’s a brand name or even a first name.
The truth is “remy hair” is actually a technical term for human hair used in hair replacement systems. Take note, however, that remy hair is not just any old human hair, but the best kind there is in the biz.
To explain what makes remy hair so special is to explain why it looks not just good, but great. And that explanation starts with the fact that all remy hair is human hair, but not all human hair is remy.
This is because not all of the human hair used in hair replacement systems are collected the same way, and what makes remy hair, remy is the careful way it’s collected and handled afterwards.
The secret lies in the cuticle.
The way the remy hair is collected matters because of the way hair is structured and grows naturally. If you were to place a single hair or two under a microscope, you’ll see how each hair has an outer covering called the cuticle. The cuticle sort of grows like tree bark, which usually “points” downward.
When the cuticles of all the strands in a lock of hair are growing or pointing in the same direction, the hair looks nice and neat, and is easy to style because it stays that way.
Non-remy hair is often carelessly collected, with no thought as to the direction of cuticle growth. It may have been hair that has fallen on the floor after a haircut or picked off of a hairbrush. But however it was collected, the point is that the cuticles on each of those hairs are no longer all pointing in the same direction.
This means that non-remy hair tends to look messy and is generally less manageable. After all, if you’re going to brush or comb your hair downward, and the cuticles on some of the hairs are pointing upwards, it makes sense for that hair to “misbehave” and not “want to stay in place”.
Because it would take way too much time and effort to examine and reposition each hair in a clump just to make sure all the cuticles are pointing downward, some hair replacement manufacturers treat the hairs with chemicals. The chemicals coat each hair so that it doesn’t matter which direction the cuticles are pointing.
The thing is, those chemicals wear off over time from washing, styling and general wear and tear. Thus, a non-remy hair replacement system may look a lot less natural or pleasing, and will have to be replaced sooner or more often in its turn.
Remy hair takes extra care.
It therefore makes sense to make sure that the cuticles on all the hair collected for a remy hair replacement system are all growing in the same direction, and the only way to do this is to start from the source. This means that remy hair is cut from a donor very carefully, and is not allowed to hit the floor in random disarray.
After it’s been collected, “real” remy hair is handled with care—meaning it’s not rolled up into hair balls, piled up on a factory floor, and allowed to mingle with hair from every which where. To ensure quality and consistency, the remy hair in a hair replacement system comes from just one person, which means you won’t have to worry about achieving a clean, even look.
And by the way, when we said “real” remy hair just now, we meant it. You see, many hair replacement manufacturers put “remy” on their labels, ready to back up their claim of being made with 100% human hair. While their hair really might be all au naturel, it may not have been collected or handled the way “real” remy hair should be.
But don’t you worry: Many hair replacement experts, in turn, know the real thing when they see it—or more accurately, when they feel it.
If you’re ever in doubt about the authenticity or the quality of the remy hair in your hair replacement system, a reliable hair replacement system studio will be completely transparent and forthcoming about the sourcing of their products. (And if they aren’t, that should raise more than a few red flags for you and guide you in choosing your studio.)
You get what you pay for.
With all the extra TLC that goes into the collection and preparation of remy hair, it’s no wonder that it might cost more than its non-remy or synthetic counterparts. But you’ll see how it becomes totally worth it in the long run.
On top of how non-remy hair eventually loses its good looks and manageability, there’s also the quality and often questionable sourcing of the hair used. While many people don’t ask or couldn’t care less about where the hair on their heads come from, it may reassure you to know that the hair in your hair replacement system was treated the way you would your own.
And it’s not just the care given to remy hair before it reaches your head, but the care it receives going forward as a matter of course. This extra care, coupled with both the quality and qualities of remy hair such as texture, smoothness and manageability, is what allows it to be styled and look absolutely, naturally stunning.
We’re not called iAremyhair for nothing.
Just as extra care needs to be taken for replacement hair to earn the name of “remy”, we take extra care to live up to the “remy” in our name. At iAremyhair, we pay special attention to the quality of every component used in our hair replacement systems.
Though this might mean paying a bit more than you would for cheaper alternatives, we take pride in being able to provide the superior quality that we do at reasonable prices. And because our hair replacement systems are put in place by highly experienced stylists, your full new head of remy hair doesn’t just look natural, but great.