Remy and virgin hair are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they rarely, if ever, signify the same. Remy can be either virgin or non-virgin, but virgin is always Remy. What Remy and virgin hair have in common is that both are in the premium segment.
Remy is that kind of hair where all of its cuticles are intact and face in the same direction: roots are on one side and tips on the other, just like when the hair is growing naturally. This characteristic allows you to brush and treat your Remy extensions just like you would your real hair. There is no tangling and matting like with non-Remy hair. The term Remy itself does not refer to any brand name, but to the process of collecting the hair that leaves the cuticles intact. Remy hair extensions can be chemically treated to achieve some rarer colors, and textured for more availability.
There is a good reason why is the virgin hair extensions considered as premium quality and why it comes at the premium prices as well. This hair is truly virgin and in its most natural state. To be classified as virgin, the hair must meet very meticulous standards: it mustn’t be permed, dyed, colored, bleached, relaxed, or otherwise chemically processed in any way. To qualify as real virgin hair, that hair mustn’t be even blow-dried or exposed to harsh agents such as cigarette smoke or drugs. All virgin hair must come from a single donor, which ensures consistency in texture. The texture can be straight, wavy or curly. Sometimes, virgin hair extensions texture can be altered using a high pressure and heat method, but since no chemical processing is involved, this hair is still considered as virgin.
All the cuticles must be intact and running in the same direction. For that reason, it is often known as cuticle hair. The cuticle protects the hair from damage, resulting in a shinier, smoother, softer and more durable hair that styles more naturally. This also means that more work is required to maintain the look and feel of the hair.