Understanding Remy vs. Non-Remy Hair

Understanding Remy vs. Non-Remy Hair

In the world of human hair toppers and wigs, terms such as "remy human hair" and "non-remy” are talked about frequently. Let's delve into what each term signifies, where they come from, their unique characteristics, and whether they stand the test of time.

What is Remy Human Hair?

Remy human hair (also known as cuticle-aligned hair) is hair that is carefully collected to preserve the alignment of cuticles from root to tip. This process ensures a smoother texture and a more natural appearance, making it a popular choice for those seeking high-quality human hair toppers and human hair wigs.

This type of human hair stands out by preserving cuticle alignment from the root to the tip, a critical factor in determining strength, shine, and overall health.

During collection, remy hair is gathered with care to maintain the natural direction of the cuticles, preventing common issues like tangling and matting seen in non-remy hair. The aligned cuticles enable the hair to reflect light, closely mimicking the natural lustre of our own hair. It delivers an incredibly realistic look and feel in our hair toppers and wigs.

What is Non-Remy Human Hair?

Non-remy hair, with irregular cuticle patterns, tends to have a shorter lifespan, making it less resilient over time, leading to increased tangling and diminished overall quality. This can result in a need for more frequent replacements and additional maintenance efforts.

The Journey of Collecting Remy Hair

Cuticle-aligned hair is frequently obtained from a single donor to ensure consistency in both texture and colour, contributing to the overall quality of the collected hair. The hair is harvested with meticulous care to prevent damage, which may involve delicately cutting the hair close to the scalp to maintain the integrity of the entire strand, from root to tip.

Origins of Non-Remy hair

Non-remy hair is often sourced from drains, brushes, combs, and salon floors. Hair is often collected from multiple donors, resulting in varied textures and colours.  

Cuticle Alignment in Hair

Skilled technicians collect the hair in a way that preserves the natural alignment of the cuticles. Cuticles are the protective outer layer of the hair shaft and aligning them from root to tip is crucial for preventing tangling and matting. The cuticle consists of overlapping scales that protect the inner layers of the hair and contribute to its strength and resilience. In hair with well-aligned cuticles, these scales lie flat and point in the same direction, usually from roots to tips.

Cuticle Alignment of Non-Remy Hair

The cuticles can be in different directions, leading to tangling, matting and frizz, resulting in a shorter lifespan. Additionally, there is the technique of shaving cuticles on the hair. While this initially results in an attractive appearance, the silicone coating applied to non-remy hair diminishes quickly after a few washes.

Sorting and Bundling

Following the collection phase, the hair strands undergo a “hackling” process, where they are sorted based on length and texture. This method aids in eliminating tangles and straightening strands. The sorted strands are then bundled together, ensuring uniformity. This facilitates the manufacturing of human hair toppers or wigs, making the process more manageable and streamlined.

By adhering to these collection practices, cuticle-aligned hair maintains its premium quality, allowing it to offer a more natural appearance, enhanced durability, and better manageability in comparison to non-remy hair options.

Colour Processing

Remy hair generally avoids harsh chemical treatments, aiming to preserve its natural attributes such as colour, texture, and shine. In cases where colouring is necessary, our experienced colourist employs non-damaging products to ensure the hair retains its integrity.

Longevity: Remy vs. Non-Remy Human Hair

The intact cuticles in remy hair contribute to its resistance against tangling and matting, promoting a longer lifespan as opposed to non-remy hair.

Choosing Between Remy and Non-Remy Human Hair

Deciding between these two hair types depends on individual preferences and budget considerations. If you prioritise a uniform texture and appreciate the advantages of cuticle alignment, remy hair may be your ideal selection. Conversely, if you are working within a budget, enjoy experimenting with hair or are not yet ready to commit, then non-remy hair may better suit your preferences.

At Frankie Hair Toppers in Sydney, we take pride in our dedication to using only the finest 100% cuticle aligned hair in our hair pieces. This commitment ensures that our products consistently meet the high-quality standards demanded by our clients

Get in touch today, so we can find you your dream hair!

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