How to Shop for Hair- “Virgin Hair vs. Remy Hair
When you are looking for hair extensions or a wig you usually have a pretty good idea of what you want, don’t you? You already know what color, length, the style that you want to achieve, and the curl pattern that best suits your style. But here is a question that you may not have pondered… what ethnicity of the hair would be perfect for your look.
Believe it or not, there is much more to just the style and length in the package of hair that you purchase for your extensions and wigs. Terms like Brazilian, Peruvian, and Malaysian really do have meaning other that romantic places that we want to visit (let’s put that on our check list too). The ethnicity tells you the county it in which the hair originates, the texture, the treatment and much more. All hair is unique and all ethnicities offer its own differences both positive and negative. Be in the know with this ultimate hair texture guide!
What is “Virgin Hair”?
You often see the term “Virgin Hair” on hair packaging. It is a common question that is constantly asked. The answer is that it refers to the processing of the hair. Virgin hair is REAL hair that had not been processed with chemical treatments like: dying, perming, bleaching, or coloring which leaves the cuticles perfectly intact.
Virgin hair is very similar to natural hair because it is usually single drawn which means there are different lengths in the weft (the woven fabric hair is attached to). The hair also keeps its natural look and feel by coming from one donor who gets their hair cut while still in a ponytail to ensure the hair cuticles go in one direction. This method prevents shedding and tangling.
What is “Remy (Virgin) Hair”?
Remy hair is very similar to Virgin hair because it too has perfect cuticles, but the difference between Virgin and Remy Hair is that Remy hair HAS been chemically processed for color and texture. Some of the benefits of Remy Hair is that it can be shampooed, colored and treated just like natural hair; it is free of tangles and easy to maintain.
As you can see you have options, so you must ask yourself if you want hair that is chemically treated or not. That decision is totally up to you. If you are ever in doubt, ask your stylist.