All about Virgin Indian Remy Hair

Remy hair is natural human hair with two “must have” qualities:

  1. The hair strands have healthy and undamaged cuticles (full cuticle hair)
  2. All hair strands in the hair bundle have cuticles running in the same direction, just like natural hair in head – from roots to the tips.

iwb2Indian Remy Hair: Natural human hair used for hair extensions, hair pieces, and weaves come mostly from India. India is by far the largest supplier of human hair worldwide, simply because of the large population and the tradition of donating hair in temples. China also is a source of human hair. However in China, since there is no “hair donation”, all of the hair is primarily “fallen hair” collected from hair brushes and swept from the floors of hair salons. As a result, this type of hair is low quality “non-remy” since roots and tips are mixed up.

The unique texture of genuine Indian remy hair makes it ideal hair for hair extensions. The thickness of Indian hair strands is a bit finer and more flexiable than Chinese hair and a bit thicker than superfine Caucasian hair. Because of this unique structure, Indian remy hair can be easily flat-ironed or curled very quickly using a curling iron. Once curled, Indian hair holds curls for a long time. This unique quality makes Indian Remy Hair is the most sought after hair for hair extension worldwide. Genuine Indian Remy Hair is the highest quality hair used for hair extension. Hair extension lovers know this and for REAL Indian remy hair the price isn't cheap.

Virgin Remy Hair: The word “virgin” is often used with “Remy Hair” to imply that the hair being sold is completely natural and  chemically unprocessed. (No, it has nothing to do with “virginity” of the women who donated the hair!!) Hair that has been chemically processed, permed, or colored is not “virgin”. Virgin Remy Hair that is of Indian origin is called Virgin Indian Remy Hair. Genuine Virgin Indian Remy Hair is the most sought after hair in the hair extension business worldwide.

European Hair, Brazilian Hair: Women in countries other than India do not have the custom of head shaving and donating hair on a large scale. Hence, there is simply not enough volume or supply of  remy hair from these countries. “Remy” hair from Europe, Italy, Brazil etc. is a myth! Most blonde colored extension hair sold in the market labeled as European hair, Italian hair, Brazilian hair etc. are actually bleached and colored Indian hair. If you do your research you will learn that even in Brazil, extension hair sold as “Brazilian Hair” is actually colored or bleached Indian hair! However, if such processed hair is made from high quality Virgin Indian Remy Hair, and the processing quality is good, the resulting hair will still be of good quality and should not tangle or matt. But only a few reputable vendors use genuine quality virgin Indian remy hair in the first place. Hence, you should be careful when buying pre-colored and textured hair sold as European hair, Italian hair, Brazilian hair etc. However, a very small quantity of genuine European hair comes from Russia and few other East European countries. But the supply is so small in quantity that the price tag is very hefty (almost four times of Indian Remy Hair).

healthy-hair-cuticleCuticle Health (or presence of it!): Cuticles look similar to fish scales under a microscope.  Cuticles are layered and provide hair its sheen and strength. Cuticles protect hair from the damaging effects of external heat, sun, chemicals etc. Full cuticle hair can be easily bleached, colored, or flat ironed.  However, when cuticles of hair are severely damaged or chemically stripped off,  hair cannot tolerate bleaching, coloring, or flat ironing well and becomes very brittle. Genuine remy hair is “full cuticle” hair. When cuticles are stripped off or damaged by harsh chemicals, the resulting hair is of lower quality and called “non-remy” hair. You might be wondering, why one would strip off cuticles of “good hair” and turn it into “bad hair”. The answer lies in the effect of “direction” of cuticles on tangling issue. Keep reading.

Cuticle Direction:



Direction of cuticle in hair is as important as having healthy cuticles. Depending on the source and collection process of the hair, direction of cuticles may get mixed up. For example, during the hair donation process, if the hair is first tied in pony tails and it is cut or shaved at the roots, then all natural cuticle directions stay intact. This produces Remy hair. However, some hair always fall on the floor. When the floor hair is collected, the natural cuticle directions are mixed up and is non-remy hair, although it is “full cuticle” hair. Similarly, fallen hair collected from hair brushes, salons and beauty parlors have their cuticle direction mixed up and are non-remy hair. When cuticle directions are mixed up the resulting hair tangles and mats very badly and women are ready to kill their hair supplier!

stripped-cuticleCuticle Stripping: Unfortunately, the quantity of such low quality hair (non-remy) far outweighs the quantity of the high quality hair (remy) donated at temple and collected using careful methods. This imbalance of supply makes non-remy hair significantly cheaper to almost one fourth of the cost of remy hair. However, to make huge profit, many hair suppliers try to dress up the non-remy hair as remy hair by stripping the hair off its cuticles using harsh chemicals and coating it with silicone. Because, there are not much cuticles left, such processed hair tangles less (than cuticle intact non-remy hair), but cannot tolerate bleaching, coloring or flat ironing either. Out of the box, in brand new condition, it is extremely hard to feel the difference with true “remy” hair by touching and feeling it. Hair suppliers take advantage of it. But once you start wearing it, the silicone coating comes off after a few wash and the hair looks dull and lifeless. Unfortunately, most beauty supply stores and many unscrupulous Internet vendors sell these silicone coated “non-remy” hair labeled as “Indian Remy Hair”!