There’s a lot of hype – and even more rumors and false
information – that surrounds the real hair extension industry, and the name Remy in particular.
Many terms get thrown into the mix when consumers are researching real human
hair – Virgin, Brazilian, Yaky, Peruvian, Indian Temple, etc. – and the entire
process can confuse shoppers into thinking that maybe it’s all the same hair
masquerading under different names. In reality, despite all hair extension companies
regularly proclaiming their product “the best” or “REAL
Peruvian/Indian/European,” truly high-quality hair is immediately recognizable
for what it is, if you know what to look for! We’re confident our Remy Capillus
extensions fit the standards of premium real hair extensions since we carefully
track our sourcing and inspect our product before every order, so we’ll use
pictures of our own extensions to help explain what makes Remy the name to turn
to for luxurious, durable hair.
What does the term
“Remy” is used to distinguish hair that is of
premium quality due to the care that was taken during its processing –
specifically, that all of the roots of the hair are kept on one side of the
bundle, and all of the tips aligned on the other. Remy doesn’t necessarily mean
“virgin” hair, which is 100% unprocessed before and after cutting; regardless,
it sets the highest standard in real hair extensions.
How can I tell if
I’ve bought real Remy hair?
Synthetic extensions are rarely, if ever, passed off as real
human hair – the difference is too obvious. So when we say you’re getting
“fake” human hair, this means that the manufacturer has attempted to sell
cheap, damaged hair produced by factories that don’t adhere to fair labor standards,
while lying by claiming it is of a much higher quality. We’ll show you how to
tell if your hair, which might look fine in the packaging, will have the body,
sheen and durability you expect.
- It should
be shiny – but not too shiny.
If your hair extensions seem to
have an unnatural sheen, beware – cheap Chinese knockoffs will attempt to make
up for the damaged or entirely stripped cuticles and poor alignment of their
bottom-barrel hair by coating the strands in silicon. Not only does this
temporarily repair the dull appearance of damaged hair, but it also makes the
hair feel smooth and sleek– that is, until the first wash, when the product
disappears. Look for a light but distinct shine, reminiscent of freshly
salon-blow-dried hair, when choosing your extensions.
- It will
come carefully bundled.
A huge part of the secret to
preserving the quality of real hair is making sure the cuticles stay
mono-directional, which ensures the hair resists damage and doesn’t tangle.
Cuticles that get twisted and reversed will microscopically rub against each
other, with the end result eventually being a tangled mess. Real Remy hair
often comes with several secure bands keeping it together, and in a specially
designed packaging, such as Remy Capillus’s signature velvet, with the goal of
keeping it from getting twisted.
- There are
no rough “breaking points.”
While it’s natural for even Virgin
hair, which has never been processed, styled or cut, to have strands that
are different lengths than others, hair should never abruptly end higher up on
the bundle. Hair is naturally finer towards its ends, and so it’s normal (and
contributes to a natural look) to see tapering in thickness starting in the mid-bottom;
however, blunt layers or suddenly-shorter strands are indicative of different
lengths of hair being combined – a sign of poor-quality hair.