Q: What is Remi or Remy (which spelling is correct) hair and are there variations of it?
A: Both spellings are used, although the most common spelling of the term is “Remy”.
Remy hair is usually Indian in origin. Remy hair is a term that refers to human hair that has been
harvested from the scalp in such a manner as to keep the cuticle pointed in the same direction as the hairs next to it. In other common
hair-harvesting methods for wig and extension making, the hair is simply shorn from the head and bagged up with no regard for the way
the cuticle layers of the hair shafts are aligned.
Since hair whose cuticle layers are running in opposite directions tends to become tangled and
knotted together, this haphazardly harvested hair must be chemically processed to remove the cuticle layer from the hair shaft in
order to have fibers that can be used in making extensions, wigs and hair-pieces. The result is an inexpensive product, but one that
lacks the strength and versatility of unprocessed hair fibers.
Remy hair is gathered from the head of donors/producers in such a way as to keep the hair properly
aligned in relation to its neighboring hairs. This means the hair remains softer and silkier, and is useful in producing higher-quality wigs, extensions and hair pieces.
Remy hair is not necessarily VIRGIN hair, since it may be colored or permed. Its defining features
are an intact cuticle and the manner in which it was harvested.