3 Types of Hair: Virgin, Remy, and Non-Remy

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3 Types of Hair: Virgin, Remy, and Non-Remy

September 19, 2019

We heard you needed the rundown on all things hair. Don’t worry, we’re here to spill it all for you. Deciphering between Virgin, Remy and Non-Remy hair can be a bit difficult, but by the time we’re done here, you’ll be an expert in the hair industry. 


Let’s kick things off with Virgin hair. Virgin hair is labeled as such because of its origin. As the highest quality of hair you can buy, Virgin hair comes from one donor and is unprocessed. This also means that the hair is not chemically treated, and the hair cuticles all fall in the same direction. The hair cuticle is the outermost part of the hair shaft. It is created by dead hair cells and scales downward to protect and strengthen your hair. With Virgin Remy hair, the cuticle is 100% intact, unlike Remy hair where it is 90% there. The lifespan of Virgin hair bundles is also a bit longer than it’s sisters. Virgin hair bundles are known to last two years or longer when properly cared for but who wants to wear the same style. We are always here for the switch up! 

With that in mind, it’s best to know how much of an investment virgin hair truly is. 

[Shop our Virgin Hair Bundles & Frontals here.]


Next up, we have Remy hair. Remy means the direction the hair’s cuticle falls in. Stick with us for a deeper dive because yes sis, there’s more. Hair that is dyed can also be considered Remy hair because it has been chemically treated taking away it’s virgin-like properties.  

Remy hair is collected and sorted by the root with the top of each strand traveling in the same direction. The cuticles are fully intact and are aligned in one seamless direction. Because of its ability to mimic natural-looking hair, the process it takes to make sure the cuticle is not damaged adds to its value. If you’re ever wondering why Remy hair costs a bit more, that’s precisely why. 

Remy hair has a natural sheen that non-Remy hair doesn’t possess. Remy hair also has the weight of being able to be maintained for an extended period (two years or more with proper care) that Non-Remy hair can’t fully compete with. 

[Shop our Remy bundles and frontals here.]


You ever heard the saying, “You get what you pay for?” That perfectly explains the quality of Non-Remy hair. The price point for this type of hair is significantly less than Virgin and Remy hair, and there’s excellent reasoning behind that. Unlike Virgin and Remy hair, Non-Remy hair does not have its cuticles aligned. Imagine what it’s like to put together a puzzle with pieces from random problems. Nothing fits together, and although they are all puzzle pieces, they weren’t cut to piece back together to create the perfect picture.  This type of hair has a little less moisture and finds the hair strands moving in different directions, causing it to matte and become tangled. 

Non-Remy hair comes from many donors -- it is frequently collected from sink drains and hairbrushes. This collection process is primarily practiced in China. The hair is then processed and curled in an acid bath. Afterward, the cuticle is removed, leaving it to be labeled CF, meaning cuticle free. The hair is left feeling silky smooth with a natural sheen, but with a few washes, the silicone coat is eventually stripped away, causing the cuticle to pop out of place causing matting. Heat is not recommended for this type of hair.  The cuticle is ultimately damaged. Although this is Non-Remy hair, hair vendors are still able to label this as being 100% human hair. Non-Remy hair can last less than six months. 

The investment here is a little lower, but if you’re looking for a quick fix to your current hair issues, Non-Remy hair would be perfect for you. There is a slight chance of matting once the hair has been washed, but this type of hair still holds a great purpose. If you’re looking for gorgeous bundles with a longer life span, be sure to check out our Virgin Remy and Remy hair.