Virgin? Remy? BSS Hair? What’s The Difference?
Unprocessed Virgin Hair Extensions
Unprocessed Virgin Hair has been obtained from one donor, wefted with the cuticles aligned, and sold. There has been no processing done to it to achieve a curl pattern or a certain texture. This is what is called “Raw Virgin Hair.” This hair can be dyed, bleached, treated just like your hair because it is hair that is from a donor.
Virgin hair comes from one thick ponytail from a hair donor that has never had any chemical treatment on their hair. Because it is virgin hair it is high maintenance, the same way you would take care and treat your natural hair you should do the same with the hair extensions. Brazilian Hair can be labeled as Virgin hair because it hasn’t been chemically processed but it has been steamed with bamboo to create certain curl patterns. This is something that is often debated because usually if the hair has been processed in any way it is no longer considered virgin hair.
Beauty Supply Store Extensions (BSS)
Hair that is purchased at the beauty supply store has been treated to appear the way it does. Fillers are added to bulk the weft on the hair. Fillers contain plastic which is why sometimes, you will see random colored strands. Beauty supply store will look great for about two weeks, three max. Silicon processing is done to the beauty supply hair to make the cuticles appear to be aligned, but this doesn’t last long it will wear off and the hair will begin to look worn out. This hair isn’t meant to be color treated in any way.
You will also see hair that says human hair blend, synthetic blend, synthetic hair etc all this hair is not virgin hair. Human hair blends are blended with a Futura fiber which allows you to handle heat up to 300 degrees but any higher than 300 and your hair will fry and burn off! There is a small percentage of human hair while more synthetic so you need to be careful.
Remy Hair Extensions
Remy hair is when the cuticles of the hair are all facing the right direction going straight down. The hair that is collected from remy hair may have been previously processed but not all. Brazilian Hair Extensions can also be considered remy because the hair wefted Brazilian hairs are facing down and have been steamed with bamboo.
Brazilian Hair Extensions can also be considered remy because the hair wefted Brazilian hairs are facing down and have been steamed with bamboo.
Non-remy hair that’s sometimes labeled “Remy” but truly is not is hair that collected from many donors not knowing which direction the hair was cut. With this type of collection method, cuticle directions become mixed, causing inevitable shedding, tangling and matting problems. To mask the problems that will arise with non-remy hair, hair suppliers will use harsh chemicals to strip the cuticles completely and then apply a large amount of silicone to make the hair appear soft and silky. This will keep the hair initially feeling silky and soft, however, after a few washes the silicone coating will wear off and the hair will begin to feel brittle causing matting and tangling.
Problems will arise with non-remy hair after a few washes and will not last beyond a few washes and cannot be reused. Also, since the cuticles are stripped and not intact, the hair extensions are unable to tolerate color treatment or heat. This hair is sold more than virgin hair and what’s crazy is it’s priced as if it is quality virgin hair. You can find most non-remy hair extensions in beauty supply stores labeled as Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian etc.
Which Hair Extensions Should I Choose?
Investing in quality hair will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to purchase new hair with each install and if you take proper care of your extensions it will last a very long time. Here at #HAIRFLEEK we offer grade 8a human hair and raw Vietnamese virgin hair! But if you are just looking for a quick hairstyle for a couple of days BSS hair will work just fine and save you money for when you are looking for great quality hair.