I for one have no shame in saying I was all types of confused when I first started rocking weaves! Like what the hell is going on! You got synthetic hair, human hair, remy hair, virgin remy hair, virgin hair and raw hair. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any more confusing! But fear not beauties, this should clear things up!
Today we are going to look at Remy, Raw and virgin hair as those hair types are the most popular and seem to be the ones that cause the most confusion. That being said let’s go!
- Virgin hair! In the simplest form, virgin hair is hair that has not been chemically processed what so ever. That means no dye, no perm no nothing!! NOTHING! Also note that virgin hair can be collected from one or multiple donors. (for those of you that do not know, hair can be either chemically or steam processed. Steam processed hair can still be considered virgin hair as it does not consist of the use of any chemicals. I will discuss hair processing and hair donors in greater detail in another post)
- Remy! Remy hair means all the hair follicles are aligned in the same direction. This is what prevents hair from tangling and matting. Keep in mind Remy hair can still be processed with chemicals or steam. Therefore, you could have Virgin Remy hair or just 100% human Remy hair. (Virgin Remy hair, is hair that has not been chemically processed and is less likely to matte or tangle & 100% human Remy hair is human hair that may have been processed and the hair follicles are not aligned which means you are more likely to experience matting or tangling. Whether you experience severe or minor tangling will be influenced by the overall quality of the hair.)
- Raw! Raw hair is considered to be la crème de la crème of all hair! Now I must warn you, it doesn’t always look glamorous at first at that’s because the only processing the hair went through was hackling (see pic below) which is a manual process done in order to remove as many short hairs as possible, mix or blend hairs, untangle the hair. This also prepares the hair to be single/double drawn. Actual raw hair is commonly known to have nits in it! But once you cleanse, deep wash and condition that bad boy hunny I promise you it’s like gazing into paradise! The most beautiful natural hair you’ve ever seen and that’s because it is natural! The best thing about raw hair is its longevity. There is almost no expiration date on raw hair as long as its properly cared for and treated like the precious gem that it is! I mean don’t get me wrong, it won’t last forever but you sure will get many years of use out of it! Typically raw hair is collected from one single donor. It has been argued that you can still have raw hair that is collected from multiple donors as long as the state of the hair is not altered in any way. I personally disagree with that however, as this industry is not regulated and most people seem to split 50/50 about that rule I suggest you do some independent research and come to your own conclusion. Reach out to me! I would love to know where you ladies stand on that!.
That pretty much sums it up!! I know I know it seems confusing but I promise you it’s really not all that bad! Read & Re-read this post as many times as need be! Remember understanding these basic rules will definitely ensure that you know what your buying & your buying what you want!
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