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Virgin hair & Remy hair

  • Virgin hair is hair that hasn’t been colored or processed in any way and may or may not still be growing from the head.
  • Remy is the modern spelling of the word ‘remis’ which was derived from the French verb ‘remettre’, meaning ‘put back’. Its historical meaning is that all hair (human or animal) in any given bundle has been ‘put back’ to the original direction it grew in (i.e. there were (but are no longer) any ‘upside down’ (inverted) hair in any given bundle). All hair has been re-aligned root to point (tip). Over time its spelling along with its meaning has changed. Today’s ‘remy’ meaning is that the hair was never inverted in the first place. Rather, it was cut from the donor and kept in its original grown alignment. However, this ‘remy’ word bears little relevance as to whether a bundle of hair is remy or not due to the majority of factories selling incorrectly labelled products. The hair gets passed on as remy due to most people, including hair professionals, being unable to detect the difference. It requires the ability to feel the cuticles which is a highly skilled and learned technique. The result is that the word ‘remy’ has gone wayside and if a bundle of hair is labelled as such, in reality it is likely not remy. The production of remy hair preparation requires excess labor and skill. Furthermore, ‘remy’ hair produced in factories has all been acid treated to remove a large portion of the cuticles. This minimalises tangling leaving the western hair supplier, and eventual client, thinking that it is ‘remy’, never learning how to feel the cuticles and misguided in general as to the real meaning of the word.

Post time: 01-11-2016