What is Remy Hair? Our Hair Extensions Expert Guide

When you're shopping around for human hair extensions, you'll probably have come across a lot of Remy hair. But what are Remy hair extensions, you ask? 

Read on to find out what our hair experts have to say.

So, What is Remy Human Hair?

Remy human hair extensions are cuticles that have been preserved, meaning they have not been bleached or chemically treated in any way, and, for this reason, they're the highest quality and most popular type of hair extensions on the market.

Remy hair is less likely to tangle, making it last longer and look more natural than a lot of other types of hair extensions. It can also be dyed and styled just like your own natural hair.

If you plan on wearing hair extensions a lot and want them to feel like a part of your own hair, they're definitely the better choice and will save you money in the long run.

What Is Remy Human Hair?

Remy Human Hair vs Non-Remy Hair: What's the Difference?

Remy hair is an industry term which describes the pureness and quality of the human hair used. In short, Remy hair extensions are of a higher quality for the reasons we discussed above.

In comparison, non-Remy hair is collected in piles, which means the hair cuticles aren't aligned like they are with Remy hair, so the root and tip directions aren't facing all the same way. This makes the hair much more susceptible to tangling, matting and shedding. 

In other words, non-Remy hair is not as high quality and won't last nearly as long.

 What Is Remy Hair? What is Non-Remy Hair?
Collected with hair cuticles facing the same direction (from root to tip) Collected in piles, so cuticles aren’t all aligned (roots and tips mixed up)
Less likely to become tangled, matted or shed More likely to become tangled, matted or shed
Higher quality = more expensive Lower quality = cheaper

But that being said, non-Remy hair extensions are much cheaper than Remy extensions, so if you're on a bit of a budget and don't really plan on wearing your extensions long-term, you might still find them a good choice.

Benefits of Remy Human Hair

As you have probably already gathered, there are several benefits to choosing Remy human hair extensions over non-Remy hair, the most important of which we’ve laid out for you below.

benefits of Remy Human Hair

Hair is Collected Much More Carefully

Remy hair is collected super carefully in order to make sure the hair cuticles are all properly aligned, with the root at the top of the bunch and tips (obviously) at the end. This means the strands are near identical in all aspects, including length. 

With non-Remy hair, the strands are collected from piles or heaps, typically from hair salons or suppliers. The hair is all messed up, so there’s no telling the roots from the tips.

Extensions are Less Likely to Mat & Tangle 

As we’ve briefly mentioned, Remy human hair extensions are much less likely to tangle or mat than non-Remy extensions because of the uni-lateral cutciles. Because the strands all face the same direction, there is a smoothness to the hair, and this discourages knots because there is no friction between strands.

Non-Remy hair extensions don’t have the same uniformity and are often matted or tangled, making them harder to manage and style.

Remy Extensions are More Natural Looking

Remy hair is incredibly natural looking as it is real human hair of the highest quality.

Non-Remy hair is somewhat natural looking but obviously of a lesser quality, and synthetic hair is a good dupe but the least natural-looking of the options because it has an unnatural sheen to it.

Non-Remy hair can also sometimes have that fake-looking sheen to it if it’s poor quality. And a lot of non-Remy hair producers use a silicone-based product to make the hair appear shiny, but this wears off over time. You don’t get this with Remy extensions. The hair has a totally natural shine.

Remy Hair is Longer-Lasting

As Remy hair is of the highest quality – as mentioned above – it’s also far longer lasting than other options. This is because it’s subject to stricter standards, less prone to matting and tangling, which can cause strands to fall out. Your Remy hair will stay in-tat for much longer – but of course, you still need to give them the TLC they need!

Remy Extensions are Great Value for Money

It’s no secret that Remy extensions are pricey, but take into account how long they’ll last you and how easy they are to take care of, and suddenly that price tag doesn’t seem so scary. In fact, when you look at the long-term picture, they’re actually an incredibly cost-effective solution.

It might cost more initially, but at the end of the day, you’re investing in yourself! Plus, they won't need replacing as quickly as other extensions, which would end up costing more in the long run.

remy human hair pros and cons

Where Does Remy Human Hair Come From?

Originally, Remy hair usually came from one of four locations: India, Asia, Europe and Russia, but now it can be sourced from a range of regions. 

A hair donor is paid for their hair, which is then sold to wig and extension makers. That same careful collection method that we discussed earlier must be closely followed to make sure the hair is properly sorted and arranged in its natural direction.

Natural Remy should always be collected from a single donor and never mixed with other hair types. This ensures that when you buy Remy hair, it will look and feel just like your own natural hair.

brushing remy human hair

Expert Tips for Remy Human Hair Maintenance

Remy hair extensions should be maintained properly to ensure that they’ll last as long as possible and minimise the potential for damage. Luckily, maintaining the extensions is pretty easy, and we’ve got all the expert tips!

Remy extensions are human hair, and therefore, anything that you can do to your hair, you can do to the extensions; this includes heat styling and beauty products. Just caring for the extensions exactly the same way you do your natural hair.

They need to be brushed carefully before and after use. You should wash them regularly, although not as often as your real hair. Our Hair Extensions Full Care Set has all of the products you need to give your Remy extensions the love and care they need.

You can occasionally give them a conditioning treatment too if you think they need it.

Riri Hair Tutorial - from Riri Hair on Vimeo.

How to Choose the Right Remy Human Hair Extensions

Because Remy hair is pricey, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right extensions the first time round. 

How do you do it? Here are our tips:

Colour Matching Your Extensions Correctly 

First things first, you need to make sure you’re colour matching the extensions properly. If you buy your extensions from a traditional shop, then the sales assistant can help with this, and you can see for yourself whether they are a good match.

However, if you are buying online, then you ought to choose a store that offers a colour matching service. For the most part, this will mean sending photos of your hair to a team and them suggesting the closest matches. At RiRi, we offer a fantastic free colour-matching service that’s quick and easy, so you don’t have to wait around for the perfect match. 

Getting the Hair Length Right

The next thing you need to think about is how long you want your human hair extensions to be. This will depend on the length of your hair and what you want to achieve with the extensions.

If you want to thicken your hair, you should go for a similar length to your natural hair. But if adding length is what you are after, then obviously, you should pick longer extensions. Get out a measuring tape to see your options and what that would mean for your hair. 

Take Your Pick from Tons of Hair Styles & Textures 

Another thing you want to consider is the texture of your natural hair, and whether you want your extensions to match that. You can find a variety of extensions in different styles, such as straight, wavy, curly or kinky. Remy hair can be styled really easily.

Choose the Best Remy Hair Extensions from RiRi!

Here at RiRi Hair Extensions, we have a range of beautiful Remy hair extensions for you to achieve all your hair dreams! We have both clip-in and tape in Remy extensions, so whether you’re after temporary or semi-permanent extensions, you can get the look you want.

We have a truly fantastic colour selection, too, so you can perfectly match your human hair extensions to your natural hair for a seamless look.

We make sure to only supply you with the absolute best Remy hair that meets our expert’s standards – if we aren’t happy, then why would you be? All the hair is stunning quality, ensuring you get the best hair around.

Shop our full collection of Remy human hair extensions right here!

PS, we also offer tape-in installation at our Lakeside salon, so you can get your Remy tape-ins fitted by the experts for truly perfect hair. Book in today!


Is Remy hair better than human hair?

Remy hair is human hair, but it is the best quality human hair. Remy hair comes from donors who have looked after their hair. The strands are carefully collected and scrutinised to ensure that they are of the best possible quality.

How long does Remy human hair last?

Human hair extensions, in general, tend to have a lifespan of around a year. However, if you care for them properly, they can last a lot longer than that.

Can you curl Remy hair?

Remy hair is human hair, and as such, it can be treated exactly the same as you would your hair. This means you can use heated styling products on them; you should be using heat-protectant spray if you do.

How can you tell the quality of Remy human hair?

Remy hair is verified externally as Remy hair. Therefore, the quality is all but guaranteed. If you look for Remy hair in a store, you should be able to assess the quality for yourself. The hair should be perfectly uniform. This means that they should all be the same length and smoothness with an absence of split ends.

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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