Remy vs non-Remy hair: what is the difference?

When it comes to hair extensions, everything matters starting from the place where it is picked and finishing by the method of attachment. Here is another crucial criterion that is often ignored: the direction of cuticles.

You can buy very exclusive pre-bonded Slavic Russian hair, but even it will not be durable enough if you are offered non-Remy extensions. What is the difference between Remy and non-Remy hair? Let us observe it in detail.

What is Remy hair?

The term ‘Remy’ refers to the hair extension of acceptable quality. They are considered to be better because the cuticles are intact, and not stripped – the hair follicles go in the same direction. When the direction of hair cuticles is preserved and aligned, the extensions look more natural. Besides, Remy hair:

  • last longer because of lower structure damage;
  • are very shiny;
  • do not tangle as much as non-Remy hair.

Slavic hair wigs made of Remy hair are usually more expensive because of the tedious process of picking and processing during which the structure is not damaged.


What is non-remy hair?

Non-Remy hair is also quite popular, but it is valued less because of the properties. In such extensions, hair cuticles are laid in different directions (roots and tips are mixed up). Due to that:

  • non-Remy hair tangles a lot;
  • the quality of such hair is lower, so it lasts not as long as Remy hair (if a few weeks to a month, it becomes less shiny and tangles);
  • when dyed, such hair does not preserve the colour as well as Remy extensions.

In low-quality extensions, hair from different donors might be mixed up because non-Remy hair is often collected from the floors of hair salons and come from random suppliers.

Often, non-Remy hair goes through the procedure of shaving: the tips or the cuticles are cut. If not processed, the hair strand will have split ends or be thin at the ends. To reduce tangling and make the material shiny, manufacturers might apply silicone. But once such hair is properly washed, the silicone comes off, and the hair turns into a mess.

If you feel uncertain about buying Slavic Russian hair extensions for the first time, non-Remy hair would be an alternative just to try the extensions. The main advantage of such material is lower cost due to the great supply. But be ready to wear such extensions for a few weeks only – they are not likely to last for months.

Summing it up

Remy Non-Remy
Natural look It looks soft, shiny, and natural Quickly sheds, tangles, looses gloss
Durability Lasts for several months every with daily wearing Lasts a few weeks to a month
Maintenance & care Easy to wash and care Maintenance requires a higher concentration of acid which makes hair dry and damaged
Colouring Slavic hair wefts and extensions can be dyed and styled without limits Styling and colouring is not recommended because it reduces hair durability
Price Quite expensive Generally cheaper due to a high supply

How to tell the difference?


Look at the following aspects:

  1. Since Remy hair goes in a single direction, it is easier to comb after washing.
  2. Some experts disclose non-Remy hair by laying it in an acid bath to strip the cuticle and see whether directions are mixed.
  3. If you want to check it manually, use your fingers to comb through the hair and check tangling against your hair. Most likely, you will feel the difference when dealing with non-Remy material.

As you see, the direction of hairs matters. So if you want to buy Slavic hair online (or hair extensions of any other origin), find out what kind of hair it is. Remy material is worth paying extra pounds: it will last longer and look much more natural. Non-Remy material is also highly demanded due to the cheap price, but this is rather a short-term solution. We recommend such extensions for occasional use instead of everyday wearing.