What is Remy Human Hair and Where Does it Come From?
As you consider a Human Hair wig purchase, you will likely come across the term Remy Human Hair. It is used often to describe the best quality and the most expensive forms of Human Hair wigs but what is Remy Human Hair and Where Does Remy Human Hair From? Isabel from the LA Wig Company will explain and also why it is better than alternatives.
What is a Remy Human Hair?
It is considered to be the highest quality of human hair used in the manufacture of wigs, hairpieces and extensions
and originates from a donor who sells or donates her hair voluntarily. The donated hair has its cuticles intact (and have not been stripped) and it is processed with all of the cuticles running in the same direction from root to tip. Low and medium quality (Non Remy) Human Hair is a mix of origins that is chemically stripped of its cuticles so that it can be machine processed without regard for direction or root-tip alignment. Maintaining the integrity of the uniform batches throughout the hair processing is the reason for the added cost and the premium pricing.
What is Virgin Remy Human Hair?
In addition to the uniform direction of the cuticles, Virgin Remy Human hair has not been chemically treated in any way. It has not been dyed, or permed or bleached and is in it’s virgin state.
Advantages of Remy Human Hair.
The uniform direction of the cuticles in Remy Human Hair offers some very distinct benefits.
- Strength. Hair fibers will be stronger and less brittle
- Movement. Hair fibers will lay down on each other better and move in a natural manner
- Non Frizzing. Multi directional cuticles can become tangled and frizz more easily.
- Appearance. The look and feel is silkier and softer to the touch.
Where does Remy Human Hair Come From?
The Human Hair market is a global market that continues to expand annually driven by soaring demand for wigs and extensions in Western Europe and the United States. Over 70% of human hair today originates from either China or India but recent increases have been seen in South America (Brazil and Peru) and also in Eastern Europe (Russia). Quality varies and harvesting practices have come under scrutiny as large wig manufacturers seek to manage their supply chains and promote ethically sourced fiber with known origin and quality.
Remy Human Hair is the most sought after human hair fiber and is sourced voluntarily either by donation or by purchase. One major source of Human Hair is the Hindu temples in Southern India, where pilgrims sacrifice their hair in a practice called tonsuring. According to ancient scriptures all Hindus are required to voluntarily shave their heads at least once in their lifetime. At the Venkateswara Temple, in Tirumala, more than 1,300 barbers shave an average of 40 heads per day and the hair is sold to merchants at auction for distribution around the world. The quality, reliability and ethical sourcing of this fiber make this highly desirable. In China, Human Hair Merchants gather at auctions like the Fuchun Hair Market to buy and sell raw human hair fiber that has been tied into ‘hanks’ or bundles. Trades amount to millions of dollars per day as professional buying agents seek out quality and reject poor quality fiber lots.
Eastern European Human Hair is considered to be the most prized of all. Genetics, lifestyle and diet make this the best hair in the world owing to it’s healthy appearance, strength and natural blonde/brown coloring. This is gathered at ‘hair fairs’ where agents will bid for hair and shave it after a deal has been struck. Hair sold voluntarily for reimbursement is considered ‘ethically sourced’.
There is an unscrupulous side to this trade that preys on the poor and disadvantaged around the world and peddles mixed fiber of unknown origins that has been chemically treated. Human Hair, because of its value, can be shaved involuntarily which does not qualify as ‘ethically sourced’. Large corporations like Aderans (Noriko and Rene of Paris), HairuWear (Raquel Welch and Gabor) and Jon Renau invest heavily in establishing ethical sourcing practices that ensure the best quality fiber with an established chain of custody.
The LA Wig Company – The Finest Online Wig Store
The LA Wig Company is an online wig store and proud partner of some of the largest and most respected Remy Human Hair Wig manufacturers. The quality of the product is assured and the sourcing of the human hair fiber is sourced with the industry’s leading ethical sourcing practices. Subscribe to Discount Alerts for the latest Remy Human Wigs on sale.