Hair extensions are sourced all over the world, however, typically you will find hair sourced from Europe, China, and India. When looking for a new hair extension brand or method, it is important to make sure the hair extension types offered is compatible with your natural hair.
European hair (Russian) refers to Caucasian hair from the western world, predominantly Russia. In the western world, there are very few women willing to sell their hair, meaning high demand with limited supply and high prices. European hair has a fine denier and has natural light brown and blonde shades, meaning less processing. Not recommended for coarse hair textures, but can be used by hair types other than Caucasian. European hair is naturally silky and shiny and considered to be the highest quality of hair extensions you can buy.
Chinese hair tends to have a thicker follicle than European hair and has little to no curl. Natural state is black or brown, meaning the hair must be bleached to remove the pigment, then deposited with color. As long as the process is done correctly, the hair will not lose its quality after extreme processing. Chinese hair is very strong and flexible and is suitable for most hair textures. Known for being sleek and manageable, while maintaining a naturally straight texture. Unlike Indian hair, it will not become frizzy or wavy in humidity.
Indian hair is one of the most common hair types on the market, as there is a large population of women who regularly donate their hair for religious purposes. Indian hair has a similar texture and density to European hair and is versatile and easy to style. Blends well with most hair types, especially African American hair, and has a light, bouncy feel to it. Although hair tends to become frizzy in moist temperature, high quality Indian Hair will be able to maintain its silky texture with proper care and maintenance. Use of anti-frizz products at the ends is highly recommended.
What is Remy Hair?
Remy Hair refers to the manner in which the hair is manufactured, where the root end of the hair can be distinguished from the tip end of the hair. When the hair is collected in this manner, the hair maintains its natural texture and cuticle direction.
Remy Hair requires light chemical processing and will not tangle if the cuticle on the hair remains intact during manufacturing. When the Remy Hair has the cuticle intact, then the hair strands will stay in the same root-tip direction. Hair that has had the cuticle removed, will tangle easily and appear dull and lifeless.
To remove the cuticle, the hair is soaked in large acid baths. Then the hair is covered with a thick silicone coating to make it harder for the consumer to detect whether the hair is 100% Remy Human Hair. Once the hair has been washed a few times, the silicone wears off and the hair feels very rough. Some hair extension companies claim to sell Remy Hair, but are mixing anywhere between 10-40% of non-Remy hair.
A good indication of whether you are buying 100% Remy Human Hair is the price. Remy Hair is more expensive, however, will last you longer and look more natural than human hair or synthetic extensions. Also, without tangling and dryness, your extensions will be easier to maintain on a daily basis.