When we say our professional extensions are 100% Human Remy, what do we mean? Those of you who have been following us for a while may have some idea, but newer customers have probably never heard the term before–especially the “Remy” part. But “Remy” is what makes all the difference with our products; it’s the distinction that makes Donna Bella hair some of the best hair in the extension industry. Here’s why.
All human hair extensions are not created equal.
When we talk about hair quality, we first have to talk about the source of the hair. Donna Bella’s Human Remy extensions are sourced from India, where women cultivate long, beautiful, chemically untouched locks and donate them to local temples as a religious and social service. Untreated or “virgin” hair is key, as it ensures that the base hair extension material is of the highest quality possible.
Humane sourcing practices are a priority.
Not all hair extensions are acquired in a dignified–or even consensual–way. There have been instances of women being forced to sell their hair for money due to economic hardship, women being coerced into selling their hair or giving it away, and even women being assaulted for their hair. No product is worth victimizing other people, and no company should profit from the hardship of others. That’s why we purchase Indian Human Remy hair from temples–what some people call “temple hair.” These temples operate by accepting hair as a religious donation, then selling it to various companies. They use the money generated from these transactions to fund the temple and support the community that houses it.
It’s worth noting that even the highest-quality hair sourced through the most reliable methods may not ultimately become Remy hair. The thing to keep in mind is that hair has a natural direction to it–there’s a root side and an end side, or a natural top and bottom, and the cuticle layer on the outside always faces downward. Remy hair takes this direction into account, meaning the hair is properly aligned with the root side at the top, the end side at the bottom, and the cuticle layer facing downward. Non-Remy hair is mixed, with some hairs oriented in the right direction, and some hair oriented in the wrong direction. This is why non-Remy hair is more likely to get frizzy and damaged–when you brush it, you’re brushing against the cuticle layer of the upside-down hairs, making them more likely to break or tangle. What ultimately determines which type of hair extension you get is technique. When collecting donated hair, monks may either shave the head or bind and cut the hair so that the strands stay together. Shaved hair ends up scattered on the floor to be collected later, whereas bound and cut hair stays together in proper alignment. Human Remy hair derives from the latter method.
100% is uncommon.
There are many companies that sell Human Remy hair that is not 100% Remy. Perhaps the majority of the hair in the extension meets the “Remy” criteria, but not every single strand. This is because Remy hair is more expensive than other hair on the market, and some businesses are tempted to cut corners by pairing Remy hair with synthetic or non-Remy strands to bulk up the extension. We do not subscribe to this practice. Rather, we pride ourselves on the unparalleled quality of our products, and choose to operate our business with integrity.
If there’s one thing you should take away from this explanation, it’s that 100% Human Remy hair is the finest grade of hair in the industry. It’s also the rarest. So take advantage of Donna Bella’s many 100% Human Remy products–you’ll be able to feel the difference!
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