Virgin Remy hair is the highest quality and most pure hair available on the market to date, and because of its raw and unprocessed state, it must be treated and conditioned to obtain the true essence of its high quality. One great misunderstanding about “virgin Remy” hair is exactly what that means. No worries, I will explain. This concept can be very deceiving because when most people see words like “virgin Remy” they assume they are GETTING the cream of the crop, the Rolls Royce of hair selections, or the best of the best. In theory that’s exactly what it SHOULD be, however, in reality this is not always the case. (And, if you wear weaves, I’m sure you know what I am talking about). Well, let me clear up the fog.
FIRST LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE 2 BEST COMMON HAIR TYPES:
- VIRGIN HAIR– hair that has not been processed with chemicals. However, often there is a steam process that creates different textures to the hair and creates some luster to the hair to make it more attractive to the appearance. When properly done on high quality hair, this process is harmless to the hair. It comes in the natural pure color which is generally a natural brown or natural black color. It holds up very well because of the purity of the hair.
- RAW HAIR– like the virgin hair, it is unprocessed, however, the raw materials lack luster because it hasn’t been treated. It is necessary to bring vitality to the hair. Raw hair is the best hair in purity and quality, and it is also the most expensive.
(THESE ARE THE 2 TYPES OF HIGH-QUALITY HAIR. IT IS NOT THE ORIGIN SUCH AS INDIAN, BRAZILIAN, MALAYSIAN, CAMBODIAN, ETC.)
WHAT DOES REMY MEAN?
- Remy– the word Remy is used to describe high quality. It indicates that all the hair are laying in the same direction and that it is high quality. The problem is that any hair company can have a Remy line of hair, meaning the golden Cadillac of that particular company. However, it does not mean it meets the overall standard of high-quality hair. You can see this a lot in beauty stores and big hair suppliers. Here is a perfect example; you may buy a knock-off version of a designer dress. The knock-off version may stand out in the store you purchase it from; it may even be the featured dress of the store because the sales people understand that it is really hot right now. However, if you take that same dress that is a top feature item in the knock-off store to a store selling the original, you will see all the flaws and imperfections of the material, the lack of craftsmanship and overall the quality will be off. It works the same way with hair.
Therefore, it has become common for manufacturers to add extravagant names to their hair like “Indian OR Brazilian, Virgin Raw Remy Hair” when in essence they represent high-quality expensive hair for that company; it does not mean it has been manufactured by a company that meets a high-quality standard.
At the end of the day, most people want to know that the hair they purchase is going to hold up and withstand the test of time through each installment.
I always advice people to not just look for the “best of the best” but find the hair that is right for them. For example; I like my hair very textured. Since my natural hair is very kinky, I don’t like to feel too much softness to my commercial hair. If I opted for the “best” hair on the market, it will not blend with my own hair the way I like. Therefore the “best of the best” hair does not work for me. Even the Remy version of my hair (all hair laying soft in the same direction) does not work for me. I like my hair very textured with a little kink to it. I still get the same benefits of the higher quality standard hair. I reuse it, and it holds up well.
This is why I say it is best to not get so driven by the name of the hair instead find the hair that is most suitable and affordable for you. I am not saying you should divert from quality. What I am saying is that you may not need raw virgin Remy hair to accomplish the look you are trying to achieve; and in fact, you may not get the look you want if you are going for more texture and body and not just soft wavy hair.
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR VIRGIN HAIR:
- The best hair is the one that blends or performs the way that you need it to. If you wear a hair texture that is easily blended to the style you desire, there will be less work on the back end to make it behave. Therefore, if you have a natural curly texture and you try to blend it with a silky straight hair, you will be spending so much time straightening your own hair; it will be more harm than good in the end.
- Brush weave hair with a proper wig brush when wet, use a wide tooth comb when styling or when hair is dry (not wet). The wig brush will allow the cushioning of the back of the brush to softly penetrate each of the layers of hair and gently detangle or separate hair. The brush will also allow for a smooth finish. The comb is to disturb the hair less but mostly when styling.
- Always put hair up at night, literally up. A high ponytail, a twisted up bun, or whatever you prefer as long as it is not down and hanging while you sleep at night. The more control you keep over the hair at night, the less time you will spend controlling it. In other words, if you maintain your weave, you won’t have to spend so much time trying to keep it in order.
No matter the texture of your hair, the approach should be generally the same. However, the kinkier textured hair requires lots of products to maintain moisture and the straighter textures does not.
WHEN SHAMPOOING YOUR VIRGIN HAIR
- Always shampoo with tepid temperature water (more cooler than warm, but not cold). This will help the cuticles of the hair to lie down. Hot water tends to have the opposite effect by roughing up and drying out the hair. Use a shampoo that is moisturizing, either professional or over the counter, as long as it is MOISTURIZING and gentle. Do not manipulate the hair, but rather squeeze the shampoo into the hair–up and down the hair shaft. This will begin to create luster and softness to your virgin hair. When doing the shampoo, again be sure all hair is going in one direction. Rinse hair, and these steps should be completed twice. IT IS BEST TO SHAMPOO IN THE SHOWER, SO EVERYTHING CAN GO IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
- After shampooing is complete, always follow through with a MOISTURIZING conditioner to lock in the moisture and reveal the softness and luster of true virgin hair. The conditioner should also be applied in the same direction down the hair shaft, but at this time you should use the wig brush to brush the conditioner through the hair and assure that the product is evenly distributed throughout. Rinse, leave some of the conditioner on more textured hair if you desire. Once you have completed this step, pat hair dry with towel but not aggressively.
- For the best results, hair should air dry. It is second best to sit under a hooded dryer. I am not a fan of blow drying your virgin hair from the soaking wet state to dry. IF YOU MUST BLOW DRY, WAIT FOR THE HAIR TO BE AT LEAST 75% DRY.
SOME HELPFUL TIPS:
- Shampooing should be done weekly, biweekly at minimum. Hair will become stiff, less cooperative or unruly when a shampooing is needed.
- Start your brushing from the bottom up making sure to brush through all layers of hair.
- Whenever you shampoo be sure to let hair either air dry or sit under a hooded dryer as blow drying can also cause the hair to lose its luster and cause the hair to be frazzled.
- Any styling products should be used very lightly, and generally a light oil sheen or thermal protector should be all you need.
- Always brush hair at night and put it up, never sleep on wet hair as this will cause matting and or mildew.
- Treat your commercial hair as you would fine china, using a gentle approach being sure not to rough it up or work with it in an aggressive manner.
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