From the lace wigs inception, hair types were limited to only a few textures. Today, there are a myriad of remy hair choices for all ethnicities and backgrounds. These added options make having a lace wig even more exciting as you transform yourself into a style chameleon.
Remy is hair which the cuticle is facing the direction in which it grew. There are many different categories that remy can full under and each one varies greatly. The highest of quality for human hair is virgin. This hair is unprocessed and was cut in the direction it originally grew in. Not all remy hair is virgin. Once virgin hair is chemically processed or colored, it simply becomes remy and is no longer virgin.
The term remy itself is often misused today in the industry to lure those interested in lace wigs. Some remy is processed with harsh chemicals after being collected from mass hair collectors in China and other Asian countries. Only the finest of remy hair is collected by a single collector who extracts the hair directly from the donor being careful of damaging the cuticle.
Indian remy is the most popular and produced lace wig hair. Indian remy can come in a variety of colors and lengths. Since most Indian’s have very dark colored tresses, hair marketed as virgin cuticle hair should also be the same color.
Indian texture is so popular because it is versatile for different cultures. It is thick enough without tangling easily for many African-Americans while it has a very soft wave to mimic some European tresses. Culturally, Indian women grow their hair very long so the process of collecting virgin Indian remy hair is very easy.
Malaysian remy is quickly replacing yaky hair texture. Many African-American women have yaky or yaki lace wigs to resemble chemically treated African-American hair. As remy hair is not processed, this posed a problem. While some companies stated they offered yaky with virgin cuticle hair that was unprocessed, this was usually untrue as most yaky is actually processed.
Malaysian hair is soft and silky. The hair color is more varied than Chinese hair but since it comes from the same region, it is comparable in price. Malaysian hair has a similar density to Indian hair but does not have the natural wave. Since it is so straight but thick, it easily replaces yaky texture hair.
Brazilian remy hair is fairly new but catching on fast. This texture is soft and rather thick like Indian hair but is more versatile in color choice. The hair has a softer wave and is slightly finer.
Many African-American lace wigs are being made with Brazilian remy since those who want a straighter texture find it hard to use European remy. The colors of virgin hair offered are typically dark brown, off black, light brown and medium blonde shades.
Chinese remy is very popular for use on stock lace wigs. The hair is straight in texture but very coarse. The naturally dark color of Chinese virgin remy is great for anyone who wants very dark virgin cuticle hair.
There are some issues with Chinese remy that comes out of China. The hair quality is good but some of the techniques used to extract the strands are not true remy methods and can damage the hair cuticles. Since the hair is so coarse and can look unnatural on those with fine hair, Chinese remy is often dipped in an acid bath to thin out and lighten. For those who want completely unprocessed hair, make sure to do your research on the lace wig supplier that your company of choice uses.
European hair is not an actual hair structure but a group name for similar structures. Indian and Brazilian remy would fall into this category as the natural cuticle is rather smooth and gives it a straight appearance. If you go to a beauty supply store and request European remy, a store associate can plausible hand you Indian or Brazilian and it will be the silky texture you want.
If you want a true European hair texture as in from Europe, ask for Italian or Russian remy. This is a harder hair type to find in stores and may need to be special ordered or ordered offline. This hair is naturally very glossy and bouncy since it is so light. The hair colors are varied from light blonde to dark browns.