It can be overwhelming to choose the right supplier in today's growing Indian hair market, especially as many retailers claim to offer “virgin”, “real”, “premium remy” or “full cuticle” Indian hair. In reality, most suppliers are providing their customers with Chinese or blended animal hair that has been processed and is of “beauty supply store” quality. Some suppliers even chemically texture and process their hair, selling it as “naturally” textured.
At Sublime Hair, we believe in complete honesty and want our customers to be 100% satisfied every time they wear our hair. We believe that when our customers get to experience the unmatched quality of our hair they become our customers for life. We are also happy to send out samples, so customers can see and feel the difference before they buy our hair.
What does ‘Remy/Remi', “Virgin” or “Full Cuticle” mean?
“Remy” or “Full Cuticle Hair” means that the hair has all cuticles healthy, intact and all cuticles flow in the same direction from root to the tip. Typically hair is of “remy” quality when it has been collected directly from a woman's head and has been cut while held in a ponytail, so none of the hair strands fall to the floor. Because of the careful collection process, only “Remy” quality hair can guarantee that all cuticles will stay aligned and the hair will be tangle-free hair in its most natural form. True “remy” hair lasts for a long time, can be reused several times, and can be colored or flat ironed with heat just like one's own natural hair.
In contrast, non-Remy or other hair types are made from hair collected from the floor of temples, salons and door-to-door brush hair collection. Due to these types of collection methods, cuticle directions are always mixed up, causing inevitable tangling problems. To minimize tangling problems, many vendors treat the hair with special chemicals to strip off the cuticles completely and then apply layers of silicone coating over it to bring back the sheen. Unfortunately, after such treatment the hair initially looks and feels good and it is difficult for consumers to detect if it is non-remy hair just by touching or feeling it. Because it is so difficult to detect, many vendors unscrupulously labels this hair as “remy hair” and attracts customer through aggressive pricing using ploys such as “factory direct”, “wholesale” “deep discount” etc. However, after few washes the silicone coating wears off and the hair feels very rough. Also, since the cuticles are stripped off, such hair is unable to tolerate color treatment or heat. Such “non-remy hair” (often labeled as “remy”) is available at a significantly cheaper price point than real “remy” hair, but does not last beyond a few washes and cannot be reused at all.
“Virgin” means that the hair is 100% natural human, true “remy” quality and has never been processed with chemicals or colors. Since, “remy hair” (also called “virgin hair”), retains all natural cuticles, it does not require any kind of additional processing to make it look beautiful. It is beautiful and tangle free in its most natural state and it is the best quality human hair available to hair extension lovers!
Where do we find the best virgin remy hair?
Virgin remy hair from India, Peru and China is naturally dark in color and its thickness varies between fine to medium. Due to this reason Indian, Peruvian and Chinese hair blends seamlessly with both Caucasian and ethnic textures. Indian hair is also very versatile. In its natural form it comes in light wavy to deep curly textures. However, it can be easily flat ironed to sleek straight look as well. If you are looking for versatile, natural texture with beautiful bounce and fullness, virgin Indian remy hair is the way to go. Virgin Indian hair can also be easily color-lifted to blond and lighter tones. This is why virgin remy hair from India is the most sought after hair by the extension lovers.
If you are looking for superfine straighter looking hair with natural blond or lighter tone, you need to look for virgin European hair. European hair is a rare commodity by itself, because in Europe the practice or the ritual of donating hair by the masses does not exist. Such hair is in very short supply and consequently very pricey. Be aware that many companies collect relatively finer and straighter texture virgin Indian hair and lift color to match blond or lighter tones and sell them as “European hair”, “Brazilian hair” etc. at a premium price.
Why is Virgin Remy Hair different from the “Remy” sold in stores?
The hair sold at beauty supply stores, often labeled as “virgin”, “remy” etc. is never really “virgin” or “remy” at all. As a matter of fact, around 90% of all human hair (including commercial “remy”) available at beauty supply stores is low quality, wiry and stiff hair from China. It is often mixed with animal or synthetic “filler hair”. Most of those suppliers use non-remy hair (fallen hair or brush hair) to begin with, then remove all cuticles by soaking the hair in acid, chemically process it for texture, and color it with dyes. They also coat the hair with silicone, which gives it a temporary ‘tangle free' feel and a shine, but the silicone washes off quickly and the hair becomes dry, stiff, matted and hard to detangle. After all the processing, the hair is too damaged and weak to handle any further styling such as application of heat and color that the customer might desire to do at the salon. Extensions sold at beauty supply stores look synthetic, unnatural, and last only for one service and need to be disposed off afterwards. In addition to all that, hair sold at beauty stores can cause skin irritation and scalp allergies to people sensitive to chemically processed, synthetic or animal fibers.
Wearing hair extensions should be your little style secret – nobody has to know! That's why you want your hair to flow, look, behave and feel real, natural and healthy – something that only premium virgin remy hair offers. If you're wearing extensions from a beauty store, people's reaction will most likely be something like “look, she is wearing wet'n'wavy”, while you could get a “wow, her hair is so beautiful” with our premium quality virgin remy hair instead. We are here to help you achieve your best look ever!