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 Many of us still get confused over Virgin hair/ Remy hair / non-Remy hair.

 It took me time to get my head around it too, as many new words come up in the market only to confuse the audience and sell their products. I would try to briefly describe them into simpler words.

 I have been using Hair-extensions since I was 18 years old. The first hair Extensions I ever bought was from this market in Stratford, London with my still best friend Ahlam (in the picture). As a beauty expert, she already knew everything about the hair from the look of it. She wouldn’t let me just choose what I like, she would call me a freshy and say this job is tricky you need to learn about them. Hence, my journey to understanding it begin...

 Let me begin with Virgin hair & Remy hair.


Virgin Hair is completely unprocessed virgin hair. To qualify as Virgin Hair, it must meet rigorous standards including: 

  • never permed, 
  • never dyed, 
  • never colored, 
  • never bleached, 
  • never chemically processed in any way. 
  • This also means it comes from a single person*



Virgin hair are ALL Remy hair and Remy hair can be Virgin Hair, but not necessary stands true for many websites selling them. With Remy hair:

  • all the cuticles are intact, running in the same direction.  
  • The hair strands follow the same directions.
  • Free of tangling
  • Cuticles are intact unlike Non-Remy hair

 If the Above criteria is met, be assured you are buying a high-quality bundle of Remy hair.




 Some companies claim to sell 100% Remy hair, but are mixing anywhere between 10-40% Non-Remy hair into their packs. An expert in human hair can tell the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair by touching it. Non-experts probably will not be able to tell the difference by looking at it. So, how to know the difference between Remy and Non-Remy hair? and how to choose Remy hair to buy?


Non-Remy hair is collected from the floor of temples, salons and random suppliers. With this type of collection method, cuticle directions become mixed, causing inevitable shedding, tangling and matting problems. To mask the problems that will arise with non-Remy hair, the hair will go through a process sometimes referred to as an “acid bath”, to completely remove the entire cuticle. This can be equivalent to about ten relaxers in a row. After the cuticle removal process, the hair is dipped in silicone to make it shine and to cover up any cuticles that were not removed in the acid bath. The silicone adds weight to the hair and ups the selling price as hair is sold by weight. The hair initially feel silky and soft, however, after few washes the silicone coating wears off and the hair feels very brittle and starts matting and tangling. Problems will arise with non-Remy hair after a few washes and will not last beyond a few washes and cannot be reused. Also, since the cuticles are stripped and not intact, the hair extensions are unable to tolerate color treatment or heat.



You can buy our virgin (untreated) hair bundles with the cuticle intact and all strands facing the same direction. Bouchra-hair deals only with the best quality Virgin hair extensions available in the market.





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