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Non-Remy Wefts

Posted on: April 6, 2011

Non-Remy Wefts
Non-remy hair is perhaps the most popular and commonly available form of hair. It is also known as fallen hair. The roots and tips of hairs are all mixed up in non-remy hair. Tangling is a problem as a result of this, but still since they are inexpensive, they are the largest selling kind of hair.

Non-remy hair comes in two types:
• Normal non-remy hair: generally the least expensive type of hair. The cuticles are present in different directions, and the hair is prone to tangling.
• Tangle free non-remy hair: obtained by shaving off the cuticles or the ends. This process reduces the chances of friction among hairs and what remains is tangle free hair.

Single drawn is of a slightly lower quality than double drawn hair. The hairs will have up to a 2″ difference in the tip; that is, some hairs will be up to 2″ shorter than their original lengths. Double drawn hair is similar to remy double drawn wefts in that all hairs are the same length.

Three qualities are designated:
• Quality A: consists of tangle free non-remy hair with the cuticles shaved off or smoothened out. The entire weft consists of hairs of the same length, with no short hair. This is a premium quality weft.
• Quality B: the next quality in wefts made up of non-remy hair. They are also tangle free and have their cuticles shaved off. They are made up of special double drawn hair, with hair length of two inch difference, with no short hair.
• Quality C: the final quality of wefts, made up of tangle free non-remy hair. The cuticles are again shaved off and the hair used is single drawn. This makes the entire weft have hairs of different length.

Synthetic hair
Synthetic hair is made of a wide array of different synthetic fibers. Synthetic hair, just as human hair, comes in weave (weft) and single strands for braids. Synthetic hair does not last as long as human hair because it gets quickly damaged from the sun.The quality of hair varies greatly, and if well maintained, synthetic hair can last up to a year. It will never look as human hair, as it is stiff and not bouncy at all. Synthetic hair is much less expensive than human hair. The costs can range from $10 to $20 per package, and around $40 for a full wig, depending on quality of hair, length, brand, etc.
Heating appliances such as curling irons and straightening combs generally should never be used on synthetic hair. There are newer versions of synthetic hair from some brands that claim to allow styling with lower temperatures of heating appliances. Generally people should steer clear of such claims because the golden rule with synthetic hair is that heat is not an option. Synthetic hair is better used for shorter wigs.
Typically when the synthetic hair is shaped it is best not to change it, it is “What you see is what you get”.

Human hair
The hair shaft is made up of dead, hard protein called keratin in three layers. The inner layer is called the medulla and may not be present. The next layer is the cortex and the outer layer is the cuticle. The cortex makes up the majority of the hair shaft. The cuticle is formed by tightly packed scales in an overlapping structure similar to roof shingles. Most hair conditioning products attempt to affect the cuticle. There are pigment cells that are distributed throughout the cortex and medulla giving the hair it’s characteristic color.

The hair cuticle is the outermost part of the hair shaft. It is a hard shingle-like layer of overlapping cells, some five to twelve deep. It is formed from dead cells which form scales that gives the hair shaft strength and do the best job of providing protection for it.The hair cuticle is the first line of defense against all forms of damage; it acts as a protective barrier for the softer inner structure including the medulla and cortex.

The cuticle is responsible for much of the mechanical strength of the hair fiber. A healthy cuticle is more than just a protective layer, as the cuticle also represents the structure that controls the water content of the fiber. Much of the shine that makes healthy hair so attractive is due to the cuticle.

In the hair industry, the only way to obtain the very best hair (with cuticle intact and facing the same direction)is to use the services of hair collectors who cut the hair directly from people’s head, in the form of a ponytail. This hair is called virgin cuticle hair, or just cuticle hair.

Most human hair used for weaves and wigs are derived from Asia (perhaps mostly China, India, Korea). It is collected from the barber’s floor or Indian temples floor and aggressively treated with acid, and other chemicals which destroy the cuticle partially or totally. (Lower-quality “human hair” extensions are sometimes even mixed with animal and synthetic hair to lower the price.) In the hair industry, this hair is commonly called processed hair.

Processed hair comes in a variety of textures: yaki (closely resembles relaxed hair texture), silky (resembling very straight Asian hair), European texture hair straight (not to confuse with authentic European, this so-called “European hair” is straight hair that comes from India or China), curly (ranges from tight corkscrew curls to the varying degrees of wavy), and crimped (very small, sharp waves).

The “remy” designation originally meant that the cuticles are facing the direction in which they grew. However this terminology is no longer accurate. The word remy is being abused on the market, and generally accompanies processed packaged hair.


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