Human Hair is the ultimate in wig fibres. Made from donated or purchased hair from one or many sources, there are big differences in the methods of hair collection and treatment which can greatly affect the longevity and quality of your new do. The below is a quick guide to help you navigate this area of wig making so you can make positive choices.
Remi Human Hair
The term ‘Remi’ (sometimes spelled Remy) is thrown around a lot these days, particularly in marketing, but it’s important to understand what the term actually means when it comes to hair.
In simple terms, remi hair is hair where the cuticles of the hair are all aligned in the one direction so they do not matte. One way this is achieved is by collecting hair when it has been tied into a ponytail, keeping the hairs all in the one direction right from the moment they are collected.
This is important because remi hair has a higher moisture level, and is therefore smoother, shinier, and healthier in appearance than non-remi human hair. This hair feels amazing even after multiple times being washed, and lasts a lot longer than non-remi hair.
Remi hair is, consequently, more expensive and looks more natural due to the tedious process that the hair goes through to not damage the cuticle.
The financial investment in remi hair can be substantial, but it is worth it!
Wig Warrior sells a full range of Remi Human Hair. It’s the best, and we want you to have the best!
Raw hair (also known as ‘Virgin Hair’) is the most untreated, most original, highest quality available. Put simply, it is hair that is naturally harvested via the same method as remi (above), and in its most raw state. Little, if any action is taken with raw hair, so the colours are always variable from piece to piece. Instead of bleaching or colouring, bunches of hair are blended expertly to create the most beautiful helper hair you can get.
We carry the very best raw hair, straight from Germany, in our Rapunzel pieces by Belle Madame. They are made through collections from the German Association of Hair Specialists, offered by everyday people who are seeking to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing hair loss. These collections are auctioned, raising money for charity, and allowing manufacturers like Dening, who make Belle Madame, to create the masterpieces exclusively available through Wig Warrior in the Rapunzel range.
Because they are so special, there can be a wait to receive your Rapunzel style, but believe us when we say the wait is absolutely worth it!
Regular Human Hair
Non-remi hair is hair that does not have the roots aligned (ie, roots and tips not traveling in the same direction).
Since the cuticle runs in both directions it requires a higher concentration of acid. Eventually this results in hair with very low moisture, leading to dry straw-like hair.
With non-remi hair the hair cuticles are stripped during processing, as the hair requires more intensive treatment to make it soft. As the hair is ‘thrown’ together this can also cause tangling, further damaging the fibres. To mask this some manufactures use heavy silicone to make the hair appear shiny and healthy, but beware – as soon as you wash the hair the silicone comes off and the hair can matte into a huge mess. Ever wonder why some stores and sellers who stock human hair won’t comment on what it’s like after you wash it? That’s why!
So that cheap ‘human’ hair wig might look good in the pictures, but when you get it home and wash it, you might end up with something very different to what you purchased!
Where Does it Come From?
This is perhaps the most challenging question of human hair. The main three regions where human hair comes from are Asia, South America, and Europe. That’s the easy bit; the harder bit is how the hair is collected.
Trying to track where your human hair has come from can be almost impossible. This is a problem when you start getting into the ‘darker’ side of hair harvesting. Ask yourself who might have donated that hair you’re wearing. Yes, some people donate hair because they are generous, and because they want to help others. In Australia we have the ‘Greatest Shave’, for Blood Cancer, where you can shave your head and donate the hair to raise money for research. That’s great, and we would encourage that to happen as often as possible!
In India, too, donating hair is a form of worship in the Hindu religion, and some women donate hair as a religions action, as shown in the image at left. This is their choice, and in their belief brings them closer to the deities of the Hindu faith.
But that’s not the majority of hair collection. In the third world, women can be paid a pittance for their locks, as they desperately try to feed their families. This happens often in areas of Asia and South America, where unscrupulous agents can exploit women for their own profit. So when you buy that ‘cheap’ human hair wig from Brazil, ask yourself how much that hair is actually worth, and how it may have been collected. Everybody wants to look their best, but if looking your best means taking advantage of poor women, we at Wig Warrior don’t think that’s right.
Because of this, we have worked hard to ensure that our remi human hair is collected in ethical ways, and that women are not exploited to provide it, or to make it. Yes, this means that you pay more, but the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’, at least in this case, can also mean that others get what they should from what you pay for a priceless resource. Isn’t that worth it?