The phrase "Remy Hair" has become more of a marketing tool than something which actually shows a sign of high quality hair.
With every supplier claiming that their hair is Remy, how do you actually know?
At Hair & Compounds, we have a research lab that we occasionally use to help businesses in the industry determine the claims and authenticity of the human hair they purchase.
Just about every distributor and manufacturer out there claims they have Remy hair extensions, but very few actually do.
Unfortunately, there is no regulation to make hair extension suppliers tell the truth.
Case Study: How we determine Remy or not
Recently, a new customer requested we analyze some Remy hair extensions she purchased from another company that claimed the hair was 100% Remy virgin unprocessed human hair.
She had spent a lot of time and money with the company and was frustrated with the complaints she was receiving from her customers.
We took her into the lab so she could see us preparing the strands for microscopic analysis and see the evidence for herself.
The first step was to set a baseline - something we know is a natural strand of hair. So, we asked her to pull a strand of her own hair out of her scalp to examine.
How Remy Hair should look
The second step is to examine the roots, mid-shaft and ends of the hair fiber. This is to inspect whether the hair is truly Remy from root to tip.
It is fairly normal for cuticles to be missing or worn down near the ends of the hair strands, but thick and healthy near the roots.
We captured an image of the hair fiber about mid-shaft with 3500 high magnification and as you can see in the image below, there are cuticles (scales) in normal condition.