When most human hair is processed to make extensions, it’s collected and thrown into piles before being sorted by length and texture. Due to this haphazard treatment, it isn’t bundled with all the cuticles going in the same direction (base to tip). Because this makes hair completely unmanageable, the cuticle layer must be chemically removed and the hair coated with a silicone-type product to create a shiny, smooth surface. Unfortunately, even when using gentle haircare products, this coating eventually wears off, causing once gorgeous hair additions to appear dull, dry and prone to tangling. Remy hair, on the other hand, has been secured before removing it from the donor’s head. Because all the hair is positioned in the same direction, there’s no need to remove the cuticle layer.
• Remy hair is further separated into two categories: single drawn and double drawn.
• Single drawn means that the hair has been pulled through a hackle once—a board with multiple rows of metal spikes—to remove the shortest hairs before being bundled and trimmed on one side. Different hair lengths are still present, giving the hair a tapered appearance. Tip: If a very thick edge is requested, either order hair that’s at least two-inches longer than needed and trim the excess length, or order double-drawn remy hair.
• Double-drawn remy hair has been pulled through a hackle twice to completely eliminate shorter hairs and ensure that every hair in the strand is the same length. Because so much hair is removed during this extra process, double-drawn remy hair—which is traditionally trimmed on both sides—is extremely expensive. Tip: For more natural styling results, trim and shape the ends using a razor.
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