Shopping for a wig can be a confusing and frustrating endeavor, especially if it’s your first time. Facing so many hair and wig-related terms, don’t know where to start. Can't figure out what do those words mean and what are the stats they are referring to feel like.
If you just plan to get some synthetic wigs for the joys in life, it is all fine, Cause you can try all those things out by the low price of the synthetic.
But when you need a human hair wig or topper. You might want to be a responsible person for your wallet.
So let’s read on and learn the things you need to know about real human hair wigs.
The structure of a hair
A strand of human hair consists of three layers:
• The inner Medulla – the nearly invisible innermost layer of the hair shaft, soft and fragile, and has little to do with how hair behaves.
• A middle layer called the Cortex – this contains all the keratin and proteins that give your hair strength and is also the place where chemical reactions from dyes and perms take place
• An outer Cuticle layer – this is made up of lots of little layers of translucent cells that overlap like scales or shingles on a roof.
The important part of human hair products classification is cuticle. When a human hair wig or topper got all of the scales facing the same direction, it’s a Remy Human Hair Wig or topper. If not, it’s non-Remy.
Why the scales’ direction is so important for human hair’s quality?
The cuticle layer protects the inner Cortex from the elements. When all cuticles are facing the same direction, brushing and styling push them tight to the Cortex. Closing the cuticle not only protects the hair, but it also allows light to cleanly reflect off the strand, giving it a glossy, healthy shine.
A Remy human hair wig or topper is a hairpiece with all the cuticles arranged facing downward. The hair is typically taken directly from the donor’s head and tied together so that it will remain in this natural state. Because of the attention to this detail, Remy wigs are long-lasting with fantastic shine and a natural look and feel.
Virgin hair is a better version of Remy hair, it unprocessed and untouched by chemicals. No dyes, perms, bleaches or relaxers have been used to modify the chemical structure in any way. Virgin human hair is Remy, but Remy human hair doesn’t have to be virgin.
Non-Remy hair is almost always chemically treated. Because the cuticles are facing both up and down and it would take enormous effort to rearrange them, the hair is treated in an acid solution that strips the cuticle layer from the cortex. It’s then coated with a layer of silicone to add back some shine. Those processes make non-Remy hair can be prone to damage and don’t hold color very well. Kinder to your wallet in the short run, non-Remy wigs and toppers are ideal for people who like to change their style often.
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