What is Remy Hair?

If you've been on the hunt for a topper, wig or alternative hair piece you've definitely come across the term 'remy hair' in your searches. So, let's talk about it. What actually is remy hair? How is remy hair collected? And how does it affect you?

At Lusta, we only use Remy human hair.

What is Remy Hair?

In the alternative hair world, there's two different types of human hair; remy hair and non-remy hair. Remy hair means the hair cuticle is all running in the same direction. The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair shaft. Think of them kinda like roofing tiles which protect the hair shaft. They're little 'scales' which overlap eachother. When the cuticles of each hair strand runs downwards, all in the same direction, this is called 'Remy' hair. This is the same as natural hair on your head, all the cuticles of your hair strands run downwards in the same direction. What does this mean for toppers or wigs? Well, Remy hair pieces will be much more natural-looking, keep tangle-free and look so much more sleeker.

Non-Remy hair means the cuticles of each hair strand are not going in the same direction. On some strands, the cuticle will run dowards, others it will run upwards. Each strand is sewn in randomly to the cap. Because of this, the hair will tangle and get knotty very easily. Think of it like teasing your hair. When you comb your hair backwards it pulls the cuticle the wrong way and creates knots and tangles. That's what happens when you brush Non-Remy hair. Non-Remy hair also doesn't usually look as natural as Remy hair.

Non-Remy hair is also often coated in silicone to 'disguise' the fact that it's not Remy. But after the first wash, all is revealed...

remy human hair

Why is Remy Hair So Expensive?

Remy hair is more costly than Non-Remy hair. This is mainly due to the collection process. Collecting Remy hair is super time consuming. Think about it. All the hair has to be cut, collected and kept in the same direction as it was when it was attached to the donor's head. This is usually done by cutting a full ponytail.

Non-Remy hair, on the other hand, is collected from a variety of places, including barber shop floors and...sometimes even drains (eeeek!). The hair is all swept up and sewn into the piece however it's found.

So, Does Remy Mean it's the Highest Quality?

Short answer, no. Yes, Remy hair is a better quality than Non-Remy hair, but this is just the basics. Within the world of Remy hair there's lots of different qualities of hair. Not all Remy hair is created equal.

At Lusta we only use the finest quality Remy human hair.


If you're looking for the most natural-looking, tangle-free and long-lasting alternative hair piece, Remy is what you're looking for! Remy hair is the ONLY type of hair we use at Lusta, and our hair is ALWAYS the finest quality Remy human hair.

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