WHAT IS VIRGIN HAIR?
So let's define virgin' first. According to the New Oxford American dictionary, virgin is defined as not yet touched, used or exploited.
For hair the definition means:
Hair that has not been dyed, bleached, permed, straightened i.e. it's hair that has not been chemically treated one way or another.
WHAT IS REMY HAIR?
Remy is a term used to describe hair extensions where the hairs all point in one direction: roots at the top, ends at the bottom. It is the natural way that hairs flow on your head and, therefore, is much less likely to become matted or tangled. Lately, due to overuse of the term, many shoppers incorrectly associate this word with hair extensions as a whole. Remy is not a brand, it isn't a company, it's an adjective, a word used to give more information about the type of hair you're purchasing.
Since the term, Remy, is everywhere in the hair universe and on almost every package of hair, (even those that aren't truly Remy) customers have a hard time knowing what to believe. Here are a couple of things to pay attention to if you're looking for true Remy hair.
Remy hair will be more expensive than the alternative. If you see a package of hair that is labeled Remy, yet is priced at ten bucks, it's not Remy.
Run your fingers through the hair, it should be smooth and soft. Your fingers should glide through any strands that aren't hanging straight with no problems. If your fingers get caught on a section of hair and you can't wiggle your way to the end, it's likely not Remy.
Also, if it's not dyed, the ends should be lighter than the hair at the top of the weft when placed in good lighting.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VIRGIN AND REMY-THEY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS
Now, don't confuse or align the terms Remy and Virgin. These are two very different descriptions. You can have hair that is Remy, but not virgin and vice versa. Virgin hair is simply hair that hasn't been chemically processed. You can chemically process Remy hair and it's still Remy, but no longer virgin. A great example of this is when hair is processed for color.
Different Types of Hair
Brazilian - This is the most natural hair for those with curlier hair types. Brazilian hair is strong and can be naturally straight, wavy or curly. The curlier textures are defined by being the most manageable of hair in that category. Due to its density, you do not need to use as many bundles to create a full look. Brazilian hair is known for its ability to make the curly look extremely stunning and is a head-turner for sure, while when flat-ironed gives a shiny, silky look that is slightly thinner in texture when worn straight than Indian. It is a bit harder when wearing a partial weave, to match African-American hair with Brazilian, but do-able.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR EXTENSIONS
Wash the hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and always use conditioner. You must find the balance between using conditioner to keep this hair soft so that it maintains the right proportion of moisture without being weighed down. An example of this is conditioning the hair and leaving it on the extensions for 60 seconds, and then rinsing it thoroughly. Some use a leave-in conditioner, that's fine, just make sure you don't use to much and make sure it's light. You don't want the hair weighed down and lose its bouncy, flowing look and feel.
As far as daily care, you shouldn't use many products on your virgin hair, the less, the better. However, if you must use product, use those that are alcohol-free and are not oily or greasy; any of these product can cause extreme damage to the hair. Always use wide-tooth combs and/or vented brushes when styling your virgin hair, you want as little pull and tension as possible! And at night, always use a satin scarf or bonnet to cover your hair before going to bed. Flexirods are amazing for keeping body and keeping your ends looking fab...plus they're very easy to sleep on!
KEEP YOUR WEAVE TIGHT
If your weave is sewn in, time is not your friend. As your hair grows, the thread loosens around your braids, giving your extensions a loose and sagging appearance. Have your weave tightened by your stylist, or do it yourself if you self-install. Typically, tightening is required between 3 to 4 weeks after your initial install. This will give your weave a neater appearance for a while.
HEAT AND ENDS
Do you notice fried hard ends on your weave? This is often due to using extremely high heat on your style. It's exacerbated by using high heat on top of heavy products. The hair is basically burnt and there's no way to repair this issue. For this reason, it's extremely important that you use as little product as possible and use only the amount of heat that you need. Just like your hair, you don't want to burn it out by using so much heat on it constantly, same with your extensions! Think of it like this, less heat -->less damage--> longer wear.
IS THIS HAIR FOR YOU?
There are many things to consider when purchasing any hair and, unless you're new to the weave world, you've already got your favorites. First, you should look at the amount of time you'll be wearing the hair or if you plan to re-use the hair. This is key in determining whether or not you should invest in quality virgin hair at all. If you only plan to wear the hair for a weekend wedding, investing in hair you'll never use again is silly. This is what those ten dollar specials are for. If you're planning to wear your weave for 4 weeks or more OR if you want to be able to use the hair for another install, you want to get better hair, it will save you a ton of money in the future!