If you want hair extensions, you can choose between human hair or synthetic fibers. Remy hair extensions–considered the cream of the crop–are made from actual human hair and come from India. Remy hair is of the highest quality in terms of thickness and shine and can be adapted to many different hairstyles. You can dye, style and wash Remy hair the same way you would the natural hair on your head. If you get Remy hair extensions, no one will even know unless you tell them.
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Some women get hair extensions to enhance their hair’s volume, to add more color to their hair without dying it or to completely change their appearance without having to wait for their hair to grow. If you are considering hair extensions, talk to a cosmetologist first. She will examine your hair and determine the best way to install the extensions, such as braiding them to your existing hair, close to the scalp. She can also use an adhesive to attach the extensions to your existing hair. It is important that your hair stylist knows what she is doing; even the best extensions can damage hair if applied incorrectly.
Where Does Remy Come From?
At the temple Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in India, people line up to have their hair cut off as an offering to the god Vishnu. The temple sells short hair, such as that from men’s beards, to chemical companies that turn it into fertilizer or food additives. The hair cut from women’s heads is tied in a ponytail and sold as Remy. Some people living in India earn their living by collecting discarded hair and selling it as Remy hair. If the hair is of poor quality, it is still sold, but it cannot be labeled Remy.
Why Is Remy So Great?
Remy is prized over other hair extensions because of the way it is cut from the head. When women at the temple offer their hair, the barber cuts it off all at once, in a single ponytail. The method of cutting ensures that the hair’s cuticles are not damaged. The intact cuticles prevent the hair from tangling and keep it shiny and strong. When you get Remy extensions, you can go about your normal activities without worrying about damaging your extensions. You can swim with Remy hair, wash it with regular shampoo and use your everyday hair gel or hairspray on it.
How Much Does It Cost?
Remy hair costs five times as much as non-Remy hair extensions and 10 times as much as synthetic hair. The average price as of 2010 is $100 per 4 oz. package of hair. Depending on the length of the hair and the style you choose, you may need two or three packs of Remy hair. The cost of the hair is separate from the cost of the salon visit. Installing Remy hair extensions can end up costing up to $2,000.
If Remy Is Out Of Your Price Range …
If you want to change up your look with hair extensions but do not want to spend a lot of money on your hairdo, you have several other options, including lower-quality human hair or synthetic extensions. You can also get a hair extension clip, which you can install yourself. Hair extension clips are more temporary than woven or adhered extensions. The clips are also less likely to damage hair than hair extension methods that are more permanent.
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