Virgin Hair vs. Remy Hair vs. Non-Remy Hair: What are the Differences?

Hair wigs and extensions made from 100% human hair are choices for customers worldwide, which can create a full head of natural-looking hair that provides a high level of customer satisfaction.

When selecting hairpieces made from 100% human hair, it is important to ask your supplier what is the exact type of human hair, which means virgin hair, Remy hair, or non-Remy hair, the hairpieces are made of, as it will greatly affect the price and lifespan of the products, and how individuals will be able to style and maintain them.

What is Virgin Hair?

Among the three types of hair we mentioned above, virgin hair is the highest quality.

  • Comes from a single donor

A set of virgin human hair comes from a single donor and the cuticles must be intact and must all lie in the same direction. 

Virgin Hair
  • Unprocessed

Virgin hair is 100% human hair that has never been chemically treated. That is, it has never been relaxed, bleached, permed, or dyed. Virgin human hair must meet strict standards since it needs to be totally natural and unaltered in any way. 

  • Most expensive

It is considered the holy grail of human hair and is the most expensive of all types of human hair because it is very hard to come by.

Its unaltered state makes virgin hair very precious and the texture of the hair is very consistent since it belonged to a single individual.

  • How long will virgin human hair last

With proper hair care, a hair system made from 100% virgin human hair should last you no less than a year.

What is Remy Hair?

Remy hair is also a type of 100% human hair.

The term “Remy” refers to hair cuticles aligned in the same direction.

Remy hair

Remy hair is collected by placing the hair into a ponytail with all the hair flowing in the same direction, before the hair is cut. This is also the collection method for virgin hair and is something virgin and Remy human hair have in common. Though similar to virgin human hair, Remy hair may be dyed or otherwise treated, therefore would not be virgin hair.

  • Comes from one donor or several donors

It is 100% human hair, and usually comes from one donor. However, because of demand, sometimes a hair system made from Remy hair may include hair from a small number of different donors.

When it comes from a single donor, Remy human hair has a texture that is very consistent. Because Remy hair is real hair, it is safe to wash, dye, cut, and style it as you would style your own.

  • Most are dyed, bleached, permed, or go through acid treatment

Remy hair is sometimes slightly treated with acid to minimize knots and tangles. This treatment is applied when the hair comes from more than one donor, and it also has the benefit of making Remy human hair shiny, silky and soft.

Remy Hair
  • High price-value point, most popular

Remy human hair is considered the second-best human hair. It is similar to virgin hair in several ways, but due to its more affordable price, it has become the most popular type of human hair from which human hair, hair systems are made.

  • How long will Remy human hair last

The acid treatment makes Remy human hair less durable than it would have been if it were untreated. A hair system made from good quality Remy human hair will last you anywhere from 6-12 months. They may even last longer, depending on how often you wear them and how well you take care of them.

What is Non-Remy Hair?

Another type of human hair is non-Remy hair, also called normal hair.

Unlike virgin human hair and even Remy human hair, non-Remy hair undergoes a lot of chemical processing. The processing is necessary to overcome the problems that arise from the way non-Remy hair is collected and the inconsistencies in the different hairs.

  • Collected from many donors

Non-Remy human hair is collected from many sources and comes from many donors. It is usually obtained from the floors of salons and temples as well as random donors and suppliers. Because of this, the cuticles are aligned in different directions, which makes the hair prone to a lot of knots and tangles.

non-remy hair source
Non-Remy Hair
  • Chemically-processed

To minimize these knots and tangles, the cuticles are clipped and the hair is chemically treated so that it appears tangle-free, shiny, and silky. A heavy layer of silicone is also allowed to coat the hair strands, which contributes to the shine. 

  • Most affordable

Hairpieces made from non-Remy human hair are the least expensive because they are of the lowest quality and have the shortest lifespan.

  • Hong long will non-Remy hair last?

Non-Remy hair has the shortest span of 4-6 months if used daily.

Hair breakage is common with non-Remy and though non-Remy human hair will initially feel soft and silky, after a few washes, the silicone coating wears off.

Once the coating wears off, the hair loses its silky feel and shine and the tangling and matting start. Since non-Remy hair has no cuticles, the hair cannot be dyed and does not handle heat styling well.

Non-Remy hair is more often used on those disposable men’s hair systems, which are one-time use, and will be thrown away after getting off.

Virgin Hair vs. Remy Hair vs. Non-Remy Hair: Which is the Best Option?

Remy Hair is high-quality 100% human hair that is affordable and accessible. The hair is easy to wear, easy to blend and easy to maintain.  Though it is not the highest quality human hair available, Remy hair is still very high in quality. It is smooth, silky and does not tangle easily.

  • If you are looking to invest in a 100% human hair system, Remy human hair is a great option and will give you great value for money.  Hair systems made from 100% Remy human hair are definitely recommended.
  • If your budget allows, purchasing hairpieces made from virgin hair is definitely recommended. These types of human hair systems provide all the benefits of a Remy hair system, with the added bonus of a longer lifespan.
  • Non-Remy hair is a good choice for men’s hair systems with a shorter lifespan of only 1-3 months. However, we do not recommend you choose human hair wigs and hair extensions using non-Remy hair.

At New Times Hair, we have a large inventory of hair systems and extensions made from different types of hair available for you to choose from, you can also customize according to your specific needs. Visit New Times Hair online store to find more!

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June Chen

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June is detail-oriented, excellent at simplifying complex issues, making them understandable to all our clients, particularly those new to our services and products or unfamiliar with China.

Originally from Weifang, China, known as the hometown of kites, June moved to Qingdao in search of a better work-life balance. This has been her first job ever since. Over the years working at Newtimes Hair, she has cultivated a friendly demeanor and a sense of humor. June considers Newtimes Hair her second home, a place where she invests her passion wholeheartedly.

Her role extends beyond just solving problems; June acts as a bridge between our team and our clients, embodying our commitment to impeccable customer service.

● What hobbies and interests do you have?

I enjoy exercising. That’s a very important part of my life. I’m a super active person.

● Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

No, not that I know of. I’m a very realistic person. If you mention outlandish stuff like aliens, monster in the bush, I’d be out of my mind.

● What is something you would love to do in the future?

I want to learn how to swim. I know it might sound a bit sarcastic, as I just mentioned that I enjoy doing exercise. Unfortunately, swimming hasn’t been on my list. I think I better catch up on that.

● What wig would you wear if you wore one and why?

I’d give HW1 a try. It looks natural and beautiful. Though we categorize it as a medical wig, almost any female can wear it. It’s got a lace mesh base, breathable, and flexible. You don’t need glue or tape to fix it to your head. Pretty easy, and it gives you all the long hair look a girl could want.


Sherry Sui

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Are you new to China or the hair-making industry and feeling a bit lost about where to start? Sherry is your go-to expert. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of our products and services, Sherry will help you identify the perfect product combo aligning with your business needs and client requirements.

Grew up in Yantai, and moved to Qingdao in 2015 with a medical background, Sherry’s thoughts are beyond simply selling hairpieces. She cares about the end user’s health, too. In the process of sourcing the most suitable hairpieces for your clients, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Sherry says in terms of scalp health and hairpiece maintenance. You can think of her as a comprehensive, yet concise hairpiece encyclopedia, equipped to offer you top-notch recommendations and ideas for exceptional customer service.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

At our end-of-year conference, my colleagues agreed that I’m a warm hearted, positive, and easy-going teammate. It gives me a sense of reward.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t like being confined in a very small space. I believe it was due to a childhood experience. When I was six years old, I accidentally tripped and fell into a shallow well. I had to wait for two hours before I was found. Since then, I’ve found I just can’t tolerate the idea of being alone. I guess that makes me an active team player.

  • You are happiest when…

This may sound boastful, but it’s true. It’s just part of my nature to help others. When I actually see that what I did for them has helped them achieve something, it just makes me excited.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

I recomend HS25V. Oftentimes I’d introduce this model to my new clients to start with, so they can introduce this to their new clients see if hair systems are what really suit them, before they carry on with lace or mono hair systems.


Winni Yu

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Born in Weifang, China’s kite capital, and moved to Qingdao in 2013, Winni has never looked back. Since joining Newtimes Hair, Winni has been a dynamo of efficiency and innovation. She is a problem-solver brimming with ideas and has become a vital part of our team.

From your first contact with Winni to the moment your orders are delivered, Winni ensures a smooth and exciting experience. With her at the helm, the business isn’t just easy but exhilarating, and every challenge becomes an opportunity for innovation.

Transitioning from a client developer to a retention specialist, throughout the years, Winni has successfully assisted numerous clients in solving their issues, particularly concerning product details, logistics, or custom hiccups.

  • What hobbies and interests do you have?

I’m into so many things. All the popular stuff you name: Swimming, badminton, running, all for keeping me in good shape.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

They keep calling me “pretty Winni pretty brainy.” I’d take that as a compliment. I’d say I’m generally pretty fast in term of thinking and figuring out solutions. My teammates often turn to me for help, too. And It turned out that most of the time my ideas worked for them.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

I’m a typical town girl, you know. I’m into cats and dogs. But things like snakes, all sorts of insects, and hamsters; they are not my cup of tea. So, never get them near me.

  • Which mens/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that?

Most of my clietns are after Q6. And their clients happened to be guys who are into hair systems that are durable and natural. Q6 is a pretty good pick for them. With proper care, it should easily last 6 months.


Tori Zhang

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Tori or Victoria to be exact, originally from Heze, brought her passion for life to Qingdao in 2016. An avid reader with a Teacher’s Qualification Certificate, Tori is known for her professional yet intriguing persona at the office.

As a quick learner, Tori always looks at customer’s needs from a tutor’s perspective. She has a sharp mind, is capable of picking up anything her client is unclear with, and offers the explanation in detail, making sure you understand it.

At Newtimes Hair, Tori thrives on the thrill of a sale, her triumphs now fueling the empowerment of her peers. Her journey at Newtimes Hair is marked by three profound words: abundant, proficient, and revolutionary.

  • Tell us an interesting fact about yourself other than your qualifications, your job.

I’m always fascinated about an exotic lifestyle. I really wish I could travel a lot, go to many different countries, and try their local gourmet food, and get in touch with the locals to actually have a feel of their culture.

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I’m always afaid of heights. With any tall buildings, be it a chimney or TV tower, I look at it, and imagine I’m looking down right from the top, it will give me sweaty palms.

  • Do you have any pet hates?

Not at all. I generally love all pets. Dog, cats, guinea pigs, rabits, etc. I love them.

  • Do you have a favourite quote?

When you feel tired,it means you are walking uphill. I believe this quote as a truth that gives me a lift whenever I’m down. I believe there’s no gain without pain. Without trying, we can’t achieve anything.

  • Which men’s/women’s hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

With me personally, the best-selling hair system has been HS1. It has what it’s required out of a good quality hair system, in terms of a natural-looking hairline, undetectable scalp, etc. Most wearers and salon owners are familiar with it. Plus, all our clients have faith in the quality of this hair system. According to their feedback, this is an easy-to-attach, easy-to-maintain hair system for both men and women.


Ivan Mu

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Born and raised in a quiet town named Binzhou, China, where the Yellow River whispers its final secrets to the ocean. Ivan’s life was set to transform in ways he could hardly imagine. After completing college in Qingdao, young Ivan little knew that this vibrant coastal city would capture his heart and chart a new course in his life.

Ivan joined Newtimes Hair in mid-2022 soon after his graduation from his master’s. As a trilingual and someone with a professional understanding of Western cultures, Ivan plays a critical role in establishing customer relations in the US and Europe. His approachable nature and a mind of precision make him an invaluable asset to the team.

  • How would people in the office describe you?

I eardrop, and I hear them talking about me. I’m optimistic, proactive, and very friendly, and eager to help.

  • What is something you would love to do in the future?

I love basketball. And I’m a basketball freak. You can call me that. That’s just me. I’m looking at organizing a basketball team in the near future. 

  • Do you have a phobia? If you do, what is it?

I don’t know why I share the same gene with Doraemon. I’m scared of rats. I’m a 6’3″, but I hate rats; seeing one really freaks me out.

  • Which men/womens hair system do you sell the most? Why that model?

New Australia. When it first came out in early 2023, it made me top of sales. I think most wearers like it because at the design statge, our experts considered all possible aspects people could want from a hairpiece, such as a natural look, a level of comfort, and affordablity; it’s similar to lace, but most wearers can afford.