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TIPS - Choosing Good Hair and the Factors to Consider

3A Grade Hair vs. 5A Grade Hair
Remy vs. Remi
1. Tangling = Remi vs Remy - Always choose Remy with a Y.  Remy with a Y means that all the cuticles are intact, running in the same direction as it would growing out of the scalp naturally.   It comes from a single donor and runs $90-$250 per pack/bundle starting.  Remy should not tangle or mat if the hair is a good grade. Remi with an I is a brand of low quality hair.  It is readily available at most beauty supply stores.  In general it has been colored (#1, #2, #3 etc) or chemically treated including perming, texturing (Yaki), highlighting etc.  It runs between $40-$90 per pack.  It has already been dyed so it WILL NOT color well.


2. Longevity = Hair Grade - Hair comes in many different grades from the lowest which is no grade (aka top quality) or A (1A) - AAAAA(5A)  The higher the grade the better the hair was cared for by the donor.  No grade,top quality or 1A is the bottom of the barrel.  It is hair that is usually very dry and brittle with split ends and uneven lengths.  The most common grade is AAA or 3A.  This is the most reasonably priced higher grade hair available.  3A hair tends to be much drier and will not last as long compared to 4A-5A. It will require more deep conditioning to keep it in good shape. AAAA (4A)-AAAAA (5A) is the best.  It is also referred to as Royalty Grade.  Most companies do not offer 4A or 5A because the of the cost.  These are my preferred grade because of the longevity and wear time. 3A hair is good hair but 4A-5A is great hair. 4A -5A hair has nice soft thicker ends. It has more moisture. 4A -5A hair has been taken better care of by the donor before it was harvested. 4A-5A is the best by far.   It will last many years with proper care.  Even abused it will last more than 6 months. There is a considerable difference between 3A and 4A-5A hair.
3. Dyeability = Virgin vs Non Virgin - Refers to hair that is completely unprocessed, and intact.  To qualify as virgin hair, it must meet rigorous standards including: not been permed, dyed, colored, bleached, chemically processed in any way. Virgin hair is the hair you want if you are going to dye the hair.  Virgin hair is likely to have a few strands of gray or white hair since it is in its natural color and has not been dyed.  This is a natural characteristic of 100% virgin hair. It usually comes in a color range around #1b to #1 a natural dark brown to black.  NOTE:  It is possible to get Virgin Remi with I.  Virgin Remi is hair that has been swept off of the floor from a Virgin donation station and then sewn onto a weft.  Although the hair has not been colored the cuticles ARE NOT in alignment so it will tangle even though it is Virgin hair.  Buyers Beware.  Knowledge is Power!