Let's talk about hair extensions, they have been around for centuries and are only getting more popular, but people still struggle with where and how to find the best hair extensions. From your local beauty supply store to online shops or asking friends which type of hair extensions are worth your coins, you must understand where the hair is coming from and the different processing stages it goes through before it gets into your hands. Before we get started let me introduce myself and tell you the reason why I wrote this book.

My name is Twila I am a cosmologist, Wig designer, and hair distributor and before then I was a customer just like you, spending tons of money on hair extensions that did not meet my expectations. Hair extensions that were advertised as 100 % human were more like 100% fraud. I had gotten tired of wasting my money and being unsatisfied with my hair extensions, always grabbing my comb and having to untangle my hair because it had started to matte or shed! If this sounds like a problem, you’ve had or is currently this book is for you!

Chapter One

Where Does Hair come from?

       As I said above, the popularity of getting hair extensions has grown exponentially. Did you know more than 34 percent of women consider hair extensions a part of their everyday beauty regime? 


Typically, natural hair doesn’t endure everyday wear and tear whereas extensions can help with protective styles. In fact, protective styles with extensions can make natural hair stronger and grow quicker when correctly installed. With the popularity of hair extensions, the consumer has still not been educated about the available options in regard to quality.

However, consumers often find choosing the best option overwhelming with plenty of hair extension types on the market. They have to choose from Remy hair, non-Remy hair, and raw hair, as well as various ethnicities who donate and that is what makes it difficult to decide on the best extensions.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of hair accessories or someone who has never had hair extensions, understanding the difference between hair types used in extensions is essential. Keep on reading to find the fundamentals you should know about “hair weave extensions”.

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What is Raw Hair where does it come from

       As I said above, the popularity of getting hair extensions has grown exponentially. Did you know more than 34 percent of women consider hair extensions a part of their everyday beauty regime? 


As the name suggests, raw hair is “RAW”- completely unprocessed and 100 percent real human hair collected from a donor. That is to say, raw hair doesn’t undergo any heat, steam, or chemical processing. Raw hair is the naturalist and the purest form of hair you can get on the market that comes directly from the donor.

Many consumers prefer getting hair extensions made of raw hair as it is of great quality, looks more natural and can last years as long as it is properly cared for. The only downside of getting raw hair extensions is the lack of variety or availability. Manufacturers of raw hair extensions have to source it from donors directly and sanitize the locks rigorously before selling.

They wash and sort raw hair collection to remove the dust. The high-quality shampoo is used to clean the residue, make the locks softer, and prevent tangling. After this, a team of experienced workers brushes and sorts the dried hair based on its texture, length, and color.

Reputable hair extension makers use quality lice treatment to make hair lice-free. They often need to saturate the hair thoroughly with oil and comb it with a lice comb. A team also works hard to hand pick the nits from the strands.

Where Does It Come From?

       Wondering from where raw hair comes?


Some of the biggest markets of raw hair for extensions include India, Burma, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In the countries like India, selling natural human hair is one the lucrative businesses. Hair extension companies or buyers send their agents to Indian villages and temples to buy raw human hair.

In many Indian temples, men and women shave their heads to make a religious sacrifice. Most of them are pilgrims and going bald is part of their religious ritual. Venkateswara Temple, for instance, is one of the popular temples in Tirumala hills in Andhra Pradesh. It is the richest Indian temple visited by the highest number of pilgrims every year.

On average, the famous temples receive more than 100,000 devotees of which over 10 thousand undergo traditional tonsuring or shaving.

Put simply, spirituality and strong religious belief coupled with increasing demand from consumers have turned India into one of the biggest exporters of hair extensions. Venkateswara Temple is just one example as there are tons of temples where men and women come across the country to offer hair as a “sacrifice to thousands of different gods”.

What is More?

        When it comes to spiritual beliefs, there are plenty of reasons why people in India shave their heads. These reasons vary from warding off ill health and bringing luck to wanting fortune. Regardless of the reason, the practice plays an important role in supplying the extension and wig industry with huge amounts of natural and raw hair.

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Chapter Two

Remy hair

The second type of hair extension you can get is “Remy hair”.

While the hair extension type is quite popular among hairstylists and specialists, many consumers aren’t aware of the meaning of “Remy hair”. Don’t worry if you’re one of them. The chapter covers everything you need to know about “Remy hair”.

What is Remy Hair?

“Remy” is the term typically stands for “the direction of hair cuticles”. Many marketers and salon owners translate the term differently for selling and advertising purposes. It not only misleads the clients but also makes them think that they’re getting or buying the best quality hair.

In general, hair extension specialists collect and sort from a variety of sources. The collection has hair with proper tips and roots traveling in a straight direction. Sorting this type of hair ensures extension makers that hair doesn’t matte or tangle.

Using Remy hair for extensions means the cuticles will not strip and remain aligned in the same direction.

Extension Process of Remy Hair

Remy hair doesn’t go through heavy processing to protect its beauty and quality. The cuticles in hair stay intact as it is collected and sorted carefully. There are no harsh processes and acid baths to improve the appearance or quality of Remy hair.

On the other hand, the extensions go through a rigorous sanitization process before supply after the human hair is collected. Note that cuticles are in usually different directions in hair as it is collected freely. 

The extension makers give acid baths to the roughly collected hair to tackle the problem of cuticles. It creates the effect of eliminating cuticles from the locks. In the end, the hair is chemically processed with silicone.

Quality Difference

Let’s admit when it is about quality, Remy hair takes the lead. Unlike other types of extensions that go through silicon processing to make hair shinier and softer, Remy hair is used as-is. Heavy chemical processing can make hair extensions lose silkiness.

You can feel a significant difference in the quality of other hair extensions after one wash. Extensions made with silicone possessing become dull and lifeless when the silicon starts to wear away. The hair in the extensions gets tangled and matted easily.

When you buy a silicone processed hair extension, the hair not only looks good but also feels silky and supple. However, as silicone fades away, the hair starts to become matted and tangled. Heavy chemical processing is one way to make hair extensions look beautiful and shinier. The trick leads buyers to end up getting extensions that are not 100 % human hair and are low quality.

Remy hair extensions, however, don’t experience this problem because they go through minimal processing. The strands in these extensions flow more naturally in one direction as the hair grows. Plus, Remy hair is less prone to becoming matted and tangling. As the extensions aren’t silicon treated, the hair remains naturally silky and soft and keeps the cuticles intact.

In other words, Remy hair extensions appear more beautiful and are most likely to remain the way you have bought them for a longer period, with the proper hair care regime, you can keep your Remy hair extensions longer and stunning.

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Chapter Three

Non-Remy hair

Since you learned what Remy hair is and why choosing it for your hair extension can be a good idea in the last chapter, this part covers the other type called “ non-Remy hair”>

While Remy hair makes a great option for hair wigs and extensions, its affordability and availability remain an issue for many people. This is when a relatively cost-effective option such as non-Remy hair comes into play.

Wondering what is non-Remy hair and why it is more inexpensive compared to Remy hair?

Keep scrolling down to find out.

Non-Remy Hair

Typically, cuticles in non-Remy hair are completely stripped or they run in upward and downward directions. This is the key difference between non-Remy and Remy hair in which cuticles remain aligned in one direction and that is what keeps them intact. However, non-Remy hair comes with exposed cuticles which may cause tangling.

Stripped cuticles mean mixed up tips and roots of the hair. Non-Remy hair is 100% human hair whereas it is collected from different sources including temples, hair suppliers, saloon floors, and hair brushes randomly. As the cuticles’ direction is mixed up, it causes hair to become tangled and matted easily.

The random collection method of non-Remy hair can also lead to shedding problems. To reduce the tangling issue, manufacturers use chemicals like silicon, also called an “acid bath”. It helps remove the cuticles due to the presence of a high concentration of acid.

The acid bath is an effective process to reduce the friction between tiny hair strands, shaving off the exposed cuticles ruins the hair quality. The process also decreases the natural moisture of locks; resulting in straw-like hair strands.

While the hair appears glossy, silky, and strong at the first glance (after an acid bath), the outcome is the opposite. As soon as you start shampooing non-Remy hair extensions, the layer of silicone also comes off. The hair becomes brittle, duller, and matted and then turns into a huge mess.

Pros and Cons of Non-Remy Hair

As said above, like Remy hair, heavy chemical processing is also part of non-Remy hair manufacturing. The acid bath or silicone coating conceals the cuticles and flaws and makes the hair look shinier.

Here is a quick go-over of the pros and cons of using non-Remy hair.


A high supply of hair makes extensions readily available


Affordable than Remy hair


Cuticles run in many directions that cause inevitable tangling, matting, and shedding problems

Silicone gives artificial shine to hair. It wears off over time after multiple washes

The hair doesn’t last longer

Not reusable

The hair type doesn’t adapt

Is there any non-Remy hair without Cuticles?

You may find two types of non-Remy hair in the extensions with or without cuticles. If the cuticles in non-Remy hair are pointing up or down (tip to root or root to tip), it is prone to tangle more compared to Remy hair.

The other type of non-Remy hair is without cuticles. Because the cuticles are removed, it doesn’t tend to become matted and tangled significantly. In fact, you might come across manufacturers producing “tangle-free non-Remy hair".

While no matter how reputable the brand claims to make “tangle-free non-Remy hair, the fact is too good to be true. All hair whether it is Remy or non-Remy does tangle when the strands become intertwined.

That is to say; if you’re looking for short-term hair extensions, non-Remy hair is a good choice. But if you want hair extensions that can maintain your outlook on natural hair for a long time, look for a hair piece with “raw hair”.

Want to learn WHY? Keep reading!

Chapter Three

Why Getting Hair Extensions with Raw Hair is the Best Idea

Raw hair is 100% natural and unprocessed. In other words, raw hair doesn’t undergo any steam, heat, or chemical processing. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that raw hair is the purest and most natural hair you can get for your extensions. The hair type isn’t only natural but also comes in top-notch quality that can last for years. 

Mostly the bundle of hair is cut from one donor to keep the quality and texture the same. As this demand is increasing with the popularity of raw hair extensions, providing customers single donor’s bundle of hair is often difficult for large business companies.

That means raw hair can also come from multiple donors. The only condition is getting “unprocessed” hair.

Still unsure why getting hair extensions with raw hair is the best idea? Here are the reasons;

Why Getting Raw Hair Extension is worth it?
Not Altered like Other Hair Types

One of the major features that distinguish raw hair from other types is its “natural traits”. As mentioned earlier, raw hair isn’t altered or processed like Remy or non-Remy hair that is steamed or chemically treated for a specific texture, color, and overall appearance. 

That means when you get raw hair extensions, the hair behaves like natural human locks and grows out of tresses. This is perhaps one reason why your raw hair needs more maintenance, care, and attention. 

Comes in Rare Texture

As raw hair doesn’t undergo alteration or chemical processing, you might not find many textures in it. Primarily, the purest hair type comes in a rare texture which is curly, straight, and wavy. There are no such styles as kinky, body wave, and deep wave in raw hair. 

In fact, these styles are almost non-existent when you deal with raw hair. However, some companies do professional steaming manufacturing to mass produce, make hair extensions more marketable, and achieve artificial patterns.

Has Better Quality 

When it comes to quality, raw hair is definitely triumphant among all the hair types. Unlike the synthetic version of hair, raw hair lasts up to four to five years or perhaps more if you follow a good hair care regime. As raw hair comes from genuine sources, it offers fantastic results. 

Put simply, raw hair is;

  • Soft   

  • long-lasting

  • Realistic

  • Can be styled and treated like natural hair

Keep in mind that raw hair is usually more expensive compared to synthetic versions. Depending on the vendor you’re buying from, the prices of raw hair may vary. Though quality Remy or non-Remy hair can be costly, raw hair requires you to pay a little more extra. 

While you might find raw hair costlier, the investment is WORTH it. We say this because it lasts longer and blends with your natural locks ensuring that no one doubts your real hair. Sourced from the head of a donor directly, the hair increases the volume and length of your hair. 

How to Find Real Raw Hair?

Let’s admit that there isn’t any surefire way to decipher if extensions have truly raw hair until you use them.  However, some tricks can help you purchase the right hair type.

  • Make sure you ask and look for the “raw hair” indicator when buying extensions. There are companies that market and sell Remy Hair with the label “virgin hair”.

  • Check for “Raw Grade” on the description and discussion section part of the product.

  • Call or email the company to verify the hair type if you’re planning to buy online. 

  • Read feedback and reviews before purchasing especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Reviews will give you insight into the people’s experience of using the raw hair extensions. You can also check out the product page of the company to dig deeper. 

  • It is always better to try the extension yourself. It is easier to determine whether the hair is Remy, non-Remy, or raw when you touch, brush, or examine it. If you find any difference in the quality, you can always return or exchange the hair piece.  It is worth mentioning that the real result comes after a few washes. 

Last but not least, always buy from a TRUSTED company such as “Hair by Milk and Honey”. My company is one of the renowned hair wig and pieces manufacturing brands that make high-quality raw hair extensions. 

My brand has been creating or customizing hair pieces and personalized wigs for years. It aims to make “unprocessed virgin hair extensions” accessible for everyone. Sourced from real donors, the raw hair is of premium quality and provides you with natural-looking locks.

As a professional wig artist, I know how valuable and important is to buy real raw hair extensions for people when they want to enhance their look. With Hair by Milk and Honey, you only get luxurious and quality raw hair extensions.

Say no to synthetic and fake extensions. Call my representative at 219 248-7302 today and learn more about real raw hair extensions!