Hair Type - What is Cuticle Hair, Remy Hair, Human Hair or Synthetic Hair?
There are many sources that account for the availability of hair for cosmetic and prosthesis purposes. All human hair is not created equally. French Refined hair and European Natural (or any variation of that theme) is considered to be from a Caucasian source. Most human hair is Asian because that is where most human hair is processed due to the fact that many Asians grow their hair as a crop to be harvested for the market. About 10 percent of the hair comes from India because of an ancient custom of growing the hair to waist length, then cutting and shaving the head clean and discarding the hair in a huge pile where it is gathered and sold to purveyors and processors of the growing hair market demand. Most of this hair is sold to China because that country cannot meet the demand for domestically grown hair.
FRENCH, EUROPEAN AND ITALIAN HAIR
It is considered to be the best grade because it is not as course as Asian and India hair, and therefore is easier to process and maintain. It is also the most expensive because it is harder to come by because this hair is not grown as a crop or for cultural reasons. Much of this hair is obtained after the death of its source. This hair is primarily of Caucasian grade.
It is another popular and more expensive type of hair. Cuticle hair is hair that has been carefully scrutinized to insure that every strand is turned the same way. Explanation: Human hair has scales reminiscent of scales on a fish. (Hence the term cuticle scales) The scales lay. close against the hair shaft and grow upwards away from the scalp. Cuticle scales are made up of the same substances as finger nails (Keratin Protein) but are much thinner. When hair is "back combed" meaning combed from ends to scalp, the cuticle is lifted and many of them are striped away, the rest are forced away from the shaft causing the Id& to tangle and mat. That's because the cuticles are interlocking with the cuticles on the neighboring hair. Cuticle hair is regular ordinary hair that has been scrutinized to insure that the cuticles are in the same direction on each strand. This procedure prevents tangles, snarls and matting when combed, brushed and styled. Throughout this article you may see the word 'processing", this generally means that the hair has been chemically treated to eliminate much of the cuticle structure and. to force the remaining cuticles to all face the same way in order to prevent tangling and matting during shipping and grooming. This is the main reason why you do not use hot water when cleaning commercial human hair. Hot water will cause the cuticle to lift and swell resulting in uncontrollable matting of the hair. Matting is caused by the cuticle scales interlocking.
This is not hair at all; it is for the most part man-made hair from nylon and polyester fibers. This is why most such hair is identified by some variation of the word "nylon." This hair type is a much lesser quality than any form of human hair because it is less versatile to style and has a shinny plastic like appearance. It also cost a lot less.
A yak is an animal native to Thailand; it is a member of the goat family Its hair is long, usually touching the ground. Yak hair most resembles human hair and grows long enough to be harvested. The tail of the yak is most desirable for commercial use because it is longer and more manageable. The yak was originally used as a beast of burden because of its sure footing in rough terrain and ability to carry heavy loads. But now it is mostly raised for its hair.
This is human and sometimes animal hair that has not been chemically treated.
YAKY, YAKI or YAKIE HAIR
This grade of hair is described as a type that most closely resembles natural Afro hair that has been relaxed. It is also known by such names as Afro Yaky, Perm Yaki, Curly or Geri Curl Yaky, etc. This is low grade human or animal hair that has been specially and chemically processed then flat ironed to take on the appearance of Afro hair that has been successfully relaxed and/ or curly permed.
This is a high quality human hair that is usually silky straight and smooth. Most hair for weaving, extensions and wigs is chemically treated in order to remove some of the cuticles so that the hair will not mat or tangle during shipping and use. Remi hair is considered to be Virgin hair because it is not processed with chemicals, so the hair texture is unaltered. This hair also has the same quality as Cuticle hair as described earlier in this article.
The name describes the source of this hair that is obtained as a result of a religious ceremony called Tonsure, whereby the hair is shaved from the head to atone for female vanity. The quality of this hair is exceptional because it contains all the refinements of Cuticle, Virgin and Remy hair.
This article is transcribed from article of Dr. Edward Tony Lloneau on OTC Beauty Magazine.