BEST ADVICE EVER: NEVER BUY RUSSIAN, EUROPEAN, OR SOUTH AMERICAN HAIR FROM CHINA. Always use paypal secure server (they are the only company to freeze sellers account immediately) If the hair is too cheap, run. If they charge half or less then it is not Russian hair. Russian hair is very expensive for all buyers, including us. The term Remi hair originally was used solely for hair from India. Now it appears to have taken on another meaning. We see vendors offering Remi hair to their clients on the internet from various countries. There is a current study of the word "Remi" aka. Remy hair. Currently it means cuticle in it's original state, all hair flowing in one direction. It means nothing more than that.
A seller could easily offer Remi hair and not divulge all the other implications. It can easily mean processed hair, dyed hair, permed hair, and coated hair. Remi turns out to be not that great after all.
When buying hair be sure to ask all the important questions. How long will it last? Is all hair in one direction? (Remi hair?) How many donors per weft? (This is very important, because if more than 2 donors were used per weft there is a good chance the hair will react badly) What texture does it have? Has it been permed, dyed or coated? Has it been processed to have the cuticle removed? In the past "processed" was assumed to be a good thing because it meant the hair was deep cleansed. No hair needs that much acid cleanser! A good chelating shampoo will work just fine, without stripping the cuticle.
Some sellers coat the virgin hair with polymers and insist it is still virgin hair because it is without perms, or dyes. If the hair has been altered in a permanent way this is considered processed hair! Don't be fooled. Many of hair selling companies boast this is still virgin hair. What ever the hairs natural texture it is still the important question~has the hair been processed for cuticle removal, coating, or have any other chemicals been administered? This type of "manufactures coating conditioner" will make the hair comb out from shampoo very easily, at first, although it can make the hair feel smooth like doll hair. Leaving the wearer thinking she has purchased very good hair. After a few shampoos the hair starts to matt, and feel like straw as the "manufactures conditioner" wears off.
A test you may want to run if you have bought "virgin hair" is to dampen the hair, close your eyes (eyes can be deceiving) and decide whether or not there is a smooth side and a coarse side to the hair. This test isn't that easy, you need some real virgin hair, and some cheap processed hair. Practice on these two types of hair first. Practice, practice, practice it isn't all that easy to tell at first.
You must keep trying until you can safely say one of the samples has been processed and one has not. Another tip is the processed hair feels closer to the same no matter which direction you are testing, there is very little friction as opposed to virgin hair. This is why you need to practice on real virgin hair. On real virgin hair the coarse side and smooth sides are very apparent.
Another little known fact, Italian hair is extremely rare and very expensive. The country of Italy allows absolutely NO human hair shipped into the country. It doesn't matter where the hair was originated from, it's condition, or how much one is willing to pay. No human hair gets anywhere into this country. If someone living in Italy wanted to sell their hair it would obviously stay with wigmakers in the country of Italy. Years ago before the ban Italian hair was sold and shipped around the world. Since the ban, it's extremely rare.
And lastly, there is no virgin Russian, European, or South American hair being sold from China. Many of us find this out the hard way. ALL the hair has been treated with a chemical coating which smoothes down the cuticle layer for a short time. It makes the hair seem smooth, silky, and easy to comb when wet, but natural long Caucasian hair almost always needs a type of cream rinse to comb when wet. This coating makes the hair seem very unnatural. Generally the hair has a bad smell resembling plastic, or doll hair. NEVER BUY HAIR FROM COMPANIES WHO WON'T TAKE PAYPAL