Wigs, weaves, and extensions can be made from a variety of materials. The cheapest ones use synthetic hair made from plastic fibers that can look more or less like real hair. Other products use animal hair from horses, sheep, and yaks. Some use a combination of human hair and synthetic or animal fibers. The best quality hair, of course, is real human hair collected from a single person’s head. Donors from different countries, like Malaysia, India, Brazil, and Peru, have distinct types of hair, and within each country, there are many varieties of hair.
Malaysian hair is naturally dark, and it is the shiniest type of hair, which this can actually give your weave a slightly artificial look. Most people find that two or three washings decrease the shine to a more natural appearance. Although Malaysian hair tends to be straight, it can hold a curl very well, so it can give the wearer a lot of versatility in styles. It has a soft and silky texture, but it is also very thick with a lot of body. Conditioning is recommending to keep the hair from drying out.
Indian hair is a soft, lustrous hair. Its texture is wavy to curly, but it can be straightened easily. It tends to hold a curl well, but curls can loosen somewhat in a humid environment. Indian hair comes in many different textures and colors and is one of the most often used hair types in the industry.
Brazilian hair comes in wide variety of tones and textures because of the great ethnic variety in Brazilian ancestry. Some Brazilian hair is soft and thin like European hair while other hair is very curly due to the African heritage of many donors. Most Brazilian hair will tend to curl when wet. This type of hair blends well with most ethnic hair types.
Peruvian hair is comes in a range of colors from light to dark brown to black, and it is somewhat coarser than Brazilian or Indian hair. Wavy and curly styles are available, and peruvian straight hair can hold a curl well. Peruvian hair is often straight because of the indigenous heritage of many Peruvian donors. Peruvian hair is also known for being especially lightweight, despite its volume.