There is no shortage of choice on the natural hair market (or not) and it is often difficult to distinguish between Brazilian, Indian, Peruvian, Malaysian … Their names alone, we travel and make us dream of exquisite hair to fall. We try to untangle a little bit all that, just to better understand it.
Strong and light while being fine, this hair is very fashionable. You can do almost anything with these locks: blow-drying, straightening, coloring. If you want beautiful curls, Indian hair is not the best suited because it has a smooth, wispy look, at most wavy. Finally, we do not advise you to ignore their maintenance at the risk of finding yourself in a hell of a mess.
The Brazilian hair, among the most famous, have a shiny aspect and a rather soft touch. Often used for laces wig and other protective hairstyles, they can be smooth, wavy or curly. They generally hold curls quite well and don’t require much maintenance in their straight version. This is often hair with a processed texture. It is important to know that the vast majority of “Brazilian” hair found on the French market is most often Indian hair harvested in temples and exploited by Brazilian companies. It is, for the time being, the most Brazilian of them all.
Malaysian hair is supposed to come from Malaysian donors. They are usually presented as virgin strands that have not undergone any chemical treatment. It has a naturally very shiny appearance. This excessive shine usually fades after 2 or 3 shampoos. Soft and strong, Malaysian hair will satisfy those who seek volume. It is still new on the market and therefore more expensive than the others. A minimum of maintenance is necessary.
With very dense and hard strands, Peruvian hair is one of the most durable and robust. It is perfect for volume lovers. Very rare, these locks are among the most expensive on the market.
What is a full lace wig?
A full lace wig is a hairpiece designed to cover the entire head and mimic naturally growing hair. The hair is curled into a flesh-colored lace material that, when glued to the perimeter of the head, will create a natural-looking hairline and hairline. Lace wigs were once primarily used in film and theatrical productions, but have recently gained consumer interest, with many wig masters selling custom lace wigs. Wigs can be made with different types of lace, hair and hair styles.
The thin base material is what allows the lace to blend and disappear into the skin. For better blendability, the wig can be made with Swiss lace. This material is delicate but usually blends well with the skin. French lace is thicker and usually used for the first wig wearer. Some wig masters incorporate Swiss lace around the hairline and French lace in the rest of the unit, creating a compromise between detectability and durability.
The type of hair is another feature that can differ between lace wigs. A quality lace wig will usually be made of human hair, creating a natural looking and feeling unit. Lace wigs can also be made with synthetic hair; however, it doesn’t always look as natural and may have fewer styling options. Synthetic hair tends to be more economical than human hair systems.
A lace wig can be made in a “freestyle” form or with a predefined style that will withstand multiple washings. Freestyle designs allow the wearer of the wig to part and style the hair in any shape she chooses, while predefined styles will usually have a more permanent parting in the full lace wig. The part will usually be in the middle or on the side of the hair. This feature usually depends on the wearer’s personal requests and preferences.
The lace wig is usually applied with tapes or liquid adhesives, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Water-based liquid adhesives tend to be gentler on the skin and the wig, but can lose their holding power if exposed to water and excessive perspiration. Acrylic glues will provide a more secure hold, but can cause flare-ups on sensitive skin. Some wig wearers forgo adhesives altogether and opt for double-sided tape to adhere a lace wig.