Straight weave. Picture: Supplied.
Wigs are the most common protective hairstyles in South Africa, especially for black women.
They vary from lace front wig, to full lace wigs and full wigs but everyone is talking Brazilian hair. Most people are under the impression that Brazilian weaves are made in Brazil, but no, that is not the case. Most weaves come from India.
Tyran Ellis, merchandising director at Style Diva explains the difference between Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Indian hair or weave.


Brazilian hair
Brazilian hair is the most popular hair type in South Africa. The hair is typically soft, relatively thick and very durable. For this reason, the hair is suited to any style so it is always a great option whether you prefer a curly or straight or wavy style. Brazilian hair also handle colour very well so if you get Brazilian virgin hair, then you can colour it with any colour you like. Due to the natural density the hair has, it is also less likely to frizz which means you can use fewer bundles and still maintain a full look.

Brazilian hair. Picture: Supplied.

Peruvian hair
Peruvian hair has become extremely popular. This hair is very durable and versatile and for this reason, is easy to style and curl repeatedly with great results. This makes Peruvian hair a great multi-purpose hair as you can constantly change your look and style without damaging the hair too much. It is extremely soft and slightly silkier than Brazilian hair. It is also usually relatively more expensive than any other hair types.

Jodier Nature STW. Picture: Supplied.

Malaysian hair
Malaysian hair has become very popular, especially amongst international and South African celebrities. It has a luxurious feel to it and has great natural shine too. The hair is generally a nice dark brown colour and like Brazilian, it also handles colour well.


Indian hair
Indian hair is very high quality and is highly regarded in the beauty industry. The hair is very light, full of bounce and easy to style. It usually comes in a natural straight and natural wave style. Indian weave is also very popular because it does not tangle, shed easily or lose its natural wavy look.

Isis lace wig. Picture: Supplied.