Types of Hair Weaves

Published By: Dasia

Last Updated: November 12, 2021

What kind of hair types are the best when working with weaving hair? There are various types and virgin hair is known to be the most premium due to its unprocessed nature. 

The most common hair textures are Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, and Indian. Due to the abundance of choices, you may try a few before you find out what you like best. 

In this article we will discuss hair types a little more to find out the best hair weave for you.

What type of hair weaves are available?

Hair weaves are characterized, first, by the type of hair then further broken down into different textures and wave patterns or styles. These three categories are something you will need to get familiar with as they will be talked about every time you look for weave.

  • Human hair – Comes from a human donor and looks most like your hair. You treat this type of hair just like yours, meaning you wash, condition, and detangle like normal. Normally on the more pricey side, but due to the fact that it’s so similar to your natural hair it’s worth it.
  • Virgin human hairAn off branch of human hair but even more premium. This hair isn’t chemically processed in any way and  comes straight from the donor’s scalp. This type of hair is durable, long lasting and can be used with heat to alter the style.
  • Remy hairAnother branch of human hair. All of the hair cuticles remain intact leading to less shedding and detangling. If maintained properly this high quality hair can last up to a year.
  • Synthetic hair – This hair is made of microfibers making it the cheapest option. It can not handle heat well, but besides that oftentimes you can’t even tell the difference between fake and real hair.

What type of hair texture is common?

Texture is important when blending with your natural hair.

  • BrazilianThe most popular hair on the market and can be found almost anywhere weaves are sold. It’s versatile and can hold almost any style. Brazilian hair has a natural shiny luster, frizz resistant and prone to not matte.
  • Peruvian – Most known for its multipurpose texture that allows it to be blended with all types of hair. You can have upwards to 5 bundles installed and it will still feel lightweight. Although lightweight, it still has a thick and coarse texture.
  • Indian – Known as the most top quality hair you can get. 100% unprocessed resulting in thick full hair. It never sheds and is tangle free allowing for it to blend with all types of natural hair. Versatile, lightweight, and easy to style. 
  • Malaysian – Has a soft and silky texture. High luster but after a couple of washes it returns to a normal sheen. Due to its sleekness, frizz is unheard of, even in humid climates. Holds styles well and blends best with naturally fine or silky hair.

Origin – Where do hair extensions really come from?

Although many weave textures are known by a country name, surprisingly they are not always from that specific country. 

Brazilain, Puruvian, and Malaysian hair are all examples of this. These countries do not have hair collecting culture and only work in manufacturing. [1]

Indian hair on the other hand does come donated from the country. Many Indians cut their hair for religious purposes and donate to their gods. Due to this tradition the hair is kept in its virgin form and not chemically altered. India is known to have the best hair on the market. [2]

Both India and China are the largest exporters of human hair used for making wigs in the world. India makes up about 50% of the global market. China, including Hong Kong, made up about 24% of the global market share. [3]

Over the years women have become less and less willing to part with their hair. Due to the supply decrease, harvesters have been forced to move somewhere else. Countries like Myranmar, Laos, Mongolia, and Indonesia are just some of the South Eastern Asian countries that have become search areas.

Read more: What is weave made of?

What are the different types of weave styles?

  • Natural wave – Perfect style for someone who wants a more subtle hairstyle. Allows you to style multiple  different hair styles all in one.
  • Loose wave – A loose spiral pattern, indicated by the name. Easily switch between straight or curly depending on how you manipulate the hair. Similar to the body wave, but a loose wave curl is more defined.
  • Body wave – Similar to a natural wavy hair texture or a wand curl. Voluminous yet subtle, molding into a S shape, making them easy to manage. Tangle resistant and has a shiny appearance. 
  • Curly wave – Bounces back when wet making it easy to maintain. Not much to style due to the fact that it has a permanent curl, great for all types of weather. Also known to give a youthful look.
  • Straight wave – Works best for those who have naturally straight hair. The cuticle remains intact making it lay flat and smooth.

What weave is best for blending into natural hair not relaxed?

Blending can be a difficult process, even for experienced stylists. This is where the texture and style come into play. 

Purivian hair blends well due to its natural coarse texture. Brazillian hair is also best known for a seamless blend into your natural hair.

Pairing these hair types with a natural style like some sort of wave or curl also allow for a  perfect blend.

If you decide to not relax your hair, blending is still possible it will just require more upkeep.

Installation techniques for hair weaving

There are more ways to install your weave than the typical glue and sew-in. There are tons of methods, some so easy you can do them yourself.

  • Sew-in weave – best for women who want low maintenance hair and are physically active. The weave is sewn into your natural hair.

Read: Quick Weave vs Sew-In

  • Drawstring weave – ideal for those who have damaged hair. Commonly some type of updo like a ponytail or bun that is easily attached to your natural locks.
  • Lace Front weave – best for anyone who wants a natural look. Although they can be expensive, the lace blends into your natural hair looking seamless.
  • Fusion weave – for those who like to switch up their hairstyles often. Extensions are attached to a small section of hair and can be treated like your natural hair.
  • Glue in weave – short term, anyone who desires a quick fix to their hair. Can easily DIY the styles and install in a little over an hour. Hair is usually attached to another foundation first.
  • Interlocking weave – long lasting and low maintenance. There is no need for glue or braids, you just interlock the weave into the hair by locking it with a needle and thread.

What type of weave lasts the longest?

All factors come into play when deciding which hair lasts the longest; the type, texture, style and the installation method. Generally speaking, the type of hair and the installation method have the biggest impact on the longevity of your weave.

The best type of hair to pick is virgin hair because it’s the most durable. Virgin bundles can last for up to 2 years if taken care of properly while installed and in between installations. 

For installation, sew-in weaves or fusion are known to last the longest. Sew-ins typically last around 6 weeks and the longest installation can be around 8 weeks. 

Fusion weaves can last around 3 months, depending on how fast it takes your hair to grow. Since they are bonded to the strand they need to be continually moved up as your hair grows, making the length differ for everyone.

Common Mistakes with Picking a Weave Type 

The most common mistake is not consulting a professional on which hair would work best for you. Cosmetologists have studied hair and know which is best for your hair, application and texture wise.

Buying the wrong texture for your hair is also very common. The hairs are meant to blend in with your natural hair to ensure a seamless installation.  

Many people, especially when first starting out with weaves, try to save money by investing in synthetic hair. Although buying synthetic hair is great for beginners, in the long run, weaves made from human hair are a way better investment. 

Helpful Tips and Tricks 

Start with a texture that mimics your natural hair. When first starting out with weaves it’s beneficial to pick something similar to your natural hair because it aids it looking more natural.

When detangling, start from the bottom of the hair and work your way up. This does less damage on your hair and allows for tangles to be slowly removed for the hair strand. [4]

Wash your extensions as if they were your natural hair. This allows for your extensions to be kept clean and help the luster/shine of the hair.

Wrap your hair at night with a silk scarf or satin bonnet. This helps protect your hair, regardless of the type of hair you have installed.

The Bottom Line

Decide what type of hair will work best for your lifestyle and remember you may have to pay a good amount of money upfront. Next decide on a texture that will blend with your natural hair and be easy to upkeep. Lastly, pick a style that is closest to your desired style.

Consult with a licensed cosmetologist if you are unsure about what would be the best hair type for you. They can talk you through different installation techniques and specifics of hair.

Remember to take good care of whatever type of hair you decide to invest in. Have fun with the ability to change up your style so easily.


A lover of all things beauty related whose been in the industry for about 5 years. While I'd love to say I'm a self-taught prodigy, I'm actually a licensed cosmetologist who has spent countless hours studying hair. I quickly learned sharing valuable information with like-minded individuals allows everyone to make the right choices when dealing with their hair. As a curly girl myself I love to experiment with different styles on a regular basis. While I do have a busy schedule between work, freelancing, and school; I always seem to find time for my hair.

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