With the selection as broad as ever, a lot of people don’t know the difference between hair differences. To be fair, they are not sure which origin extensions to get. This article will focus mostly on country of origin and not Remy vs. Non-Remy differences.
To make things easier, there are basically 3 main types of hair that you can buy. These are Indian, Asian and Brazilian. Although they are all high quality, there are some differences among these countries.
It is very important that you know certain characteristics that differentiate these types of hair in order to pick the right origin. If you choose hair extensions that are very different from your natural hair, they will not blend properly. The whole hairstyle will not look as good as it should be.
1 Comparing Asian, European & Indian Hair Extensions
The main differences between Indian, Asian and Brazilian hair is the texture and the feel of the hair. This is very important to determine because you want to be able to match the extensions perfectly with your natural hair texture.
Please note that any of the hair can be Virgin hair and it should not be classified as a separate origin. That means that the hair comes from a single person and was never dyed, bleached or processed. Therefore, finding virgin hair of blond colors and such is pretty much impossible.
Determine the Texture of Your Natural Hair
In order to match the extensions to the texture of your hair, you first need to know what kind of hair you have!
There are a couple of questions you can ask yourself.
- When you look at your hair, does it seem very shiny or less shiny?
- Do you have very thick hair or is it more on the thinner side?
- Does your hair feel heavy or light? Is it bouncy or flat?
- When you feel your hair, is it smooth and silky or does it feel a bit coarse?
Write the answers to these questions down because those will be the characteristics that you should look for when buying hair extensions!
2 Indian and Asian Hair Extensions
The most known texture to everyone, even if you’re not wearing extensions! It’s Indian or Asian hair. While India is also in Asia, hair vendors will usually call Chinese hair Asian, while Indian hair will be just that.
It is one of the most versatile types of hair and it will blend well with your hair! In other words, no matter what kind it is. Asian (Chinese) and Indian hair has a very natural luster. Such hair curls well, straightens well, and it does just about anything. It is beautiful, very silky and shiny. Such extensions feel very soft to touch which is another plus. Another characteristic of Asian hair is that it is very bouncy and light.
If your natural hair fits this description, then you should get Indian or Asian hair extensions. However, if your hair is rougher to the touch, then this might not be the right choice for you. Now, one should also not confuse dry and thin hair with rough or thick hair. If your hair is on the thicker side, hair extensions still may look good, but will not blend in properly.
Some say that Chinese hair sheds and tangles more than other types of hair, but that seems highly unlikely. If you buy hair from a trusted brand, you will get extensions that are of high quality. The only reason why extensions tangle or shed is due to poor maintenance.
Asian hair is very easy to find because most companies have this type of hair. It is one of the most popular types! So, you don’t have to worry about where to buy it. But do make sure that you buy high-quality pack that has all the cuticles aligned. Why? Because that will make a big difference! You can read more about that in the link above, where we discuss Remy hair. As one might expect, extensions that are mixed with synthetic hair and don’t have all the cuticles in the same direction, will tangle and mat.
What’s the Difference Between Chinese and Indian Hair?
There is little to no difference, really. Chinese hair tends to have worse reputation because most of the affordable hair sets are made there. However, this is more of an issue with people buying cheapest possible hair than the origin. Women in both regions have nearly identical hair.
3 Brazilian and European Hair Extensions
Brazilian hair blends amazingly with African American hair, whether it is natural or permed. This is where hair texture is very important and knowing this information will help you pick the right one.
You can choose from straight, wavy or curly Brazilian hair. If you plan on having curls all the time, then simply buy curly extensions. But if you want to go back and forth between wavy and curly hair, it is better to buy wavy hair. It is much easier to straighten or curl it.
This hair texture is thicker and heavier than Chinese or Indian hair. It is also coarser and not as soft. That doesn’t mean it’s completely rough! However, it doesn’t have that smooth, silky quality like Asian hair has. Simply more of a flowy texture type. You can dye it, curl or straighten it and it will not get damaged. European and Brazilian hair have a medium luster. So, if that description fits your natural hair, it is a much better option that Asian, which is very shiny.
Both European and Brazilian hair is also known to withstand weather conditions much better. If it’s humid or raining, it will preserve its shape much better than Indian hair which is a plus. It holds a curl or a wave very well and is versatile. Such extensions will not tangle or mat, but that applies to all high-quality ones.
Choosing the right hair type can be very confusing, but if you get all the right information and educate yourself about the differences, you will make the right choice. If you’re still not sure what kind of hair do you have and what kind of hair you should buy, consult your hair professional.
Better yet, send us an email and we will pick you the best extensions for your hair type.