Jan 14, 2021

Taiwo Otto

How to spot REAL Brazilian Hair

In this series, we will talk about the oldest hair in the market - the Brazilian hair.
Brazil is very genetically diverse, so they are less consistent in features. The strands are good for blending in with Afro-Caribbean hair. The colors are usually in black or off black (1b) to a rich brown. It comes in styles of naturally straight, wavy or curly. This type of hair is useful if you want thick, bouncy hair.. It is ideal for Afro-Caribbean because of the texture.
  • Easy to find in the market
  • Medium price
  • Might be noticeable and gaudy
  • Can tangle often
  • Large amount of fake Brazilian hair on the market
How to spot real Brazilian Hair:
Burn Test:
Simply cut a strand of hair and put it on a burning flame. If it melts slowly into a ball instead of burning, becomes sticky, smells like rubber and produces black smoke, it is not real human hair. Real Human hair will immediately catch fire, turn to ashes, instantly curling into a little ball, and smell like burning hair.

How much do they cost?

Real hair is much more expensive than synthetic hair and if you are getting your extensions installed at a beauty shop, you will also be paying for the skills of your stylist.

As a general guide, real hair extensions should cost at least $200 for a full head. If you are being charged much less than this, it is safe to assume that you are not getting the real thing.

Where did they come from?  

Your stylist or supplier should be able to tell you exactly what sort of hair you are buying. Ask them where the hair was sourced For consistency, you want to make sure that all the hair you are buying comes from the same source.

In our next newsletter, we will provide information on Malaysian hair.