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A Little Terminology for Weave First-Timers

We’ve compiled a list of terminology to better your general knowledge on all things weave-related.

Winter is slowly approaching, which means many Afro-haired girls swap summer braids for more protective weaves. For those who are somewhat unfamiliar with the hair trend but are tempted to give it a try this coming winter, we’ve compiled a little list of terminology to better your general knowledge on all things weave-related.

What Does Human Hair and Synthetic Hair Mean?

1. Human Hair: It provides a more natural look and texture. It’s also soft, shiny and offers great movement. We love this hair type because of its versatility, i.e. it’s ability to be cut, dyed and styled to your preference. Yes, they’re more expensive but they do outlast synthetic weaves.

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2. Synthetic Hair: It’s made to mimic the texture of human hair and can be worn straight out of the packet without any further styling. But the main problem with these types of weaves is that they’re not really versatile when it comes to styling, as some aren’t heat-friendly. Synthetic weaves last up to six months on average, and heat-friendly weaves around three months. Remember to remove your sewn-in extensions every seven weeks, with one-week intervals between the removal and the reapplication just to give your scalp a few breaks.

The Different Weave Types and Their Differences:

1. Indian:

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For those who prefer curls, there are natural-wave Indian weaves which are incredibly light and provide gorgeous, bouncy waves. This fibre is much thicker in texture compared to Malaysian hair but its popularity is mainly due to its lack of shedding. It also won’t tangle over time or lose its natural curls.

2. Peruvian:

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Probably one of the most popular weave types in Jo’burg. Why? It’s not only versatile but it’s strong and long-lasting – you can straighten and curl it as many times as you want and you’ll still get persistently great styling results. So if versatility in a weave is important to you, this weave type is perfect because you can switch-up your style frequently without causing any notable texture damage to the fibre.

3. Malaysian:

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Very fine in texture – which is actually a good thing as it blends better with straightened or relaxed hair. Its fine texture also means better, more natural-looking curls. What’s also nice about this type of fibre is its long-lasting shine, which usually lessens after four washes.

Related: 4 Essential Tips For Relaxed Hair

4. Brazilian:

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Probably the most popular human-hair fibre in the country. Why we all love it? Besides the usual benefits such as durability, shine and softness, Brazilian hair can also be dyed any hair colour you desire without causing damage. Brazilian weaves are also dense in texture so this means less frizz. They come in mainly three different styles: straight, soft and curly, so you have a wide range of textures to choose from.

What’s A Closure?

A closure is literally a circular piece of lace or silk with strands of hair extending from it. This is placed on top of your scalp, and its main purpose is to make your human-hair fibres look natural by creating the impression that the weave is growing out of your scalp. Lace closures are often used as opposed to silk closures as these lie flatter on your head.

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