Everything South Africans Need To Know About Brazilian Hair in 2020

Brazilian hair is soft, thick and long-lasting. It's easy to see why it is the most popular hair type for wigs and weaves in South Africa right now.

Brazilian hair is a type of hair used in wigs and extensions. It is a high-quality kind of hair that holds a curl much easier than other wig or extension hair types, it doesn’t tangle up that easily, and is a handles hair dye like a pro! Put simply: Brazilian hair is a charm to style and to keep looking healthy. And because it’s so thick, you often need fewer bundles in order to get that full, voluminous effect.  What more could anyone ask for?

For the best quality Brazilian hair, make sure to purchase 100% real, virgin, human hair. This particular type is unprocessed so it can be styled, colour-treated and maintained much easier.

Based on this, it’s easy to see why Brazilian hair is one of the most popular hair types for wigs and extensions right now.


Best Brazilian Hair Styles

Brazilian hair is super versatile: you can colour-treat it, heat-style it, or style it in any other look you’d normally wear with your natural hair! We’ve listed some of our faves below: 


Curly Brazilian Hair

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Curls are always a good look, and that applies to Brazilian hair as well. To get this curly vibe, heat style the hair with a curling wand or even a flat iron.

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Editor’s Tip: Brazilian hair can suffer from heat damage just like your natural hair, so be sure to keep it protected. Use a heat protectant like the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray before heat styling to prevent any heat damage and to keep your Brazilian locks looking healthy!


Straight Brazilian Hair

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Show off the natural texture of the hair by keeping it straight and sleek like in this image.


Brazilian Beach Waves

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Beach waves are loose waves that start around the mid-lengths of the hair. They are a great option for any event, at any time of the year. To get this look with no heat, simply plait your Brazilian hair in pigtails while it is still damp, and undo the plaits once it dries.


Voluminous Tight Curls

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This look takes a bit more work, but it is totally worth it! Create these little curls by wrapping small pieces of hair around the very tip of a curling wand. Hold for a few seconds and release. Don’t forget your Heat Defence Spray!


Clip-in Hair Extensions

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If you have naturally straight hair and you just want to add extra volume and length to your locks, we recommend you try clip-in Brazilian hair extensions.


Things you need to know about Brazilian hair

How much is Brazilian hair?

Prices vary depending on grade starting from R500 and upwards. When choosing your wig/bundles, you should also consider the hair length and type (i.e. is the hair wavy or straight, etc).


What are the best treatments and products for Brazilian hair?

We recommend you use products that are nourishing and smoothing – but remember, this only applies to 100% real hair. Here are some of our faves:

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner
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TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner, Masque and Shine Oil. This range is low in sulphates and is formulated with marula oil and keratin – the stuff hair is made of. This range will keep your Brazilian hair nourished, smooth, silky, and shiny.

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TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo: Use this between washes to refresh the hair and leave it smelling good.

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Toni&Guy Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray: Make the most out of that thick, luxurious hair with a generous spray of this hairspray to give it extra bounce and texture. You can also use this product to neaten any baby hairs, to enhance the natural look.


Tips for styling Brazilian hair

For the most natural look, be sure to get a lace frontal. These add a scalp-like look to the front hairline. Because the Brazilian hair lace frontal covers the entire front section of hair, it is a versatile option for hairstyles that require different path placements. This gives a more realistic looking hairline, making the hair even more versatile and allowing you to achieve as many different looks as you want.


How to wash and maintain Brazilian hair at home

Here’s your easy guide to managing and caring for your Brazilian hair in the comfort of your home:

  • Gently brush the hair with a detangling brush to avoid tangles and breakage. Start by brushing out the ends whilst working your way to the top. NB. brushing hard can cause hair to shed, especially if the hair is curly, so loosen any tangles with your fingers first.
  • Detangle the hair before washing.
  • Gently wash hair in warm water using a gentle, moisturising shampoo. Ensure not to scrunch the hair as it causes tangling. If a lot of product has been used and it is not attached to your head soak for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse using warm water.
  • Condition the hair, once again not scrunching the hair. Once this is done, rinse with warm water.
  • Once you have washed and treated the hair we recommend air-drying it. To do this, gently pat with a dry towel and leave to stand.
  • Apply a dry oil and brush through gently.
  • Tip: In order to maintain the quality of hair ensure you use a hair mask once a week. And remember, if you heat-style the hair, use a heat protectant.



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