Hair Types for Wigs
PROS: Malaysian hair is one of the most sought after hair types- it is sleek and manageable without having a shiny doll hair look. It is flattering to women of all ethnicities. Does particularly well when processed for African American Relaxed textures- providing thicker follicles and a natural look that is outstanding.
CONS: Most expensive of the three primary hair types.
PROS: Like Malaysian hair, it is very well behaved. It doesn’t pouf or puff the way Indian hair does after a while. It’s relative coarseness and thicker follicle make it an excellent match for African American wearers. Extremely strong hair. Can be processed from virgin near black to platinum blond. The only hair type that can withstand extreme processing without degrading the hair quality.
CONS: Styles well, but may not hold curl as well as other hair types.
CHARACTERISTICS: Fine follicles, smooth hair that is highly adaptable to color and texture processing. Holds curls very well. Works very well with all ethnicities. Indian hair is the standard in the wig and hair replacement industries.
PROS: It is widely available, takes textures and color well. Holds curl when styled.
CONS: Quality level varies significantly. Because unprocessed Indian hair often has a lot of natural texture, after it has been processed, this hair will often swell or pouf over time as it reverts to its natural texture.
Virgin hair is hand selected single donor hair and is of the highest quality because unlike processed hair, inconsistencies in color and texture cannot be masked by color or perming. It is high quality healthy hair that takes highlights well and withstands heat styling with high temperature styling tools. This is 100% natural unprocessed hair that will take highlights well and will retain its luster since it has not undergone any harsh chemical processing.
PROS: Greatest variety of natural textures of any of the three main hair types.
CONS: Difficult to procure in virgin textures. Can be very expensive.