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How to Tell if Brazilian Hair is Real – 4 Tests You Can Do Today

Real virgin Brazilian hair can look amazing. But buying it is something you are always going to be careful with. In some cases, it can be easy to invest in fake Brazilian hair for extensions without ever realising it until it’s too late.

When you start looking for Brazilian hair, you are going to need to make sure you have access to a natural hair crop.

The best extensions you can buy will be virgin hair, or remy hair. This indicates that the real hair you buy comes from a single donor.

It’s sometimes hard to tell if you have bought real virgin hair or synthetic hair until it’s too late.

As the best Brazilian hair is 100% natural, take time to consider the what to look for in genuine virgin remy hair you can trust.

Here’s how to tell if your hair is real or fake with these 4 tests.

Is There a Test for Real Virgin Hair?

Yes. And not just one either! There are actually  four tests that you can use to tell whether or not the Brazilian hair you buy is real or not.

The fact is, you’re going to need to check if the Brazilian hair you’ve bought is real before you go ahead and wear it.

Otherwise, you might not be able to get a refund!

Reliable hair studios and salons should not sell synthetic hair and advertise it as virgin hair or otherwise.

Then again, it is always a good idea to keep aware that there are some tricks and traps out there.

So, what are the tests? Let’s get straight into them.


Remember, just one test might not conclude for sure that your bundle is fake or real. It’s worth doing a combination of these tests and if they fail most or all of them, that’s not a good sign!

The Synthetic Hair Uniform Test

More often than not, a good way to tell if you have fake hair is to check the uniformity of color in the strands.

Natural Brazilian virgin hair is likely to have a blend of color. Do a quick test by looking at the tips.

Real Brazilian hair is likely to get lighter as the strands taper toward the end of the hair.
Flat color is a clear way for you to tell that you have most likely bought fake human hair.

What is the Wet Test?

The wet test is a really easy way for you to check whether you have bought real Brazilian hair, or if you have instead invested in synthetic hair extensions.

This is easy to do. As the name suggests, you’re going to need to get your human hair batch wet.

If the hair starts to weigh heavy, you will probably have fake hair.
If you find that the style and pattern holds firm, you will most probably have natural hair.

This isn’t easy to spot when you first buy human hair or virgin hair, meaning that you’re definitely going to need to wet your batch a little before you try it on.

What is the Flame Test?

This test is also self-explanatory, but let’s take a closer look.

One of the best ways to tell the difference between fake hair and real Brazilian hair is to subject it to heat.

Again, this isn’t something you’re going to be able to check or try in the salon or store, so make sure to only ever try this trick at home!

What’s more, as we are involving fire in this process, simple safety precautions apply.

This means being sure to test in a well-ventilated area, and to be ready to blow out or extinguish any strands of hair before you go ahead and set up.

Firstly, make sure to light a candle.

You’re going to need to carefully hover a sample of your Brazilian hair over its flame to test whether or not it is real.

Be sure to cut a small amount of hair away and to gently hold it above the flame.

What you should find is that natural human hair will start smoking.
Fake hair, meanwhile, will always catch the flame.

So within seconds, you will know whether or not you have genuine virgin Brazilian hair or a fake alternative.

Checking the Texture test

The texture of real virgin hair, particularly Brazilian, will have a specific thickness, texture and feel. So look out for glossiness which is usually a red flag (not always).

A glossy hair bundle is more likely to be fake than it is to be real human hair.
Brazilian hair, particularly virgin/remy hair bundles, will be coarse and natural feeling.

This is because fake virgin hair – as you might expect – is treated with all kinds of straightening and chemical solutions.

You’ll likely find that if it looks washed and conditioned, it’s fake!

Some people may find that this kind of treated hair is appealing, which is fine but you shouldn’t be paying premium virgin hair prices for this.

True virgin hair looks how it should when it is grown naturally.

Of course, all virgin hair should go through some treatment before sale but, it will not receive the over-exposure that you can usually expect from fake bundles and batches.

Should I Always Buy Virgin Brazilian Hair?

For the most natural look, virgin or remy hair is always going to be your best option.

There are some people who prefer the look of glossier, artificial hair. But there are no reasons why you can’t get the same great results from virgin hair in the long run.

If your aim is to create a look that’s as natural as possible, keeping an eye out for natural, virgin styles is always going to be the best thing to do.

Unfortunately, when it comes to buying hair outright, you are normally going to need to take your salon or store’s word for it.

That’s why it makes sense to buy from a seller or hair stylist with a good reputation. Otherwise, you may find that you buy fake hair regularly!

One of the best reasons to invest in hair extensions at all is so that you can blend them into your own hair without much effort. Why create more work for yourself with false hair that will stand out in the worst possible way?

Try our tests above and make sure to buy virgin hair whenever you can. Let it be your first step towards a great new look!

About the Author Alesha Ware

Hey! I'm Alesha - just your average girl from Ohio who has had her fair share of bad hair days...and lived to tell the tale. I started this site to help women skip my mistakes and have a positive hair experience