When buying human hair extensions there is a lot of things to consider. Even some, if you are completely new to these hair weave products, that you didn’t know you had to think about. One thing you will see mentioned a lot is the origin of the hair.
When this is not mentioned, you have no idea whether hair extensions come from India, Mongolia, China, Malaysia or Brazil. Why is that important? Because the origin of the hair will often determine how well it will blend with your own existing hair and whether it can be styled the way you want it or not.
One of the most popular hair extensions you will come across is, virgin Brazilian hair, valued for its texture, color and condition. As its name suggests it is collected from donors in the South American country. Depending on the company you get them from, the majority of Brazilian hair extensions are derived from donors who live in rural and very small towns and villages around the area. They are compensated for growing and donating strong and healthy hair.
Following nicely from the above, as it is one of the most sought-after hair extensions on the market, you may justifiably wonder how much it will cost. Very generally speaking, Brazilian hair extension bundles can cost anything from $20 to $50, though it could be as much as $200. What is the reason for such a difference in price?
Well although all Brazilian hair is considered Brazilian hair, in that it of Brazilian origin. Not all Brazilian hair is equal. Several different factors influence how much hair extensions cost. Those factors are:
Quality – Just as with anything else, the better the quality you want when it comes to Brazilian hair, the more you need to be willing to spend. There are lots of different grades to hair extensions regardless of their origin. While the finest quality is undoubtedly Remy, raw and virgin, there are even differences between these that have been discussed elsewhere.
Quantity – This is simple common sense – the more hair bundles you buy, the more it will cost. You need to buy enough hair to cover your head for the kind of hair style you want to achieve. Fortunately, though, you may be able to find some manufacturers and retailers that offer discounts based on how many bundles of hair you buy.
Length – Similarly to the above, the longer the hair you require, the more it will cost.
Source – One of the reasons why Brazilian hair is so popular is how readily available it is. The scarcer a type of hair is, that is the less donors there are, the more it will cost.
Durability – this really goes hand in hand with the quality of the hair used in extensions and its impact on the price. You should expect to pay more for hair that is going to last longer.
Texture – You will notice that hair of certain texture is cheaper than others. For instance, straight hair tends to cost a lot less than wavy or curly hair. However, it is important to note the part length plays. Long straight hair is likely to be cheaper than much shorter wavy or curly hair, for instance.
Although we think a lot of what makes one type of hair extension better than the other, especially when you are discussing the more popular varieties, is more about personal preference, we can’t deny how popular Brazilian virgin hair is. Why is that?
Brazilian hair, especially when it is 100% natural hair has a luxurious shine, smoothness and silky texture. It can cope with more humid conditions compared to other popular natural hair extensions and is very thick. You will also find that it blends well with your existing hair, regardless of what part of the world you are from. Though outside of South Americans, South Africans seem to get the best results from using Brazilian hair.
We already spoke about quantity and length playing a part in how much hair can cost. That’s another major advantage that Brazilian hair has over others, it has a considerably higher density than alternatives. This means that you generally need to invest in less bundles to create a specific look, that may have required more if you were using a different type of hair. Many experts swear by the adage of “less being more” when using natural Brazilian hair.
It lacks the frizz, for instance, that is associated with popular hair weaves such as Malaysian and Indian and is also able to hold curls more effectively and for longer than those types of hair.