1 Hair Type, 3 Different Ways
Indian hair is a big part of the hair industry.
Everyone is fond of how good Indian hair is and how well it looks and feels in bundles. Many people do not know that Indian hair has different textures and every single package is different from the last.
Here is some in-depth information about Indian hair, the textures you can buy, and how to have several different styles to try once you have installed the hair.
What to know about Indian hair
We love Indian hair because it has a very fine dense and a good match for the texture of black women’s hair.
The coarseness helps it hold curls which is a benefit depending on how you want to switch up your look. One thing that makes Indian hair the natural choice for many is because of its versatility and ready availability on the market.
Not only is it naturally airy, bouncy and light but can also be styled and curled very easily. Even with just minimal hair products, Indian hair is still able to move effortlessly. Another benefit is the ability it has to blend perfectly with other hair textures.
Indian hair is available from the silky types to those that are slightly coarse. Virgin hair is the best hair you can get, and although it is pricey, it is worth it and can be used for a year or longer if cared for properly.
Virgin Indian hair
This type of hair is chemically unprocessed human hair, which sellers collect from a single donor.
Since we are talking about Indian hair, in this case, the donor would be Indian. The virgin hair is remy hair that has not been altered by dyes, perms, bleaches, or harsh washes. “Virgin” means that the hair is 100% natural human, true “remy” quality and has never processed with chemicals or colors.
Since virgin hair retains all natural cuticles, it does not require any additional processing to make it look beautiful and natural. You may also see the term raw used when describing human hair.
The word raw means that the hair has been cut straight from the Indian woman’s head and then shipped directly to the United States. Given that Indian women mostly don’t break their hair by using colors, chemical compounds, or irons, these hair are in much better health than many other hair types.
No treatment or any processing has been done to the hair when it ships. When it goes to the dealer or salon, they usually shampoo, condition and color the hair if required.
The natural texture of Indian hair varies from slightly wavy to deep curly.
Thick curly hair is not very abundant and is always short in supply. Somewhat wavy to deep wavy hair texture is most abundant in natural virgin Indian hair. If you are looking for bone straight hair or a particular curl pattern, you may not get exactly that texture off-the-shelf.
Usually, virgin Indian hair is sold in three main, being naturally straight, naturally wavy, and naturally curly. For the curly hair, the curls will most likely look different because everyone will not have the same curl pattern.
Even with these being the three natural textures you shouldn’t worry because virgin Indian hair is so versatile that you can very quickly flat iron your hair to get your sleek straight look or curl it to your desired style.
Indian hair comes in natural shades of black and dark brown and everything in between.
Specific “color codes do not exist when selling Virgin Indian hair.” Since virgin Indian hair is never colored and sold in its natural state, there may be slight variation in color between bundles. However, if this is the case don’t get disappointed.
When the hair is blended correctly, this gives you a more natural look and better depth of color, because, in our head, hair naturally has multiple shades of color and is never of one flat color.
How to properly care for your hair
Detangle your extensions
You want to do this often. Be sure that your extensions are free of tangles.
With a wide-tooth comb, begin combing your extensions in a downwards motion starting from ends and working your way up towards the weft. Make sure you are always gentle.
Wash the hair carefully
Virgin hair doesn’t need a wash as frequently as your natural hair. You want to wash the hair when it has been a while and when the hair starts to look dull and lifeless.
Always use good quality shampoo and conditioner. Conditioning virgin hair is also a critical step to keep it soft and manageable.
To avoid frizz never rub your hair with a towel, that can make frizz worse. Instead, you should pat your hair dry. It’s always best to let your hair air dry but if you need to use a blow dryer only halfway dry it and make it finish by air drying.
Use a soft bristle brush starting from the bottom, gently work your way up. Do not tug or pull on the hair. At night, tie your hair up gently or wrap it to prevent tangling.
Rather than brushing your curly extension, run your fingers through the curls to detangle it.
Brushing curly weaves when dry will cause it to frizz out and get damaged. A wide tooth comb should be used to comb it when wet as the curls retain themselves this way.
Different types of Indian hair and the best styles
Silky straight hair is stunning. The touch, the shine, and the look make the hair look gorgeous on whoever is sporting it. Here are some great styles to try to make your hair look even more spectacular.
#1 Sleek Middle Part low ponytail
This style is an extraordinary look. I’m sure you have seen this everywhere as it is one of Kim Kardashians go-to styles.
I love the low ponytail look because it takes a small amount of effort to create this elegant masterpiece. And because the hair is already straight, there is not much preparation beforehand to get the look.
If you want to straighten your hair beforehand to make sure it is bone straight, just make sure to use heat protectant as you would do with your natural hair.
#2 Creating curls
The great thing about virgin Indian hair is that you can experiment with heating tools just as you would your regular hair.
If you want to add some volume to your hair what is a better way to do that then adding curls? Here are some simple methods you can try to help you get your desired curl pattern.
A curling iron
This is one of the simplest ways to achieve your curly look. Always make sure to apply a heat protectant to your hair before using the heating tool!
The boiling method
This is a unique way to add curls. What you need to do is braid the hair, and then take boiling hot water and dip the braids in the water for a few seconds.
Once the hair has dried, you then take the braids out, and the curls set. Depending on how tight or wavy you want your curls is how big you want to make them. The larger the braids, the looser the curls.
This is a standard method used by many women. If you want loose curls, you should use large rollers.
If you want tight curls, you want to use small rollers. All you need to do is take sections of your hair and roll them up and secure the hair. It is best to add a product or wet your hair before doing this to get the curls to come out better.
#3 Sleek high bun
This look is the perfect look to do when you have straight hair. Doing a tight bun looks super sharp and together with the silky straight hair. You can also add a scarf to wrap around your hair to make it look a bit more casual.
Many people do not know what a body wave is. This hair is a look you can achieve yourself, or you can get hair prepared this way.
A body wave is a loose curl that results in a wave pattern rather than a tight roll because of the sections of hair wrap around larger rollers than the ones used for other types of perms.
Rollers are often inserted in different and natural patterns to create a soft and natural looking wave. Body waves change the texture of the hair in a long-lasting way.
Here are some looks to try that will complement this wave pattern.
#4 Half up high ponytail half down
This look adds a little personality to your hair and looks amazing with the body wave. This wave pattern isn’t something you want to wrap up but instead put on display. You can accessorize your look by using a gold or silver cuff to wrap the ponytail instead of using a regular hair tie.
#5 High ponytail
Another style to show off those waves is a high ponytail. With body wave having just the right amount of curl, it is perfect for this updo. And because the hair is so sleek and has slight waves, a high ponytail can look formal as well as casual.
#6 Gentle pulled back style
Another elegant style you can sport that complements your waves. This look is effortless and can look dressy or casual. With having the strands on either side of the hair pulled back, you can see the waves come together in the front of the hair.
Many people do not believe very curly hair exists when it comes to Indian hair but it does. Recently deep curly Indian has become very popular and in high demand. The curls look very natural and come in all different lengths.
If you decide to go the curly route, here are some fun styles to try.
#7 Messy Bun
Messy buns work great with curly hair because the bun holds much better than it would with straight hair. Achieving a messy bun with curls is the perfect combination. The little extra curly flyaways help to emphasize this look.
Another plus is that because the curly hair is so full, the bun will not be floppy. It will be perfect.
#8 Deep side part
This style will work very well with curly hair because of its volume. Having a fuller side of curls also dramatizes the hairstyle and makes them look flawless. With just this simple parting technique, your entire look will transform.
#9 Half up bun half down
This cute and comfortable style is a great way to show off those popping curls! This technique works perfectly with curly hair because the bun in the front will be full because of the hairs thickness. And the back has all those gorgeous curls on display for everyone to see.
#10 Straighten your curls
You may be getting a little bored with the curly hair and want to make a change.
Straighten the hair is a great way to do that. You want to apply a heat protectant and work with the hair in small strands. Although this may be time-consuming, patience is vital if you’re going to make sure the entire head looks good.
Do not be afraid to make significant changes to your hair!
What texture and style is your favorite?
Now that you have all the knowledge about Indian hair is it on your list of styles you want to try next?
It is something you should think about because it is worth the buy. Indian hair is top quality, and you can customize it to what you feel comfortable with sporting. Not only that, if you get bored with the look there are many different styles you can choose as shown above.
Be creative and unique with your hair. Don’t be afraid to try a different method.