What are Peruvian hair extensions

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Is A Peruvian Weave Worth Trying?

Nina: A never ending barrage… That’s all it is. People assume just because you’re black, you ought to know everything about black hair.

But the reality is that there are many of us out there who are black. or have hair that acts black and we do want to evolve and experiment with our locks, but we can’t. Why? Because we just don’t know how, period!

To complicate things, on one hand they tell you Brazilian hair is excellent quality, and in the same breath they swear that Peruvian virgin hair is the best for your hair. So if everything is so excellent, how am I supposed to know which is which? How do I even know who to believe?

In fact Nina, while you’re putting your honesty on front street, you admit you can count the number of times you’ve been tempted to try a Peruvian hair weave, but then chickened out when you realized just how little you know about hair extensions, and your own hair in general.

All you really want is  some reliable advice that’s simple, clear and googleable.

BHS: We totally get you Nina.  Believe us when we tell you that we do understand. Even Einstein started from somewhere, so you can too.  But calm down and stop ranting. Grab a coffee. Take a power sip, and read on.

The first thing you need to know is what we mean by hair extensions. These are artificial hair integrations that add length and fullness to human hair  You attach them in different ways that include clipping, taping bonding or micro linking them onto your own hair.

We’re not asking you to go there, but just know that Peruvian virgin hair comes from the South American country of Peru. What is important to know is that the hair extension itself was invented and patented in the 1950s by an African-American hairdresser named Cristina Jenkins.

Nina, don’t let anybody confuse you. Virgin Brazilian hair is NOT the only quality hair extension out there. Depending on your hair texture, structure and preferences, some even prefer Peruvian virgin hair to Brazilian virgin hair. If you’re highlighting as you read, note that:

Virgin Peruvian hair is one of the best types of hair extensions on the market. 

Characteristics of Peruvian Virgin Hair:

  1. Coarseness – It’s mostly negative whenever we think of the word coarse. But Peruvian hair is dense and coarse, meaning  it blends more easily with your hair. This is one of its biggest pluses.  It’s also coarser than Brazilian and Indian hair.  Again due to its coarseness,  Peruvian hair works very well with thicker hair.
  2. Manageability – Hair is shiny and can be styled in many different ways. It’s easy to color, and holds curls extremely well. This is very important for those who prefer a curly look.
  3. Virgin Peruvian hair is durable and combines the strength and body of Brazilian hair, and the smoothness of European hair. 
  4. Volume –  Provides incredible volume, yet still lightweight and soft enough to retain its beautiful, silky texture.
  5. Easy Maintenance – Can still look presentable even during those busy times when we tend to not care for our hair the way we should.  As long as you follow the care instructions, virgin Peruvian hair does not stress you by shedding and tangling.

Ok. Here’s a common scenario: You know lots of women who wear a Peruvian weave, and it rocks on them. You’ve heard a lot of positive things and since personal testimonies are the best, you’re sold on the  Peruvian weave. That’s the one you want because you like it.

Nothing wrong with that, but before you sprint out and spend your hard earned money, pause. What kind of Peruvian hair extension would be best for you or more importantly, for your hair?

Types of Peruvian Hair Extensions

Peruvian hair comes in 3 types

Peruvian straight: beautiful, long-lasting shine and luster

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Peruvian wavy: looks and feels really natural when touched, more so than even Brazilian or Indian hair.

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Peruvian curly hair:  easy to maintain; good choice to give you that youthful, fresh look.

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Peruvian virgin hair extensions  – silky soft and natural-looking with lustrous bounce-back body –  great for African-American hair textures. 

Regardless of the kind of Peruvian hair extensions you choose, these short videos will show you:

How To Install A Peruvian Weave  

Peruvian hair – full sew in weave

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Peruvian full weave braid-in bundles – no glue, thread or clips

Know What Hair Extensions You’re Buying

What does Virgin Peruvian hair look like when you purchase it?

Peruvian deep wave hair with frontal closure

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Whether you’re just starting out with weaves or even if you’re a seasoned adventurer when it comes to styling, virgin Peruvian hair gives you lots of elbow room for look, style and even color. Remember that your look is not just about hair. Partner your choice of hair extension and style, with your skin undertone, face-shape,  eye-color, and makeup. It’s the total look that counts.

Be Inspired to Explore

Peruvian straight hair – jet black with bangs – striking contrast with hair and lip color

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Peruvian curly virgin hair – kinky flame candy color with graded roots; fuses flawlessly with skin tone

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Peruvian body wave hair – slick & shine; for that feminine, reliable go-to look

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Peruvian virgin wavy rocks!

Common FAQs About Peruvian Hair Extensions

Q: I’m starting to understand, but still a little confused. What are the differences between Peruvian hair extensions and Brazilian hair extensions?

A: Compared to Brazilian hair, Peruvian hair is more coarse. It can come in light brown, deep brown or darker colors. Although both have similar characteristics, Peruvian hair is  known to withstand varying degrees of temperature better and tends to curl more when wet. Also, because of its natural fullness and body, fewer bundles are needed for a full installation.

Q: I was told to look for a hair color that matches the skin undertone – warm, cool or neutral.  What colors are available?
A: Peruvian hair is available in many colors. These include:

  • Black
  • Dark Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Red

Q: What are the differences between Peruvian wavy, curly, and straight?A: Good question. Here’s what you should know:

  • Peruvian curly hair has a characteristic tight wavy pattern, which is why it’s often steam curled.
  • Peruvian wavy hair is your best bet if you want looser waves that are not as tight or curly as Peruvian curly hair.
  • Peruvian straight hair has a silky smooth feel and is typically straight.

Q: I live in a hot and humid climate.  I was told that Peruvian hair is one of the best options. Is this true?

A: Absolutely. Durability in hot and humid conditions is one of the strongest qualities of Peruvian virgin hair.

Peruvian Hair & Ethnicity

  • blends well with almost all hair types
  • blends perfectly with African American, relaxed and natural hair
  • particularly well- suited for Afro-Caribbean hair and textures

Care & Styling Tips For Peruvian Virgin Hair Extensions

  • Resists sun and heat damage, but remember that it does have a tendency to curl slightly when it’s wet. This means you might need to straighten it a little after styling.
  • Though strong and durable, it’s important to wash and moisturize Peruvian hair regularly.
  • Due to its rich, deep color, it can be can be dyed without losing its shine and hair quality.
  • When styling, use a heat protector to promote hair longevity and prevent it from frizzing, especially in humid temperatures.
  • For straight Peruvian hair weaves, brushing is best done with a paddle brush.  You should brush your hair regularly (at least in the morning, and before going to sleep).
  • For curly Peruvian hair weaves, brushing is best done with your fingers or with a wide tooth finger comb.  Remember to start from the tips of the hair and work your way towards the roots and scalp.
  • Use a pre-conditioning treatment before shampooing, to lock in as much moisture  as possible in the hair.
  • Wash your hair extensions once per week or once every two weeks.   Before washing, make sure the hair is  brushed and tangle free.

A lot of people just go straight out and purchase a Brazilian weave because their friends say it’s the best. Yet isn’t it  interesting that what is really best is often subjective?  Even when this isn’t the case, every individual’s experience with hair extensions is unique.

So, rather than take a hit and miss approach and purchase based on hearsay or friend-say, why not invest some time and digest what you’ve learned here on BHS, about Peruvian and other types of hair weaves. This way, even if  you’re new to hair extensions, or just considering trying something different, you can do so armed with the info that you need to make the best hair decisions for YOU.

We’re here to help you every step of the way. We’ve created some very informative articles to help you gain a better understanding of virgin hair extensions, as well as other resources to help you take better care of your hair in general.

You know what they say: Ask and ye shall receive. So, even after reading these articles, you might still need some more info to help you decide whether to go for a curly, wavy or straight Peruvian weave.

Questions? Just ask. We’re right here and you will get an answer.  BHS is our nest. We live and breathe black hair. So track us, and stay connected. We’re hair for you.


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