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What is the Brazilian Weave and How to Take Care of It? Tips on Choosing the Best Shampoo for Brazilian Weave

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If you are an avid fan of hair extensions and wigs, you are probably all caught up in the fact that the Brazilian hair weave is one of the most sought-after hairdos that are available on the market.

Also known as "Brazilian virgin hair," this extension-heavy look comes from the natural hair of women all across the South American region, who donate it regularly for the creation of this iconic, ultra-sleek look.  

But before you go and order that big batch of extensions you’ve been having your eye own, here’s all that you need to know about the Brazilian weave – from its many advantages to the best hair-care tips and products you can use to keep it flourishing:

  • Advantages of the Brazilian Weave
  • Caring for Your Brazilian Weave
  • Brush Thoroughly
  • Dry Thoroughly 
  • Go Sulfate-Free
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Advantages of the Brazilian Weave

The Brazilian weave is famously known for its thickness, volume, softness, and excellent durability. In terms of color, Brazilian hair only comes in deep black. Most of its donors come from the rural parts of South America. They usually get paid exclusively for growing long, beautiful hair and then donating it to create reliable hair extensions.  

Another invaluable advantage of virgin Brazilian hair is that it’s pretty low-maintenance, but that is not to say it does not need the care other extensions need. It only means that, thanks to its durability, you do not need to style it (and it is not advised to do so), as it keeps its beautiful form and texture for a long time.  

The weave works as a type of human hair extension that is attached to the hair using a needle, which is why it’s also known as a sew-in hair extension. This is a long process, and you might have seen it done predominantly on people with thicker hair, owing to its method of application. Needing tight braids at first, the process puts a strain on the scalp and might feel a little uncomfortable, so people with thinner hair might encounter severe difficulties in getting the weave extensions applied.

All in all, the weave is a trendy hairstyle for a simple reason – being sewn into the natural hair, it won’t come off like clip-ins or other types of extensions would.

Caring for Your Brazilian Weave

Regardless of their source, Brazilian hair extensions are still organic fiber at their core, so they need all the care that you would give your natural hair under regular circumstances. That being said, these extensions still undergo certain procedures and treatments to maintain their long-term integrity. Because of this, you should consider that, just as with any other extensions and wigs, you have to pay great attention to the hair-care routine you employ, while also ensuring you use the best kind of serums, shampoos for weaves, and conditioners suited for your Brazilian weave.

Brush Thoroughly 

Before going to bed or washing your extensions, take some extra time to untangle them. Start slowly from the ends and then gradually work your way up to the roots. If you meet some knots along the way, untangle them gently, not forcefully. Make sure to keep brushing closely under the tangled strands until the hair will naturally unknot itself. We also recommend using a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush so that you avoid any potential breakage.

detangling brush


Dry Thoroughly 

You want to make sure that before you go to bed your extensions are completely dry, as a means to avoid mold caused by humidity – which can in turn cause scalp problems, not to mention a highly unpleasant smell. The best way to ensure that both your extensions and natural hair are dried adequately is by splitting everything into small sections and taking the time to dry them using a hair-dryer on its lowest setting (but don’t forget to apply a heat protectant first!). 

Go Sulfate-Free 

While sulfates may not be as dangerous as they are made out to be for your own hair, they should not be combined, under any circumstances, with hair extensions. Your natural hair continuously benefits from natural oils thanks to its direct attachment to your scalp. Extensions, however, do not get that privilege. Lacking the healthy, organic oils provided by the scalp exposes them to the pitfalls of sulfate-based products – which will dry them out and strip them of their color. 

This is why we highly recommend you invest in a sulfate-free conditioner and shampoo for waves. Enhanced by its antioxidant-rich formula, the WOW Red Onion Shampoo and Conditioner are completely sulfate-free and paraben-free, offering smooth and silky nourishment to your Brazilian extensions – no drying or discoloration involved!

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize  

Deep conditioning your hair when you have weave extensions applied is not optional. Because of the strain that is placed on your scalp from the added hair quantity, you need to moisturize the scalp and edges of your hair thoroughly and consistently. Great products for people with such extensions are those full of protein, serving to keep your organic hair healthy and strong, and your extensions shiny and revitalized. 

Switching to a hydration-focused shampoo and conditioner is one of the best investments you can make for the long-term health of your original hair strands while keeping the glamorous Brazilian weave intact. For example, coupled with its matching conditioner, the WOW Coconut Milk Extract Shampoo offers that extra bit of nourishing moisture needed for your hair to maintain its strength and integrity.  

Coconut shampoo + conditioner


Going All Brazilian

To recap, here's why getting a Brazilian hair weave is a brilliant idea for your next hairstyle revolution:

  • Not only does it give your hair a naturally thick and full of volume air to it, but it is also extremely durable, and is actually quite a low-maintenance do, as opposed to other extension-based looks. 
  • The sew-in attachment method makes it incredibly reliable, as it won’t come off as easily as a clip-in extension would. 
  • Caring for it involves just a bit of added mindfulness when it comes to your brushing and hair drying activities. The products you have to use to maintain it aren’t only amazing for your do, but also for your natural hair’s vitality and well-being. A win-win scenario if you ask me. 
  • Who doesn’t look gorgeous in jet black? Now go and order that extension batch with confidence! We guarantee you will absolutely rock the Brazilian weave. 

Marius Capra

Charismatic copywriter, intrepid linguist, and advertising aficionado. To make a long story short, writing has always been both my greatest passion, and the one thing that would always bring me comfort - whether it was in the form of short stories, poetry, or academic writing. I love to write because I live to express myself as authentically as I can, and I am a firm believer in the fact that words can always do you justice… if you choose the right ones of course.

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