The Difference Between a Natural Wave & a Body Wave for Indian Hair

by Jennifer Van Leigh ; Updated September 28, 2017

When choosing Indian hair extensions, the options are overwhelming, and the difference between natural wave and body wave is confusing. When choosing the right wave pattern for your hair type, consider the following hair characteristics.

Virgin Indian Hair

Virgin Indian hair is hair that hasn't been processed for color or texture. The color, texture and curl pattern in virgin Indian hair comes directly from the genes of the hair donor. You can further customize the hair to your liking.

Natural Wave Patterns

Natural wave patterns of virgin Indian hair range from nearly straight to a bushy curl. Each bundle varies from donor to donor, and each offers an individual, natural look.

Processed Indian Hair

Manufacturers can process Indian hair for color and texture. This achieves a uniform appearance that doesn't exist in virgin Indian hair. Once processed, don't further alter the Indian hair.

Body Wave Patterns

When manufacturers process Indian hair in a body wave, the result is a consistent deep "S" pattern through the entire bundle of hair, along with a silky, polished appearance. A body wave is often done in conjunction with color processing.

Choosing Your Wave Type

Natural wave Indian hair blends very well with naturally textured hair that's slightly coarse. You can press or wave your natural hair to match the Indian hair. Body wave Indian hair matches those with silky hair or hair permed into a wave.

About the Author

Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.