With clip-ins, you can go from a TWA to shoulder length kinks and curls in a matter of minutes, but would you try it? Here are 3 companies, started by naturals, making human hair clip-ins for textured hair. Check it out;
CurlSistas Hair: Adaeze Kinky Curl, Chi-Chi Curl, and Chima CurlCurlSistas Hair was launched on October 31, 2014. The line features clip-in extensions as well as wefted hair for natural hair. Owners, and engaged couple, Joy Adaeze and Obi Okere felt that it was important for women with natural hair to have protective styling options that looked and felt like their own hair. The couple, who are no strangers to the fashion world and natural hair community, dreamt up the idea of creating a natural hair line in June 2014. After spending countless hours researching, their vision came to life in the fall.
“We love that our company offers clip-ins and wefts to meet the protective styling needs of every natural haired woman. With our clip-ins, you don’t need a hair stylist to install. No need to even cornrow your hair. With our elastic protection band on each clip, you just clip them in and they stay in securely until you take them out,” said Adaeze.
Each bundle of CurlSistas Hair comes from one donor. The Cuticle of the hair is kept intact to maintain its long term quality. The hair goes through a steam process to lock in the curl pattern. A process that leaves the hair soft, voluminous and full of texture. According to Adaeze, the hair can be washed, conditioned, colored, and flat ironed since its virgin human hair. Even after styling, the hair will not lose its pattern or matte up after washing.
“We offer three textures: the Chi-Chi Curl (which blends with 3b-3c hair), the Chima Curl (which beldns with 3c-4a hair) and the Adaeze Kinky Curl (which blends with 4b-4c hair). The names stem from our Nigerian background. My great-grandmother’s last name was Chima. My sister’s middle name is Chinyere (Chi-Chi for short) and the Adaeze Kinky Curl is named after me and my beautiful, super thick 4c hair!” said Adaeze.
“Each set is made to give the most optimal fullness, ranging in weights from 113.4 to 130 grams depending on length, and are reinforced with special clips and elastic bands to prevent slippage and to increase durability,” said Heat Free Hair CEO, Ngozi Opara.
If taken care of properly, the clip-ins can last well over a year. To increase the lifespan of the clip-ins, its best to clarify the hair and deep condition regularly. One should refrain from excessive brushing and manipulation and only apply curling/moisturizing products when the hair is wet. If you’d like to keep your clip-ins looking fresh throughout the week, remove them at night and spray them with leave in conditioner for the morning.
Kurly Klips Shoulder Chic FroKurly Klips offers clip-in extensions in two textures, “My Fro” (kinkier texture) and “My Spirals” (curlier texture). Their line is also made out of 100% human hair. Although limited in textures, reviewers don’t have any complaints about the quality of the hair. You can even care for the clip ins just as you would care for your own natural hair. Once again, the key is moisture maintenance. The extensions will only hold up if you treat them with love. Some customers have reported that their Kurly Klips have lasted for over a year.
Creator, Lana Boone, created the brand after a horrible experience with a stylist who seemed to be having a bad day. She wanted a noncommittal way to wear hair extensions that could also be styled into buns and ponytails. When she began researching for afro-textured clip in extensions, she was shocked to find that none existed. She decided to create them.
Even though the hair textures are limited, Boone assures that a simple twist out or roller set on the hair can help the hair blend better and create the look you’d like.
“The cool thing about natural hair is that our hair textures are like snowflakes; no two heads are alike. You can purchase from a store with 50 different textures, but you will likely have to apply some of these same techniques anyway. Some companies might focus on expanding into texture after texture, but right now, our focus is on building a high quality brand that puts a premium on customer service,” said Boone.
Installing Kurly Klips is easy. You can section off your hair and snap the clips in or you can braid your hair and snap the clips on top of the braids. Attaching the clips to a mesh cap is also an option. Take a look at the tutorial below.
Sometimes, clip-in extensions can cause damage to natural hair because the clip-ins can put a lot of weight and strain on your own hair. Adaeze, who has been wearing the clip-ins for 3 months almost daily, hasn’t had any breakage. She credits this to the clip-ins elastic band. Even if one chooses not to cornrow their hair down before adding the extensions, the elastic band located in the clip-in keeps it from budging and moving around. The clip-in moving around is what may cause breakage or strain for some people, but CurlSistas Hair seems to have solved that problem. Also, Adaeze recommends removing your clip-ins each night and re-installing in the morning so that your hair doesn’t get snagged on the clip-ins while you’re sleeping.
How to Install Clip-Ins
Check out these videos from CurlSistas, Heat Free Hair and Kurly Klips on how to install clip-ins.
Ladies, what do you think? Would you try this?