If you want to add some extra volume to your kinky hair or are looking for a protective style option that closely resembles your hair, then you’ve likely thought about getting a wig, weave, or clip ins. I’ve rocked all three options over the past few years when I’ve wanted to do something fun with my hair, give it a break, and for all my wedding festivities. Since it can be kind of confusing to decide between wigs, weaves, or clip ins, I’ve broken down the pros and cons of each option based on my experience with the KinkyCurlyYaki Afro Coily collection.
When to Get a Full Lace Wig
If you like to switch up your look often and want complete and full access to your hair (because… moisturizing doesn’t stop with protective styles!), then full wigs are your best bet. Full wigs are also great if you want to play around with a new hair color or texture, because you can safely dye and apply heat to it without risking any damage to your hair. With increasingly natural looking hairlines and easy adhesion methods like using gel or an elastic band, you can ensure that your fabulous wig stays securely on. There is definitely a wig application process learning curve (like with false lashes!), but once you get it, the options are endless.
When to Get a U Part Wig
If you don’t have time or energy to blend the lace of a full wig, and you don’t have any hair color, then a u-part wig may be right for you. As long as you stick with a wig that matches your hair texture and isn’t drastically longer than your hair length (like within 4-6 inches), you will benefit from the seamless look of a u-part wig. Otherwise, if the hair color, texture, or length of your hair is too different from the u-part, blending can be a headache. U-part wigs are also best for people who like to wear their hair in a center part.
When to Get Clip Ins
If you’re just looking for some extra length, and want the flexibility of multiple usage options, then you should invest in a set of good quality clip in extensions. A half set is perfect for half-up, half-down styles, while a full set can create a full, voluminous fro no matter your hair length. Again, it is important here to match your hair texture if you will be blending the clip ins with your own hair. Clip ins can also be a great way to add a pop of color or highlights to your hair!
When to Get a Weave
I haven’t had a weave in 3 years, so my first hunch is to say never. Between the versatility of clip ins and the ease of wigs, there is really no need to do weaves anymore. Ain’t nobody got time for tight braids that weaken your edges! If you do end up with wefted hair, it’s fairly easy to construct your own wig either by gluing or sewing down the tracks. I guess if you’re super lazy and want a style that you don’t have to worry about putting on and taking off, then a weave is an option, but crochet braids are better because they provide easy access to your scalp for moisture.
What’s your preference for kinky hair extensions: wigs, weaves, or clip ins?
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