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Hair Types & Hair Extensions: What it All Means

Start investigating human hair extensions, and you'll soon find a million options, especially when it comes to hair texture. Yaki, silky-straight, and wet-n-wavy are just the tip of the iceberg. How about Candy Curl, Body Wave, Jheri Curl, Spanish Wave, French Refined, Ethiopian Yaki, Deep Wave, Deep Curly, Tight Wave, and more?

The choices can be dizzying, and that's where this guide to hair extensions and hair types comes in handy. Armed with knowledge of your own hair type and the kind of look you want, you can mix, match, or reinvent your look with the right hair extension texture for you!

The Curlies

Let's start with the curliest hair types, Types 4a and 4b. For now, hair extensions in these kinky textures are more commonly found in synthetic form, for braiding and twisting, and are called "Afro Kinky Twist" or "Afro Kinky Weaving." Human hair extensions that closest match the wild-and-free nature of kinky hair are usually called "Bohemian," "Bohemian Afro," "Afro Kinky," or "Kinky Curly." (Note: "Bohemian" hair extensions usually have a frizzier texture than those with "curl" or "curly" in their names.)


Some Wet-N-Wavy hair extensions also coil up into tight, springy Type 4a ringlets. So if you want hair pieces or a ponytail with tightly defined coils, try Wet and Wavy hair. Just make sure to see before and after samples of the hair before purchase, since most hair extensions simply define the hair as Wet and Wavy (or Wet-N-Wavy) and do not actually specify how tight the curls will get.

For other varieties of curly hair, the important thing to remember is that a "curl" is a strand of hair that loops around itself into an "O" or a ringlet. No matter how wide or narrow, the hair must make a closed circle at some point to be a curl. So, with this in mind, try hair extensions with the following labels if you want to match or achieve the following styles:

  • French

    Tight Curly, Deep Curl, Jheri Curl, French Refined and some brands of Candy Curl hair extensions most closely match Type 3c hair, with its defined yet riotously tight curls.

  • Most of the time, Candy Curl means that the hair extensions form fatter, looser spirals like natural Type 3a and Type 3b strands. Also try Curly, Tight Wave, Deep Wave, or Shirley (as in Shirley Temple) hair extensions, hair piece, and wigs.


The Wavies

Most hair extensions with a bit of body and wave--even those with "curl" or "curly" in their names--are actually wavy. This is because the hair forms an "S" or "C" shape instead of actually looping closed. So, from loosest to tightest, you can try Body Wave, Wavy, Loose Curly, or Spanish Wavy to get your Type 2 wave on.

The Straights

When it comes to straight hair extensions, there are basically those that look naturally straight - tending to have higher shine or brilliance and greater weight or density - and those that mimic artificially-straightened or relaxed hair.


Human hair extensions that match and blend well with naturally straight Type 1 locks include Silky Straight, Straight, European Silky, Hawaiian Straight, and other names that reference nationalities or ethnicities known for super-slick tresses.

Human-hair pieces and weaves that better duplicate the high sheen and lighter weight of chemically-processed manes include all kinds of Yaki hair and several kinds of "waves," especially those named for regions like Ethiopia and Brazil. The hair is still Indian hair, but it has a similar texture to that found in other places and looks natural when mixed with straightened locks.

Got all that straight - or curly or wavy - yet? Then now is the time to determine your spring look and invest in the Perfect Locks for you!

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