4c hair extensions
Ladies, we made it. Winter is almost over, which means summer is around the corner and we will get to try out all the beautiful styles that I share on 4chairstyles.com. Exciting!
While I do love good protective styles and wigs that look natural, I always look forward to rocking my real hair on its own. This is why I am obsessed with trying out and sharing short 4c hairstyles whenever I can.
And today is no different. Just with a little twist. Now that my hair is finally long enough, I am ready to try out clip-ins. Yayyy!
The natural hair industry has come a long way in the last few years and now it is very common for black women with 4b-4c hair to wear human hair extensions with their natural texture rather than a wig.
And I welcome this development. Done are the days when the only choice we had was virgin human hair that didn’t match our 4c hair textures at all and meant we had to relax our hair to blend it. Now there are different types of 4c hair extensions that perfectly match any curl pattern.
What are the 3 types of hair extensions?
After doing some research to determine which type of hair extension to purchase, I found out that there are 3 types of hair extensions.
4c hair bundles
The first type of extension is 4c human hair bundles, also known as a weave. This type of hair extension is what we have all used before with the difference that it is now available in a kinky curly hair texture and not just in a straight human virgin hair texture.
4c hair bundles are usually installed by sewing the weave to the hair. Because your hair under the 4c human hair extensions is braided it also doubles as a protective style.
While the sewing method is very secure and easy to do it’s also the most restrictive if you ask me. Because you need to make sure to cover the tracks you can’t try out as many different styles.
Tape-in 4c hair extensions
In contrast to the first method of type 4c hair extensions, the second one seems much more intrusive to 4c hair. Tape-in extensions have become very popular amongst black women because they offer a very natural look.
They are installed by using adhesive weft tape that is fastened to your natural hair. No glue, no heat. This allows for relatively easy removal but also lasts up to 4-8 weeks if you take good care of them.
While I don’t feel ready to try out tape-ins for 4c hair just yet due to the price of installation as well as doubt. I recently started watching a YouTube channel all about it. I am loving that tape-ins offer a perfect match for most natural hair types and allow you to rock many realistic hairstyles. So, I may try it out soon and report back to you.
4c clip-in hair extensions
So now on to the star of the show. Afro kinky clip-in hair extensions have been on the market for a while now and many afro sisters vouch for them.
The quantity equals a full bundle of hair on metal clips that you simply attach to your own natural hair. The texture blends perfectly with your natural hair, which allows you to rock various styles.
In addition, it’s great for shorter hair like mine because you can choose from different lengths. This is why I just ordered kinky curly clip-ins for myself and I am super excited.
How do you wear 4c clip-ins?
The easiest way to wear 4c clip-ins is of course with your hair down. You put the majority of the clip-ins into the back of your head and lower sides to give your overall hair a longer length.
However, you can also try out some fun 4c hairstyles using your natural hair clip-ins. Hairstyles such as half up and half down look super cute with hair extensions. And in this video, you’ll find even more hair inspiration.
Do clip-ins damage natural hair?
Now, before you go and purchase your own kinky clip-ins, I must mention the following.
Clip-ins do not damage natural 4c hair more than other forms of hair manipulation. This means the daily stretching, detangling, and fidgeting can be harmful to our kind of hair in the long run.
After all, your hair is out and not tucked away in a protective style. However, if you take good care of your 4c hair, you should be fine.
Can your hair grow with clip-in extensions?
The simple answer is yes! Your hair can absolutely grow while wearing your clip-in extensions because they are not glued to the roots of your hair. However, it’s important to remember that the common challenge with growing your natural hair is not the growth part, but its length retention.
This is why you want to make sure to continue your 4c hair care routine at night and utilize the right hair products. In addition, I find that the front of my hair tends to break much easier, due to too much tension or pulling. So instead of laying your baby hairs with heavy gel every day, give them a break from time to time.