Natural 4c hair clip-ins
Natural 4c hair can be both beautiful and challenging to manage. On one hand, you don’t want to over-manipulate your hair and wear its natural hair texture. On the other hand, you want to change it up sometimes and have longer hair to play with.
Well, I have found a way to do both. Keep your own hair texture while adding length. Natural 4c hair clip-in extensions.
Natural hair clip-ins offer versatility and flexibility and are perfect for most protective styles. You get to try out different styles without having to commit to a particular look. But you also get to give your real hair a break while mostly exposing the clip-in hair extensions.
I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. Which is why today I’m sharing everything you need to know about natural 4c hair clip-ins.
What are clip-ins?
Human hair clip-ins are hairpieces that you clip onto the roots of your hair to add length, volume, or color. They come in various lengths, textures, and colors, so you can find a set that matches your natural hair.
Natural hair clip-ins are a great way to change up your look without having to make a long-term commitment.
You can easily clip them in and out as needed, which is ideal for black women with shorter hair, looking to create a realistic hairstyle for a special occasion.
Why choose clip-ins for natural 4c hair?
Kinky clip-ins are perfect if you have natural 4c hair because they are easy to use and don’t require any special tools or techniques. Meaning you don’t even need to know how to cornrow your hair like with a wig.
They allow you to add length and volume to your short 4c hair without causing damage or stress to your natural hair. Moreover, clip-in human hair extensions come in many natural textures such as 4c, as well as different lengths.
Which is a great way to experiment with different looks and natural hairstyles without committing to a long-term change.
Are clip-ins damaging to natural 4c hair?
Kinky clip-ins are not damaging to natural 4c hair when installed and maintained correctly. As a matter of fact, they are considered a more safe and non-damaging way to add some extra volume and length to your own natural hair.
To avoid natural hair breakage make sure to install them gently and avoid wearing them for an extended period of time.
In addition, take proper care of your natural hair underneath by using a generous amount of conditioner to hydrate your hair and avoid extreme heat whenever possible.
How to choose clip-ins for your natural 4c hair
When choosing clip-ins for your natural 4c hair, it’s important to consider your natural hair texture, hair color, and length of your hair.
You want to choose clip-ins that match your natural hair as closely as possible. If you have tighter curls, choose extensions with coily hair. And if you have beautiful curls that have a looser curl pattern, then opt for curly hair clip-ins.
That way they blend seamlessly.
Moreover, look for clip-ins that are made from high-quality human hair. I know those tend to be more expensive, however, they will give you the most natural-looking results and won’t tangle as easily.
How to install clip-ins for natural 4c hair
Installing clip-ins for natural 4c hair is relatively easy. Especially if you chose clip-in extensions that blend with your hair. Here are the steps:
1. Clean and moisturize your hair
As always, you want to start with clean and hydrated hair. Whether you do your entire hair care routine prior or simply mist your hair with water and leave-in conditioner. You want to ensure your curls are as defined and moisturized as possible. That will give you the best results and simultaneously protect your hair while wearing them out.
2. Section your hair
Next, you want to section your natural hair at the nape of your neck. Use a comb to create a horizontal parting, and use a hair clip to clip the top section of your hair out of the way. If needed, brush through the section one more time, to make sure you have no knots or tangles, prior to adding the clip-ins.
3. Clip in the extensions
Starting at the nape of your neck, clip in the extensions in a downward motion above the parted section of hair. Be sure to attach them close to the roots to secure hold. If it feels uncomfortable or too tight, adjust the clip-ins until they feel less restrained. The last thing you want is to put too much tension on your hair roots and trigger hair loss.
4. Move up
Continue sectioning your hair and clipping in the extensions row by row. Work your way up your entire head until all the clip-ins are installed. If you have very thin hair, you may want to order more hair to achieve the desired look. But if you have thick hair, then only add extensions in the sections where you want a longer length.
5. Blend the hair
Finally, once all the extensions are in place, use your fingers to blend your natural hair with the clip-ins for a seamless look. If needed, you can also use hair products, such as mousse or curling custard to achieve more defined curls.
By following these 5 steps you can easily install your natural 4c hair clip-ins and experiment with various styles.
How do you blend 4c hair with clip-ins?
Blending clip-in extensions with 4c hair can be challenging, especially if your natural hair is very short. However, if you pay attention to the following requirements you can achieve a seamless look:
- Match the texture of your natural hair as closely as possible. 4c hair is tightly coiled, so look for extensions with a similar texture to avoid a noticeable difference in curl pattern.
- Choose the right length of the clip-ins to be slightly longer than your hair to avoid an obvious transition line. It’s important to remember that 4c hair shrinks when it dries, so you may need to choose extensions that are longer than you think you need.
- Install the clip-ins strategically to achieve a natural blend. One way to do this is to install the clip-ins in layers, starting at the nape of your neck and working your way up. This will help the extensions blend with your natural hair and avoid any noticeable gaps.
- Use a curling iron if necessary, to curl the extensions and your natural hair together. This will help to blend the textures and create a natural-looking blend. Alternatively, you can also flat-twist your hair to create kinky curls.
Blending clip-in extensions with 4c natural hair gets easier with practice. Once you find a technique that works for you and your hair, the extensions will start to look just like yours.
Are clip-ins safe for black hair?
Clip-in extensions can be safe for black hair when installed and maintained properly. However, it’s important to choose extensions that are designed specifically for black hair and to avoid using extensions that are too heavy or cause stress and tension on your natural hair.
In addition, you want to make sure to install the extensions correctly and gently. Avoid placing them too close to the roots or too tight, as that can lead to breakage or even bald patches.
Lastly, refrain from wearing the extensions for extended periods, and remember to remove them every night.
How do you maintain natural 4c hair clip-ins?
The maintenance of natural 4c hair clip-ins is crucial if you want to ensure that they remain in good condition and last as long as possible.
First, you want to wash and condition your extensions regularly, just like your natural hair. That will help keep them clean and hydrated. You can use a sulfate-free shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner of your choice.
Next, you want to detangle your clip-ins gently to avoid damage. Just like with your own hair, you want to use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush and work from the ends of the hair up to the roots.
When you’re not wearing your clip-ins, store them properly to prevent tangling and damage. Hang them on a hanger or store them in a silk or satin bag to protect them from dust and tangling. I usually also twist or braid them afterward to keep them from tangling up again.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should avoid using heat tools on your clip-ins as much as possible. The extensions are delicate and will break when too much heat is used.