What color, texture to get and where do you buy some?
As a proud African American, I was always fascinated by the texture and color of our hair, needless to say, it’s much different from your average European or Asian hair. Our hair is thicker and harder to style. However, when it comes to buying hair extensions, the choice and color recommendations are somewhat on a shorter side (unless you dye your hair).
Below, we will list some of the color and texture recommendations that should suit most of the black women (myself included):
Hair Colors for African American Hair
#1: also known as Black
#1B: often referred as Off Black. This is your default color.
#2: a very dark brown
Hair Textures for African American Hair
Finding a good provider is usually not enough, now comes the tricky part. What texture does exactly suit you? What I have noticed with other hair stores is that they usually provide just two or three options. The shocking part? Most women are fine with that and just go through the trouble of styling and re-curling their extensions. This is not normal, let me tell you.
Yes, body weave is a great option that flows and looks good, but there is a lot more to discover. Other options that should fit 99% of the women are:
Deep Weave: it is as close to curly hair as you can get without calling it curly. Suitable for around 25% of black women.
Deep Curly: a rather standard option for many African American women and it works really well. 58% of women.
Kinky Curly: for extremely curly hair that does look styled most of the time (around 15% of all black women have this texture).
Funmi: this texture is really rare and naturally appears on less than 1% of all African American women
Yaki: if you like to style your hair with hair straighteners, then think of Yaki is a texture between extreme curls and straight hair. Meaning that your hair is straight but has some micro curls.
Light Yaki vs. Medium Yaki vs. Curly vs. Coarse Yaki
If you have decided to go with the Yaki hair texture, there are still more sub-options that a lot of women find overwhelming. Here is a rather simple explanation that should help you.
Light Yaki, it looks and feels like straightened hair, silkiest of them all
Medium Yaki, one of the least popular options, which has crimps
Curly, just your average curly hair, pretty self-explanatory
Coarse Yaki, a hair that is very textured and coarse
Clip-in vs. Tape-in vs. Keratin for Black Women
Now this one is up to you but if you would like to know more about the differences between these, check our hair extensions buying guide.
Where to Buy?
To get some awesome hair, head over to AiryHair, which only sells 100% real human hair extensions.