Because your curls deserve the best boost possible.
Despite the innate versatility, wearing natural hair can sometimes feel full of either-or dilemmas. You either embrace your hair, alter it, or cover it up entirely. If you're longing for extra volume or length, clip-ins can seem like an easy choice, but it's challenging to nail down a curl that blends seamlessly. We believe that it comes down to quality—it's relatively simple to track down (no pun intended) top-notch weaves and wigs, but curly clip-ins can be harder to vet.
Lana Boone, the D.C.-based founder of Kurly Klips, says that the ease of clip-ins is an act of resistance. "Many of us were taught from a young age that our hair is difficult and that we must go to a salon for weekly or biweekly maintenance," Boone explained. "And if you don't want to do that, there are protective styles, where you may not have to do your hair for months at a time."
In contrast, you can simply style clip-ins at home. "This goes against the status quo in Black hair culture. Already, people are challenging the notion that afro-textured hair is difficult. Not only that, but they're offering ways to make it easier." For Boone, this reframes her outlook on her hair altogether. "It's truly liberating! I feel free." Keep reading for the curly clip-ins that you can use to add oomph to your wash-and-gos.
Kurly Klips was created in 2013, after Boone took an ill-fated trip to the salon. "A once-trusted stylist ruined my natural hair," she recalls. "When my hair finally reached my goal of bra strap-length hair, the stylist had to cut it back up to my ears after a botched appointment. I was devastated because I had spent thousands of dollars with this stylist growing my hair out to this point." So, she sought clip-ins while she waited for her hair to grow out. "But there was a problem: No companies were selling clip-in extensions for curly and Afro-textured hair," she says. That's where Kurly Klips came in. Today, their human hair offering ranges from kinky straight all the way to 3c curls.
Melanj is the brainchild of sisters Whitney Rene and Nikki Lane, who launched a YouTube channel a decade ago to showcase their shared love for natural hair. When they launched their human hair extensions in 2019, they wanted to be able to give Black women more options for styling. If you've noticed, the brand's name is intentionally on the nose: Melanj is inspired by the French word mélange, which means to blend. Get it?
When U.K. influencer Freddie Harrel launched Radswan in 2019, it was referred to as "the Glossier of the Black hair market." Since kicking off its lineup with Radshape wigs, Radswan recently expanded its roster to include four styles of textured human hair clip-ins tailored to different curl types. With Radclips, you can now experiment with color—the Kinky Pressed and 3B-3C clips come in a honey ombré hue, so switching it up has never been easier.
Conscious Curls founder Angela C. Stevens' celebrity client list includes names like Eve, so you already know that her line of human hair wigs and extensions is that good. The best part about Conscious Curls' five clip-ins SKUs is their versatility; though they each come with a different, natural-looking curl, the hair still holds up if you color, blow-dry, or straighten it.
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