She Tried It! KinkyCurlyYaki Clip-Ins
Let me just get right to it. I’ve been more than over my medium length curly ‘fro for some time now, and though I’ve been experimenting with weaves more, I was seeking an option that would allow me to have more versatility when it comes to styling but still add body and length. Enter clip-ins which, now that I’ve tried them, have me asking myself almost daily why I hadn’t tried them before.
Honestly, I know the answer and it starts with the letter B: blending. I rarely even do leave-out with weaves anymore because blending my hair with tracks is such a pain and I assumed that task would be even harder with clip-ins. Surprisingly, I couldn’t have been more wrong when it comes to KinkyCurlyYaki’s Kinky Curly clip-ins.
Made to mimic the 3C curl pattern, these steam processed clip-ins couldn’t have matched my natural hair texture better. I opted for the 220g set of clip-ins in 18 inches which includes 9 pieces (five 6″ wide pieces, two 5″ wide pieces and two 3″ wide pieces) meant to cover the whole head and, believe me, they do.
When I received my pieces, I followed the instructions to wash the hair with the provided Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash, apply a leave-in, and let the extensions air dry. Now I’ll admit I really didn’t have a clue how to attach the pieces to my hair. Most of the YouTube tutorials I watched suggested cornrowing your hair and attaching the clip-ins row by row, but I’m one of those Black girls who can’t braid so that wasn’t an option. The first time I wore the pieces, I ended up sectioning my hair into tiny bantu knots and attaching the pieces row by row. Since I was twisting the front of my hair down with a middle part, I didn’t apply any pieces above the crown of my head and everything blended together nicely.
For low ponytails, I’ve actually just kept by hair out completely, sectioning it row by row and applying the clip-ins, again, all the way up to my crown. This makes for an even fuller ponytail and keeps the installation process quick and simple. It also prevents lumps and bumps at the top of my head which are a telltale sign you’re wearing pieces.
This past week, I realized that I can actually manage to flat twist my hair in some (messy) fashion so that was my approach for this half-up, half-down style. I applied about four clip-ins to the back section of my head and then two more rows to the top to fill out my bun and I was really happy with the results because there were no bumps to worry about underneath the clip-ins and the style actually stayed overnight.
Like my own hair, the clip-ins typically need a full refresh every time I take down a style, so I usually co-wash the hair, brush out the knots with the rubber cushion brush provided, apply a curly cream or gel of some sort, and hang the hair to dry. In the rare occasion that I’ve left the clip-ins in overnight, I’ve been able to refresh the curls with a product like Jane Carter Curls to Go Mist Me Over Curl Hydrator or Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Daily Restorative Spray.
The first day I showed off my clip-ins on Instagram, my younger cousin immediately ordered her own set and she’s been equally pleased with her purchase. Several other people have also reached out asking me about the brand I’m wearing because the pieces look so natural. KinkCurlyYaki also offers clip-ins in Afro Coily, Afro Kinky Curly, Kinky Blow Out, Light Yaki, and Course Yaki so you can achieve a natural, texture blend whether going for a straight or curly/coily look.
As cliché as this is going to sound, these clip-ins are one of my best hair moves of 2017 simply for the versatility factor. The style options are endless and when I don’t want to be bothered with a head full of 18-inch curls I don’t have to (although you should know if clipping in hair sounds like too much work, KinkCurlyYaki also sells bundles and wigs). All hair can also be lightened or darkened to your color preference; I dyed mine jet black to match my own hair color and it was as simply as dyeing my own.
If you’re on the fence about clip-ins, I say take the plunge. In terms of hair health, these are the safest option for adding length and body without putting stress on their hair, especially our tender edges. And there’s no commitment. If you want to switch from hair down your back to a TWA within minutes, you can do just that. And knowing how much we Black girls love to switch up our hairstyles, I don’t see how you can go wrong with KinkyCurlyYaki.