What Type of Extensions Match African-American Texture?

Beyonce opts for straight-hair extensions while sister Solange adds curly extensions to her tresses.

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If you want to rock longer hair, a few extensions can quickly do the trick. The key to making extensions look their best is to find a texture that works with your hair. If you have African-American locks, make sure to find an extension that's as close to your natural hair texture as possible.

Getting It Right

Remember, the weave texture that's best for you depends on your hair texture. African-American women can really run the gamut from coarse, kinky hair to finer hair textures, so instead of looking for an extension texture that's right for African-American women, find one that works best for your specific hair type.

Relaxed Hair

If your hair is relaxed, you'll want a different texture extension than if your hair is unrelaxed or naturally curly. If you have straight hair, you'll want extensions that are also straight. Try making your extensions look more natural by showing some scalp at the hairline, so you have a part exposed.

Natural Hair

If you have hair that hasn't been relaxed and your texture is more curly or coarse, super-straight extensions aren't for you. Instead try extensions that are also curly. These can come in types from loose curls to tightly coiled ones. Pick the one that's the closest to your natural curl to make your extensions look the most realistic.

Hair Quality

Making your extensions look natural also depends on whether you buy human or synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is pretty tough to make realistic, so spend a little extra cash and invest in human hair extensions that will better blend with your tresses. Unlike synthetic hair, human hair can be styled using heated products so you can whip your hair into lots of different natural-looking styles.

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