Without information about the African American hairpiece we would be the incomplete peruke guide, but we are the Complete Peruke Guide, so here goes...let's talk about African American Hairpieces, or simply wigs and extensions for those with Afro hair.
One way of wearing your hair well is all about it looking authentic. Unless you’re after a neon green 1970s Afro wig for a party or want to make a fashion statement with a blue lace wig, the likelihood is that you want something that fits with your ethnicity, whether your hair is chemically straightened or in its (naturally curly) untreated state and
our Store has plenty of options for you.
So here are some top tips or as it's sometimes called, the TCPG guide for wigs for black women... and if you're a woman of African, Afro-Caribbean or African-American descent you can read more details about blonde highlights and other textures that complement your skin tones.
There are guides on all textures for African American hair extensions (which includes anyone of African, Afro-Caribbean or African-American descent) and at the end of this guide, you’ll be armed with the right information to make sure you find what you’re looking for when you go searching for your Afro curly hair weaves or clip on hair extensions, kinky curly hair weaves, or
your Yaki textured wigs.
You’ll notice that a lot of wig sites will talking about Indian or Chinese Remy hair, which is great… but the key to an inconspicuous African American wig or hairpiece is often in the texture.
If you’re after straight hair then the Yaki texture has been designed to mimic the texture of Afro hair that has been chemically straightened.
This lends to the authenticity of your chosen African American hair extensions and is still made of Indian and Chinese Remy hair so you aren’t compromising on quality.
If you’re more of a kinky curly or loose Afro curl person then there are plenty of Afro kinky hair extensions and kinky straight lace wigs on the market - so opt for those. These textures are popular because they resemble loose Afro curls, so you still get to enjoy the texture but there's more fluidity in movement.
You can of course, stick to Afro textured hair and a popular choice is Afro hair weave.
If you're unsure about any of the textures, you can check out the guide on the four basic Afro based hair weave textures.
If you're into waves, there are a variety of wavy textures for African American hair extensions that can be worn as hair weaves or ponytails as well as micro ring hair extensions and clip-in hair extensions and an article about curly textures for African American hair extensions.
A great look are hair extensions and lace wigs that look like Afro hair that has been blow dried. It means you can switch from wearing a kinky curly wig to a kinky straight wig without arousing curiosity as it simply looks like you’ve been having fun with the hair dryer… Hooray!
Anything beyond waist (or navel) length can be very difficult to manage in terms of looking after your African American hairpiece; after all if you’ve spent a great deal of money on your wig, then you want it to last.
Of course you can always have shorter hair – and find the lengths that complement your face, in he wigs by face shape guide.
A common item that comes up is the colour of the African American hairpiece and you can use the hair colour and skin tone guide which matches skin tones and hair colours (click on the hair colour chart to enlarge).
Darker skin complexions are complemented by black, browns and dark reds, auburn and honey blondes. Check the hairpiece colour guide for darker skin tones
Medium skin complexions are complemented by black, browns, auburn, copper and golden blondes. Check the hairpiece colour guide for medium skin tones.
Lighter skin complexions are complemented by off black, warm browns, sandy blondes and mid-level blondes, honey blondes. Check the hairpiece colour guide for lighter skin tones.
Caveat: if you feel confident with red hair or green hair or ombre looks with a bodywave texture; always, always go with that. Confidence doesn't come in a single texture or colour or length, it comes with being happy with how you look.
If you choose the three (TLC) elements (texture, length and colour) that best complement your skin tone and hair type then you'll be wearing an African American hairpiece that looks natural, which for most people is the goal.
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