Afro tape-in hair extensions (aka skin weft extensions) are not as extensively available as straight and body wave textured tape-in hair extensions.
Afro tape-in hair extensions provide an authentic looking texture but blending is all about your growth hair texture and whether you can make it closely match that of the tape in hair extensions.
A defining characteristic of Afro curly skin weft extensions is the S shaped, spiral curls.
As there are a few variations of Afro curl patterns in the hair extensions world, it's not fair to say you'll find an exact match, but it is fair to say that you'll find a match that's close enough to be "blendable".
Some folks prefer to go for the loose Afro curl (Jheri or kinky curl) texture instead of smaller Afro curls and you can check out images of the difference between the two textures on our Afro weave textures page.
Afro tape extensions are available in lengths ranging from 8-26 inches. Longer lengths are available you might have to treat finding them a bit like Geocaching... with the difference being that you'll find the longer length in a hard goods store or a website and not in a box in McMurdo Station, Antarctica alongside a travel bug.
As the length quoted for Afro hair extensions is the length when it’s straight, it might be worth finding out the curled length before you buy and you can check out the measurement guide for further info.
When it comes to choosing the length, it's always easier to choose it according to the final cut and style of your new curls and if you're unsure about which hair lengths complement which face shapes, then check out our wigs by face shape guide - it may say wig, but it's all about hair length and face shape.
Afro tape extensions come in sets of 20 or 40 pieces, but if you look around you'll find the odd retailer with sets that contain fewer or more pieces (we mean odd as in occasional not as in... well... odd).
Unlike their close hair extension relation - the sew in hair weave - tape in hair extensions only come in sets of single lengths; multi-length sets are not available as yet, but if we all wish hard enough, then maybe... just maybe...
The most prevalent colours are darker from black to medium browns but as most human hair extensions can be dyed, there is the option to shake up the colour (although it would require lifting the dark colour first)
You can find out all about the world of skin undertones and hair colour tones and which complements which in our hair colour and skin tone guide - who knew that we each had cool or warm undertones?
You can perused the Peruke’s guide to Caring for Tape In Hair which provides general care tips for tape in hair extensions and for information specifically about Afro textured hair extensions, there's a guide about how to care for Afro weave.
Here are five top tips to keep your Afro curly tape in hair in tip-top condition (now that's what you call a tongue twister!):
1. As the hair has been chemically treated to achieve texture, it's better limit the use of heat straighteners to prevent distorting the curl pattern.
3. Use a wide tooth comb instead of a brush (if you want the big Afro look, then an Afro comb is better than a brush as a brush can cause the hair to tangle).
4. Mineral oil free moisturisers are the way to go and hair oils are also good at preventing the hair from drying out.
5. It's best to avoid getting any hair extension styling products anywhere near the glued tracks as it can cause the glue to disintegrate and possibly mat with your growth hair.
That's your amble through Afro curly tape-in hair extensions done!
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