Here’s My Go-To Hair Care Routine For Kinky Curly Clip Ins and Weave

Hair Prep 

Good quality extensions do not have a smell and won’t have any harmful chemicals or dye–but for good measure, it is always a good idea to wash the hair before installing it in your head.

Using a gentle shampoo and hydrating conditioner, wash your hair in a bowl of warm water or in a clean sink. Do not rub, roughly comb, or tightly twist hair; just do a gentle detangle with either your hands or a wide tooth comb and then let it air dry on a towel.

If you’d prefer a faster drying method, blow dry the hair with a diffuser so you’ll get a faster dry without all the frizz and losing the curl pattern. Make sure you apply a heat protectant and curl defining cream or spritz beforehand.

Personally, I find that my extensions look the best when I treat them exactly how I would treat my own hair. They do especially well when I use a thick deep conditioner and frizz tamer.

Products I use: Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Extracts Smoothing Conditioner, OGX Hydrate + Defrizz Kukui Oil Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil


Installing  

Now installing is the most important part because it’ll either make or break your hair. For weave, braids and hair wefts cannot be done too tight. Tightness can–and will–cause pain, itching, thinning, balding, and breakage.

For clip ins, make sure you apply the clips about half an inch away from your roots and scalp. Direct contact with your roots will not only cause discomfort, but really damaging breakage and thinning.

During my installation, I ask myself two questions: “Would I be comfortable sleeping like this?” and “How will this hold up for long term wear?” Those questions usually help me determine how comfortable and secure my install is.

Care and Styling 

Kinky curly hair tangles, sheds, and dries out way more than my real hair so the upkeep is slightly more tedious. I always have a cream and liquid moisturizer, oils, and holding gel/pomade on hand to use for every style.

From a flat twist out to flexi rod curls, I always start with sectioning off my hair and spraying it with water. This makes the detangling and defining process easier, in my opinion.

I spritz with water, work a heavy curl/coil defining cream through the hair, and coat each section with a lightweight oil that adds a natural luster.

I then proceed to style and/or blend. If you are blending, do a wash and go, twist out, or braid out. These styles are the easiest to achieve with both clip ins and weave.

After I finished my style, I rub a max hold pomade or light hold gel between my hands and lightly fluff my hair with it. This helps keep frizz and loosening curls under control.

Products I Use: Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey Shine Pomade, Jessicurl Rockin’ Ringlets Styling Potion

The Take Down 

Weave take down is simple: cut the thread around each weft, and then gently undo your cornrows. I tend to have a lot of dryness and breakage, so I combat it by coating my finger tips in a light oil before I take down my braids.

Clip ins, however, are a little different. You must take these out of your hair before you go to bed every night. The tension on your hair and scalp while you sleep will cause thinning and breakage right at the root. Sometimes it is so bad that you will experience balding near the clip and won’t be able to secure it in that same spot.

Lay down your clip ins or clip them to a wig head or hanger. I wash my clip ins ever few days so when they are wet at night, I’ll put my towel on a rack and snap the clip ins to the bottom of the towel so they can air/drip dry.

Products I use: The Mane Choice Hair Growth Oil 

 

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About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

About Patrice Lechelle


Hi! My name is Patrice Lechelle, I'm a college student born and raised in Northern California, and I just recently started embracing my love for talking about all things fashion and beauty, especially hair. Throughout the years, I've tried my best to have a hand in both performance and visual arts, but creative and journalistic writing have always held the key to my heart. My hair became the unlikely teller of my story once I realized that every up and down in my life could be seen through my locs. From hard times leading to short cuts to purple hair ushering in my rebellious streak, my hair said it ALL. My goal is to use my knowledge and experiences to give my fellow Black women the best help, tips, and encouragement I can offer.

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