Curly extensions are a top priority to clients and stylists due to the beauty of their curls. Each weave has a different curl pattern and feature.

The curly weave you select should be similar to your natural mane. However, you can change your look with a wide variety of options.

What are curly extensions?

Curly extensions are weaves with curls. They are the exact opposite of straight extensions with sleek strands. These wefts tend to add volume easily due to their curl patterns.

Curly extensions range from deep curly hair to kinky. Each weft has a different curl pattern. Spirals on these wefts can be tight or loose.

Types of Curly Extensions.

Spiral weaves differ by installation method, raw material, and curl pattern.

Considering the installation method, these weaves can be clip-ins, tape-ins, sew-ins, I-tips, or halos. However, the most efficient way to differentiate these wefts is by their raw material and curl pattern.

Raw material:

The raw material of any extension determines its durability. Kinky wefts have a shorter life span. Considering raw materials, they can be;


Synthetic weaves are processed fibers. The process of making synthetic wefts involves treatment with chemicals. The ringlets of synthetic wefts are not durable. Synthetic wavy extensions have a lot of tangles and knots.

Human Hair:

Human hair extensions can be Remy Human Hair, Non-Remy, or Virgin Cuticle. The best of the three is the pure virgin cuticle wefts. Its ringlets are durable and similar to its natural kinky texture.

Curl Pattern:

The curl pattern of artificial manes determines their texture. They can be wavy, kinky, or 3b ringlets. The different types of curl patterns are;

Wavy | Type 3A:

These curly extensions are on the wavy side. They have very loose waves. The coils have enough space between them. They have a lot of lusters.

Deep  | Type 3B:

This extension type has ringlets. 3b ringlets have a loose s-pattern. These are the most beautiful manes due to their curl definition. They have a medium luster and are less susceptible to frizz.

Kinky | Type 3C-4A:

The spirals of this extension are closer. They have a tight s-pattern. Kinky coils are denser than Type 3B. They have a spiral pattern with thinner ringlets. Type 4A kinks have a loose z-pattern. They have low luster. Kinky weaves are susceptible to frizz.

Afro Kinky | Type 4B-4C:

These kinks are similar to the texture of African or African-Americans manes. These kinks have a tight z-pattern. The coils are closer to each other. This feature makes the Afro kinks lack definition. They are very dense and have very low luster. The Afro-kinky kinks are highly susceptible to frizz. They tend to add volume easily with just a few wefts.

Tips on Caring for Curly Extensions.

These extensions require high maintenance, making them less durable than straight tresses.

Here are a few tips on how to care for curly hair extensions;

1. Wash your weaves in sections to avoid tangling or knotting. 

2. Only use sulfate and paraben-free products on these weaves. 

3. Always use a moisturizing conditioner after washing your kinky extensions.

4. Use a natural bristle or Denman brush to comb your weaves.

5. Cover your wefts with a silk or satin scarf when you are about to sleep. This preserves your curls. It prevents tangling and retains moisture.

Curly extensions are popular because they add volume to the natural mane. Also, the curl patterns of the 3b weaves are beautiful and unique. This concise guide will help you select the best option.

By Jack Oliver

As a technical content writer, I have extensive experience creating clear, accurate, and engaging content for a variety of technical audiences.  Whether working independently or as part of a team, I am dedicated to producing high-quality content that is both informative and engaging.

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