REVIEW UPDATE (March 2015)
Started by Lana Boone after a devastating bout with a stylist during her transition to natural hair. With 10 months worth of transitioning destroyed due to traction alopecia, Kurly Klips was born:
I created Kurly Klips, curly textured clip-in hair extensions, to further empower women in their personal hair care journeys. It’s time for consumers to have more options. Kurly Klips offers versatility, protective styling, and CONTROL over your tresses. When installation and removal only take minutes, you can give your hair the daily, tender loving care it deserves.
Two sets of the My Fro Collection in the mermaid length were sent to me for review. Initially, I was a little concerned about the texture due to previous experiences with extensions, but after perusing the Kurly Klips YouTube channel, where no question is left unanswered, my concerns were at ease.
Packaging The hair came four days from time I placed my order using a special coupon code provided. I liken this to the experience typical buyers may have. Each set came boxed as you see below. What’s really unique is the preview window at the bottom of each package, where one two-clip weft is placed for you to test out the product before opening the larger sealed portion of the box.
Initial Impressions As I shared earlier, I was initially concerned with the texture of the hair. Knowing that kinky-curly hair is usually human hair that has been processed to resemble our texture, I was was worried that the ends of the hair would be the dead giveaway. Meaning, the curl pattern would be completely uniform from root to tip with blunt ends. Instead, this hair comes to a subtle point (tapered), similarly to how our hair grows, with the ringlets getting smaller at the ends. This is the reason I would advise against cutting the hair — It comes in 3 different lengths so you really shouldn’t have to.
Dying Process I simply followed the recommendation of Kurly Klip’s How to Color Clip-in Hair Extensions YouTube video. Using the Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Foam in soft black I needed two boxes to color-treat both sets of Kurly Klips. After coloring, I deep conditioned, initially using the product which came with the box color.
Deep Conditioning I then followed with Shea Moisture Manuka & Mafura Oil Conditioner, which worked really well to clump the curls and keep the hair soft. While wrapped in a plastic bag, I folded a heating pad around it to assist in the deep conditioning process. After deep conditioning for a few hours, I rinsed the hair in cold water and smoothed a tiny bit amount of a ph-balanced leave-in conditioner down the length of the hair.
Once the hair dried, to reduce the stiffness, I smoothed a light butter down the length of the length of the hair as well, which helped to fluff and make the curls nice and full. Below is what the hair looked like before fluffing.
Installation The hair dries very smooth and soft. In the majority of the review video, you will see exactly what my hair looked like on the first day of wear. It is very similar to what my braid-outs, so I chose that technique in the blending process. You’ll also notice that the ends of my real hair tended to stick out and un-blend themselves. I think on the next round with this hair, I will use another technique to improve on the current.
I traveled to the caribbean while wearing this hair. The humidity didn’t initially affect the extensions too much, but my own started to frizz a bit too much for my liking. See the photos below.
REVIEW UPDATE (March 2015)
Overall, this hair is quality! If you are someone who is interested in changing things up with out the hassle of making your own clip-ins or the worries of hit or miss quality hair, Kurly Klips is it! I’ve been wearing the hair for a week straight and honestly, having them in is not much different than an actual sew-in. What I really like most about the idea of clip-in extensions is the convenience of adding or removing when I desire and not having to depend on a stylist. The bonus is natural hair can easily be altered to resemble the curl pattern of the clip-in. As I wore them, the curl pattern became more kinky and less curly like you see in the video — but I am speaking as someone who is currently on a tropical island.
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Comment below and let me know what questions you have about this hair. If there is enough interest, I will probably post a follow up video addressing your request(s).