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Yaki hair is a type of hair extension made to look like natural black hair. It's a great choice for those who prefer a more natural look or want to add extensions to their natural hair that will blend seamlessly. It gets its name from yaks, an animal with long, silky hair structured very similarly to human hair, which was initially used to create perm Yaki hair.
However, since many people are allergic to yak hair, it's no longer made from it. Now, yaki hair can be synthetic, remy, or non-remy. The texture of yaki hair is altered chemically to be anything from relaxed, natural hair to tightly coiled kinky hair. Since yaki hair so closely resembles natural black hair, it's a great choice for ladies who want to switch things up while still achieving a natural look.
If your yaki hair extensions are 100% human hair, curling them is simple. Select a curling iron with a barrel size that will produce the curl type you want—a smaller barrel will give you a tighter curl. For example, beachy waves on long hair require a barrel size of around 2" to 3". Set the curling iron to medium heat, begin with a small section near your face, and start curling your hair.
Curl the parts closest to your face outward and hold each section around the barrel just long enough to start feeling the heat in your fingers. For a natural, voluminous look, alternate curl directions over your entire head. Styling synthetic hair with heat requires a little more care and should be done sparingly. Before curling, spray each section lightly with water to protect the hair. Hold the section being curled around the barrel until it stops sizzling or just long enough to get it to hold the curl—check it often to make sure it doesn't burn.
The term "yaki" refers to the texture of the hair extensions, not the origin. However, yaki human hair can be remy or non-remy hair. Remy hair is removed from the donor's head at the scalp in a weave ponytail to ensure that each strand lies with the cuticles facing the same way. Hair is only taken from one donor or a small group of donors. Since it so closely mirrors the feel of hair naturally growing from the scalp, remy hair is considered top quality. Non-remy hair, on the other hand, is also made from real human hair but comes from a larger group of donors. It also might contain "fallen" strands collected from trimmings or hairbrushes. Since the hair comes from various sources, cuticles might be facing different directions, making the hair less smooth.
Yaki hair extensions are one of the most realistic looking options for black women. You can find them as clip-ins, weaves, or even full wigs - the options are endless. As you know, yaki hair extensions can be made from any material, but all are treated in a similar way. This process uses chemicals to produce small kinks or waves in each strand to mimic the look of natural black hair.
Since yaki hair extensions look so realistic, they're a versatile choice that suits the needs of many different women. A silky straight wig could create a dramatic evening look, while a more natural-looking kinky yaki hair weave is laid back enough for everyday wear. Even women with natural hair can use yaki hair extensions to add extra volume or length seamlessly.
A woman with relaxed, natural hair could add inches to her length with straight yaki hair clip-ins, or a woman who rocks her natural curls could create an extra-voluminous updo with kinky curly yaki hair extensions. One of the best parts about yaki hair extensions is that they so closely resemble the wearer's natural hair. This aspect makes it possible for women to have hair that looks natural but can also be styled frequently without causing lasting damage to their natural hair.
Kinky straight hair is similar to kinky yaki hair, but the hair is treated with steam instead of chemicals to create a subtle kinky pattern with losing softness. The resulting effect is very similar to natural flat-ironed black hair. Many kinky straight hair products often have tight waves near the scalp that fade into straight strands near the ends to achieve the most realistic look possible. These natural-looking strands can then be styled in any way. If yaki hair extensions sound like the right choice for you, make sure to check out our massive selection at My Natural Hair Extensions!