This article is about the best clip in hair extensions for curly hair available in 2023.
I’m Bianca, and I’m a little obsessed with extensions, wigs, and all things hair. I got my first set of clip ins way back in 2006, and I’ve been experimenting, installing, and more since then.
I highly recommend the ABH Curly Clip Ins. The hair is soft, the color range is beautiful, and I love how naturally thick my hair looks now.
If you need big hair on a budget or a specific shade, I have a few other recommendations for you too! So keep reading!
- Best Overall: ABH Curly Clip Ins
- Best for Highlighted Curls: Easyouth Clip In Human Hair
- Best for Shoulder Length Curls: Lacer Remy Hair Curly Clip Ins
- Best for Value: Reecho Synthetic Curly Clip Ins
Why Clip In Extensions for Curly Hair?
Curly hair can take aaaaages to get long. Because it corkscrews around, to see 1 inch of length, the hair has to grow about 4 inches.
And then when you do get it long, it’s unruly, never dries the same way, and eats brushes.
But – it is one of the most beautiful hairstyles out there and worth the effort.
You can, however, make your life a little easier with some clip in extensions to assist in the process. Also, if you are rocking a protective hairstyle, clip in curly extensions is a good way to look ultra fashionable while growing your natural hair safely.
4 Best Clip In Extensions for Curly Hair – Our Top Picks
In this section, I will review my top picks and detailed reviews for each.
ABH Curly Clip Ins
- Key features: 100% Remy 3C & 4A human hair, 7 pieces
- Extension length: 10-22 inches
- Volume: 120 grams per bundle
- Best for: Overall
These extensions are legit! If you want full coverage, super soft curls, and an extra spring in your step – these are the ones.
First off, all the wefts are pretty thick. You will need to buy 2-3 packs at least to get a full head of coverage, but it’s worth it.
I prefer the shorter lengths, between 14-18 inches, and bought four packs in total.
The curls are so soft and have a lovely bounce to them. Each weft gives full coverage, and the clips are very secure and don’t slip once you’ve secured them.
The hair does not shed, even if you try a few hairstyles and co-wash the wefts in between, so I am optimistic about the durability and long-term use of this hair.
The curl stays in the hair whether you fluff up the curls or define them with gel, the curl remains.
This hair is quite dry, so I used coconut oil to lock in some moisture, and then it started to behave. Unfortunately, the natural black is more like a brown-ish color, and I haven’t tried coloring them, but I’m thinking that if you wash it with a black toning shampoo, it might solve the problem without damaging your hair.
Easyouth Clip In Human Hair
- Key features: 100% Remy human hair, 7 pieces
- Extension length: 14-22 inches
- Volume: 100 grams per bundle
- Best for: Highlighted Curls
Easyouth has come up with a range of highlighted curly extensions, which are thick, glamorous, and thick to the ends.
Coming in a range of dark brown and honey colors, you can relive your “Mariah Carey in the 90s” fantasy with these curly clip ins. One set gets you a thinner look, and two sets get you a wild mane of curls for nights when you want to paint the town red.
The curls are easy to blend into your natural hair by either brushing for a softer curl or adding hairspray and working the curls to get a tighter definition (depending on your natural hair and preference.)
The brown set of extensions with honey highlights is a gorgeous color if you have darker brown curly and want to add highlights without damaging your hair. I found them very easy to blend, and the clips were comfortable and stayed in place all day.
The extensions don’t tangle easily (it’s a curly-haired miracle!), and they are easy to brush or run your fingers through, depending on the style you wear your curls in.
The only thing that you have to consider when buying the Easyouth clip in extensions is that you will need 2 or 3 packs to get a full and thick head of hair, especially in the longer lengths. But other than that, these are great extensions at a reasonable price, and I highly recommend getting them, especially if you fancy some no-damage highlights.
Lacer Remy Hair Curly Clip Ins
- Key features: 100% Remy 3C & 4A human hair, clip in extensions, 7 pieces
- Extension length: 10-20 inches
- Volume: 120g
- Best for: Shoulder Length Curls
These ombre Lacer clip in curly extensions are an absolute bargain!
I bought two sets for shoulder-length hair, and I got a full head of gorgeous curls.
The golden color is beautiful and looks amazing against caramel and darker skin tones.
The other color I tried was the burgundy ombre set, and although the red isn’t as bright as you would expect, the more muted red blends very well with naturally brown hair.
The texture of these extensions is very much 4a, but with a comb and patience, you can work it up to a 4b or 4c without too much hassle.
The packaging is gorgeous, and it comes with a free comb and some “MAC” eyelashes (I mean, I’m not sure that they’re actually MAC, but it’s a freebie, so I’m not going to investigate too hard.)
The extensions are lightweight, and healthy, and the curls are lovely and bouncy. Even after co-washing, the hair remains very bouncy and curly, with minimal shedding.
I feel that with proper love and care, you’ll quickly get a year’s wear out of these extensions.
The Lacer curly clip in extensions are comfortable to wear, and you can tell the silicone-coated clips are high quality as they are easy to install, do not slip, and I haven’t seen any damage yet.
Again, if you order the burgundy, do be forewarned that it is a very muted red and looks browner under artificial lights rather than burgundy.
Reecho Synthetic Curly Clip Ins
- Key features: Synthetic hair, 1 piece, 5 clips
- Extension length: 12-24 inches
- Volume: 160-320 grams per pack
- Best for: Value
Looking for a way to get more volume, length, and a seamless look for absolute peanuts? Reecho’s Synthetic Extensions are the answer!
These synthetic extensions come in 20 different color options and are a hybrid between classic clip-in extensions and a halo extension. They’re actually pretty clever as they give you the seamless blend of a halo, but since they are secured with 5 clips along the head, you don’t get the intense weight on smaller areas.
Also, since the curls start from about halfway down the extensions, you can do a soft curl in your natural hair and have a reasonably perfect blend.
You do get what you pay for, though, so if you’re looking for a pair of hair extensions that are going to last you a long time, look elsewhere. These will probably be worn out after 10 wears, even with using fabric softener as a detangler.
The hair is also very thick and heavy, so if you wear them for a long time, they will probably start to hurt your head. If you have a sensitive scalp, these will be too much for you.
What to Consider?
When buying clip in hair extensions, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Shapes of Curls
The term “curly” is broad, vast, and ever-so varied.
When purchasing your next set of extensions, pay attention to how curly your hair is and try to match it to the extension.
If you have corkscrew curls, don’t go buying a pack of loosely curled hair and vice versa. Another thing to note is that you must pay attention to your hair texture.
If you have coarse hair prone to frizzing, you won’t get a good blend with a set of extensions that are sleek, smooth extensions and have a softer wave to them.
A hairdresser I worked with years ago gave me some brilliant advice – “always do a hydrating treatment on your natural hair to get it looking a shiny and sleek as you can before installing extensions.”
I’ve always done it, and it’s always worked for me. Hopefully this advice serves you too.
The other thing about curly extensions is that they curl (obviously).
Remember when you’re ordering your set that, depending on how tight the curl, you could lose up to 5 inches off the length.
If you have dreams of cascading curls that fall down to the small of your back in spiral curls, you will literally be looking for 28 inches in length. Which is costly, and you’ll need a few packs to get your curly mane to look full and thick.
That’s the problem with curly hair, you can’t get away with thin, curly hair as it just looks bedraggled and sad. If you want my advice (and I assume you do as you’re still reading), I will get 2 or 3 packs as a priority and then go as long as you can afford.
For example, if you have a $300 budget, I would opt for three packs of $100 extensions 18 inches long rather than one pack of $300 extensions 28 inches long.
The first choice will give you shorter but fuller, more gorgeous hair. The second choice will get you one sad, long curl you can tuck into your pants.
Here are some great tips to keep your clip-in hair extensions in great condition:
- Always take your clip-in extensions off before going to bed or showering.
- Always close the clips when you take off your extensions, and store the hair in dry, cold conditions.
- Curly hair extensions tend to tangle and dry out easier when compared with straight hair extensions. Prepare to wash your clip-in hair extensions more frequently and use moisturising hair products like deep conditioners, hair masks, and hair oil.
This video will give you some great tips about how to wash your clip-in hair extensions.
Here are some frequently asked questions relating to choosing clip in extensions for curly hair, and their quick answers.
Which extensions are best for curly hair?
Virgin hair extensions with curls matching your natural curl patterns will bring you the most realistic looks. You can also heat style and color them as you want.
Clip-in virgin hair extensions are great if you want something temporary, and you can take them off daily.
Are hair extensions good for curly hair?
Yes, compared with straight hair, curly hair is generally more prone to dehydration, tangling, and breakage because the hair cuticles are pointing in different directions.
Hair extensions are considered a protective hairstyle. Styling on your hair extension instead can give your natural hair a break from the chemicals.
How much do curly hair extensions cost?
The average cost of curly hair extensions made with human hair costs from $200 to $500 per set, if you are looking for high-quality virgin hair extensions installed by a professional hairstylist, you may look at $2500 to 3000 per head, including installing fees.
Synthetic curly hair extensions may cost from $50 to $ 100 per set. However, they are less natural and will tangle easily. We have written several articles about cost of extensions, you may want to check them out:
And there, ladies (and gentlemen), you have it! My wonderfully long list of curly clip ins for you.
I will continue to rave about ABH Curly Clip Ins for a long time after this blog has been written, as they are just so dang healthy, hard-wearing, and GORGEOUS!
Comfortable to wear, thick to the ends, and easily my favorite on the list.
Were you intrigued by any curly-wonders that I presented?
Let me know in the comments below!