Cliché saying alert: we can hardly believe how quickly 2017 is zooming by. And as winter truly settles in to make itself comfy, now is the perfect time to protective style. Wearing extensions temporarily is a great way to give your hair a break from day-to-day styling, keep your locks protected from the harsh winter months, as well enable you to change your look to keep things interesting. If you are keen to wear a style that is more closely matched to your natural hair, check out these five protective styling brands we urge you to follow on Instagram for hairspiration.
1. The Heat Free Hair Movement – @heatfreehair
The Heat Free Hair Movement are one of the first boutique brands to receive widespread recognition for their hair extensions, which look extremely similar to natural textured Afro hair. Made from 100% virgin hair which is crafted to match your natural textures, follow this brand on Instagram and you’ll find yourself double tapping at their flawless imagery, dope natural hairstyles and inspirational posts.
2. The Wig Witch – @gina_thewigwitch
When style influencer Gina Knight unleashed her Wig Witch wigs and hair extensions brand into the world she cast us all under her spell. The genius brand title came about when she jokingly observed that her wigs were so realistic looking that they must’ve come about through witchcraft. With names like The Bruja Deep, The Aje Fro and The YeMaia Curl Wig, Gina’s custom-made styles exude glamour and are styled to reflect the diversity of natural hair, with textures ranging from full on ‘fros to a natural hair looking blowout.
3. Kurly Klips – @Kurlyklips
For those who maybe just require a little volume, or perhaps want a protective style that can be applied and removed at ease, look no further than Kurly Klips. The US based brand was founded by hair entrepreneur Laura Boone, and sells clip in natural looking hair extensions in kinky, curly and wavy textures that can be added in and removed with ease, thus reducing the chance of hair damage.
4. Big Hair No Care – @bighair_nocare
No one does big hair better than lifestyle influencer and hair entrepreneur, Freddie Harrel. The French born London based Instagrammer is renowned for unapologetically rocking a big, badass fro. So it makes complete sense that Freddie has created a hair brand named Big Hair No Care, allowing admirers of her style to create similar looks. The brand consists of ethically sourced synthetic hair extensions which can be sewn or clipped in. Freddie offers two key looks which include her trademark fro (The Zero Drama Queen), as well as blown out style called The No Stress Princess. Prices start from an affordable £40 for a 14-inch bundle of clip-ins.
5. Curl Sistas – @curlsistas
The Curl Sistas is a black owned virgin hair extensions brand, which specialises in 100% premium virgin human hair and was founded three years ago by hair expert Joy Adaeze and her husband Obi Okere. Extensions are available in three textures: a tight curl style called Adaze Curl, a looser curl called Chima Curl and a more elongated curl called Chi-Chi Curl. The hair is available in wefts, clip ins and lace closures and can be straightened, washed or curled. The Curl Sista Instagram page combines style inspiration, video clips and behind the scenes footage showing the production process.