If you are in the market for kinky hair extensions, there is an unlimited range of options to choose from. From premium fibre hair, remy hair, virgin human hair, to yaki hair. Whichever option you go for will depend on the texture you like.
However if you are still undecided about which natural hair extension to pick or you are thinking of choosing yaki hair. This guide will be your first step to understanding everything you need to know about yaki hair, before your next hair purchase.
What is Yaki Hair?
It is quite easy to confuse remy hair with yaki hair sometimes. Remy hair is a grade of hair, the highest quality of human hair, while yaki hair refers to the texture of a hair extension.
Yaki hair is for naturals who are all for maintaining a natural look for their hair extensions and wigs. Yaki hair is textured hair designed to look like chemically-relaxed, Caribbean or Afro Caribbean hair and can be coarse or wavy. The Yaki hair never comes from a single donor but from different sources. Yaki hair extensions are popular for those who have relaxed or straightened hair and want to add more length and volume to their hair, or achieve a seamless natural look and feel for their hair. Yaki hair doesn't look sleek and straight as remy hair. Yaki hair can be in synthetic, non-remy or remy forms.
Non remy hair is gotten from different sources rather than a single donor, the cuticles are often destroyed during the gathering process.
The remy yaki hair is the best quality to purchase as it is less susceptible to shedding or tangles. If you are looking for a natural hair extension that matches your 4b/4c texture, the yaki hair is the best fit.
Is Yaki Hair Human Hair?
Yaki hair also comes in a human hair texture.
What is Yaki Virgin Hair?
Virgin hair is a type of natural hair extensions which have never gone through any form of processing. This means that there has been no application of color, perms, or chemicals on the hair prior to its donation. There's no exposure to blow dryers or other styling methods using heat. Virgin hair still has its cuticles intact, with each hair the same length from root to tip. Virgin hair is unprocessed hair, while yaki hair is hair that has been processed to resemble that kinky texture. So, this means that it is impossible to have yaki virgin hair. You can either have virgin hair or yaki hair but never yaki virgin hair.
Types of Yaki Hair
Normally referred to as silky yaki or yaki straight, the silky yaki is the silkiest or lightweight texture of the yaki hair. This texture is bone straight and slightly resembles your hair as though it has been freshly relaxed, flat ironed or straightened.
The most popular kind of yaki hair is the regular hair. While this yaki looks relaxed and straight, it isn't smooth, rather it still looks like it has had 2 or 3 washes out of the beauty salon look. It resembles the look of someone who has had a fresh perm two or three days ago. The regular yaki is guaranteed to add volume to your hair.
The Kinky hair has a more close resemblance to African American hair or Afro hair that is natural but has been blown out. It has a thicker texture and looks completely like natural hair that has been pressed or flat ironed.
The Coarse Yaki hair has a typical African natural hair look, hair that is coarse and has never been permed or relaxed. Coarse yaki has not been introduced to chemical treatments and may come in wavy coarse or curly coarse.
How to take care of yaki hair
- Wash with a sulfate-free shampoo at least once a week.
- Massaging your yaki hair is a no-no.
- Rinse well.
- Apply a moisturizing conditioner and comb hair, starting with the tips and working your way up to the root.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Allow it to air-dry.
- Or you can simply do a co-wash.
If you care for and maintain your yaki hair extensions, they can be reused for creating various hairstyles and last you a lifetime. You can pull off quick and easy styles with the yaki hair like a half updo, buns or a loose ponytail.