Straight vs. Wavy vs. Curly Hair Extensions: Which Is Right for You?

Straight vs. Wavy vs. Curly Hair Extensions: Which Is Right for You?

Hair extensions are one of the best ways to elevate your style. They allow you the freedom to explore and experiment confidently. More importantly, you can choose straight, curly, and wavy hair extensions to revamp yourself with a new look.

While hair extensions are versatile, every type has its purpose and makes you shine differently in different settings. Moreover, every hair extension must be handled differently for the most satisfying results. In this article, we will discuss which extension will suit you the best and how you can extend the life of your hair extension.

Straight Hair Extensions

Straight hair extensions are a great choice whether you’re going for the sleek pin-straight look or experimenting with edgier styles. If you want something funky, a straight hair extension is the perfect option to try a new hair color. The process of dyeing and styling straight hair is beginner-friendly, so whether it’s your first time or hundredth time putting in extensions, you’ll get incredible results. Straight hair extensions might not make highlights or streaks pop as much as curly or wavy options, so that can be something to keep in mind when choosing your extensions.

Straight hair extensions are the easiest to maintain of the three types—requiring only gentle straightening over time to maintain its look. However, too much heat can take away its softness and luster. Additionally, the hair extension can develop frizz which can be prevented with your normal conditioner.

Wavy Hair Extensions

Wavy hair is becoming increasingly trendy, mainly because of its natural bounce factor. Several actors and social media influencers now sport wavy hair, which conveys a casual and fun personality. Wavy hair extensions are great if you’re looking to add more volume and definition to your hair.

A wavy hair extension lets you control the streaks and highlights you want to add to your fun and casual look. These extensions can get you the “I spent the day at the beach” hair of your dreams with the natural texture and volume they hold. 

Maintaining a wavy extension is definitely more work intensive than a straight extension, but it’s still a relatively straightforward process. These extensions should only be washed by hand using gentle products that don’t weigh down the hair, making it stiff and flat when it should be shiny and bouncy.

Curly Hair Extensions

Curly hair is one of the most beautiful but most difficult to maintain hair types. With a curly hair extension, you can add length and volume to your natural hair. A curly hair extension does the trick, even in shorter lengths. If you have naturally kinky or curly hair, this could be a great option for protective styles if you don’t want to give up your signature look.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance extension, curly hair might not be the right fit for you. With curly extensions there’s a whole slew of care products—leave-in conditioners, detanglers, heat protectants, etc.—needed to maintain the volume and definition. Proper storage is of utmost importance for a curly hair extension. Heat treatment must be minimal to avoid flattening the curls. Hair products can make or break your curly hair extension, so be careful and gentle. 


While all three hair extensions have their own pros and cons, only you know what’s the best fit for you. Straight, wavy, or curly, it all depends on the look you’re going for and how much effort you’re willing to put into their upkeep. The most important thing is making sure you properly store and care for your extensions, to make sure they last longer and maintain their look, even after multiple wears.

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