Indique bounce wave
Photo pictured is Indique in Bounce Wave

Many curlies prefer wearing their hair short over long (the maintenance!), but as many curlies with shorter hair know, sometimes you get that long hair itch.

If you're feeling the need to change up your look for an event - or just for fun - and need instant length, there are plenty of extension options for wavy hair. When your hair is in need of extra length or added volume, extensions are a great way to change things up. If you have Type 2, wavy type hair, you may have some questions about finding the best extensions for wavy hair. Since your hair type is somewhere in between straight and curly, it can be confusing to navigate this area. Here are a few tips on finding the best extensions for wavy hair.

Choose between curly or straight

The truth of the matter is that you will have a difficult time finding extensions that perfectly match your waves. Most women are left with the option of straight hair pieces or curled hair pieces. With curly extensions, you can add volume and body, but you may need to step up on the curling of your natural hair to get an even look. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to use a curling wand! You can create pin curls with bobby pins, braid your hair for a more elongated wave, or use heatless curlers like flexi rods or Curlformers. With a straight piece, you will need to curl the straight hair if you want it to match your wave pattern. Or you can use one of the wavy extensions below!

Consider the quality

Hair extensions made from human curly hair can be harder to come by than a straighter piece. To get the look of curls, many times it is naturally straight hair that is then chemically treated to get the curl. If you choose this type of extension, you should be careful not to straighten it with a heat tool since you may have a harder time getting the curl shape back. Straight pieces that have been curled will also have the tendency to become drier faster which is something else you should think about. A straight piece will generally allow you to curl it and straighten it without the damage factor showing signs as quickly.

Match your color

You don't want the demarcation between your hair and the extension to be obvious, so it's important to choose a color that blends with your own color. A great way to solve for this is to talk to your stylist about coloring the extensions. They will be able to help you with this matter as long as you buy extensions made of human hair since it can be difficult to color match or dye synthetic hair. The color doesn't have to be an exact match, but it should be relatively close to look natural.

Get them done by a professional

While there are plenty of options to add extensions yourself, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. When working with clip-ins, you may be able to manage that on your own, but a more extensive process such as glued-in extensions really require an expert hand. If you improperly install extensions, you may end up damaging your real hair which is something everyone wants to avoid. Let the pros take care of it so you don't have to worry!

When it comes to choosing the right brand, the best bet is to find a brand that offers a lot of variety. Here are 3 brands you can turn to for your extensions needs.

onyc wavy 2b2c
ONYC in WAVY2a/2b


They use 100% human hair in various patterns and lengths. This brand offers several options for wavy extensions from a beachy wave to a full type 2B/2C wavy texture.

Indique Pure Wavy
Indique Hair: In Pure Wavy

2. Indique

Indique Hair offers several collections with sources from India and South East Asia. The Collection and texture above is the PURE Wavy, which is Indian wavy hair that is completely natural and untouched.

Remy Clips

3. Remy Clips

Offering options for a variety of textures, this brand uses hair that has the cuticle attached. It comes in a body wave which is looser and a deep wave with a tighter pattern.

When choosing the right extensions to add some extra length or texture to your wavy hair, these tips will steer you in the right direction.

Have you found a wavy clip in that matches your curl pattern?

Make sure to share your favorite brands below in the comments for the other wavies on the hunt.