Happy (very late) New Year!!! I have a few things I want to update you about my life but FIRST (post coming soon) let’s talk with you about how I’ve been wearing my hair for the past couple of months!!! I’m totally focused on retaining as much length as possible since my “not so big chop” back in September and for me, the best way to do that is with protective styling. Some people wear buns, some do braids or twists but I am particularly partial to sew-in weaves. I became curious about kinky hair to match my 4c natural hair after seeing several style posts from Saving Our Strands using clip in extensions. Luckily around that time, HerGiven Hair contacted me to do a review of their natural 4c hair extensions which I was more than happy to do!
How the Hair Arrives: I received two bundles of wefted 4c kinky hair extensions from HerGiven Hair, both 16 inches. I also received a lace closure, but decided not to install it to have a better test of how well the extensions blend with my natural hair. A few things I noticed right after opening my package are that the hair initially appears much shorter than the requested length, exhibiting shrinkage JUST like my real hair! Once I stretched the length, I could tell it was a full 16 inches. Secondly, the closure does actually match the texture of the extensions, which usually does not happen with kinky hair. Thirdly, the hair appears to grow the more you “play” with it so it is best not to manipulate it too much before sewing it into your hair to make it more manageable to work with.
My Experience: I have decided not to share hair reviews unless 1) I have worked with the company before or 2) have worn the hair for a sufficient amount of time to form a thorough review. To that point, I have been wearing this hair as a sew in for approximately ten weeks and I absolutely, positively have enjoyed EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!!! The hair matches my 4c hair texture perfectly, but my only complaint is the color which is a weird dark brown instead of being a consistent 1b off black color. The hair does not shed throughout the day or at night, only when combing to retwist, wash or during styling, and it does shed quite a bit at that time due to the tighter texture, not the quality of the wefts. Two bundles are definitely enough to do a partial sew in (leaving a bit of hair out). I would actually purchase this hair with my own money – although this hair was sent to me by HerGiven hair to review. I think it is well worth the money for naturals to wear a protective style that does not require heat AND also for relaxed girls who may want to rock the “natural” look without actually transitioning.
Blending: I never had to do anything special to the hair I left out (edges and u shaped center area). If I wear wearing the extensions in a twist out, I simply twisted my leave out. If the hair was more in “fro” look, I just misted water on my real hair and it matched perfectly. While styling the hair, I often had to feel for the wefts because I could not detect the distinction with my eye. But the photos really speak for themselves, right?!
Sleeping: If I had a fresh twist out, I pineappled the hair and covered with a bonnet the same way I do my real hair. If the twist out was old, I dampened lightly with water and put in about four jumbo twists to prevent tangling. The hair does shrink, but not as much as my real hair so it was a bit easier to maintain the kinky 4c hair extensions than wearing my own hair out.
Maintenance: The hair was extremely easy to maintain! I only applied product when I was doing a fresh twist out and washing/conditioning was the same as washing any other sew in (see tutorial on how to wash weave). I did make sure to run my hands down the length of the hair and not tangle the hair. I can say that product buildup does make the hair appear more dull and not hold styles as much. I washed the hair three times during the ten weeks I had it installed. I only wore the hair in twist outs and flexirods (done in the wand curl motion).
Final Thoughts: Overall, wearing these 4c hair extensions helped me leave my hair alone while still being able to enjoy the same look as my REAL hair. I didn’t play in them and do as many different styles as I intended, but I was so extremely pleased with their performance! I realized this hair is just about my goal length (full bra strap) and it was nice to be able to experience this length as a preview to when my hair is 16 inches! I really enjoyed HerGiven hair and am happy I had a chance to review it for you.
Info on HerGiven Hair: As mentioned I wore two bundles of the 4b-c kinky hair in 16 inches. This hair texture starts at $109 for 12″ per bundle. HerGiven Hair also offers different textures ranging from curly, coily and kinky and each has wefted hair, clip ins and lace closures.
I hope you enjoyed this review! I will have a video coming soon so you can get a better view of the hair. If you have any questions, please drop it below!