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What is yaki hair: 2022 Complete Guide on the Best Yaki Hair For You

Fashion Blog Mon Apr 04 2022

Did you have your hair newly relaxed? It can be tough looking for a hair extension to give more length and volume to match your hair texture when you want to keep loose hair. Luckily, that is what yaki hair is. But what is yaki hair?

What is yaki hair?

The first manufacturers of yaki hair found that yak hair is similar to human hair. It is long, shiny, and even reacts to the dyeing materials like human hair. Yaks can mostly be seen in the Himalayas, and producers gather their hair to create a wig, thus the name yaki hair.

However, people's scalp reacts to the yaki wig as it becomes itchy the longer they wear it. The production stopped and was replaced by natural hair from donors, which is still being used today. Yaki hair is famous among women with coarse texture as it mimics a relaxed African hair texture.

What hair is used in yaki hair?

The hair strands used to create Yaki hair come from different hair donors. It is close to non-remy hair and uses various sources to build a hair extension. However, non-remy hair is 100% human hair, while yaki can be a combination of synthetic, Remy, and non-Remy.

Yaki hair can also contain virgin hair. These hair strands did not undergo any chemical process such as dyeing and perming before donating. It is also not exposed to high heat like ironing or blow-drying. 

Once donated, the manufacturer will process the hair to mimic a Caribbean or Afro texture. All yaki hair undergoes this process, so there is no yaki virgin hair. 

What are the different types of yaki hair?

Now that you know what yaki hair is, listed below are the different kinds you may choose from. Because there are various hair textures, there are also other types of yaki hair extensions. There are four variations: silky, regular, kinky, coarse.

Silky Yaki

Silky Yaki, also known as Yaki straight, has the silkiest texture out of all the variations and is one of the most well-known types for women wearing yaki hair extensions. It is lightweight and bone straight as if it was just newly relaxed or ironed. 

It is not as smooth as the other hair extensions despite being silky since it still mimics an African texture. When you feel the hair strands, you notice that there are still little kinks to them. Furthermore, it still has light ripples or waves when you look closely at it. 

Regular Yaki

If you are looking for a bit more texture to fit your hair, regular yaki might be what you are looking for. This most famous yaki hair extension seems relaxed but still has that natural texture. Regular Yaki also has more texture than Silky Yaki.

This type of Yaki hair extension is not as freshly relaxed as the Silky Yak. The appearance is more like after three days of getting treatment. Since it is not very smooth, you can wear a more laid-back style and vibe.

Kinky Yaki

There are afro hairs that would rather have blow dry than relaxed. If you want that for your hair, Kinky Yaki is great for you. The texture is rougher than the two prior kinds of Yaki hair extensions. However, it also looks as natural as the Silky and Regular Yaki.

Kinky Yaki hair is more fluffy looking, thick or fuller look, and is somehow similar to an original hair texture of an African American. Since it resembles blown dried hair, the curls are not as tight but not straight.

Coarse Yaki

Coarse Yaki is the onlyYaki hair extension type that has never been treated and so resembles the exact wavy texture of a typical African American hair. Since there are no chemicals to it, except that it will not come straight or slightly waved, but a fully curled and wavy extension.

The appearance of this variation will look as if you still have that tight curls. If you already love how your hair looks and need more length, this is perfect for you. Additionally, wearing this Yaki hair extension will give your hair a bold look and personality.

How to take care of yaki hair?

After choosing and buying the yaki hair you like, you must learn how to take care of it. What is yaki hair if not treated with love? Here are the steps to take care of this gorgeous hair extension.

Use a sulfate-free shampoo to clean the built-up dirt on your hair.

Do not massage your Yaki hair.

Rinse well and use a moisturizing conditioner. Start from the ends up to your roots. Comb your hair to distribute evenly.

Give a final thorough rinse.

Let it dry without using heat.

Only wash your hair at least once a week as it strips out moisture and the natural oils needed. You may also opt to co-wash, wherein you will pass your hair without shampoo and just conditioner and water. If you are not familiar with co-washing, you may watch the video below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who can wear yaki hair?

Yaki hair is unfortunately not for everyone. It is specifically made for those with African hair texture, even strands that seem straight. These textures are mostly tight curls, afro, or relaxed but still a little rough. So if your hair is naturally straight, this is not for you.

2. What is the difference between yaki and Remy hair?

Although they are almost similar, they have different goals that they want to impart to their customers. The Remy hair is concerned with the quality of their product, thus only using hair from a single donor to have a more uniform strand while Yaki takes consideration of the texture.

3. Are the steps on maintaining the Yaki Hair essential? 

If you are planning on reusing the hair extension in the future, taking care of your Yaki hair extensions is essential. There are various hairstyles available for you with the Yaki hair if you are down to explore. 

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Looking for a hair extension that will suit a newly relaxed curly hair might be challenging, but there is a product for you. Now that this article has answered "what is yaki hair," the choice of different variations is in your hands.

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