With so many different types of hair extensions in the market, it’s easy to get confused over what hair extensions are the best types available out there. As we have written about many different types of hair extensions already, here we will cover the bits that you might want to consider before getting yourself some micro loop hair extensions. And just to avoid confusion, the micro link hair extensions also referred to as micro loop and micro bead hair extensions.
How to put on micro loop hair extensions
Micro loop hair extensions are individual hair extensions that are applied to your hair strand by strand by a trained
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hairstylist. They are applied by sliding your own hair trough the loop, adding the hair extension strand and then clamping it down with a pair of pliers to finish.
The newer micro loop extensions are made even easier to apply, as they have the metallic loops already attached to them, and all that’s needed is for your natural hair to be pulled through the loop. They are also simple to remove; all you’ll need is a pair of pliers. They can be bought at beauty shops, online shops and hair salons.
It will take around 2-4 hours to install them by a professional hair stylist. This of course depends on the amount of hair installed, and how quick your stylist is.
Installing micro loop hair extensions on your own
If you decide to do them on your own, you most likely will not get a clear image of how well aligned they will be. If this happens, the loops will be unaligned and messy, causing tangles and falling out easily. When the beads are not aligned properly, it can easily reveal the metal links when your hair moves.
To avoid this make sure you won’t apply them too close to the roots, keep the distance at half an inch between your scalp and the bead. But if you still feel self-conscious about revealing the beads, you can wear your hair up in a ponytail or bun to hide the beads.
When to get micro link hair extension maintenance?
In order to avoid causing damage to your hair, remember to make an appointment to the hair stylist at every 2-4 months so you can have the hair maintained properly. The stylist will trim the extensions, brush up the bits that have moved, and also add hair in case if it’s necessary.
Are micro link hair extensions suitable for you?
- The micro loop hair extensions don’t need any special product nor heat levels in order to attach them to your hair. The most suitable type of hair for this is thicker or stronger hair.
- Installing the extensions is very gentle on your hair and the bonds will remain secure for a long time period.
- These are one of the few extensions on the market that you can dye and treat as your own hair, because it doesn’t affect the bonds of the hair.
- Installing them does take a long time, but the end result will look incredible. The hair blends very easily, and looks natural.
- You can style them like your own hair. While keratin and tape hair extensions require you to not apply any heat near the bonds, then micro bead extensions are completely fine with the heat.
The cons of micro link hair extensions
- One of the biggest disadvantages associated with micro link hair extensions is the damage that they can cause to your natural hair if they’re attached improperly. The weight of the links might not seem as much at first, but when your hair is wet it feels like a brick is attached to the ends of your hair.
- They are hard to sleep on as you can feel the links on your head.
- If the hair extensions are installed close to the scalp which will make it itchy and painful especially in the first 1-3 weeks.
- It’s not advised to take the micro link hair extensions out on your own, as it can be painful and you will most likely pull out your own hair.
Washing the micro link hair extensions
Micro loop hair extensions should be washed in a downward motion so as not to tangle the bonds. To keep the extensions fresh and healthy looking, avoid washing them too often. On a side note, too little of washing will cause the build-up to loosen the metal links and the extensions will start to fall out. Choosing the best shampoo for your extensions, go for a mild one that contains little or no parabens.