7 Things You Should Know Before Getting Micro-Link Extensions
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Thanks to the ever-growing world of hair extensions, there are many ways to rock long locks. The possibilities are truly endless, tape in extensions, lace front wigs, headband wigs, seams, and more. Now, a new method on the beauty block has aroused the interest of extension enthusiasts: micro-links.
Microlink extensions are in a class of their own. This innovative installation is almost undetectable and does not require the use of glue, braids or weaving yarn. Additionally, there are two main types of micro link extensions to try: i-tips and bead wefts. Micro-links with i-tips are made of tiny copper or aluminum tubing with or without non-slip silicone rubber. These ties are then attached to a small section of your natural hair just before the roots with a pinch tool.
According to hairdresser published Jachelle Merlan, beaded wefts are slightly different from the micro-link family. “Instead of using the strand-by-strand method, this variation uses weft hair and is attached with smaller microbeads than traditional tubes.” With so much misinformation about micro bond hair extensions, it’s easy to fall victim to the advice of self-proclaimed “social media stylists”. So, Jachelle is here to share all the details on what to expect before jumping on the trend.
From learning the length required for micro bond extensions to the right hair care routine to keep your natural hair safe, Jachelle is ready to provide the full overview. So if you’re on the fence about microlinks, you’ve come to the right place. Before we get into microlink extension territory, keep reading for seven things you need to know.
1. Fine, thin, permed hair should avoid micro bond extensions.
It’s easy to believe that all hair types are suitable for trendy hairstyles, and unfortunately, that’s not the case. Jachelle shares that relaxed, permanent manes should avoid micro-link extensions at all costs, as the extra tension can cause breakage. “For relaxed hair, I recommend waiting 2-3 months for new growth and then applying the I-Tips,” says Jachelle.
2. Improper installation can harm your mane.
As with any hair extension installation, it is important to take your mane to a licensed hairstylist who specializes in micro bonds. Otherwise, you run the risk of compromising the overall health of your hair. “Improper installation and lack of care for extensions will also lead to damaged, tangled and tangled hair,” Jachelle shares.
3. There is a length requirement for micro links.
Super short strands and micro ties don’t mix. After all, micro-link i-tips need a certain length for successful installation. “If someone’s hair is less than four inches long, I would recommend another method of extension or go back when the hair has grown out,” says Jachelle.
4. Micro ties should only be worn for 4-8 weeks at a time.
Most stylists will tell you that the time between touch-ups can vary. However, it’s never a good idea to keep your extensions on too long. Jachelle shares that “micro ties should be worn for 4-8 weeks between maintenance visits to prevent breakage.”
5. Skipping maintenance sessions is a no-no.
Regularly, it is normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day, per American Academy of Dermatology. Since your hair is sticky when it’s micro-linked, it’s essential to have regular maintenance sessions so your stylist can pull out those strands to prevent unnecessary breakage.
“Your maintenance visit will include the stylist opening the ties and brushing out any loose hair and re-tightening the extensions to a clean new section that will prevent breakage,” says Jachelle.
6. A strict hair routine is necessary to maintain your micro-links.
One of the worst things you can do is neglect your hair under the micro links. Maintaining a regular hair care routine will help keep your hair healthy and help your extensions look and feel like new. “Keep your roots clean by gently massaging the scalp with sulfate- and paraben-free shampoos,” says Jachelle. “Conditioning the hair from the middle of the shaft to the ends will help keep the hair hydrated and healthy.”
7. Brush your micro links from the ends upwards.
Like traditional hair extensions and wigs, knots and knots can become a factor with improper brushing. Jachelle recommends “brushing daily from ends upwards to avoid tangles with a soft bristle brush or attachment combs.” Keep in mind that curly and wavy textures should be brushed out when damp or wet to help maintain texture.
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