Guide to Micro-Ring or Micro-Loop Hair Extensions (FAQs)
What Are Micro-Ring or Micro-Loop Hair Extensions?
There are many hair extension techniques to choose from. These techniques usually vary in the type of glue or bonding material used to attach the extensions to the natural hair. What sets micro-ring hair extensions (also known as micro-loop hair extensions) apart is that there is no need for adhesive, making this technique the preferred option for many.
With these extensions, the client’s natural hair is attached to the weft of the extension via a very small ring or loop, which the salon technician will then press very closely to the scalp, thereby securing the bond without the need for adhesive. The result is extremely natural-looking, secure, non-damaging, and enduring.
Are Micro-Ring Hair Extensions Obvious?
Your aim in choosing hair extensions runs counter to your approach when purchasing dresses, shoes, bags, beauty accessories: This is a choice that has to be discreet. Nobody should be able to discern the extensions from your real hair.
The hair-extension industry is well developed both in Europe and America. As more and more people are converted from hair-extension débutantes to avid fans, more and more companies are competing to produce extensions that are better than ever. Techniques to create the most unnoticeable hair extensions are constantly improving.
Micro-Ring Extensions Are Discreet and Non-Damaging
One of the best, most discreet hair extension techniques is the micro-ring hair extension option. In Manchester, London, New York, Las Vegas, and many other cities, you can easily find hair extension salons that offer a professional fitting service for micro-ring hair extensions.
Worried about your extensions looking obvious to the naked eye? You’re not alone: It’s a common concern that the joins (where the hair bonds to the extensions) may be visible and bulky-looking.
Go to a Reputable Technician
Lay your worries to rest: A reputable technician will be able to avoid this pitfall while ensuring that your extensions do not damage your natural hair. Unless a person knows the exact length and volume of your natural hair, they won’t be able to tell you are wearing extensions.
Opt for High-Quality Hair
The factors that contribute to achieving a good match between real hair and the extensions are the quality of hair being used, the hair color, the ring used to match with the natural hair, and, of course, the skill of the technician in fitting the extensions.
Tips for Making Hair Extensions Look Natural
Here is a quick checklist to help you avoid your new hairstyle looking obvious for all the wrong reasons. Ensure that:
- the extensions are appropriately coloured and textured for your hair.
- your extensions are correctly positioned, at some distance from the hairline and crown.
- the extensions are layered in correctly.
- you maintain your hair; regular washing is a must, as is the use of good-quality hair styling products.
If fitted well by a professional, and if well looked-after by the client thereafter, micro-ring hair extensions are undetectable. Generally, the way people find out that someone is wearing them is when the satisfied customers begin to sing their praises of their new extensions.
Pros and Cons of Micro-Ring or Micro-Loop Extensions
- These hair extensions do not use any sort of adhesive.
- They are better for your natural hair.
- When properly cared for, these extensions will last from four to six months.
- Micro-ring hair extensions are very natural looking and extremely secure.
- If you want longer or fuller hair for a short period of time (e.g. one night for an event), this is a very time-consuming process.
- If you have very short hair, it will be harder to make the extensions invisible.
How to Maintain and Care for Micro-Ring Hair Extensions
Micro-ring hair extensions, no matter how well they are attached nor how fine the quality of the hair that you’ve chosen, still require proper care in order to last for four months and beyond.
Hair extensions are quite expensive, so it’s likely that you’ll want to take every measure to preserve their longevity and appearance. Similarly, you’ll want to avoid anything that would affect their quality or result in premature removal.
Tatiana Hair Extensions, one of London’s top-rated hair extensions salons, has suggested a number of ways to properly care for your micro-ring hair extensions.
1. Avoid Swimming Pools
No type of hair extension does well in swimming pool water—and chlorinated water will damage even your natural hair. Therefore, you are advised to stay away from the pool!
When swimming and bathing, keep your hair out of the water by firmly tying your hair into a ponytail and plaiting the remaining hair. Tie the end with a rubber band so that the ponytail and plait stay neat.
If, however, you really want to take a few dips in the water, be sure to avoid excessive periods underwater and do your best to stay away from chlorinated water or seawater. Chlorine damages the cuticle layers of both your natural hair and micro-ring hair extensions, which is the main reason why your hair becomes matted and dried out after a day in the pool. If you get your hair wet in chlorinated water or seawater, rinse all traces of it out as soon as possible.
2. Tie Your Hair Back While You Sleep
Again, this is to avoid tangles. Tie your hair back in a loose braid so that movement in your sleep does not create tangles.
3. Avoid Damaging the Joins of Your Extensions
Tying your hair back in a tight ponytail is bad even for natural hair, causing breakage. Do not do this with your extensions—it can weaken the joins. Similarly, do not use hot oils, anti-dandruff shampoos, nor head lice treatments since such products are also potentially damaging to the joins.
4. Brush Your Hair on a Regular Basis
You want to avoid tangles at all costs. Brushing your hair extensions regularly will help achieve this. Gather your hair to one side and firmly take hold of it in one hand. With the other, begin brushing the ends of your hair. Holding it will ensure that you are not pulling on your extensions while you are working on detangling the ends. Gradually work your way up until you have to let go of your hold, and comb the rest of your hair. It is recommended to purchase a good extension brush and extension detangling comb.
How to Wash Hair With Extensions
Taking a shower while wearing micro-ring hair extensions is not difficult to do, nor does it require any tedious and inconvenient care.
- Comb your hair first with a wide-toothed comb before you step in the shower.
- Adjust the water pressure to a point that cannot damage or pull your extensions off your head.
- Step into the shower while allowing your hair to hang naturally behind your ears and shoulders, and gently massage your hair in a vertical motion only to keep the strands aligned.
- Apply shampoo and massage hair in the same manner to lather.
- Ensure that no shampoo nor dirt particles remain when you rinse your micro-ring hair extensions.
- Apply a good-quality conditioner to your hair, so that it stays protected from the elements throughout the day, but avoid applying the conditioner to the roots of your hair.
How to Style Hair With Micro-Ring Extensions
Styling is never too difficult. Just make sure that you do not comb too deeply into the micro rings. Please note that all types of extensions require a certain style of gentle combing. Use a wide-toothed comb and comb from the tips and gradually make your way to the scalp. Avoid hitting the micro rings whilst combing.
Note: Should your micro-ring hair extensions get accidentally detached due to these activities, your salon should be able to reaffix them for you.
Perming Hair With Micro-Ring Extensions
Can you perm your hair when wearing micro-ring hair extensions? Absolutely! Choose your preferred solution—an alkaline-based solution for tight curls or an acid-balanced solution for softer curls.
Protect your micro-ring hair extensions from strong perming chemicals by applying cream conditioner. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands as well. Follow the instructions that come with the product to apply the solution with safety and proper coverage. Carefully wrap your hair around the curling iron without pulling it too much. Use warm water to effectively rinse the strong perming chemicals, and apply moisturizer to moisten the micro-ring hair extensions.
Micro-ring extensions are an appropriate choice if you want a fuller, longer look that will last for several months. With proper care, you can extend the life of your extensions. Best of luck with your new look!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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