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How to Fix Micro-Ring Hair Extensions: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Micro-ring hair extensions have become a trend in hair extension styling which works best when you have short hair. It’s a method that many stylists are using for their clients who find sewing or glueing hair extensions tedious and messy.

Also referred to as micro-cylinders or micro-loop hair extensions, they are easy to attach, lightweight, and safer to use because it doesn’t pull your hair strands neither does it snag the hair when its time to take them out. This quality is what endears it to many women. It is safe to use and aids in growing strong and healthy hair.

Additionally, the micro-ring technique of applying hair attachments is generally considered to be the safest way of attaching any hair extension because it is glue-free and does not require any harsh chemical (or solvent) to detach them from the hair.

Micro-bonding requires a strand by strand application. This may sound like it takes quite a while to install and yes it does. Although it is a time-consuming process, the end result is worthwhile if you choose to wear this type of hair extensions. However, once fixed, they can last for as long as six months and as your own natural hair grows, the micro-cylinders grow along with it.

This means that in itself, it minimises the stress to your hair that is something that happens with other hair attachments. The constant fixing and removal of most extensions pulls and tugs at the hair which in turn weakens the hair strands.

One of the things you will love about micro-ring hair extensions is that they are more flexible and last much longer than pre-taped or clip-in hair extensions. Your hair will flow, look, and feel natural, especially if you use the wavy or curly extensions.

Micro-ring extensions - Notice the individually ringed hair sections and how each micro-loop is installed..

Micro-ring extensions - Notice the individually ringed hair sections and how each micro-loop is installed..

Structure of Micro-Ring Hair Extensions

Structurally, they are made with small metal rings at the tips of each hair extension which are fitted into very small cut-out portions of your natural hair. After fixing the rings to each parted portion of hair, the metal ring is then clamped, flattened and secured to the connection between the extension and natural hair. No heat, no adhesive, and no knot tying.

The disadvantages of using micro-ring hair extensions are that the chances of the ring slipping off is quite high if you have soft or silky hair. It works best on coarse natural hair because its texture provides extra hold for the extensions. They are not recommended for fragile or thinning hair.

How to Apply Micro-Loop Hair Attachments

Preparation

  • To prepare your hair for extensions installation, your hair must be clean, free from oil build-up, or any trace of styling products. To be sure, it is best to wash your hair with a mild shampoo beforehand, and if you have to condition your hair, use a mild conditioner that won't result in a 'build-up'.
  • It is important that your hair extensions are applied to clean hair, especially if you plan to wear the style for a few weeks.
  • Make sure your hair is dried thoroughly before you commence with fixing your hair extensions.

Application

The step-by-step method described below is best followed if you want to add both length and volume to your natural hair. If you just intend to add micro-ring hair-extensions to only areas of damaged hair, for instance, the crown, back and/or sides, just follow the steps to work only in the areas you need the extensions the most. The fixing method remains basically the same.

What you need to assemble together before installation is:

  • Micro-tube hair extensions
  • Hair clips
  • Micro-ring tubes
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Pulling needle
  • Closer tool

Step 1 - Part your hair into four sections from the front to the nape of the neck, and from one ear to the other. Sectionalizing the hair makes it easier to work on one section at a time. Use the hair clips to hold each section in place and out of the way.

Step 2 - Starting at the top corner of one of the back sections, use a rat-tail comb to cut out (in a straight line) about an inch of your hair with the dividing lines cut parallel to the centre of your head. Divide this first portion into smaller sections. These smaller sections are each going to be fitted with an extension.

Step 3 - Taking one of these small portions of your hair, twist it and pass it through a loop that has a string and an attached micro-ring then take one piece of the pre-tipped hair extension and pass into the micro-ring tube.

Step 4 - Slide down the ring close to your scalp and close it with the closer tool and once it is flattened, the hair extension becomes firmly attached to your natural hair.

Step 5 - Follow the same steps with each portion of your hair until you have covered all the areas of your hair that you want to.

As you work on your hair, you will find that applying micro-ring hair extensions doesn't take that long, once you've mastered it which usually happens by the time you begin to work on the second parted section of your natural hair.

Don’t forget to leave some section of your hair in the front and on the sides undone. When you finish fixing the extensions, you will need it to brush this over to conceal the installed micro-rings. Brush or comb your hair into whichever style you desire.


Tips:

  • Micro-ring hair extensions may take a bit longer to fix than pre-taped or clip-on extensions, but it produces a more permanent style that'll last for months longer.
  • You can use this hair-fixing technique for short or medium length hair.
  • If your natural hair is of a medium to thick density, you will need to use 10 to 12 packs of micro-ring hair extensions but for most women who want an average fullness, about 5 packs will suffice.
  • 1 pack of the extensions contains 20 strands of hair extensions.

Further Reading:

How to Fix Pre-Taped Hair Extensions

How to Fix Clip-in Hair Extensions

Frequently Asked Questions About Micro-Ring Extensions

How long do micro-ring hair extensions last?

Micro-ring hair extensions, with proper care and maintenance, can last from 6 to 9 months.


Do I need to oil my scalp with this type of hair attachments?

Not necessarily. Because natural hair has oil from the scalp, this is sufficient to 'feed' the hair, keeping it soft, supple, and shiny.


Are micro-ring extensions better than bonds?

They are preferred because they last longer than bonds and will stand up better, even if you have oily hair.


How many micro-loop extensions do I need?

This will always depend on how thick (or thin) your hair is, and the hairstyle you desire.


Can I fix the extensions myself?

Fixing micro-rings is not as easy as fixing other types of bond attachments so it’s best you have it done by a stylist.


What is the difference between micro and nano-rings?

The virtually the same in installation but the only difference between the two is in their size. A nano-ring is smaller than a micro-ring extension.


How can I maintain and care for my extensions?

This is quite straightforward. All that is needed is that you treat them the same way you would your natural hair. Also, avoid oiling your hair attachments, dry hair thoroughly after shampooing, and don’t leave them on for longer than is recommended.

© 2013 viryabo

Comments

viryabo (author) on April 28, 2015:

Hello Jessica.

I apologise for the late reply.

I see no reason why you can't use micro ring extensions with your naturally wavy hair. I believe that since you intend to use the wavy type, it'll blend perfectly. As long as the extensions colour is close enough to your hair colour.

Plus it doesn't matter if your hair is short. Works well with long and short hair.

I hope this helps.

Jessica on April 23, 2015:

i have a bob hair cut that ends right at the nape of my neck....ive been trying to grow it out for a while now i made it from a short pixie to this bob in just a few months but i can't wait any longer and i decided that the micro-loop extensions are my best option with my naturally wavy hair and some wavy extensions do you think that they would blend well? i want the 26" dark brown wavy extensions? help? opinions?

viryabo (author) on July 29, 2014:

You are welcome Lady_E. Yes, they most certainly do.

Thanks a bunch for the visit.

Blessings

Elena from London, UK on July 29, 2014:

Thanks for the useful tips. Extensions make a nice difference to hair.

viryabo (author) on June 06, 2014:

You are welcome Sandyspider, and thank you for visiting.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 05, 2014:

I have been blessed with thick hair. Though it is not anywhere near what it use to be. Good instructions if I ever choose to do this.