How to use the bead method for hair extensions

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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There are many different types of hair extensions. One popular, albeit more expensive, type of hair extension installation is referred to as "microbead extensions." This method involves attaching the extension to the hair using a tiny, metal bead. There are a few advantages to using this method; the extension hair can be reused after removal, the extension can be applied and removed without the use of messy latex bond and they are relatively easy to install.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rat tail comb
  • Large hair clips
  • Loop tool
  • Microbeads
  • Bead clamp tool

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  1. 1

    Comb any tangles from the hair. It is important that the hair is not tangled, since this can make installation of the microbead extensions difficult. Work with clean, dry hair when installing microbead extensions.

  2. 2

    Use the rat tail comb to part the hair in half. Then, use the comb to create a straight, horizontal part in the hair from ear to ear. Make sure the part is completely straight and defined. Clip the hair up and away from the part.

  3. 3

    Slide your fingernails down the loop on the loop tool, making the end of the loop pointed. This will make it easier to apply the microbead.

  4. 4

    Thread the microbeads through the pointed loop until they reach about a quarter of the way up the loop. Open the loop again with your fingers.


  1. 1

    Separate a thin piece of hair, making sure that all strands in the bunch come from the same area to ensure proper tension. The piece of hair should be about the same thickness as the microbead hair extension piece.

  2. 2

    Stick your thumb and forefinger through the loop and pull the section of hair through. Use your forefinger pull a microbead up over the end of the loop and through the section of hair. The bead should be somewhat loose on the piece of hair, with ample room for attachment of the extension.

  3. 3

    Slide the tip of the extension through the bead. The bead should be about a quarter- to half-inch from the root of the hair.

  4. 4

    Clamp the bead with the bead tool. This will tighten the bead around the extension and the section of hair, holding it in place. The bead should be flat once it has been clamped. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 of this section until the extensions have been applied all along the part.

  5. 5

    Use the rat tail comb to create another horizontal part above the completed row of extensions. Apply the microbead extensions to about the bottom of the crown of the head. Do not apply the extensions in the temple, fringe or top-part of the hair.

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