How to Start Hair Micro-Ring Extensions

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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Hair extensions are a great way to get a new hairstyle without a pair of scissors. Short- to medium-length hair can become long and luxurious. One of the most natural methods used to apply hair extensions is the use of micro-rings. (ref 1) Micro-ring extensions do not involve braiding, applying messy adhesives or heat. Instead, the extensions are attached to the hair with tiny, rounded coils that look like beads. (ref 1) These micro-rings can be matched to any hair colour for the most natural appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rattail comb
  • Clip
  • Micro-rings
  • Loop beading tool
  • Hair extensions
  • Extension pliers

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  1. 1

    Create a straight, horizontal part from the top of one ear to the other ear. Clip the rest of the hair up and out of the way.

  2. 2

    Pull a small section of hair, about an eighth-inch to a quarter-inch thick, from the part using the rattail comb. Make sure that all of the hair section is coming from the same area on the scalp; hairs from other areas can create a crooked extension.

  3. 3

    Apply a few micro-rings to the loop beading tool. Do this by threading the micro-rings over the entire loop so that they rest at the handle of the tool.

  4. 4

    Thread the section of hair through the loop of the beading tool. An easy way to do this is to hold the loop near the root of the hair, then use the rattail comb to pull the section through the loop.

  5. 5

    Pull the micro-ring up over the end of the loop. Pull the micro-ring up until the section of hair is threaded through it.

  6. 6

    Pull the micro-ring up so that it is about a centimetre from the root. Then, thread the end of the extension piece through the micro-ring. The extension should be about the same thickness as the isolated section of natural hair.

  7. 7

    Clamp the micro-bead into place with the pliers. Continue to apply the micro-rings, one row of hair at a time, moving up to just below the crown of the head.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not apply micro-ring extensions to the top of the head, the fringe area or near the nape of the neck. This will make the extensions visible.
  • Use human hair extensions when applying micro-rings. Synthetic hair tangles easily and cannot be styled with heat products.

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