How to care for micro-fusion link method hair extensions

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How to care for micro-fusion link method hair extensions
With the right care micro-fusion link extensions can look strong and healthy. (Is my hair OK? image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

Micro-fusion link method hair extensions are attached to the hair in small sections using small metal bands and specialised pliers. These extensions can provide fullness and length to hair and, in the case of human hair extensions, can be treated almost as normal hair, only slightly more gently. Proper care for your extensions is important to ensure their longevity. With the right attention micro-fusion link hair extensions can last for more than a year, although they would need to be reapplied as your roots grew out.

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  1. 1

    Heat-style human hair extensions sparingly. Never heat-style synthetic hair extensions because they can burn and clump together with other hair.

  2. 2

    Brush your hair extensions three times a day with a boar bristle brush. Brush the ends of your extensions gently first, then work your way toward the metal link, brushing in a downward motion. Avoid pulling or tugging the hair, especially near the link.

  3. 3

    Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and follow with a light conditioner when you're wearing extensions. Gentle products are often herbal based and contain little or no alcohol. Ask your stylist for recommendations if you are unsure.

  4. 4

    Wear a swim cap in a pool or in the ocean to avoid chemicals and salt water saturating and ruining your extensions.

  5. 5

    Dry your hair thoroughly before going to bed. Use a hair dryer on human hair extensions sparingly. Air dry synthetic extensions.

  6. 6

    Visit a stylist for colour treatments or chemical treatments (such as perming or permanent straightening) while wearing hair extensions. Never try to do these treatments yourself with hair extensions.

  7. 7

    Wash your hair after any physical activity or every other day otherwise. Dirt and sweat can cause your hair to tangle and become matted, ruining your extensions. Do not twist or wring your hair after washing to avoid unnecessary damage.

  8. 8

    Tie your hair up with a covered hair band when exercising or sleeping to avoid tangles.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask your stylist for information about prolonging the life of your extensions, including product recommendations.

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