What Are Microlinks?
Micolinks are an extension method were extra strands of hair are added using silicone or copper microbeads, tubes, or loops. Unlike wigs and weaves, microlink extensions don’t require braids, nets, caps, or adhesives to be properly installed.
Instead, they are attached near the roots of loose hair so that there can be a seamless blend, or fusion, of your hair with the extensions. Think of it like a cross between crochet and clip-ins because yes, it needs to be attached near the roots of your hair to be done correctly, but your hair must be exposed for it to work.
The only thing to keep in mind is that microlink extensions are installed row by row, not randomly placed! this means that they have to be strategically placed so that the beads or loops aren’t super insanely visible once your look is complete.
And that’s it! Pretty simple, huh? You would never know by just looking at it, but microlinks are incredibly easy to install and maintain compared to other forms of extensions such as lace wigs, crochet, and even traditional sew-ins and quick weaves.
Do Microlinks Damage Your Hair?
Because the micro rings, beads, and tubes on the extensions have the ability to slip and slide down, the frequency of touch-ups solely depends on 1) how often you manipulate your hair and 2) how fast your hair grows.
For example, people who tend to do their hair in versatile styles like buns, braids, and ponytails may have to touch up their extensions more often than people who just leave their hair alone because the more you move your hair around, the more likely you are to experience your extensions sliding away from the root of your hair strands.
On the other hand, microlinks will naturally shift and move out of place as our hair grows. Because in-salon microlink maintenance is pretty much unavoidable, the general consensus is that you should get a touch-up on your extensions every 6 weeks or completely take the install down after 8 weeks.
Long story very short, microlinks are the key to natural and versatile looks without breaking the bank, unnecessary hair damage, or a complicated install. Sounds like a serious win to me!