Microlink extensions: everything you need to know

TikTok always presents us with new things. For example, microlink extensions. So far, they have amassed 23.2 million video views on the social media app. But why is everyone so obsessed with them? It depends on their versatility. Los Angeles-based extension specialist Tori Elyse notes that microlinks are “flexible, hide easily, and can be worn in a variety of different styles such as ponytails, braids, and more.” She even brags about being her favorite when it comes to the extensions she puts in her own hair.

If you’re ready to learn more about microlinks, including what they are, how they’re applied, etc., you’ve come to the right place. Tori gave us the info on her favorite social media hair extensions below, so keep scrolling!

Tori notes that they “are small, individual pieces of hair that are installed around the head with a soft bead to achieve volume, fullness, or length.” Rather than tape or glue, they require a microbead to hold them in place. We know that doesn’t sound comfortable, but Tori and TikTok promise they are. And, by using these microbeads, they promise to blend better than some other types of extensions.

There are also different types of microlinks, so this is not a one-size-fits-all type of extension, which means you can customize them to suit your hair type. “Depending on the brand of hair you choose, some microlink extensions are thinner, some are thicker, some also come in different wave patterns, so they’re very versatile,” says Tori.

How are they installed?

As with most extension appointments, installing microlinks takes some time. Tori shares that it takes her a maximum of two hours, although it could be longer depending on what you hope to get out of your date. If you want more length and volume, expect to be in the salon until eight. Fear not, because the process is quite transparent. “The process of getting microlinks is smooth and comfortable for my clients,” Tori shares. “Most say they can’t even feel anything while I put them in.”

Whether you want length, volume, or both, the application process is pretty similar. They are attached section by section to loose strands of hair. Once the locks are pulled through the extensions, pliers are used to secure the beads in place. This is something you’ll want to have a professional do to ensure a seamless installation. Doing it yourself at home might not work very well for you.

How much do Microlink extensions cost?

If you’re hoping to get these extensions, know that they don’t come cheap. Tori notes that “for a full set of microlink extensions, my prices range from $2,500 to $3,000.” They can cost more or less, depending on where you make them, although the minimum price is around $1,000. You will want to have plenty of change in your bank account before installing these extensions. You should also consult your extensionist before having them done to ensure that there are no surprise charges waiting for you when all is said and done.

How should you take care of Microlink extensions?

One of the benefits of microlink extensions is that you can wash them like you would your normal hair. You have to be a little careful to make sure they don’t tangle or fall out, but they’re pretty easy to wash off. Tori recommends that “my clients dry their Microlink extensions at least once a week.” She also stresses the importance of focusing on hydration. “I always send [my clients] at home with great products that will keep them hydrated,” she notes. “After all, hair extensions don’t produce the natural oil that our scalp hair does, so you need to make sure you’re using the right products to keep it hydrated.”

When it comes to sleeping in it, she suggests putting your hair “in a loose braid to keep all the microties from getting tangled.” By doing so, you will wake up to luscious waves. Who wouldn’t want that?

As for maintenance, Tori shares that she asks her clients “to come in for maintenance appointments to have the beads fitted and changed every six to eight weeks.” She notes that the hair she uses can last up to six months if properly cared for. She does, however, recommend getting a new set “two to three times a year.”

What hair types are best for Microlink extensions?

Again, all hair types can benefit from microlinks. Even those with type 4 hair have noted how well the extensions work for their coils. So don’t be afraid to attach these extensions to your natural hair type. They come in a variety of patterns to match your locks.

Tori says, “Microlinks are quite versatile and can be fitted to clients with fine, medium, or thick hair.” However, she notes that those with super fine or fine hair may not benefit from extensions. “If someone has extremely slippery fine or thin hair, I would point it in a different direction because it might slip.”

Taking care of your extensions is super important to ensure their longevity. If you’re not sure which products to use, we’ve got you covered. THESE are the best shampoos and conditioners for human hair extensions!

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