Hair extensions have gotten a reputation for being high-maintenance and damaging, yet they are also something that once you try, you cannot live without! Hair and Skin Specialist, Nina Ross, gives us the scoop on which extension method is best when adding great length, volume, and keeping your natural hair healthy.
Let’s talk Tape-In extensions vs Micro Links!
Tape-In extensions are one of the newest methods on the market and can be an excellent alternative for clients with really thin hair. To hold the extensions in place, double-sided adhesive is applied the base of a weft hair, and your natural hair is then sandwiched between the two extension tracks. Because the tape attaches to the scalp, there is no need for braids or clips. The process is a quick, easy and pain-free process. The Tape extension lies flat and comfortably in your hair, and look completely natural because they lie almost completely flat against the head.
At Nina Ross, Tape-Ins are typically used as a starter method until the client’s natural hair begins to grow thicker and healthier. Once this is achieved, clients are then transitioned into Micro Links.
With the Micro Link technique, one small strand of extensions and an equivalent amount of your natural hair are linked together by a silicone based bead.
Your stylist puts your hair through the bead and it is clamped down to secure each extension to the hair. Micro Link extensions lay flat as if you are growing the hair directly from your roots, resulting in effortless blending and giving your hair the freedom to move more naturally than with wefts, clip-ins, etc. This technique does not require you to have your hair braided down before installation, and it eliminates the hassle of dealing with glue or thread. No one will be able to tell that you have extensions, no track no case!
So which method do the specialists at Nina Ross Hair & Skin Therapy recommend over the other? “Micro Link strand by strand method is the best because your hair is secured inside of a small bead, the amount of natural hair is equivalent to Micro Link strand and you have a stronger foundation” states Nina.
“With Micro Links, you are at the least amount of risk for damage to your hair follicles and you can control the amount of tension is applied to the hair.” One thing you want to avoid when getting hair extensions is making sure that the hair extensions aren’t heavier than your own hair. It’s worth noting that extensions come in different weights, but tape-ins only have one weight.
The combination of weight and strain on the hair follicles can cause the hair to fall out, which is officially known as traction alopecia. Natural hair health is the ultimate goal and extensions should always be installed and removed at the hands of a professional.