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How to Fix Micro-Ring Hair Extensions (Step by Step Guide)

Updated on December 14, 2017

Micro-ring hair extensions are the latest trend in hair styling. It’s a method that many stylists are using for their clients who find sewing or gluing tedious and messy.

Also referred to as micro-cylinders, using this method is especially good if you wear natural hair but desire hair extensions. It's completely safe to use and will keep your hair healthy and strong.

Micro-Ring Extensions
Micro-Ring Extensions | Source

It is easy to apply, lightweight, and good for the hair in that there is no unnecessary pulling or snagging of your hair strands when removing your extensions.

Prepare Your Hair

Before you fix micro-ring hair extensions, you must first ensure that your hair is free from oil, dirt, or styling products build-up.

If you are in doubt, wash your hair with a mild shampoo. If you have to condition your hair, use a mild conditioner that won't cause a 'build-up'.

It is important that your hair extensions are applied to clean hair, most especially if you intend to wear the style for a few weeks.

Ensure your washed hair is completely dry before you start fixing.

Steps on How to Apply the Extensions

The method described below is best used if you want not only length but voluminous tresses.

If you just intend to add hair-extensions to areas of damaged hair, or portions - for instance, the back and sides; just follow the steps to work in the areas you need hair the most.

The method remains basically the same.

5 Things You Need to Fix Micro-ring Extensions:

  • Micro-tube hair extensions
  • Hair clips
  • Micro-ring tubes
  • A pulling needle
  • A closer tool

Applying micro-ring Hair Extensions
Applying micro-ring Hair Extensions

Step 1

Part your hair into four sections - from front to nape of the neck and ear to ear. This makes it easier to work a section at a time. Use hair clips to hold each section in place and out of the way.

Step 2

Beginning with a back section, divide out (in a straight line), about an inch of your hair. You can make your dividing lines parallel from the centre of your head.

Divide each 1-inch line into smaller sections. These smaller parts are each going to be fitted with an extension.

Step 3

Take one of the small portions of your hair, twist it and pass it through a loop that has a string and an attached micro ring. Now take the pre-tipped hair extension and pass into the micro ring tube.

Step 4

Slide the micro-ring close to your scalp and close it with the closer tool. Once it’s flattened, the hair extension becomes firmly attached to your own hair.

Step 5

Follow the same steps with each portion of your hair until you have covered the areas you want.

How to Apply Micro Ring Hair Extensions

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Applying micro-ring hair extensions doesn't take that long once you've mastered the art.

It may take a bit longer to fix than pre-taped or clip-on extensions, but it certainly produces a more permanent style that'll last much longer. You can use this technique for short or long hair.

Remember to leave a section on the front and sides undone, brush this over, so that the micro rings are concealed.

It’s now time to style your hair, whichever way you desire.

One of the things I like the most about micro-ring hair extensions is that they last much longer and they are flexible. I've found they allow my hair to move very naturally, especially wavy or curly extensions. It flows just as natural hair does.

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      viryabo 2 years ago

      Hello Jessica.

      I apologise for the late reply.

      I see no reason why you can't use micro ring extensions with your naturally wavy hair. I believe that since you intend to use the wavy type, it'll blend perfectly. As long as the extensions colour is close enough to your hair colour.

      Plus it doesn't matter if your hair is short. Works well with long and short hair.

      I hope this helps.

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      i have a bob hair cut that ends right at the nape of my neck....ive been trying to grow it out for a while now i made it from a short pixie to this bob in just a few months but i can't wait any longer and i decided that the micro-loop extensions are my best option with my naturally wavy hair and some wavy extensions do you think that they would blend well? i want the 26" dark brown wavy extensions? help? opinions?

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      viryabo 3 years ago

      You are welcome Lady_E. Yes, they most certainly do.

      Thanks a bunch for the visit.


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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the useful tips. Extensions make a nice difference to hair.

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      viryabo 3 years ago

      You are welcome Sandyspider, and thank you for visiting.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have been blessed with thick hair. Though it is not anywhere near what it use to be. Good instructions if I ever choose to do this.