Micro Ring Hair Extensions Technique

Micro Ring Hair Extensions Technique uses small metal tubes to secure the extensions. Those tubes are usually made of aluminium or copper. The aluminium was popular in 1980-1990, but now the copper is the king. The copper is better that aluminium because the copper does not break.

All the modern rings have an anti-allergenic coating. They are safe and secure. They can last for long months and withstand washing, dry blowing and bleaching.

Today, they come in many sizes ranging from about 1.5mm to 6mm. Different inner linings exist to suit different customers. Some Rings come with silicone rubber lining to avoid the slippage. The size choice is important for the natural appearance, the comfort, and the ease of wear. The rings can be of different thickness, length and profile. The best ones are the very thiny, with one enlarged (funnel like) end.

The Micro Rings come in different sizes and colours. They are small enough so they are invisible when properly fitted. When correctly clamped, they are thin impossible to spot.

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Micro Ring Hair Extensions Fitting Method

The fitting technique

The technician clamps the Micro Rings on the extensions and the customer’s natural hair. The clamping is done using a special tool.  The clamped Ring holds the extension strand and the natural hair together.

The quantity of the rings required will depend on the customer’s choice. For a full head it will be about 100-120 strands to fit. Between 50 and 65 rings for a half-head.

The advantages

No heat, no glue or chemicals, so there is no damage at all. The Keratin, Weaving or Bonding can cause damage because of the heat or chemicals. The Micro Rings Technique is perfectly safe and secure.

Keratin is a glue may cause issues when heated with blow dryer or when sunbathing. When the Keratin melts it gets very messy and hard to clean. To remove such a melted glue, your technician will use chemicals. Those chemicals can be damaging or create allergies.

The Weaves are usually sewn and create big load on the roots. Weaves are very popular in the Afro- Caribbean cultures, but are bulky and easy to spot. The maintenance consist in cutting the sewn threads and re-sew the weaves up, closer to the scalp.

Tapes are very thin, almost invisible, but a glue is used to keep them in place. This glue can melt, causing a slippage or loss of some extensions. Tapes can be re-used but need to be re-conditioned again.

When done correctly, the Micro Rings Technique is invisible. They are comfortable and easy to wear. They are strong to keep your extensions in place. If the colour is well chosen, they blend well with your natural colours.

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Possible issues

If fitted in a professional salon, this technique is perfectly safe and secure. Only a clamping tool is used, no heat, no chemicals or glue. When done by an amateur or mobile technician, there may be some issues. This is mostly because of use of low quality materials, incorrect preparation and wrong technique. Make sure you seek a professional advice and visit only professional salon with good reputation.

When not done by a specialist, this technique can result in the following problems.

Loss of strands:

The Rings are not clamped tight enough.

The strands are too tiny.

The Rings are too big.

The strands are not prepared correctly.


The Rings are with sharp edges or broken or too close to the scalp.

Russian hair extensions can last for more than one year

The secret is: a good After Care and regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance

The natural hair grows, and the micro rings move away from the scalp. So, they need to be re-positioned every 2 or3 months. During the maintenance visit, your technician will remove the old rings. Those are replaced with the new ones. The extensions will be re-positioned closer to the scalp and add Some new strands.

A regular maintenance is the key of your long lasting beauty. You have to get a professional advice on how often your maintenance is due. Speak to your regular technician for more information. Generally speaking, a three or four months period between the re-do sessions is a norm. You will lose few strands and those will need to be replaced. The old rings will be re-placed with the new ones and positioned closer to the scalp.

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The aftercare

Good quality Russian hair can last for more than one year. To enjoy it for a long time you need to follow some basic aftercare rules. To stay gorgeous for long months, you need to have a healthy life and a regular maintenance.

A healthy lifestyle includes good nutrition and moderate exercise. To keep a good form, our body needs individually adapted food habits. Regular hours for sleep, work and leisure will help you to avoid stress and stay gorgeous for long years.

A good aftercare is the key secret of long lasting beauty. You need to know how to use your dry blower, what shampoo are the best and what conditioner is a must have.

Check out advice on the best After Care practices.

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