Microlinks and More

Stylists ! If you’re new to the world of cosmetology or interested in specializing in extensions, this one is for you ! You probably see a ton of jargon when you’re looking into extensions. Microlinks, nbr, hand-tied wefts, beaded rows… Well, what are they exactly ?!

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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

As different as they all may sound, the gag is, they are all exactly the same. So how did we come to know this method by so many different names ? Different stylists around the world looked to differentiate themselves and coined their own name for the same style. Sometimes they’d add a little twist to the method but still, it’s the same thing.

And Then There’s Me Doing Microlinks

As a stylist who caters to all hair textures, I’ve noticed that the name tends to vary based on the ethnicity of the person, but again I can assure you that it is all the same thing. You’ll mostly see me referring to them as microlinks ! What’s cool about these extensions is that is can be customized to each individual person based on the density and the texture of their hair.

They’re really good on women who have fine textured hair, specifically. There are about 8 different methods of installation that can be used. It varies on a case by case basis. I’ll talk about this in depth during class for the Mastery Academy ! Each method allows the extensions (or tracks) to lay completely flat to the scalp. Therefore, giving off the most realistic appearance as possible, while causing no damage to the integrity of the natural hair.

Some Microlinks Methods

Some of the methods require thread. It’s super easy to confuse them with traditional sewins. But the awesome part is that with microlinks there are no braids required first. This aids in making sure the added hair lays flat and gives a more natural look and feel. Others are threadless which allows for maximum safety as a result of less tension from said thread.

My favorite thing about microlinks is that there is absolutely no pain after your install ! Which many of us know, is not the case for braids first. I also love that you have access to always get to your natural hair for proper cleaning and treatments,. Last but not least, you are literally able to protect your clients edges ! Which is huge for Black Women !

Luxury Hair

These extensions are luxury and they do require maintenance every 4 to 6 weeks. This regular maintenance appointments keep your clients hair nice and healthy. Please feel free to comment your questions below, and keep in mind that the best way for me to answer your personal questions is with a consultation. I hope this was helpful !


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Hand Tied Wefts vs. Machine Wefts

Before we talk about wefts, let me introduce this blog ! Aight, so boom. I’m a hair educator. Specifically, THE Extension Educator. These blogs are for stylists and others in the cosmetology industry who are looking to refine their skills through continuing education. A majority of the content, however, will be for other stylists who are looking to also specialize in extensions.

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This first blog will cover one of the most basic things you need to know before offering extension services; the difference between hand-tied and machine wefts. Wefts are what many of us simply refer to as bundles.

Hand-Tied Wefts

Hand tied wefts are a very thin weft or track. They’re typically made of 100% virgin human hair that is sewn together by hand to go around the head. Since they’re so thin you can stack three to four pieces on one row. This adds more fullness depending on the clients density of their natural hair. Hand tied wefts are often best for fine to medium density hair. Since they lay so flat to the scalp they are virtually undetectable, which is what clients care about most !

Machine Wefts

Machine tied wefts are the same quality of hair, 100% virgin remy, but made by a machine. They tend to be more full in density, and are great for clients who have more full, coarse hair to match. It is important to know which texture is best for your clients hair, of course. Consulting with an extension specialist prior to purchasing your hair is best if you are unsure due to being a beginner. You can definitely reach out to me !

The Difference

The rise in popularity of hand-tied wefts instead of machine wefts has everyone discussing which is the best. One of my favorite methods of extensions to add instant length and volume to the hair is sew in wefts. This method uses small cylinders to safely secure the clients natural hair. Thread is used to sew the extensions to the clients natural hair that is secured by the cylinder.

This particular method last six to eight weeks before in-salon maintenance is required. The cylinder is opened and the dead hair shed is removed. Then, the cylinder is tightened back up, and your off for another six to eight weeks of beautiful hair. This hair can be shampooed, blown dry, and styled as you would your own hair. Using quality hair products, brushing regularly, and keeping up with you maintenance appointments will keep your extensions beautiful.

Hybrid Installs

Sometimes in order to achieve the look your clients want, wefts aren’t enough. If you check out my Instagram you’ll see tons of hybrid installs ! That can look like both wefts and itips or using beads instead of braids to attach the wefts to the hair. We’ll talk more about that at a later date ! Make sure you’re following me so that you don’t miss it.

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